The wildlife of the Atlantic edges is one of their biggest attractions. The coasts are home to a staggering proportion of Europe’s seabirds, while the searoads that were once widely used by people are now travelled by migrating or feeding cetaceans. One reason I chose Harper Collins as a publisher for this project is their long tradition of literary natural history in which the humanities and the sciences work together. Happily, the natural world is now more regularly finding a place in history writing too. Here are some of my favourite wildlife encounters on these coasts. Click on the thumbnails to see them properly.