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I never met Nigel the gan­net but I’ve cer­tainly writ­ten a lot about him.

Ul­ti­mately, the sto­ries of the lonely bird and his con­crete love were ac­tu­ally about peo­ple.

From ranger Chris Bell who pro­tects Mana Is­land to the vol­un­teers who toil to im­prove it, the real yarn is about the hu­mans that care for the lit­tle gem sit­ting off our coast­line.

I feel ex­tremely lucky that, in writ­ing about Nigel, I got to know the peo­ple who loved him and the is­land where he chose to live.

Writ­ing about Nigel’s death was hard and speak­ing to his hu­man guardians was even harder. Their sad­ness was pal­pa­ble but amongst the sor­row there was hope.

As Chris said, should the three re­main­ing gan­nets choose to stay then in six months there might be another story. A happy one.

I reckon there are a few more gan­net yarns on the hori­zon. Cheers to Nigel. — Vir­ginia Fal­lon

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