A RETIRED gamekeeper has written his first book at the age of 76 to “help children know a little bit about nature and the way of it”.

Trevor Smith, of Chester. was a gamekeeper for eight years and wanted to pass on what he had learned.

Teaming up with artist Bridget Tavener he wrote A Stoat Called Longfellow as a way of helping young readers understand the countryside.

Trevor said: “I watched and enjoyed many aspects of wildlife and gained inside information on the way of it all.

“The story of A Stoat Called Longfellow is a small proportion of the many aspects and dramas of the wildlife around us, in writing this story there is a wish to share some of that drama with children who haven’t the opportunity to see if for themselves.

The illustrated book is published by Olympia Publisher.

Priced £4.99, the book is available in several outlets in Chester, including Waterstones.