Mark Cocker, of whom Birding World wrote 'Cocker is undoubtedly the best contemporary writer on birding issues', is the author of the bestselling Birders and a biography of Britain's most colourful ornithologist, Richard Meinertzhagen. He has been birding for more than 30 years, and writes on birds and environmental issues for The Times and the Independent. He has been awarded a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship to study the birds of West Africa.
Richard Mabey is Britain's foremost nature writer, as famous for the beauty of his prose as for his exceptional knowledge and insights. His previous books include Food for Free, The Unofficial Countryside, The Book of Nightingales and Nature Cure. His biography of Gilbert White won the Whitbread Biography Award.
This has got to be the most beautiful book of the season. It is not a bird recognition guide but a bird appreciation book with beautiful illustrations accompanying a chatty, highly informative text. Spotted with history, literature, facts and some lovely anecdotes, it is a truly magnificent work; highly recommended.