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Birds Britannica by Mark Cocker and Richard Mabey
  

Birds Britannica

The Real World   
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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.
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Birds Britannica by Mark Cocker and Richard Mabey

Birds Britannica is neither an identification guide nor a behavioural study (though both these subjects enter its field). It covers cultural links; social history; birds as food; ecology; the lore and language of birds; myths, art, literature and music; anecdotes, birdsong and rare facts; modern developments; migration, the seasons and our sense of place. An attempt to describe the interaction of birds and humans, it captures the essence of why birds matter.

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As readable as it is magnificent, this cultural study of Britain's birds examines 350 species in detail and features 500 color photographs and illustrations.


About the Author

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.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st September 2005

Author

Mark Cocker and Richard Mabey

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Publisher

Vintage

Format

Hardback
528 pages

Categories

The Real World


Wildlife: birds & birdwatching

ISBN

9780701169077

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