Birds Britannica

Birds Britannica


By (author) Mark Cocker, By (author) Richard Mabey

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  • Publisher: CHATTO & WINDUS
  • Format: Hardback | 528 pages
  • Dimensions: 229mm x 287mm x 41mm | 2,495g
  • Publication date: 25 October 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0701169079
  • ISBN 13: 9780701169077
  • Illustrations note: Over 400 images in full colour
  • Sales rank: 172,242

Product description

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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Author information

Mark Cocker is one of Britain's foremost writers on nature and contributes regularly to the Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement, as well as BBC Radio Four. His six other books deal with modern responses to wilderness, whether found in landscape, human societies or in other species. They include a biography, Richard Meinerzthagen, shortlisted for the Angel Prize and the hugely acclaimed bestseller Birds Britannica (with Richard Mabey). He recently won a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship to study the cultural importance of birds in West Africa.

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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.