Stephen’s beautiful books on birds are by Stephen Moss, one of our best nature writers. He has written an arsenal of books on birds and native wildlife, also see the posts on how to help our garden birds, and how to stop birds flying into windows and a beginner’s guide to birds’ nests. He is so good, Stephen even teaches nature writing at university. Ideal rainy day reading, while looking out your window at feathered friends.
If you are watching birds, never play sounds on a tape of birdsong. It could attract other species, and put birds in danger.
- The Swallow: A Year in the Life is the latest book by Stephen Moss, one of England’s greatest nature writers. Learn of the epic migration of the swallow, and learn more of these extraordinary birds. Stephen has written several other books on native birds and urban wildlife.
- The Wren looks at our most common bird, with 8.5 million pairs, and by far the loudest song in proportion to their size. Thriving in Britain and Ireland, find these birds in small city gardens, remote offshore islands, blustery moors and chilly mountains. Did you know that a wren only weighs as much as two A4 sheets of paper? Always on the move, Stephen says this little friend is more mouse than bird!
- Mrs Moreau’s Warbler looks at how birds got their names. Find a rich cast of characters with fascinating stories, on a remarkable journey through time.
- The Robin us about our red-breasted territorial friend. Fans may be surprised to know that usually robins live little longer than a year, so it’s likely not the same bird that visits each year, but a descendent. Follow a robin from egg to adulthood through breeding, feeding and migration and ultimately to death.
- Urban Aviary takes you on a worldwide tour of urban birds, with helpful spotting hints and fact boxes. From frigatebirds wheeling over Rio de Janeiro to bowerbirds in the suburbs of Canberra, from penguins in Cape Town to pelicans in San Francisco, and huge flocks of starlings roosting around Rome’s Colosseum, the world’s cities are home to a remarkable array of feathered citizens.
- The Twelve Birds of Christmas focuses on a dozen of our favourite birds from swans and partridges, to taking a bit of creative liberty (the ‘drummers drumming’ describes the woodpecker happily drumming his padded skull against the trunk). Bird learning has never been so much fun.
The Accidental Countryside goes beyond birds to look at the wildlife of these crowded islands. From seabirds over the border in Shetland to peat teeming with life in Somerset, to rare insects over in Belfast, then back to London’s falcon, discover hidden urban friends.