A Sky Full of Birds: In Search of Murders, Murmurations and Britain's Great Bird Gatherings
Britain is a nation of bird-lovers. However, few of us fully appreciate the sheer scale, variety and drama of our avian life. From city-centre hunters to vast flocks straight out of the Arctic wilderness, much-loved dawn songsters to the exotic invaders of supermarket car parks, a host of remarkable wildlife spectacles are waiting to be discovered right outside our front doors.
In A Sky Full of Birds, poet and nature writer Matt Merritt shares his passion for birdwatching by taking us to some of the great avian gatherings that occur around the British isles – from ravens in Anglesey and raptors on the Wirral, to Kent nightingales and Scottish capercallies. By turns lyrical, informative and entertaining, he shows how natural miracles can be found all around us, if only we know where to look for them.
- ISBN: 9781846044809
- Author(s): Merritt
- Stock Code: 6044809
- Format: PAPERBACK
- Language: English
- Illustrations: Maps
- Pages: 227
- Published: 2017
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