Bugs Britannica will be a nationwide chronicle of bug life in the 21st century. It will look at why bugs matter to us and why we care about them. It will record our continuing love-hate relationship with small life and how it influences our life and times, in a word, our culture. We want to find out what meaning we attach to bugs, what uses and entertainments we have made of them, how they inspire us whether in poetry, prose, film or song, and what we do to attract and conserve them.
This book follows in the footsteps of the immensely popular "Flora Britannica" (1997) and "Birds Britannica" (2005).
Peter Marren is a wildlife writer, journalist and authority on invertebrate folklore and names. His books include The New Naturalists, which won the Society for the History of Natural History's Thackray Medal, "Britain's Rare Flowers", which won the Botanical Society of the British Isles' Presidents' Award. He won a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for work on "Bugs Britannica".
Richard Mabey is 'Britain's greatest living nature writer' (The Times) and the force behind the Britannica series. Among his acclaimed publications are "Food for Free", "Gilbert White" (Whitbread Biography of the Year), "Nature Cure", "Beechcombings" and "Flora Britannica", which won the British Book Awards' Illustrated Book of the Year and the Botanical Society of the British Isles' President's Award. He also collaborated with Mark Cocker on "Birds Britannica".