An inspiring introduction to 50 wild birds for mindful post-COVID nature watchers. Written by vegan wildlife presenter and filmmaker Roxy Furman, and nature writer, poet and film-artist Dr Meriel Lland, this pocket companion for the newbie birdwatcher will introduce you to 50 birds often seen in the UK and Europe.
Birding is one of the biggest trends of the last few years, and whether you live in a high-rise flat or a cabin in the woods, spending time in nature – away from screens – has proven benefits for our wellbeing. Each illustrated bird comes with a map of where in Europe you're likely to spot it, facts you never knew about each species, and notes on how we can help birds thrive – particularly those under threat. Whether you spot birds on your commute, cycle rides or weekend adventures, this is the perfect book for mindful nature lovers who want to look after our planet.
Dr Meriel Lland, Creative Writing Programme lead at Manchester Metropolitan University, is a writer, journalist, filmmaker and natural history photographer. She has worked with BBC Wildlife, RSPB Birds, National Geographic, Birdwatching magazine and the Natural History Museum. As a film poet engaged by human relationships with the wider natural world, her work has been showcased internationally at film and literature festivals. She is co-author of 11 books translated into 16 languages.
Roxy Furman, also known as Roxy the Zoologist, is a wildlife filmmaker, presenter and photographer. After gaining a first-class BSc in Zoology, and an MA in Wildlife Filmmaking, Roxy worked as a researcher for Silverback Films, the company behind many of the well-renowned BBC and Disney nature documentaries. Her work has been featured by the BBC, BBC Earth, RSPB, the Metro and the Guardian.
After gaining a degree in Fine Art from the University of Reading, Nicola Howell Hawley then set up Howell Illustration in 2015 and has since developed a colourful, clean style that blends vintage and contemporary elements. She creates illustrations and maps for product packaging, books and websites. She uses pen and ink, gouache paint and digital techniques. With a love of nature driving everything she does, Nicola is committed to sustainable practices.