Ten Books About The Natural World You Must Read

Ten Books About The Natural World You Must Read

1. The Diversity of Life by Edward O. Wilson This amazing book tells the story of how life on earth became so diverse and stresses our obligations to conserve ecosystems and not just single species. He writes: “Now the value of the little things in the natural world...
All The Fun At The Fair

All The Fun At The Fair

On 22nd August, Liza and I went to the Bird Fair at Rutland Water. I was there to give a talk at the Authors Forum on an update of my book “A Sparrowhawk’s Lament” which was published last year. With me were Nigel Middleton, the Hawk and Owl Trusts Conservation...
Nature Red In Tooth And Clay

Nature Red In Tooth And Clay

I love all birds of prey. Their position in the natural world is a precarious one. Persecuted for taking game birds from rearing pens and decimated in the fifties and sixties by the effects of agricultural pesticides every bird of prey I see fills me with joy....
Sparrowhawks In Art

Sparrowhawks In Art

Dr Roger Clarke was a world expert on the analysis of the pellets of birds of prey. They are the undigested items of prey – fur, feathers and bones – which are regurgitated before the bird goes hunting again. I can see him now taking a pellet from where it has been...
H Is For Hawk… And Heffers

H Is For Hawk… And Heffers

Last Thursday I went to Heffers bookshop in Cambridge for a book signing of my book, A Sparrowhawk’s Lament. Sharing this event with me was Helen Macdonald who has written a cracking good best seller, H is for Hawk. About a hundred people had braved the arctic blast...