Niall Ed­wor­thy Black Swan, SB, £8.99

Bird Watching (UK) - - Books -

Whether you're a keen bird­watcher, a pub quiz afi­cionado, or just a lover of trivia, this is the book for you. It's packed with more than 1,000 facts, pack­aged in bite-sized chunks, so it's a great book to have to hand dur­ing your quiet mo­ments on fu­ture birdwatching trips. It ranges from the highly prac­ti­cal (what to feed your gar­den birds, and how to stop birds fly­ing into win­dows), through the lit­er­ary and cul­tural (it's lit­tered with po­etry), to the sci­en­tific (dis­cus­sions of how birds store fat up for mi­gra­tion, for ex­am­ple). The writ­ing is clear, con­cise and en­gag­ing, and Ed­wor­thy has a knack of get­ting across some pretty com­plex in­for­ma­tion and con­cepts in an ac­ces­si­ble, but never pa­tro­n­is­ing, way. You're un­likely to pick it up and read it through in one sit­ting – it's much bet­ter di­gested by dip­ping into it – but I guar­an­tee that you'll be quot­ing facts and fig­ures from it at be­mused friends for months. The Cu­ri­ous Bird Lover's Hand­book is both en­ter­tain­ing and ed­u­ca­tional.

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