Ireland Through Birds
BY CONOR W. O’BRIEN, MERRION PRESS, €16.95 / £14.99
Part travelogue, part avian quest, this is a book about people, place and nature. At times both historical and contemporary, the author uses 12 species to reflect on the evolution of his own birding hobby, his deep connections to Irish landscapes throughout his life and the current state of nature in his homeland. Accessible, engaging and intelligent, the prose situates individual birds as diverse as corncrake, goosander, merlin and cuckoo, within broader changing relationships between nature and people over time. There is pathos and hope in the pages of this book, which acts as a stimulus to us all to forge out into wild places to rediscover and reconnect.
Academic and birder
Dr Rob Lambert