Ire­land Through Birds

BY CONOR W. O’BRIEN, MER­RION PRESS, €16.95 / £14.99

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - OUR WILD WORLD -

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

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