A Sky Full of Birds
A beautifully written guide to great bird gatherings during a year's travels around the British Isles
'Prose from a poet and a personal take on the spectacles' Chris Packham, author of Fingers in the Sparkle Jar
Shortlisted for Richard Jefferies Society & White Horse Bookshop Literary Prize 2017
Longlisted for the Wainwright Prize 2017
Britain is a nation of bird-lovers. However, few of us fully appreciate the sheer scale, variety and drama of our avian life. From city-centre hunters to vast flocks straight out of the Arctic wilderness, much-loved dawn songsters to the exotic invaders of supermarket car parks, a host of remarkable wildlife spectacles are waiting to be discovered right outside our front doors.
In A Sky Full of Birds, poet and nature writer Matt Merritt shares his passion for birdwatching by taking us to some of the great avian gatherings that occur around the British isles – from ravens in Anglesey and raptors on the Wirral, to Kent nightingales and Scottish capercaillies. By turns lyrical, informative and entertaining, he shows how natural miracles can be found all around us, if only we know where to look for them.
A Sky Full of Birds is the perfect read for avid birdwatchers and a beautiful gift for lovers of nature and poetic prose.
Praise for A Sky Full of Birds
Prose from a poetChris Packham, author of Fingers in the Sparkle Jar
Compelling...a timely reminder of why [birds] matter so much to so many of usStephen Moss, author of Wild Hares and Hummingbirds
Beautifully written...informative and entertainingNFU Countryside Magazine
Eloquent and infectiousLiterary Review
FascinatingThe Countryman magazine
Fascinating…peppered with personal anecdotes, historical facts and myths to create a literary tapestryDavid Lindo, author of The Urban Birder
Exhilarating…vibrant and vividStuart Winter, author of Tales of a Tabloid Twitcher
Delightful and insightfulDominic Couzens, author of Tales of Remarkable Birds
His latest book, A Sky Full of Birds, delights in the simple joys of birding in this country.Joe Shute, Telegraph
Fluid, imaginative and poetic yet full of facts...Great stuffBo Beolens, Fatbirder
An intensely personal journey and a celebration of the restorative powers of natureRob Lambert, BBC Wildlife Magazine
This beautifully written book will transport you to a world where birdwatching is more than just ticking a species off a list. Matt Merritt writes from the heart and takes us on a very personal journey around BritainCountryside