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  • Published: 7 April 2016
  • ISBN: 9781473503328
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

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.

  • Pub date: 7 April 2016
  • ISBN: 9781473503328
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

About the Author

Matt Merritt

Matt Merritt is the Editor of Bird Watching, Britain’s best-selling bird watching magazine, and a published poet with four collections to his name. He is frequently invited to give talks and readings, and is the Poetry Editor of the literary magazine Under The Radar. He blogs at polyolbion.blogspot.com

Praise for A Sky Full of Birds

“Prose from a poet”

Chris Packham, author of Fingers in the Sparkle Jar

“Compelling...a timely reminder of why [birds] matter so much to so many of us ”

Stephen Moss, author of Wild Hares and Hummingbirds

“Beautifully written...informative and entertaining”

NFU Countryside Magazine

“Eloquent and infectious”

Literary Review


The Countryman magazine

“Fascinating…peppered with personal anecdotes, historical facts and myths to create a literary tapestry”

David Lindo, author of The Urban Birder

“Exhilarating…vibrant and vivid”

Stuart Winter, author of Tales of a Tabloid Twitcher

“Delightful and insightful”

Dominic 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 stuff”

Bo Beolens, Fatbirder

“An intensely personal journey and a celebration of the restorative powers of nature”

Rob 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 Britain”


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