Natural Selection at the Former Newington Library

11 September 2017 // Birds //Events

Situated in the former Cuming Museum – a museum founded by a father and son, which was originally home to a collection of natural history and archaeological curiosities – Natural Selection, by father and son Andy Holden and Peter Holden, will take you on an ornithological journey, from the building of nests to the collecting […]

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Birdwatching with Wordsworth and Woolf

10 September 2017 // Birds //Books

Alex Preston muses on the interplay between his two great loves – books and birds Now that I have children of my own and have left youth and London behind for a more gentle life in the country, I’ve found myself returning to the central obsession of my early years: birds. Bird-watching was everything for […]

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The Seabird’s Cry

1 September 2017 // Birds //Books

The Seabird’s Cry: The Lives and Loves of Puffins, Gannets, and Other Ocean Voyagers by Adam Nicolson (Harper Collins, hardback, 228 pages. Out now and available here.) Review by Sue Brooks I was enthralled by Sea Room (2001) when I first came across it twelve or more years ago. The day is dark and the […]

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As Kingfishers Catch Fire: A Review

9 August 2017 // Birds //Books

As Kingfishers Catch Fire, by Alex Preston and Neil Gower (Corsair, hardback, 280 pages. Out now and available here) Review by Will Burns Although Wendell Berry was talking specifically about the land when he wrote that a ‘destructive history, once it is understood as such, is a nearly insupportable burden. Understanding it is a disease […]

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An extract from As Kingfishers Catch Fire

10 July 2017 // Birds //Books

An extract from As Kingfishers Catch Fire, by Alex Preston and Neil Gower. (Corsair, hardback, 280 pages. Published 17 July and available to preorder here.) You don’t watch barn owls, you encounter them. It was a cold, clear February afternoon and Neil and I were walking back from Camber Castle across the mudflats of Rye […]

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