‘Britain’s Birds – A Treasury of Fact, Fiction and Folklore’ by Jo Woolf
Available from 3rd March
In this follow-up to ‘Britain’s Trees’, Jo is looking at 70 of Britain’s best-loved bird species and finding out more about their natural history; she’s also unearthing some curious tales of superstition and folklore which have been associated with particular species over the centuries. Which birds, for example, are the fire-fetchers, daring to fly up to the Sun to bring back fire to the Earth? Who is the ‘king of birds’, and how did he acquire that title? What secret knowledge does the woodpecker possess, and why was it such bad news if you heard the Seven Whistlers? This book was fascinating to research, and a joy to write.
Woven into the text are some lovely quotes from literature, both ancient and modern. Illustrated by Joanna Lisowiec. Published by The National Trust – publication date is 3rd March and copies will be posted as soon as possible thereafter.
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