Bird Books By Stephen Moss
Stephen Moss is one of Britain’s leading nature writers, broadcasters and wildlife television producers, specialising in birds and British wildlife. He is a lifelong naturalist and is passionate about communicating the wonders of the natural world to the widest possible audience.
Mrs Moreau's Warbler: How Birds Got Their Names
Through fascinating encounters with birds, and the rich cast of characters who came up with their names, in Mrs Moreau’s Warbler Stephen Moss takes us on a remarkable journey through time. From when humans and birds first shared the earth to our fraught present-day coexistence, Moss shows how these names reveal as much about ourselves and our relationship with the natural world as about the creatures they describe.
The Robin: A Biography
In The Robin Stephen Moss records a year of observing the robin both close to home and in the field to shed light on the hidden life of this apparently familiar bird. We follow its lifecycle from the time it enters the world as an egg, through its time as a nestling and juvenile, to the adult bird; via courtship, song, breeding, feeding, migration – and ultimately, death.
The Wren: A Biography
The wren is a paradox of a bird. On the one hand wrens are ubiquitous. They are Britain’s most common bird, with 8.5 million breeding pairs and have by far the loudest song in proportion to their size. They also thrive up and down Britain and Ireland: from the smallest city garden to remote offshore islands, blustery moors to chilly mountains.
Attracting Birds To Your Garden
A new edition of this popular title. Gardening for birds is both a great way to help our endangered feathered friends as well as a great pleasure in itself. This book offers a host of practical suggestions on feeding birds and providing opportunities for nesting and bathing. The reader is taken through the steps of planning a bird-friendly garden covering aspects such as pond construction, suitable plants, provision of nesting sites and food, pest control and garden maintenance.
Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Birds … But Were Afraid to Ask
This RSPB-endorsed book answers all those burning questions about birds that beginners and experts alike may ask themselves as they go about their birding. How do ducks keep their feet from freezing in winter? Why don’t swallows stay in Africa? Are birds really dinosaurs, or were dinosaurs really birds? How is it decided whether bird species should be ‘split’ or ‘lumped’? Taking a ‘questions and answers’ approach, each specific question leads to an answer which expands the theme under discussion, so that all aspects of bird life and the hobby of birding are covered.
A Sky Full of Starlings: A Diary of the Birding Year
The new book retains everything that reviewers liked about This Birding Life – its easy, good-humoured style, its combination of a wide birding knowledge with the gift of making things interesting for the general reader – and applies it to a simple concept. Stephen Moss began on 1 January 2007 to chronicle each species of bird as he was seeing it for the first time last year, and continued to do so until 31 December. He writes about what he saw, where he saw it, who he was with, what it made him think and feel.
This Birding Life: The Best of the "Guardian's" Birdwatch
Drawing on nearly twenty years of columns for the Guardian, Stephen covers local, national and foreign birding encounters. From the (varying) excitement and peace of his chosen pursuit, to the growing uncertainties posed by climate change, the author brings an enthusiasm and sincerity to the subject that will energise even the most fair-weather of birdwatchers.
Birders worldwide were asked to tell us the top 10 favourite birds in their country and why. The responses included contributions from people from major organisations, such as Audubon and BirdLife, as well as bird lovers around the world, and formed the basis for the list of the 100 birds within this book. These include the most glamorous or extraordinary birds from the common to the less well-known: penguins to hummingbirds and toucans to cranes.
A Bird In The Bush: A Social History Of Birdwatching
These days the RSPB (the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) has over a million active members. Watching birds is one of the most popular of all leisure pursuits. For many people it offers a tranquil day out at a picturesque nature reserve with a nice tea shop; for many more – the fabled ‘twitchers’ beloved of media jokes – it is a fiercely competitive sport that requires a pager, a fast car and enormous stamina. It is a hobby that has spawned a big and lucrative industry, to supply anything from birding holidays in South America to state-of-the-art telescopes and even bird-call ringtones for a mobile phone