For three years, Mark Cocker, the author and conservationist, has been working with BirdLife on a massive and remarkable initiative that documents how birds fill our lives. Called Birds and People, the project is building an international chorus on just why birds are so important to people.
The winners of The World’s Rarest Birds international photo competition have just been announced. The competition, launched in 2010, aimed to secure images of the 566 most threatened birds on Earth for a new book highlighting their plight.
852 pages, £52.99, Available to buy. This book covers all 1200 species now threatened with global extinction. The threats to each species are described, with an evaluation of conservation measures so far and targets for the future.
544 pages, £40.00, Available to buy. This book is the first complete guide to the natural history and wildlife of this vast region, covering all the sub Antarctic islands, the Southern Ocean and the Antarctic Continent.
424 pages, £17.99, Available to buy. Insightful, compelling and laugh-out-loud funny, this is more than a book about birds. It's a true story detailing the lengths to which a man will go to escape his mid-life crisis. A travelogue with a difference.
360 pages, £9.99, Available to buy. Birds and People: Bonds in a Timeless Journey unfolds the history of our relationship with the most colourful and familiar of the groups of organisms we share our planet with.
769 pages, £30, Available to buy. More than 600 researchers contributed to the book, which took eight years to compile. 455 sites are identified, covering 17% of the land area of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuala.
419 pages, £15, Available to buy. At least 63 percent of the world's raptors migrate. Raptor Watch, compiled from contributions by over 800 observers worldwide, is a guide to 388 hotspots where these birds can be seen in their thousands.