10 Jan 2011

Birds and People: Bonds in a Timeless Journey

By Rory Mccann

Nigel J Collar, Adrian J Long, Patricio Robles Gil and Jamie Rojo, 360 pages, BirdLife International £29.99  BUY NOW 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.  This book looks at the place of birds in our cultures, ancient and modern, and the role they play in the myths and other stories we use to explain the world and our place in it. It also examines humankind’s use of birds for food, feathers and fertiliser, and the gradual shift from sustainability to overexploitation, and the ways in which we benefit from birds, including the growth of birdwatching and bird tourism. Birds and People ends with a celebration of our relationship with birds and the joy in life that encounters with birds can bring us, and reassures us that “there are welcome signs that we may now be emerging into a new maturity and wisdom in the way we relate to birds and the environments that they occupy alongside us.” This book is one of those signs. 'It is a sumptuously produced book with beautiful photographs, aiming to get people to renew their bond with the natural world'. - BTO News