The Swallow: A Biography
With around 5.3 million breeding pairs, the swallow is one of the most common birds in Britain. Known for living close to human settlements, including rural and urban areas, it is also one of the most-sighted. But how much do we really know about this bird? In ‘The Swallow’ Stephen Moss documents a year of observing the swallow close to home and in the field to shed light on the secret life of these extraordinary birds. We trace the swallow’s lifecycle and journey, from its arrival in the UK in spring to its epic winter migration to warmer climes, and how the swallow takes its place in popular culture and literature across the centuries. With beautiful illustrations throughout, this captivating year-in-the-life biography reveals the hidden secrets of this iconic bird that lives right on our doorstep.
From the bestselling author of The Robin, The Wren and The Twelve Birds of Christmas.
With around 700,000 breeding pairs, the swallow is one of the most familiar birds in Britain. Though we consider the swallow to be ‘our’ bird, we also share this beloved creature with millions of others across the globe. Whilst we see it on a daily basis for half the year, the swallow then flies south to Africa, living on only in our memory in the long, dark winter.
In The Swallow Stephen Moss documents a year of observing the swallow close to home and in the field to shed light on the secret life of this extraordinary bird. We trace the swallow’s life cycle and journey, including the epic 12,000-mile round trip it takes every year, to enable it to enjoy a life of almost eternal sunshine, and the key part the swallow plays in our traditional and popular culture.
With beautiful illustrations throughout, this captivating year-in-the-life biography reveals the hidden secrets of this charismatic and beautiful bird.
PRAISE FOR STEPHEN MOSS:
‘A superb naturalist and writer’ Chris Packham
‘Inspired, friendly and blessed with apparently limitless knowledge’ Peter Marren
‘Moss has carved out an enviable niche as a chronicler of the natural world’ Daily Mail