For the whole of human history, we have shared our world with birds.
We have hunted and domesticated them for food, fuel and feathers; placed them at the heart of our religions, rituals, myths and legends; poisoned, persecuted and often demonised them; and celebrated them in our music art and poetry.
This is the story of our long and eventful relationship, told through ten birds whose lives – and interactions with our own – have changed the course of human history.
Come join Stephen Moss in this talk on his fascinating book. Stephen Moss is one of Britain’s leading nature writers and broadcasters. Now based in Somerset, he was born in London, and read English at Cambridge before joining the BBC.
His TV credits include the BAFTA award-winning Springwatch, The Nature of Britain and Birds Britannia, while his books include Wild Hares and Hummingbirds, ‘biographies’ of the Robin, Wren, Swallow and Swan, and Ten Birds that Changed the World (March 2023). He writes a monthly ‘Birdwatch’ column for the Guardian, is President of the Somerset Wildlife Trust, and teaches an MA in Nature and Travel Writing at Bath Spa University. A lifelong naturalist, Stephen has travelled to all seven of the world’s continents in search of wildlife.