This is the day on which The Migrant Waders
will be launched in Colchester.
This beautiful book is lavishly and exquisitely illustrated by designer Ella Johnston. You can see some of her drawings on the accompanying poster
here in the Dunlin Press shop. The book, beautifully produced and edited by MW Bewick and Ella Johnston of Dunlin Press
, is 'a collection of illustration, evocative prose, poetry and reportage
that follows the migration routes of wading and shore birds from the
high arctic to the tropics.'
One of the contributors, Samantha Franks
, is a Research Ecologist with the BTO. Martin Harper
is the Conservation Director of the RSPB.
My Bittern poem has been included; and in a serendipitous way, I see the RSPB have just posted a piece by Rachael Murray
about this elusive bird, known more often by sound than its sighting.
The Bittern, as I recall, was one of the threatened species to feature
in the RSPB 'Conservation' board game that we used to play in the mid
1970s. I saw my first Bittern some thirty years later at Minsmere, and
have since seen - and heard - a few more on the reserve.
P.S. You may have found the same post on both my main blogs today. Birds and poetry seem to cover and span two key points of my (blogworld) focus. I was going to throw a link here (or over at Wild and Wonderful), but I decided it made sense to me to re-post in full.