For millennia, we have been fascinated by birds. Their ability to fly has excited our envy; the beauty of their plumage resonates in our art; and the music of their song has inspired musicians and poets down the ages. More recently, science and technology have provided breathtaking insight into the capacity and complexity of their lives that can only increase our admiration of and connection to them.

A first step to increasing our enjoyment of wild birds is to get to know them. This can enhance the pleasure of a stroll through the park or a walk in the countryside. Just as we do, birds recognise each other by sight and sound. Being able to name a bird by its voice or song can lend a particular satisfaction to species identification. You hear the song, and make a mental note, ah, there’s a song thrush. The song becomes the casual greeting of an old friend.

As a writer with a science background, I can provide expertise in bird behaviour and ecology, and also in the special inspiration that birds provide to poets and writers. 

Please check back in to see when I may be offering: 

  • Dawn Chorus events
  • Birdsong identification courses/workshops
  • Evolution of Birds courses
  • Birds and poetry/literature courses/ workshops



I am grateful for the generous donation of photographs: