Book review – ornithology

Forty years ago, curlews were ubiquitous on British coasts in winter. But mechanised farming and the use of chemicals have spelt disaster

The lovely curlew is wading into extinction

2 June 2018 9:00 am

Mary Colwell, a producer at the BBC natural history unit, is on a mission: to save the British curlew from…

The sinister bird occurs famously in Edgar Allan Poe’s poem ‘The Raven’

If you keep a pet raven, look out for your jewellery and car keys

24 March 2018 9:00 am

With bird books the more personal the better. Joe Shute was once a crime correspondent and is today a Telegraph…

Illustration by beatrice forshall

Is the Slender-billed curlew already extinct?

2 January 2016 9:00 am

This unusual book is beautifully written, produced and illustrated, but its subject — the small Slender-billed curlew — is strangely…

Cuckoo chick with wren parent

Why the cheating cuckoo may finally be getting its comeuppance

21 March 2015 9:00 am

In recent years there has been a fashion for so-called ‘new nature writing’, where the works are invariably heavy with…