Birds Britannica

Birds Britannica is a book by Mark Cocker and Richard Mabey,[1] about the birds of the United Kingdom, and a sister volume to Mabey's 1996[2] Flora Britannica,[1][2] about British plants. It was published in 2005[2] by Chatto & Windus.[2]

Birds Britannica
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CountryUnited Kingdom
PublisherChatto & Windus
Publication date
1 September 2005 (2005-09-01)
Preceded by'Flora Britannica 
Followed by'Bugs Britannica 

According to the project's official website:[1]

It covers cultural links; social history; birds as food; ecology; the lore and language of birds; myths, art, literature and music; anecdotes, birdsong and rare facts; modern developments; migration, the seasons and our sense of place.

Over 1,000 members of the public provided details of their observations and experiences,[1] during the book's eight-year[1] research period. Mabey's contribution was limited by his depression,[2] leading to Cocker having a leading role, doing the bulk of the work[3] and this more prominent credit.


The Guardian described the book as "a glorious encyclopedia"[2] and Cocker as "British bird life's perfect encyclopedist".[2] The Times said "The entries for every species are a fascinating distillation of expert knowledge, personal account, reminiscence, literary reference and folk belief".[3]

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  1. ^ a b c d e "Birds Britannica by Mark Cocker & Richard Mabey". Random House. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Dee, Tim (2005-08-20). "Review: Birds Britannica by Mark Cocker and Richard Mabey". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
  3. ^ a b Marsden, Philip (2005-08-21). "Birds Britannica by Mark Cocker and Richard Mabey – Times Online". The Times. Retrieved 21 November 2010.

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