Birds Britannica is a book by Mark Cocker and Richard Mabey, about the birds of the United Kingdom, and a sister volume to Mabey's 1996 Flora Britannica, about British plants. It was published in 2005 by Chatto & Windus.
|Publisher||Chatto & Windus|
|1 September 2005|
|Preceded by||'Flora Britannica|
|Followed by||'Bugs Britannica|
According to the project's official website:
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, during the book's eight-year research period. Mabey's contribution was limited by his depression, leading to Cocker having a leading role, doing the bulk of the work and this more prominent credit.
The Guardian described the book as "a glorious encyclopedia" and Cocker as "British bird life's perfect encyclopedist". The Times said "The entries for every species are a fascinating distillation of expert knowledge, personal account, reminiscence, literary reference and folk belief".
- Birds Britannia – a 2010 television series on the same subject.
- "Birds Britannica by Mark Cocker & Richard Mabey". Random House. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
- Dee, Tim (2005-08-20). "Review: Birds Britannica by Mark Cocker and Richard Mabey". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
- 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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