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Britain’s Birds

A Treasury of Fact, Fiction and Folklore

Jo Woolf

National Trust


ISBN: 9781911657149

Price: £12.99

Publication date: 3 March 2022


Packed with natural history facts, folklore and literary appearances for more than 70 of Britain’s birds. A fascinating and charming guide that will make a perfect gift for anyone who loves birds and natural Britain. Did you know that according to legend blackbirds were originally white? Or that the number of times you hear a cuckoo determines how many children you’ll have? Or that woodpeckers have special shock absorbers built into their beaks? Or that in 1958 a puffin was blown inland and knocked a man off his bicycle near Bromley? 

There are 40 beautiful custom illustrations in the book too, which will help beginners to identify the birds. 


Jo was born in Shropshire, and now lives with her husband in Argyll. She has always had a passion for writing, along with a lively fascination for history and the natural world. In 2016 she was invited to become Writer in Residence at the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.