This isn’t a book review as I wrote the Foreword to this book and so can hardly be unbiased. It’s a very good book – and pitched just right to have something to offer to both the expert and the beginner. And Dan Powell’s illustrations are just lovely.
Ian Carter has reviewed books and written a whole bunch of guest blogs on this site but I wouldn’t say I know him well. But we had a chat at the Bird Fair and that reminded me that I was rather lax in not having looked at the finished article of his book.
The book has a simple structure which works well; there is a chapter for each month (starting with January) which takes us through the year and these have five further chapters (History in Britain, The Red Kite Reintroduction Programme, Threats and Problems, To Feed or Not to Feed, World Status) interleaved among them to cover more general aspects of the history and conservation of this bird.
Although the book is kindly dedicated to ‘The many people who have helped with the restoration of the Red Kite in Britain and Ireland’ it is we (for I am a small player in that number) who should thank Ian for his great efforts over many years to that end. And we can now add our thanks for this attractive and valuable book on the subject too.
The Red Kite’s Year by Ian Carter and DanPowell is published by Pelagic.