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The Bird Book: A fully illustrated pocket guide to 50 Birds of the UK and Europe

Updated: Mar 26

May will see the release of the first ever book I've fully illustrated: The Bird Book, by Dr Meriel Lland and Roxy Furman. Here's an intro to the book and the month of blogs I've planned around it.


A book cover that features 50 birds arranged around a title 'The Bird Book, A Curious Compendium of 50 Wild Birds'
The cover of The Bird Book by Roxy Furman and Dr Meriel Lland, illustrated by Nicola Howell Hawley

I'm so excited I've planned a full month of blogs around it, from chatting about how I got the job and the creative process behind it, to guest blogs from the editor, designer and authors, I hope to have a month of exciting content for you!


Right now though, you could be wondering: what on earth is The Bird Book. Well, let me fill you in: It's an inspiring introduction to 50 wild birds for mindful post-Covid nature watchers.

Written by vegan wildlife presenter and filmmaker Roxy Furman, and nature writer, poet and film-artist Dr Meriel Lland, this pocket companion for the newbie birdwatcher will introduce you to 50 stunning birds often seen in the UK and Europe.

It's designed to encourage getting outside, and hopefully you all know how I feel by now about spending time in the outdoors!

A detailed illustration of a red grouse
Red Grouse - Illustration by Nicola Howell Hawley for The Bird Book


This book is fully illustrated, which means every single bird is accompanied with an illustration by yours truly *eeeeee*. Each illustrated bird comes with a map of where in Europe you're likely to spot it, facts you never knew about each species, and notes on how we can help birds thrive - particularly those under threat.

I had a lot of fun on this project - you might be able to tell from the fluffy kingfisher illustration above - and I want as many people to know about it as possible because I'm so proud of all the work that has gone into this.

If you like the sound of it, you can avoid giving Bezos more money and support your local bookshop, check out, which allows you to shop online from your local bookshop, even if they don't have a website.


UPDATED 26/3/24. I have removed some of the posts and left what I think are the most interesting, I hope you enjoy!

A poster featuring 50 illustrated birds from the UK and Europe, with identification below
50 Birds Poster by Nicola Howell Hawley

So, for the next month you'll see lots of interesting blogs to do with The Bird Book, you'll get behind-the-scenes glimpses of editing, design and writing. And you'll see exclusive artwork.

You can also buy my 50 Birds poster (above), or 50 Birds Cards, which has each of the 50 birds illustrated on separate cards, so you can find your favourite! (Both currently in the sale 26.3.24!)

As always, thanks for reading!


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