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The Book of the Barn Owl
03 Mar 2022 * EBOOK * £9.99 * 9781789544763

Sally Coulthard, bestselling natural history author, shines a light on the Barn Owl, one of the most mesmering and elusive icons of the countryside.

Non Fiction / WNCB (Natural History)
Extent: 208 pages  Illus: 25 integrated b&w
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The Book of the Barn Owlby Sally Coulthard

Few of us know what goes on after dark, underneath the moon. Sally Coulthard shines a light on the barn owl, one of the most mesmerising and elusive icons of the countryside.

'Fascinating insights... An endearing book for lovers of the barn owl' Daily Mail
'Enjoyable and lyrical... Enhanced by Vanessa Lubach's arresting lino prints' Country Life
'Packs in everything the amateur nature enthusiast would want to know' Yorkshire Life
'This is a gorgeous little book. Delicately crafted, it is full of insights into the natural history of this magnificent bird – why the feathers are so pale, their breeding and eating habits, for example – plus conservation advice. A lovely read' Permaculture Magazine
'In this short, but nonetheless charming volume, the bestselling natural history author Sally Coulthard shines a light on the barn owl, one of the most mesmerising and elusive icons of the countryside. If you want to know how you can help protect this wonderful nocturnal creature, this little book could be just the ticket' The Countryman Magazine

With its heart-shaped face and silent, graceful flight, the barn owl regularly tops the nation's list of favourite birds. But how much do we really know about this sublime tenant of the night?

Here, bestselling author Sally Coulthard shines a light on the barn owl. Full of fascinating insights, conservation advice and the latest research, this affectionate and timely guide also tells the story of a barn owl's early life – from first pip of the shell to leaving the nest – a fascinating time in this captivating creature's journey.

Sally Coulthard is a bestselling author of books about natural history and rural life including The Barn, A Short History of the World According to Sheep, The Book of the Earthworm, The Hedgehog Handbook and over twenty more titles. She lives on a Yorkshire smallholding which she shares with her husband, three girls and an assortment of unruly animals.

Gift-style book with charming illustrations, an addition to the series that includes THE BEE BIBLE and THE HEDGEHOG HANDBOOK.

Sally is a prolific author and her books about natural history and rural life have together sold 60k copies.

Coulthard's previous books have sold rights in Poland, Germany, Netherlands and the US.

MARKET: The Hedgehog Handbook; The Bee Bible; The Book of the Earthworm; John Lewis-Stempel; Patrick Barkham; Matt Sewell.


'A beautifully written book about a beautiful bird. Fact-filled, yet totally engaging' David Ramsden MBE, Barn Owl Trust

'An enjoyable and lyrical read, enhanced by Vanessa Lubach's arresting lino prints, which really bring the book to life' Country Life

'Looks set to be a bestseller... Beautifully illustrated and full of fascinating insights' Yorkshire Post

'Sally Coulthard brings us another immensely readable biography of British Isles fauna... This little book packs in everything the amateur nature enthusiast would want to know about one of Britain's most thrilling nocturnal creatures' Yorkshire Life

'With fascinating insights and tips on how to attract them... This is an endearing book for lovers of the barn owl' Daily Mail

'Coulthard's style is never less than effortlessly readable, and it is a measure of the delicacy of her touch that she is successfully able to marry the poetry of Edward Thomas with the rigorous research of a scientific study' Yorkshire Times

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