Swifts in a Tower


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Swifts in a Tower Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Unicorn Publishing Group
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Pages: 260 Illustrations and other contents: 20 Illustrations, black and white ISBN: 9781911604365 Categories: , Tag:

First published in 1956, Swifts in a Tower still offers astonishing insights into the private lives of swifts, their lifestyles, and the environment they inhabit.

Now more than sixty years later, swifts have been studied even more thoroughly, using technology unimaginable in the 1950s. This research has revealed more secrets of these indomitable flyers, which spend virtually their entire lives in flight. This new edition, edited by the author’s son Andrew Lack has been published in association with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds for their Oxford Swift City project. It includes a brand-new chapter by Andrew Lack that updates the story of this remarkable bird for the twenty-first century.

Weight0.65 kg



Author Biography

David Lack (1910-1973) is one of the most celebrated names in the study of birds. His pioneering life-history studies resulted in an explosion of interest in the ecology of birds as well as the landmark popular books The Life of the Robin, Darwin's Finches, and Swifts in a Tower. Even during World War II he was able to study bird migration while involved in secret work to develop radar. In 1945 he became the Director of the Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology in Oxford and started research programmes - including on swifts - that continue right to this day.