A Murmuration of Starlings

by Steve Palin

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A flock of birds, even a skein of geese perhaps – but a cete of badgers, or a grist of bees?

The collective nouns of animals and birds have long inspired and intrigued us. Many have their roots in medieval times, in particular applied to those creatures hunted by man, and subject to the etiquette of their proper group names.

Author Steve Palin has beautifully illustrated and given the background to about fifty different animals and birds with interesting collective nouns – and listed 420 of them in his glossary.

This elegant little book will appeal to all those with a fascination for the English language, those who want the answers for quizzes and crossword puzzles, and those with an interest in animals and birds.

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Illustrations:
50 Colour illustrations

Pages:
112

Published:
Sep 12, 2013

ISBN:
9781906122546

About the Author:

Steve Palin was born in Liverpool and has spent his working life in education as a teacher, headteacher and adviser. He has been publishing his artwork for nearly 35 years and has exhibited in the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art.

His most recent best-selling book, A Murmuration of Starlings, showcased the collective nouns of animals and birds in words and watercolours.

A trustee of the North Wales Wildlife Trust, he lives on Anglesey where he is developing a wildflower meadow to encourage wildlife.



Steve Palin was born in Liverpool and has spent his working life in education as a teacher, headteacher and adviser. He has been publishing his artwork for nearly 35 years and has exhibited in the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art.

His most recent best-selling book, A Murmuration of Starlings, showcased the collective nouns of animals and birds in words and watercolours.

A trustee of the North Wales Wildlife Trust, he lives on Anglesey where he is developing a wildflower meadow to encourage wildlife.


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