Richard studied Education, Geography and Geology, and graduated from Exeter University in 1977. He entered the field of TEFL, which allowed him to teach abroad in several countries. His love of ornithology started in early childhood, and he used every opportunity to find out more. He worked as a volunteer on a few RSPB reserves and honed his observation skills. He ran ornithology courses at night schools and became the newsletter editor for his county ornithological society.
His notes on migratory birds showed that there has been a shift in their movement due to climate change. He has witnessed the demise of some of the local species: Cirl Bunting, Tree Sparrow and Turtle Dove. There has been a welcome arrival of some Mediterranean species, which is indicative that global warming is causing great changes within the European avifauna.
Iva was born in Czechoslovakia but left her homeland as a young child, in 1969, after the Russian occupation. She resided in West Germany for ten years, where she graduated from high school. On her arrival in England, she became proficient in the language and graduated from Brighton University, in 1992, with an honours degree in Social Policy and Administration. Her natural ability at language acquisition has given her a multitude of skills when it comes to the written word. She loves writing stories and poems, and uses her creativity to the fullest.
From the Beaks of Birds
This factual little book is written for both children and adults. The narrators are birds themselves who tell each other their stories and the problems they face in an ever-changing world. The book covers various habitats and tries to paint a picture of each and opens the door to some of the creatur...