With its enchanting song, striking orange bill and endearing willingness to share our living space, the blackbird is one of our best-loved birds. But robins, swifts, goldfinches and blue tits captivate us equally and, in The Blackbird Diaries, Cumbrian nature writer Karen Lloyd takes us across the limestone hills and valleys of her beloved South Lakeland, shares her deep-rooted affection for British wildlife and issues a clarion call for the conservation of endangered habitats and species – most notably the curlew, Europe’s largest wading bird.

Chaired by Will Mackie, New Writing North

  

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