A charming new book by Marianne Taylor, that charts her two-year quest to see all 40 British dragons and damsels. She got within three - thwarted by last year's wettest summer on record. Along the way she met badgers, foxes, hares, ospreys and butterflies galore and showed that this densely populated island still has plenty of magical wild places.The stars are the dragons and their bizarre lifestyle. -- John Ingham The Daily Express A splendid search for all of Britain's dragonflies and damselflies -- Simon Barnes The Times The book is an account of of the author's travels in search of dragons and damsels...the reader is soon captivated by her thoughts and there were sections I could not put down. Highland News Group Dragonflight is more than mere clinical descriptions of handsome insects, it is a series of warm verbal paintings of some of our most charismatic wildlife. BBC Countryfile The combination of aquatic gargoyle nymphs and masterful aeronaut adults provides Taylor with a wealth of narrative and we are let through various watery landscapes, from lowland river and East Anglian Broad to moor mountain and coastal shingle in search of the adult flies ... Dragonflight is more than mere clinical descriptions of handsome insects, it is a series of warm verbal paintings of some of our most charismatic wildlife. -- Richard Jones BBC Wildlife
Marianne Taylor is a former editor at Christopher Helm and former sub-editor of (and regular writer for) Birdwatch magazine, now working freelance as a writer, editor, illustrator and photographer. An obsessive birder since childhood, her interest in other wildlife groups has grown steadily, and a new passion for dragonflies and damselflies has dominated her summers for the last three years. Her other books include RSPB British Birds of Prey (Bloomsbury); The Nature Book (Michael O'Mara); Photographing Garden Wildlife (New Holland) and Where to Discover Nature (Bloomsbury).
As someone who has very recently come to Odonata from bird-watching I was really looking forward to reading this book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Patrik
It’s OK, bit hard going and the writer likes to repeat herself quite a lot, which makes the book quite hard going. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Hawk
A very readable account of persistence and patience wins the day.Published 11 months ago by heilanman