Ask someone to name a famous woman in the world of fauna conservation and they would probably mention Jane Goodall for her work with chimpanzees. Then ask that person to name a woman who had achieved great things in bird conservation, and they would probably give you a blank look. Yet women have made and continue to make truly remarkable achievements.
All over the world women are working in bird conservation –- usually without the recognition they deserve, despite dedicating their lives to birds, often at considerable personal cost. They work in the field, campaign against the illegal wildlife trade and educate people in sensitive areas regarding the important role that birds play as part of the biodiversity of their locality and of the planet. This book is full of inspirational women including those who have played an important role in bird conservation and even in bird rescue centres. Their stories and those of the birds they saved will touch your heart. The book also covers social issues such as discrimination against women working in the field.
This book shines a spotlight on more than 30 of these female heroes. It encourages women to be inspired by their stories and to make their own contributions to saving wonderful feathered creatures from extinction.
Review: Female Heroes of Bird Conservation by Rosemary Low Review by Louise Peat
If you are looking for an uplifting read this book will not only tick the box but will also leave you deeply inspired, impressed and in awe by what can only be described as a group of elite superheroes, women both past and present who have battled copious challenges and obstacles to fulfil their dreams, ambitions and passions.
The result of their work as individuals is vast, increasing knowledge and awareness of avian species, husbandry, saving lives and even species from certain extinction. Put them together in a group and the impact their work has had on a global scale is colossal.
Some of the stories of these women are beyond extraordinary especially those from the past when times were very different and women were seen as second class citizens, there to serve the man of the house. How they managed to achieve what they did in an age where so many obstacles were stacked against them is truly remarkable. I don’t want to give too much away but one of the stories that had the greatest impact on me was that of Katharina Heinroth. Her story would not be out of place in a modern day action blockbuster movie; to have survived all she went through this woman must have been made of steel!
There is a diverse range of female characters in this book from the stoical explorer to the loner author but all have a nurturing nature in common and an affinity for all things feathered. They dedicated their lives to their passion and all have left a positive impact on the planet. With such tenacious attitudes and an abundance of drive and energy they have and indeed still are making a difference. This book gives me hope in an age where the future is very uncertain. Rosemary admits in her introduction that this book is the one she has enjoyed writing the most in her career as an author (which has produced over 30 published books) -- and my word does it show!
The book is highly readable and does justice to all the women featured. Over the years Rosemary has met several of the individuals she has written about so is able to give a more personal insight. There is one negative to the book -- I feel it is incomplete without a chapter on the author, who has had an equally amazing journey and has helped to inspire many people!!! Indeed, this prolific author had two other books published in 2021: Parrot Conservation, a very meaty looking book which I will be reading next and Parrots: A Celebration of their Beauty
Female Heroes of Bird Conservation – signed copies from the author, costs £21.95 soft cover and £26.95 hardback, plus £3.95 UK postage, £11.45 Europe.
All Parrot photos on this website have been taken by Steve Brookes in the wild on his Parrot watching Eco-tours