Adam Nicolson 2017. The Seabird’s Cry. The lives and loves of puffins, gannets and other ocean voyagers. Harper Collins: London, 416 pp.

Wonderfully well conceived, researched and written. At once a survey and celebration of seabirds in 10 chapters. Fulmar - Puffin - Kittiwake - Gull - Guillemot - Cormorant and Shag - Shearwater - Gannet - Great Auk and its Cousin Razorbill - Albatross.

I’m trying, and failing, to think of a natural history book that is as interesting and as enjoyable to read.