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Mike Unwin

Around the World in 80 Birds

Mike is an award-winning nature writer with 40 published titles for both adults and children to his name, including Around the World in 80 Birds (Laurence King), 100 Bizarre Animals (Bradt), A Parliament of Owls (Collins) and Migration (Bloomsbury). He also writes regularly about wildlife and travel for numerous leading publications, including The Telegraph, The Guardian, BBC Wildlife, Travel Africa, Wanderlust and RSPB Nature’s Home.

A wildlife fanatic since childhood and a committed conservationist, Mike spent eight years working in southern Africa, where, among other things, he founded and led the Swaziland (now Eswatini) Bird Club, worked on the human/animal conflict programme for the Luangwa Conservation Society, Zambia and volunteered for the South African Frog Atlas project. Since then, he has travelled much of the world on assignment, from the Andes to the Amazon, and today continues to spend as much time as possible enjoying the wildlife around his home on England’s South coast.

Mike is also an accomplished photographer, illustrator and public speaker. His awards include “UK Travel Writer of the Year” (British Guild of Travel Writers, 2013), “LATA Travel Writer of the Year” (Latin American Tourism Association, 2011) and “UK Nature Writer of the Year” (BBC Wildlife, 2000).

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