The Strange History of Seagulls written and illustrated by Maldwin Drummond
Next time you go to the beach and hear the seagulls calling, “Kyow, kek-kek-kek-kyau. Kyow-ko!”, if you find you can understand, don’t be surprised, for there is an ancient Nordic myth that says that anyone who eats the seed of an ash tree planted by a Viking will be able to instantly talk and understand ‘seagull’.
dsc01095-cropped-16cmw-300ppi-rgbThis wonderful story and many others that trace the history of the part of the New Forest known as ‘The Waterside’ can be found in this book by Maldwin Drummond OBE.
Maldwin is a passionate sailor who has always been immersed in the history and ecology of the south coast of England, particularly The Waterside, the place between the New Forest and the Solent, which he originally described as the place ‘where the sea meets the Forest’.
the-brambles-island-12cmw-600ppi-rgbThe stories in The Strange History of Seagulls are narrated by George, historian of the seagulls, and by George’s descendants. They tell of the comings and goings of centuries, how Ashlett got its name in Viking times, how the Brambles were formed, how sailing ships re-victualled at Cowes, how smugglers collected their contraband, how war struck the British coast, how peace allowed seabirds to thrive, how The America’s Cup race has become faster with the use of foils, and many more tales of the area.
This large format book will delight children – and adults too. The stories are amusing and true (maybe not the one about speaking seagull!) and each page is illustrated with Maldwin’s characterful watercolour sketches of the seagulls and their adventures.