The Strange History of Seagulls

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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’.

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The Strange History of Seagulls

written and illustrated by
Maldwin Drummond


This 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 children’s 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 area between the New Forest and the Solent, which he originally described as the place ‘where the sea meets the Forest’.

The 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 revictualled 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 men speaking seagull!) and each page is illustrated with Maldwin’s characterful watercolour sketches of the seagulls and their adventures.

ISBN: 978-0-9935078-0-9

Additional information

Weight 0.49 kg
Dimensions 30 × 21.5 × .5 cm


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