The BB / BTO Best Bird Book of 2020
British Birds (BB) and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) announce the winner of the Best Bird Book of 2020 award. A total of 50 books were considered for the award, which were reduced to a shortlist of seven after the first round of voting by the six judges. The judging took place online this year, which made the books a little difficult to access, but each finalist received votes from at least three of the judges, which shows the strength of each title.
The seven shortlisted books were Moult and Aging of European Passerines by Lukas Jenni and Raffael Winkler, Red Sixty Seven, curated by Kit Jewitt, Uplands and Birds by Ian Newton, Cottongrass Summer by Roy Dennis, The Ring Ouzel: Ein Blick from the North Yorks Moors by Vic Fairbrother and Ken Hutchinson, The Seafarers – A Journey Between Birds by Stephen Rutt, The Common Buzzard by Sean Walls and Robert Kenward.
The BB / BTO Best Bird Book of 2020 was awarded to Moult and Aging of European Passerines by Lukas Jenni and Raffael Winkler. The judges all agreed that this was perhaps the most specialized title on the shortlist, but recognized its importance in its field and the immense amount of work involved.
Stephen Menzie, one of the BB judges, said: “The book has been recognized for its informative and understandable introduction to the world of moulting, while the Species pages are an indispensable reference source for wrestlers, old or new, and for any bird watcher with an interest in Moulting and aging. The tremendous amount of work put together in putting this book together and the high quality photos depicting various stages of moulting ensure this book is a worthy winner. “
Hazel McCambridge, one of the BTO judges, said, “All of the books in the final selection were well-deserved finalists and displayed a variety of talent in a variety of genres. There is something for everybody. “