Book of the Month – A Charm of Goldfinches by Matt Sewell
Matt Sewell – ‘the Banksy of the Bird World’, acclaimed street artist, avid ornithologist, artist-in-residence on Springwatch and worldwide exhibitor – has produced a brilliant addition to his sequence of pocketable mini-masterpieces.
Quirkily enchanting pop-art watercolours imbued with a gentle, pastoral psychedelia combine perfectly with whimsical, innovative descriptions to capture the essence of the natural world.
A Charm of Goldfinches is a playful journey through collective nouns from the well-known example of the title through to apt observations such as an Ascension of Larks, a Caravan of Camels and a Lounge of Lizards and on to the intriguing a Sleuth of Bears or a Smack of Jellyfish.
A personal favourite would be a Mural of Snowbuntings, the description arising from the “flurry of pastel tones and stark highlights, brightening up any old frosty field and never once failing to put a smile on your frostbitten face”.
By John T (Ranger)