Author and Meden Vale bird expert’s book on female avian ‘superheroes’ set to fly off shelves

Female Heroes of Bird Conservation is the latest publication from author and bird scientist Rosemary Low.

The book brings together the stories and achievements of over 30 women who have dedicated their lives to increasing knowledge, awareness and conservation of avian species around the world; help save many from extinction.

This is Rosemary’s 33rd book on birds, along with 31 of her previous publications on parrots.

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Rosemary Low with a beautiful Palm Cockatoo at Paradise Park in Cornwall in 2020

Originally from Kent, Rosemary moved to Meden Vale 25 years ago, after living in the Canary Islands, where she had been a bird curator at two major bird parks.

His book was inspired by his travels around the world in connection with parrot watching, the rescue and rehabilitation of illegally captured wild parrots, and bird conservation projects.

She said: “I realized that women were of major importance and the initiators of some of these projects. Often they worked in difficult circumstances, with little support at the outset.

“They were so remarkable. I felt motivated to tell their stories. I dove into history to learn more about these inspiring women. They all needed more recognition for their accomplishments, especially in a generally male-dominated world and disciplines.

Book cover by Rosemary Low for Female Heroes of Bird Conservation

Rosemary’s interest in birds began at the age of 12, when she had two parakeets. Later she became interested in keeping parrots, amassed a collection and began to publish articles.

She says: “I was fascinated by birds, I loved writing and traveling, so I combined all my interests.

“I have traveled the world for birdwatching, with a particular interest in parrots in their natural habitat, a truly wonderful thing to behold.

“Over the years, I have visited conservation projects in New Guinea, Australia, South America, the Caribbean and Pacific Islands such as Fiji.

AuthorRosemary Low

“When I started, there was no conservation, a third of the world’s parrot species were vulnerable. In some areas, parrots were literally hunted to extinction.

“The more I got involved, the more I realized how many women were involved. It was their passion and initiative that I thought deserved recognition,

Among those she presented are two “exceptional women” for Rosemary.

“The Hyacinth Macaw Project was started by biologist Neiva Guedes in Brazil in 1990. The magnificent hyacinth macaw was almost illegally trapped to extinction,” she said.

Pictured a pair of blue and yellow macaws, Rosemary took the photo in the flooded Pantanal region of Brazil which she describes as “a wonderful place to see parrots” in the wild.

“As a student, Neiva heard about it on a field trip, she was determined to do something, but she had no help, no money. She wanted to save the species, hers is an incredible story, now the population of the hyacinth macaw has tripled.

It also features Nicola Crockford from Suffolk.

Rosemary said: “She has done wonderful conservation work with migratory birds, she is part of the RSPB. She has worked in places like China and done a lot in wetland conservation.

The book includes 100 historical photographs and images, including colorful images of bird species and their rescuers.

Female Heroes of Bird Conservation is available via PayPal from [email protected] priced at £21.95, or £26.95 for the hardcover book, plus £3.95 postage.

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