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Pets, pests & portents: birds through time

Roy and Lesley Adkins explore humans’ changing relationship with birds over the centuries

Published: April 14, 2022 at 12:48 pm
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Over time, we’ve viewed birds as pets, pests, natural delights and bad omens. Roy and Lesley Adkins tell Emily Briffett about our complex and lengthy relationship with birds – a story of changing landscapes, fluctuating tastes in food and fashion, enjoyment and exploitation.


Roy and Lesley Adkins are the authors of When There Were Birds (Little Brown, 2021)


Emily BriffettPodcast editorial assistant

Emily is HistoryExtra’s podcast editorial assistant. Before joining the BBC History team in 2021, Emily graduated with an MA in Public History from Royal Holloway, University of London


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