Ian Newton is an ornithologist and applied scientist, and a leading expert on bird ecology and biogeography, specialising in finches, waterfowl and birds of prey, especially the sparrowhawk. He graduated from Bristol University and gained his doctorate in finch behaviour at Oxford, followed by research on bullfinch damage in orchards. He joined the NERC in 1967, initially studying population ecology of geese and finches, followed by the impact of pesticides on birds of prey. He has written a previous New Naturalist volume, Finches (1972).
'Bird Migration by Ian Newton is truly outstanding - the product of a lifelong inquiry into the annual travels of birds.' The Guardian 'The New Naturalist series strikes gold with this insight into ultimate avian journeys.' BBC Wildlife '... a work of authority.' The Daily Telegraph 'The series is an amazing achievement' The Times Literary Supplement 'The books are glorious to own' Independent