The Blackbird Diaries

Karen Lloyd

Karen Lloyd is a writer of non-fiction and poetry based in Kendal, Cumbria. She has contributed to the Guardian Country Diary and the Royal Geographical Society magazine and is a features writer for BBC Wildlife and Countryfile magazines. The editor of Curlew Calling Anthology, she works at both regional and local levels on the urgent need for curlew restoration. Karen is a member of Kendal’s Brewery Poets, gained a distinction in her Creative Writing M.Litt at Stirling University and is a 2019 Read Regional awardee. Both The Gathering Tide and The Blackbird Diaries won Lakeland Book Awards and were selected as books of the year, in the Observer and the Birdwatcher’s Handbook.

The Blackbird Diaries

A year with wildlife

by Karen Lloyd

  • RRP: £12.99 (print) / £5.99 (ebook)
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781910192962
  • Ebook ISBN: 9781912235100


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With its enchanting song, striking orange bill and endearing willingness to share our living space, the blackbird is one of our best-loved birds. And, in common with all our garden wildlife, it plays a critical role in Britain’s fragile and precious biodiversity. In The Blackbird Diaries, Karen Lloyd shares her deep-rooted knowledge and affection for the flora and fauna of these isles. And she issues a clarion call for the conservation of endangered habitats and species – most notably the curlew, Europe’s largest wading bird. Over the four seasons, Karen intimately chronicles the drama of the natural world as it all unfolds in her garden and in the limestone hills and valleys of Cumbria’s South Lakeland. What emerges is a celebration of landscapes that rarely feature in nature writing. But more than that, at a time of critical species loss, she offers rare insights into the lives of animals that may be common but are no less remarkable. 

Prizes and awards

Lakeland Book of the Year 2018, WINNER of the Bookends Prize for Art and Literature

REVIEWS OF The Blackbird Diaries

"A writer of rare talent, always with a sharp eye and an open heart, Lloyd quietly and unassumingly shares her observations of nature, drawing you into a world made rich with the company of birds." Miriam Darlington, BBC Wildlife

"Sure to delight readers and fans of British wildlife… The writing is eloquent and enables the readers to conjure the scenes in their mind…Like all good nature writing books, Lloyd’s prose is to be savoured. Not raced through and devoured like the latest crime thriller, but to be absorbed, enjoyed and reflected upon." Megan Shersby, BBC Countryfile

"Captivating… A charming and informative account." Katharine Norbury, Caught by the River