Indoor Meetings about Birds and Wildlife

Birds in a cage
Derek Niemann

Date: Thursday 21 September 2017 at 19:30

Book Cover


This is the story of an obsessive quest behind barbed wire. Through their shared love of birds, a group of British POWs overcome hunger, hardship, fear and stultifying boredom. The life affirming qualities of birds are movingly demonstrated in this inspiring story of these young men who were taken prisoner in the Second World War, and who overcame hardship and fear in captivity by studying birds. Their experiences leave them scarred, but set them on a path to becoming greats of the conservation movement.  One of their number was Peter Conder, who, as director, transformed the RSPB into a powerful force for conservation. 

This tale is not just about birds or war, but about the human spirit. Derek takes us through the despair, the suffering, the hope, and the laughter, showing us how a love of the natural world can help us in good times - and in bad.

You don’t need to be an ornithologist to enjoy this talk!



Derek Niemann

About Derek Niemann

Derek Niemann, author of Birds in a Cage, worked for the RSPB for 25 years before leaving in December 2014 to pursue a career as a freelance writer and editor. He writes a fortnightly Country Diary column for the Guardian, and is a frequent contributor to BBC Wildlife magazine. Birds in a Cage is his first book for adults. Derek will bring copies of the book for sale (hardback £15;
paperback £8.99), and he would be delighted to sign copies should anyone wish.

His second book, A Nazi in the Family, is the story of his German family in World War. Derek’s most recent book is A Tale of Trees; the Battle to Save Britain’s Ancient Woodland. You can find out more about Derek and his books at

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