Kitty the Toon

Kitty the Toon

A Brand new series of children’s books will be released in the UK in the coming years to help inspire the next generation about British wildlife. The first book is a story about Kittiwakes in the North-East of England which havecolonisedthe city of Newcastle during the breeding season and have become the first inland colony in the world.

Fantastic illustrations by Barry Robson…

Adult Kittiwakes flying over the Tyne Bridge

Newcastle is famous for itspassionfor football and the story is very clever with a newly fledged Kittiwake called ‘Kitty’ with his traditional striped juvenileplumage who uses the black and white surroundings of the football supporters as adefensive/survival technique to avoid predation from another iconic bird of the north-east: the Red Kite.

Newly fledged Kitty with football fans watching

There is a lot of information provided about thebreedingcycle of aKittiwakeand also of local landmarks of the great city. People of all ages can enjoy and learn from it. The author John Miles wants to improve awareness in the city so that the natives understand andappreciatethis uniquespectaclethey have got. He also wants to create a legacy for people to point out the birds in the future and say “Look there’s Kitty!”

Kitty at the pitch-side

Forthcoming titlesinclude:

“Screamer the Swift”
“Horus the Peregrine”
“Mavis the Song Thrush”
“Tony the Tawny Owl”

“Kitty the Toon” can be purchased here:

Ewan Miles

Ewan Miles

Ewan Miles is currently working on the isle of Mull for Sea Life Surveys as a wildlife guide. As well as trying to inspire passengers about the wildlife off the north coast of the island he also contributes to the research of the marine life. His local stomping ground is the vast upland area of Geltsdale, Cumbria in the Northern Pennines.

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Ewan Miles

Ewan Miles

Admirer of everything regarding the natural world. My local stomping ground is the vast upland area of Geltsdale in the north Pennines. Currently a Wildlife Guide for Sea Life Surveys on the isle of Mull.

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