Bird Therapy

Joe Harkness suffered a breakdown in 2013...

He tried all the things his doctor recommended: medication helped, counselling was enlightening, and mindfulness grounded him. But nothing came close to nature, particularly birds. How had he never noticed such beauty before? Soon, every avian encounter took him one step closer to accepting who he is.

The positive change in Joe's wellbeing was so profound that he started a blog to record his experience. Three years later he has become a spokesperson for the benefits of birdwatching, spreading the word everywhere from Radio 4 to Downing Street.

In this groundbreaking book filled with practical advice, Joe explains the impact that birdwatching had on his life, and invites the reader to discover these extraordinary effects for themselves.

About the author

Joe Harkness has been writing a Bird Therapy blog for the last three years. In 2017, he had articles published in The Curlew and Birdwatch magazine as well as recording three 'tweets of the day' for BBC Radio 4. He is employed as a Special Educational Needs teacher and has worked in the youth sector for nine years. He lives in Norfolk.

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Why We Like It

  • 'I can't remember the last book I read that I could say with absolute assurance would save lives. But this one will'- Chris Packham
  • 'Fabulously direct and truthful, filled with energy but devoid of self-pity . . . I was impressed and enchanted. Highly recommended'- Stephen Fry
  • 'Succeeds – triumphantly – in articulating with great honesty what it is like to suffer with a mental illness, and in providing strategies for coping'-Mail on Sunday

Joe Harkness is an SEN teacher and has always worked with challenging young people. He feels privileged to live in the beautiful county of Norfolk, a birdwatching mecca, where reedbeds and grazing marshes are his inspiration. He has been writing about Bird Therapy for three years now and in 2017 he had articles published in Birdwatch magazine and The Curlew. Joe also recorded three ‘tweets of the day’ for BBC Radio 4 and was asked to write guest blogs for the Wildlife Trusts and Mark Avery. He gives talks on the topic and has spoken at Cambridge University and Cley Marshes NWT.

How it works

The book will be delivered in 10 instalments (or staves), one every day. The instalments are delivered to your Pigeonhole bookshelf on your IOS or Android app. You will receive an email letting you know when each stave is available.

We believe that shared reading leads to new ideas and connections. That’s why we have a dynamic commenting system which allows in-text discussion between our readers. Post a comment and all your fellow readers will be able to respond. You can also choose to receive notifications (customise them here) when someone responds to your comment, or, additionally, whenever a comment is left in the book.

As you read you will see round purple icons at the edge of certain paragraphs – tap on these to reveal behind-the-scenes extra content!

Links will be included at the end of the final stave which will allow you to leave reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. The full book will be available on your Pigeonhole bookshelf for one month for you to read at your leisure. 

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