Exploring the ethics and emotions of bird-human relationships in poetry and conservation science.



Through its focus on poetry and natural history from 1790-the present, the project examines how cultural and imaginative attitudes to birds change over the course of the Anthropocene period. It explores the emotional resonances of human-bird encounters (joy, wonder, melancholy, loss) and foregrounds the power dynamics which emerge from incompatible uses of landscape (farming or urban dwellings vs. nesting or feeding).

Dawson works with bird conservationists to generate research that demonstrates the importance of bird conservation and helps to prevent further bird species decline. A partnership with Cheshire Wildlife Trust will use this research to increase their public engagement via the arts.