David Barrie


A former deck-hand, diplomat, arts administrator and campaigner, David Barrie has a degree in experimental psychology and philosophy from Oxford, loves insects (especially moths) and is an expert small boat sailor and navigator. By the age of twenty he had sailed across the Atlantic and competed in the Observer Two-Handed Round Britain race. He has since sailed all over the world.

In Incredible Journeys, David explores the many wonders (and outstanding mysteries) of animal navigation.Barrie explains how animals make use of landmarks, the sun, moon and stars, magnetism, sounds and smells – as well as electric fields and polarised light. He also introduces the amazing work of the neuroscientists who are revealing how the brains of animals enable them to work out where they are and where to go. 
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