Kim Hill talks to Johanna Emeney and Sarah Laing


The life and work of Sylvia Durrant, otherwise known as Auckland’s Bird Lady, is celebrated in a new book which is part graphic biography part environmental handbook authored by Johanna Emeney and Sarah Laing.

Now retired and in her late-80s, Durrant cared for injured and lost birds for 35 years — seeing about 4000 each year at her home at Rothesay Bay on the North Shore. 

Sylvia and the Birds: How The Bird Lady saved thousands of birds and how you can, too not only shines a light on the remarkable deeds of Durrant, but is also a practical guide, acting as a call to action for young ecologists and environmentalists.

Listen to Jo and Sarah’s interview with Kim Hill on RNZ here.