In this often immensely entertaining book David Barrie explores the latest scientific research... What is engrossing about Barrie's book is not just the remarkable behaviour of the individual animals... but the often painstaking detective work undertaken by the scientists seeking to discover how they operate... [Barrie] is an admirably reliable and assiduous guide to what we do and don't yet know.
Barrie has a good eye for colourful detail... Rather than merely telling entertaining stories about cute creatures, he wants us to take responsibility for our own role in throwing the animal world off course.
Barrie (Sextant), a member of the Royal Institute of Navigation, masterfully conveys new discoveries about animal navigation in this impressive popular science work... Each chapter contains a surprise even for those familiar with the topic, such as the theory that homing pigeons make use of smell to navigate. Barrie cleverly stokes readers' curiosity about the subject with short sections at the end of each chapter describing even more remarkable, still unexplained feats...This is a must-read for anyone fascinated with the wonders of nature.
Incredible Journeys is a wonderfully refreshing read. The book flawlessly intertwines personal stories from Barrie's past with easily digestible accounts of the academic progress in the field of animal navigation, as well as remarkable tales of human navigation... Barrie writes for a general audience, breaking down the complex field of research that is animal navigation and exploring it in a way that engages the reader no matter how limited their background... After reading this book you won't be able to look at a bee without respecting their navigational talents.
Barrie's passion makes him an engaging guide, flitting from fact to anecdote like a butterfly hunting for nectar.