TIERE IN DER STADT. EINE NATURGESCHICHTE/
ANIMALS IN THE CITY.
A NATURAL HISTORY
About 450 pages
“Bernhard Kegel’s book is a love letter to the many different creatures great and small that are indigenous to the big cities as well as to the metropolises themselves. (…) The author gathers together enlightening studies and combines them with anecdotes and portraits in the best tradition of scientific journalism…. He elegantly avoids the danger of demanding too much from readers who are not fully-trained biologists.” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
“Kegel is a master at transforming complicated subject matters (and the ecology is always complicated) into thrilling stories.”
The wilderness on our doorstep
Grey herons hunt alongside a Berlin underground station, foxes doze in the sun in Cologne’s Klingelpützpark and critically endangered grey-headed flying foxes hang in the trees near Sydney's famous opera house. The wilderness has conspicuously thrust its way into our cities; formerly shy animals have become a part of urban nature. An astonishing variety of species can be found between stone, concrete and asphalt. Nowhere else can so many different varieties of indigenous birds (over 150) be found in such a small area as in Berlin – not even in the much vaunted but intensely used landscape. How can this be explained? Are our cities blossoming into oases while the surrounding countryside is deteriorating into an agrarian desert? What does this diversity tell us about the quality of urban and rural environments? What characteristics must animals have and how must they change in order to be able to survive in our neighbourhoods? And how do such encounters influence our basic dealings with nature?
Bernhard Kegel takes us along on expeditions to urban nature, relating them in impressive and very vivid stories. In the process, he opens our eyes to the wilderness on our doorstep.
"Bernhard Kegel is masterful in instructing laypeople about complex biological contexts.” NDR
Bernhard Kegel, born in Berlin in 1953, studied chemistry and biology at Freie Universität Berlin, subsequent research activities, worked as an ecological specialist and lecturer. Guitarrist in diverse Berlin Jazz bands since the mid-nineteen seventies.
Since 1993 Bernhard Kegel has published several novels and non-fiction books. He has been awarded several prices for his writing.
Bernhard Kegel, geboren 1953 in Berlin, studierte Chemie und Biologie an der Freien Universität Berlin, danach Forschungstätigkeit, Arbeit als ökologischer Gutachter und Lehrbeauftragter. Seit 1993 veröffentlichte Bernhard Kegel mehrere Romane und Sachbücher, bei DuMont erschienen die Sachbücher ›Epigenetik‹ (2009), ›Tiere in der Stadt‹ und ›Die Ameise als Tramp‹ (beide 2013). Bernhard Kegels Bücher wurden mit mehreren Publizistikpreisen ausgezeichnet. Er lebt als freier Autor und Wissenschaftspublizist in Berlin.