Hilda Quick and the Isles of Scilly

Hilda Quick was a well-known woodcut artist and a formidable ornithologist. She was born in Penzance but following the death of her father she moved to St Agnes on the Isles of Scilly – see here for more details.

She was a pioneer – bird watching was generally a male dominated preserve but she managed to mark her place in the annals of birdwatching.

I recently managed to acquire a copy of her 1964 book ‘Birds of the Isles of Scilly’. It is exquisite – a unique writing style backed up by her lovely illustrations.

The cover of her book

hilda-quick-4Classic art of the hoopoe

hilda-quick-3Humorous interpretations of birdwatching

hilda-quick-1Nighthawk – a real Scilly rarity

hilda-quick-5And a lovely plaque in the St Agnes Church

A great lady who is well remembered and respected on the Isles of Scilly




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