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August 29, 2013

Our version of a British institution with a natural history twist - what would you pick?


Edd Bagenal: Internet Archive Digitisation Technician


You are marooned on a desert island and are allowed to take 8 flora and fauna with you. Which ones would you select and why?




Chickens- for roasting and egg laying.

Humming birds- they are probably the best animal.

Seahorses- because they are so relaxed.

Bees- to sweeten my time there.




Tobacco- because what else are you gonna put in your pipe whilst contemplating your existence?

Jasmine- to go with the bees.

Spinach- to keep me strong.

Bamboo- nature's gift to human ingenuity.


You are rescued, but can only take one back with you. Which one would it be and why?


Humming birds. They have a lot to offer aesthetically.


You can take one item from the L&A collections with you, what would it be and why?


Audubon's The Birds of America. I don't think I could ever get bored of them.


You can have one luxury with you on the island what would it be?


A pencil and endless paper. I would never be bored with those.


Anthracothorax nigricollis, black-throated mango Plate 184 from John James Audubon's Birds of America, original double elephant folio (1831-34), hand-coloured aquatint. Engraved, printed and coloured by R. Havell (& Son), London. NHM Image Ref: 003184