Book re­views

Bird Watching (UK) - - Contents - RE­VIEWS BY MATT MER­RITT

The BTO’S Gar­den Birds and Other Wildlife is re­viewed, plus save money in the Bird Watch­ing book­shop!

Kate Risely and Claire Simm BTO, SB, £14.99

Kate Risely’s monthly col­umn has long been one of this mag­a­zine’s most pop­u­lar fea­tures, and this book, co-au­thored with Claire Simm, is very much in the same vein, bring­ing to­gether the lat­est in­for­ma­tion on gar­den birds, drawn from the BTO’S Gar­den Bird­watch, while adding in ex­tra in­for­ma­tion on mam­mals, in­sects and am­phib­ians. It’s packed with the sort of facts that are worth know­ing for their own sake (how long do dif­fer­ent species live, for ex­am­ple), as well as vi­tal con­ser­va­tion in­for­ma­tion, and it also gets be­hind the fig­ures, ex­plain­ing how the data is gath­ered. There are lots of ex­cel­lent wildlife gar­den­ing tips, too, to en­sure that you can play your part in help­ing de­clin­ing species, and there’s also help with iden­ti­fy­ing a wide va­ri­ety of birds in the first place, so this makes a great read for any­one who’s just get­ting started in bird­ing by watch­ing what’s just out­side their back door.

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