A selection of new titles under review plus SAVE in the Bird Watching bookshop
New Holland, SB, £14.99, BW Bookshop £12.99 (quote BW132)
In keeping with the RSPB'S new focus on conservation of birds in a wider context, Mark Ward (editor of Nature's Home and a BW contributor in days gone by) looks at all the wildlife you might expect to find close to home, and how you can find it. It's an approach that's to be applauded, and the seasonal structure to the book is sensible and logical. Even better, though, is the amount of personal experience that the author brings in – far from leaving the reader feeling that only an expert could possibly find everything he
talks about, he creates a sense of excitement and possibility about even the most modest of 'patches' that's inspirational as well as hugely educational. It's well illustrated with excellent photography, and you can dip into it at random to pull out a few useful tips just as easily as you can read it at one sitting. Above all, it makes a powerful argument that getting out and seeing wildlife is itself an act of conservation – the better we understand what's around us, the easier it will be to prevent it from disappearing.