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Bird Watching (UK) - - Contents - Mark Ward

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.

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