Latest book titles including How to Be an Urban Birder
David Lindo, Princeton, £14.99
As a country boy at heart, I was interested to see exactly what I had to do to become an Urban Birder! Well, of course, I would have to live there first and get into a certain way of looking at things in a different light, such as using binoculars when there are crowds of people around, and learning to be happy with the sometimes sparse habitats that still exist in an urban setting. If you can do that, then this book shows that there are plenty of bird species to look for in places ranging from rubbish tips and canals to the skyscrapers of the capital city. There’s detailed discussion of habitats, how to attract birds to urban gardens and public spaces, common urban species (and remember that can include the likes of Peregrine), and all sorts of other tips on getting started as an urban birder, all presented in the readable and accessible style familiar from David’s columns in this magazine. I loved the many well-chosen photos that show off the urban setting, too, such as a Kingfisher juxtaposed with a bus stop and a queue of people behind! A good read and well priced, so I’m sure many of you will enjoy it.