Lat­est book ti­tles in­clud­ing How to Be an Ur­ban Birder

Bird Watching (UK) - - Contents -

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.

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