Monthly Archives: November 2013

  • Christmas Wildlife Gifts - Nature Writing

    In the third part of our Christmas wildlife gifts review we are rounding up our favourite natural history writing books. Some are old, some are new and one or two are just plain classics, something for everyone. Silent Spring Revisited Fifty years after Rachel Carson's pivotal Silent Spring exposed the extent of man's impact on the environment through his use of chemicals, Jameson explores the progress of the environmental movement following her work. What makes it so readable is the very personal approach he takes to the recent history of conservation to produce a beautiful book about the current state... read more

  • Wildlife Gift Ideas - Birds and Birdwatching Guides

    In the second part of our blog series on books and other items we would recommend for Christmas wildlife presents we will be looking at bird and birdwatching gifts. Collins Bird Guide The Collins Bird Guide is without a doubt our favourite bird book. I currently have a very battered copy that I am loathe to replace and it has served me well in the UK and all over Europe. Now in its second edition, this book is an absolute classic and could be the only bird book you will ever need. British Birds: A photographic guide... read more

  • Wildlife Gift Ideas - Plants, Trees, Fungi and Botany

    I often get emails asking me what books or equipment I would recommend and so with Christmas on the way I thought it would be a good time to put a few blog posts together with some of my favourites.  This blog will concentrate on plants, trees, fungi and botany but look out for future posts on birds, mammals and other cool stuff coming soon. The Wild Flower Key (Revised Edition) - How to identify wild plants, trees and shrubs in Britain and Ireland I’ve always loved this book by Francis Rose and the updated version by Clare O’Reilly holds... read more

  • Advice - Buying Your First Telescope

    If you have been birding for a while you may be thinking of buying a telescope (often shortened to “scope” or “spotting scope”) to take your wildlife watching to the next level. Certain types of bird watching are much more enjoyable if you have a scope, for example sea watching, estuaries and areas where lots of waders and wildfowl congregate but are just too far away to been seen properly with a pair of binoculars.  However, in areas such as woodland where viewing distances are shorter and the range of visibility without being obscured is less, a scope isn’t really... read more

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