Bill Oddie's How to Watch Wildlife

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Collins, 2008 - Nature - 192 pages
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Written in Bill Oddie's endearingly frank and witty style, this is an inspiring and refreshingly straightforward approach to watching wildlife. Organized into a calendar of months, each section includes tips from Bill Oddie himself on the best places to visit, how to catch a glimpse of our best-loved species, and activities for each month of the year. For example, in May, people can visit wildflower meadows in their prime, see a nightingale, and experience the dawn chorus. There are suggestions for places to visit within reach of any place in Britain, and advice on watching wildlife with children. With stories of Bill's experiences in the field, it offers families the know-how to start out with confidence. Oddie sets out to demystify wildlife watching, giving advice on basic equipment and field craft, as well as explaining how to make the most of encounters with animals. To guide people successfully through some of the finest wildlife experiences, there are top pointers, advice for things to take that might never have been considered, and helpful addresses and websites for activities less close to home. And for those really bitten by the bug, there is information on taking the next step, with hints on getting more advanced equipment, which conservation trusts to join, and wildlife vacations to make the most of these newfound skills.

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About the author (2008)

Bill Oddie is well known as "Britain's best-known bird-watcher" and natural history presenter. His recent programs include Bill Oddie goes Wild, three series of Birding with Bill Oddie, Bird in the Nest, and BBC - Nature Watch. He has also written the highly successful book Birdwatching with Bill Oddie. Stephen Moss has been an active birdwatcher all his life and has written several books on the subject. A journalist and broadcaster, he writes regularly for the Guardian and Birdwatch magazine. He has produced numerous series with Bill Oddie. Fiona Pitcher is executive editor at the BBC's Natural History Unit. She has worked with Bill Oddie for several years and is responsible for such series as Bill Oddie Goes Wild and Big Cat Diary.

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