240 pages, 150 colour photos
A practical title which will inspire people to study their local wildlife on a regular basis. Many birders watch a local patch and find it to be an extremely addictive, popular and enjoyable pastime. The chapters will enthuse readers about the incredible variety of wildlife experiences and species to be found close to home and help them to tune in to the nature around them and how it behaves at certain times of year and what can be found when.
This eye-opening book, which is full of inspiring stories and tips, is broken down by season. The average garden, for example, has hundreds of species, but Wildlife on Your Doorstep continues beyond the garden gate to focus on learning about tracking down wildlife and where to look for it close to home. A surprisingly large number of people have exciting species such as Badger and Otter within walking distance of their home, so the main narrative is teamed with a variety of practical tips about connecting with the wildlife on your doorstep and tuning in to the wealth of species that can see throughout the year. There are also seasonal tips such as when to look out for influxes of species such as Blackbird, Chaffinch and Painted Lady.
All in all this is an essential addition to the library of any nature enthusiast, and it will appeal strongly to the core of RSPB members who are regular readers of the author's magazine.
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Mark Ward has been a wildlife journalist since the age of 16 and has spent his working life inspiring people about birds, wildlife, travel and conservation in print and digital publications. He has written a number of books on wildlife and is currently Editor of the RSPB's Nature's Home magazine, which has a readership of over 1 million people each quarter.