Wondrous British Marine Life is aimed at walkers, wild swimmers, kayakers, divers, in fact anyone exploring the coastline whether along the shore, on, or under the water. It will give equal pleasure to the armchair explorer. Lou's entertaining and clear writing showcases the life stories of a wide selection of coastal inhabitants; from barnacles and jellyfish, to seals and lichens and is brought to life by full colour, professional quality images from her own collection.
Dr Lou Luddington is a marine biologist and photographer with a love for spending lots of time outdoors in nature. During her formative years, Lou developed a connection with water and the natural world through competitive swimming, bird watching, backyard natural history and photography. Studying marine biology at the University of Wales, Bangor was an exciting and natural progression. There she gained a degree and PhD in marine biology and spent many hours underwater honing her skills as a scientific diver. Since then she has worked in marine monitoring and conservation and the outdoor sector as an activity and wildlife guide, becoming a PADI Dive Master, British Canoeing 4 star sea kayak leader, surf coach and certified Marine Mammal Observer along the way. Alongside nature and in-water photography commissions, Lou runs professional development courses for outdoor guides and instructors on coastal and marine life. She also writes a column for the sea kayaking magazine Ocean Paddler on marine life and is an ambassador for Palm Equipment and Rockpool kayaks. In 2018 Lou had her first photography exhibition “The Sea From Within” a milestone and launch pad for making her images available as fine art prints. After 17 blissful years living in Solva, Pembrokeshire with magician husband Tom, they have just sold up and moved aboard their 35 ft sailing yacht Noctiluca. They named their boat after the bioluminescent plankton that lights up the ocean on dark nights (Noctiluca means night light), as they plan to be ‘a light at sea’, documenting and championing the marine environment through photography, video, science, writing and magic.
"The second editions contain similar great content to the first, but have titles more in proportion to their size, the front cover stating, baldly, Sibley Birds East (or West). The biggest differences are in the organisation. The species order has, inevitably, been changed to reflect current taxonomic fashion and the page layout has been changed from horizontal to vertical. In principle, this makes it easier to compare different plumages, but, in practise, I’m not sure it makes that much difference. The other obvious difference is that all the images have been ‘digitally re-mastered’, so are more vivid and with greater contrast; whether you consider this an improvement on the previous, rather delicate, images may come down to personal taste. The text (especially the voice section) and maps have been comprehensively revised and updated to reflect latest knowledge. As before the books come bound in a water-resistant cover, which stands up fairly well to the rigours of the field [...] if you are going birding in North America, these are still the guides to get [...]"
– Rob Robinson, BTO book reviews