Bees have always been a source of fascination for me. I remember as a child spending hours in Dad's flower borders watching their busy antics, marvelling at the sights and sounds as they buzzed from one flower to the next. Of course I could see there were lots of different kinds of bee in the garden, but what I didn't have at the time, as a budding young naturalist, was a … [Read more...] about Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland
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Birds have always held a special draw for me. It was a a fascination with birds that first kindled my interest in wildlife as a youngster. I guess you could say that they were my first wildlife love, and while I'm interested in all sorts of wildlife today, birds will always hold a special significance. I suspect many wildlife enthusiasts have a similar story to tell. I'm … [Read more...] about Book Review: Ireland’s Birds; Myths, Legends and Folklore
I'm sitting writing this in my in-law's house in Cork City, up with the family from rural West Cork to do a spot of Christmas shopping and soak up the festive atmosphere. But as always, I'll be keeping an eye and ear tuned for wildlife while in town. Cities offer a surprising range of opportunities for wildlife watching. I love the fact that, once your tuned in to the rhythm … [Read more...] about Book Review: Chris Packham’s “Back Garden Nature Reserve” and “Wild Side of Town”
Understanding habitats is an important part of wildlife watching. Whether you're targeting a particular species or looking to find as much wildlife as you can on a trip to a particular location, knowledge about the various habitats you're likely to encounter, and the species they support, is a key part of a successful wildlife watching expedition. "Britain's Habitats -- A … [Read more...] about Book Review: Britain’s Habitats: A Guide to the Wildlife Habitats of Britain and Ireland
Published in 2007, the first edition of "Finding Birds in Ireland: The Complete Guide" by Eric Dempsey and Michael O'Clery soon became the definitive guide to the best birdwatching locations in Ireland. Intelligently laid out, and impressively comprehensive, this widely praised book set a new benchmark for this type of "where to watch" field guide. You'll find my review of … [Read more...] about Book review: Finding Birds in Ireland: The Complete Guide, 2nd Edition