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The RSPB Children's Guide to Nature Watching by Mark Boyd

The RSPB Children's Guide to Nature Watching

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This practical introduction to all kinds of wildlife will give young readers a useful way in to looking more carefully at the world around them. Whether you live in the town or the country, there are opportunities to look at nature of some kind! Trees and flowers are everywhere while in less urban areas there are also different ranges of animals, birds and insects according to the specific location. Mark Boyd offers advice not only on how to be an observant naturalist but also on how to record your observations well. The text is extensive and well-illustrated with photographs of what habitats and species look like.


The RSPB Children's Guide to Nature Watching by Mark Boyd

This new RSPB book is a practical, exciting and comprehensive introduction to nature watching for children....the must-have guide for all young nature enthusiasts! Full colour throughout there are also lots of tips on attracting wildlife to your garden, how to take field notes and much more. It also includes a guide to many common species of British birds, animals and plants, using clear illustrations and describing key identification points, such as behaviour, voice and habitat. Perfect for all the family to use in the garden or on weekend walks.

The full-colour photographs and illustrations guide children through the practicalities of being a wildlife watcher as well as providing a species guide so they can keep track of what they’ve spotted! Discover where to go and when, what equipment to take, tips for getting wildlife to visit the garden and advice on taking field notes.

• Practical advice and species guide for ages 8-12 and families
• Ideal for use in school and at home
• Beautiful full-colour photos and illustrations
• Encourages awareness of environmental and wildlife concerns


'With winter birds visiting your garden for food, the RSPB Children's Guide To Birdwatching is ideal for spotting your feathered friends! It's a great guide to watching birds and is jam-packed with colour photographs and paintings.'
www, (18th Dec 2007) I wish this guide had been around when I began birding! The Observer (June 2008)

An excellent book to encourage what could become a worthwhile and long passion

Carousel (September 2008) 'An excellent guide to birds and bird watching for the novice or the slightly more experienced. A child-friendly book crammed with wonderful photographs and illustrations...
Carousel (June 2008) An excellent introduction to nature watching Armadillo Magazine A comprehensive handbook BBC Wildlife

About the Author

Mark Boyd has been fascinated by wildlife since he was a very small boy. He grew up in Dorset, where his love of birds, badgers, butterflies and other wilidlife flourished. He trained as a bird ringer in his teens, studied Ecology at Loughborough University and wrote his doctorate on primroses at the Open University. Since 1989, he has worked for the RSPB, first as an editor, then web manager, youth manager and, today, as head of youth and education. Throughout that time, he has remained passionate about wildlife. He is still a keen birdwatcher and ringer, and also a regular moth trapper and wildlife artist.

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Book Info

Publication date

28th March 2013


Mark Boyd

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A & C Black Publishers Ltd an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


160 pages


7+ readers
9+ readers

Natural history (ChildrenÍs/Teenage)



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