Book review: ‘How to be a Bad Birdwatcher’ by Simon Barnes

Birdwatching, not Birding.

How to be a Bad BirdwatcherSimon Barnes's fun book explains how you can enjoy watching birds without the need to become an over-the-top, full-blown birder. It's all about accumulating bird-identification skills by stealth—sometimes by accident—until, without any real concerted effort, you can tell a blue tit from a great tit. After that, the world is your oyster.I have to say, as a bird-enjoyer, rather than a serious birder, I find myself in almost violent agreement with the premise of Barnes's book. It's about enjoying seeing birds for its (and their) own sake; not ticking off rarities. Give me a field full of rooks over a never-spotted titwit any day of the week.It's just a pity that Barnes appears to be a cat-lover too.

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  • …or, better still, buy or order a copy from your local, tax-paying independent bookshop, who could really do with the help.

Writer and photographer Richard Carter, FCD is the founder of the Friends of Charles Darwin. He lives in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.WebsiteFacebookTwitterNewsletterBooks
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