‘Perfect for the gardener who loves really wild company, Bill Oddie’s How to Watch Wildlife is a great read and a very useful source of handy advice. Bill’s book will help you get that bit closer to our feathered, furry and scaly friends.’
PIPPA GREENWOOD, DAILY MIRROR
From the Author
Why watch wildlife? Quite apart from the fact that wildlife has as much right to exist on this planet as we do, and that our very survival depends upon natural resources, I would suggest that watching - and listening, learning about and understanding - wildlife enriches our lives. If I had to choose a single word to encapsulate the wonder of wildlife, I think it would be 'variety'. Birds, mammals, insects, reptiles, marine life, flowers, trees etc. they are all wildlife. There is also variety in the way you can watch - or should I say get involved with - wildlife. It can be a hobby or a job, a pastime or an obsession. Whatever level you wish to be on, it's OK. Don't be intimidated by the difficult areas. We have tried to make this book and the TV series - how can I put it? - accessible, entertaining and informative. You may or may not wish to take things furhter. By all means remain merely a viewer or a reader. There is nothing wrong with a bit of armchair birding or botany, but I would venture to suggest that if you enjoy wildlife on the screen or page, you may find the real thing even better.
I hope this book will tell you how to watch wildlife, but - even more importantly - I hope it will help you to enjoy it. Go wild and have fun.