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About Calvin Jones
Calvin Jones is an author with a vivid imagination and a knack for simplifying complicated things. He loves making stuff up, is enthralled by wildlife and intrigued by technology -- particularly the way it empowers collaboration and fosters disruption.
So, fantasy fiction, wildlife & nature writing and digital marketing are all in a day's work.
During a varied career, spanning several continents and more industries than you can shake a stick at, Calvin has been a marine biologist in Ireland, an English teacher and taco-vendor in Mexico, an office manager for a will-writing company in Wales, an IT trainer for a large UK utility company, a computer programmer, a quality assurance analyst in Australia, an IT project manager in lots of different places, a freelance journalist and a writer.
Always a writer.
Some suggest such a concoction of occupations smacks of a person who never really knew what he wanted to do, but Calvin argues he has always been a writer. The other stuff is just the window dressing that makes the writing more interesting.
That's his story anyway, and he's sticking to it.
Originally from the North Wales coast, Calvin now lives in an old schoolhouse in rural West Cork, Ireland with his wife, three daughters, an ever-changing cast of chickens and a hyperactive cat.
Living in the country was supposed to be peaceful, but so far it's not working out that way...
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Get closer to the wild side of Ireland
From humpback whales to dandelions, Ireland's spectacular landscapes and varied habitats are home to a wonderful diversity of life. This book, and subsequent volumes in the series, is a celebration of all things wild on the island of Ireland.
It features a selection of the long-running profiles of Irish wildlife that have been running on the back page of Ireland's Own magazine since 2001, punctuated by selected natural history articles that have featured in a variety of high-profile publications including BBC Wildlife Magazine, The Countryman, Wild Ireland, The Irish Independent, The Evening Echo, The Irish Examiner, Ireland's Wildlife, The West Cork Times and others.
About Ireland's Wildlife
Lifelong wildlife enthusiast Calvin Jones set up Ireland's Wildlife in 2011 to encourage people to get closer to the wild side of Ireland. The site has grown to become one of Ireland's leading wildlife and nature resources, featuring an eclectic mix of wildlife content from feature articles to how-to's to gear reviews and more. Calvin also helps people get more hands-on experience with nature by running Discover Wildlife Experiences on the West Cork stretch of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way, and through his work with primary school children as a Heritage Specialist on the Heritage Council of Ireland's Heritage in Schools scheme.
In this volume:
- The Barn Owl (Tyto alba)
- Ireland’s best kept wildlife secret
- Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)
- Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus)
- Ivy (Hedera helix)
- Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris)
- Pine martens offer red squirrels a lifeline
- Dipper (Cinclus cinclus)
- Stoat (Mustela erminea)
- Batty about bats
- Leisler's Bat (Nyctalus leisleri)
- Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
- In defence of weeds
- Garden Spider (Araneus diadematus)
- Acorn Barnacle (Semibalanus balanoides)
- Garden wildlife: it’s a jungle out there!
- Basking Shark (Cetorhinus maximus)
- Emperor Moth (Saturnia pavonia)
- Common Frog (Rana temporaria)
- Otter (Lutra lutra)
- Otters: a breathtaking wildlife experience
- The Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)
- Bracken (Pteridium aquilinum)
- Chemical warfare in the Irish countryside
- Atlantic Mackerel (Scomber scombrus)
- Jay (Garrulus glandarius)
- Anticipation junkie
- Common Newt (Triturus vulgaris)
- Long Tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus)
- Peacock butterfly (Inachis io)
- Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)
- Pike (Esox lucius)
- Pygmy Shrew (Sorex minutus)
In this short, practical e-book crammed with useful information I cut through the jargon and hype, and use my experience of using and reviewing high quality optics to give you the no-nonsense advice you need to make an informed choice about your perfect birding and wildlife binocular.
In the book we'll consider:
Why binoculars are important
Choosing your perfect binocular
Field of View
Balance and Handling
Try Before You Buy
The publication offers practical advice for anybody looking to buy a pair of binoculars for bird watching and wildlife watching, and helps you make sure you're getting not just the best value for money, but also the best possible view.
Get closer to the wild side of Ireland
Sitting on the periphery of Europe, perched on the edge of the wild North Atlantic, Ireland is a special place and home to some truly incredible wildlife.
From fin whales to bladderwrack, and lots more besides this second volume in The Irish Wildlife Collection is a celebration of all things wild on the island of Ireland.
In this volume:
- Pine Marten | Cat crainn (Martes martes)
- Shanny | Ceannruán (Lipophrys pholis)
- Blue Tit | Meantán gorm (Parus caeruleus)
- A natural remedy for hectic lifestyles
- Common Cuttlefish | Cudal Coiteann (Sepia officinalis)
- Badger | Broc (Meles meles)
- Fin Whale
- Look... everywhere!
- Atlantic Salmon | Bradán (Salmo salar)
- Swallow | Fáinleog (Hirundo rustica)
- Bottlenose Dolphin | An deilf bholgshrónach (Tursiops truncates)
- Woodlice | Míol Críon
- Ghostly encounter
- Dunnock | Donnóg (Prunella modularis)
- Bladderwrack | Feamainn Bhoilgíneach (Fucus vesiculosus)
- Hen Harrier | Cromán na Gearc (Circus cyaneus)
- Stinging Nettle/Common Nettle | Neantóg (Urtica dioica)
- Wildlife watching and travel — back to basics
- Raven | Fiach Dubh (Corvus corax)
- Wren | Dreoilín (Troglodytes troglodytes)
- Long-eared Owl | Ceann Cait (Asio otus)
- Life's a Beach
- Herring Gull
- Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris)
- Common lizard
All over the world people are discovering the joy of watching birds, and by extension the experiencing the benefits of getting outdoors and engaging with the natural world around them.
But if you’ve never been birdwatching before, where do you start?
That’s what we’ll explore in this little guide.
First a few caveats:
This is not a field guide or bird ID guide (although we will cover what to look for in a good beginners field guide), it’s not designed to help you put a name to the birds you see. Rather it’s a guide to the process of becoming a birder.
It’s also a short book -- because the best way to become a better birder is to get out there and watch birds -- not sit indoors reading about it. It purposely doesn’t go into immense detail: it covers the basics, offers you advice, hints and tips to get you started, and encourages you to get out and develop your birding skills in the field.
So what’s in the book?
* We’ll start by looking at the appeal of watching birds and what’s in it for us and, just as importantly, for the birds themselves.
* Then we’ll go on to explore the importance of getting to know your local birds: the usual suspects in your garden, your local park, your home patch.
* After that we’ll look at some of the birding equipment you’ll need -- and some of the things you might want to invest in as your birding evolves.
* As you improve as a birder you’ll want to broaden your horizons, explore other birding locations at home and abroad, find new birds and meet other birders to share your adventure -- so we’ll delve into some ways you can do that too.
Your lifelong birding adventure is about to begin. This little guide is the catalyst you need tot help you on your way.
About Calvin Jones
Calvin Jones is a lifelong birder and author who grew up watching the birds on the North Wales coast in the UK, and now lives with his family on the coast of West Cork, Ireland, where he balances his passion for wildlife with his work as a digital content consultant.
He is founder and managing editor of Ireland’s leading wildlife and nature website Ireland’s Wildlife, runs Discover Wildlife Experiences and offers custom wildlife and bird-guiding services in Ireland’s south west.
"Empire is fantasy written on a massive scale... yet draws the reader into the personal quest of the heroine, and the hopes and fears that form this complex character. I felt very close to Amber and her co-adventurers and thoroughly enjoyed spending time in their company. Each character is beautifully drawn and well rounded- so much so that I am already having withdrawal having finished the book."
L. Bambrey, OBC
Orphan - Outcast - Saviour
Amber doesn't feel she belongs. She doesn't belong in the enchanted Elven stronghold of Oraciel, and she certainly doesn't belong in the human world outside.
Driven to find the truth, she embarks on a quest to discover her true heritage... a quest that will shift the balance of power in the mightiest empire the world has ever known. Despite a stoic self-reliance, as she travels Amber makes an unlikely alliance with exiled spy Ryan de Brun, Devedran nobleman and merchant extraordinaire Drew Blackthorn, and taciturn elven tracker Talar.
When despotic Emperor Chichoni learns that this motley band of companions pose a potential threat to his rule it sparks an imperial manhunt that spans the length and breadth of the empire.