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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland; 2nd Revised edition edition (5 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780094949
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780094946
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 1.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 856,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have now reviewed hundreds of birding books.... What is extremely rare is for me to give up my Sunday afternoon (usually my day for indulgent movie watching or slobbing in front of the telly) and read a book, cover to cover, in one sitting. But today this is exactly what I've done! --Fatbirder, August 2011

Inspirational and informative. --Margaret Atwood on Twitter

Perfectly captures his infectious and irrepressible zeal.
--BBC Wildlife Magazine, October 2011

David Lindo is the ultimate Urban Birder. This is a life affirming tale with a simple message; wherever you live, regardless of circumstances, a lifetime's fulfilment through enjoyment of the natural world is right on your doorstep.
--Wildlife Matters, Autumn Issue

About the Author

Self-styled 'The Urban Birder', David Lindo is a one-man ornithological phenomenon. He is a regular on TV and radio, has a flourishing website and blog, and writes for a host of magazines including BBC Wildlife, Bird Watching and the RSPB's Birds, the last of which has a readership in excess of 1 million people. He is the new cool face of birding.


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Format: Hardcover
David Lindo for those of you who don't know is 'The Urban Birder.' You may have seen him on BBC's, The One Show or read one of the many articles he writes.

I have lived in London all my life and remember being interested in birds/nature when I was little. Sadly, it was a pastime that for one reason fell by the wayside.

A few years ago I remember watching David Lindo enthusing about the joys of finding birds/wildlife in the middle of the urban landscape and how in any city you could always find something of interest. This coincided with out first child and David Lindo's enthusiasm for people to get out and explore their urban environment struck a chord. With an inquisitive toddler we decided to do just that.

His book is a brilliant read. It recalls how as a young child he acquired his interest in nature but especially birds, something that has become a lifelong passion. It also touches on how he overcame racism and simple minded prejudice in such a positive way.

It is filled with accounts of David's trips to different urban locations and even the countryside. Many of these account's will leave you with a smile on your face. I especially liked his reminiscing about his first trip to Scotland and a bright yellow jacket he wore. It is the story of one persons hobby with the message that you can go and do the same thing, so long as you look up and listen.

In this age of instant communication and hectic lifestyles there really is something in what David writes about. On your way to the train/tube station what birds/wildlife can you see? When at your local park feeding the the ducks with the children, what else is around? What wildlife can you find in your own back garden?
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Format: Hardcover
A beautifully written book which has restored that childhood wonder I had about birds and nature which somehow got lost on route to adulthood.I particulary liked the chapters which covered his childhood wildlife discoveries in his backgarden -those poor bees ! evocative of growing up in the 70s with sweets and fashions to match with a jamaican twist. Funny and tender David lets you into his word and shares his great knowledge and love but always mixed with a gentle humility it is easy to see why he feels so passionately about birds .
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Format: Hardcover
As a mainly urban birdwatcher myself these days, i came to this book with an open mind about how Mr Lindo would show that birding in an urban environment could provoke the same sense of awe and wonder as that of the traditional wild places. I was not disappointed. His enthusiasm was infectious, as were his stories of his early awakening to the natural world in suburban Wembley. I love his "Anything can turn up anywhere, anytime" mantra,and was inspired to get out more often and watch the skies! A thoroughly good read.
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Format: Hardcover
I have read many of David Lindos articles in Bird Watching Magazine and always found them incredibly well written so was interested to see how the book panned out. The boy did good! David writes like he is talking to you which makes it a great read. Interesting, funny and a real page turner. Everything about this book is beautiful - the cover, the page layouts and fonts (love the little bird detail!) to the wonderful writing. This is an inspirational book that will have you laughing, crying and looking up!
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First off one of the negative reviews say that they think people who know the author are flooding amazon view 5 star ratings, I have never met the author and I haven't seen his shows on TV, but I read this book and thought it was very interesting take on a subject rarely touched i.e. 1) birding in urban environments and 2) the journey that takes us to a life of watching and loving our natural history, and as the book points out wildlife does exist in towns and city's not just the countryside. I have to say I've been birding and twitching on and off for 20yrs and the stories of the Urban Birder ring true with a lot of my own, its a surprising 5 star book for me and I have to say that others in this category have a lot to learn from this author who knows that just listing rare birds is boring, and as a local patch watcher myself I totally understand the excitement of finding your own rare birds other than twitching some body else's. I think also that a non birdwatcher would also enjoy this book as it is very funny at times, I'm chuckling now infact at the thought of what he did as a child to try and get better knowledge of birds.
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Format: Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed this book as it was so nicely written. The way David touches on his early
life experiences added a special touch of humour while his passion for birding comes through.
The fact that it was urban based also added to the enjoyment, especially for those like myself, who don't get out into the countryside as much as they'd like to.
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I've seen David Lindo on a few things on TV and in various magazines so was looking forward to reading the book. The book is fairly interesting, it touches on his life and how birds have come to pay a part in it. There are lots of nice tales, and David comes across as optimistic and keen. Overall a decent read but...

I am unsure who gave all the 5 star reviews but i find it slightly odd that every person, bar 1, that gave 5 stars had never reviewed any other book and all 5 star reviews were given within the space of a couple weeks! It's a decent book but not, in my opinion, 5 stars!
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