Where to Watch Mammals in Britain and Ireland Paperback – 23 Mar 2007
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'an enlightening book and superb value for money' -- Birdwatch (March 2008)
'This book... is the best of its kind available.' -- Kentish Times
Britain's mammals are relatively few in number, but include some notoriously hard-to-see, yet wonderfully charismatic species. There can be few people with even a passing interest in wildlife who would not want to see otters, red squirrels, bottle-nosed dolphins or Scottish wildcats. Even commoner species like the badger, roe deer and brown hare can be difficult to see without some specialist knowledge. This new guide provides sites and useful information to enable the reader to find and observe every British and Irish mammal species, including all marine mammals. Taking a species-by-species approach, the accounts give some background detail on the range, population and habits of the species, before providing a list of sites where that species can be seen. As broad a geographic spread as possible is given to maximise the chances of the reader finding a site local to them. The sites are mapped where appropriate, and the text is enlivened by a number of attractive line drawings. Introductory chapters cover general topics such as field-craft, equipment, and relevant legislation and good practice.This is an invaluable guide for anyone who wants to watch wild mammals in Britain and Ireland.See all Product description
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And of course the book does not fulfill the pomp of the title. Excellent reviews of the mammals of GB (and Ireland!!!) and some hints on where to find them but that's all.
I notice my garden was not included but I have seen hedgehog, fox and several bats from there - shame.
Richard Moores has done a great job but the subject matter is just impossibly unpredictable.
I would love to see an Otter in Hampshire - they do exist so I am told, but not according to RM's book.
A bit disappointing I have to say - sorry
Having found myself in the vacinity of a number of the sites in the book through the course of my birdwatching, I decided to give a few of them a go...with a number of successes.
I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who is keen to attempt to see the rarer species in GB. However, as with all these things, it is not the book that enables you to see the species within, its good fieldcraft, patience and persistence. With al those you'll enjoy success...the book certainly helps though!!
Overall, an excellent effort by the author considering the size of the task
If the author doesn't know Irelands wildlife spots for mammals they would have simply titled the book "Where to match mammals in Britain" instead of including a token section on Ireland.
Due the above, the book became a bit of a dissappointment, especially as I am Irish.