How to be a Bad Birdwatcher, Paperback Book

How to be a Bad Birdwatcher Paperback

4 out of 5 (4 ratings)


Look out of the window. See a bird. Enjoy it. Congratulations. You are now a bad birdwatcher. Anyone who has ever gazed up at the sky or stared out of the window knows something about birds.

In this funny, inspiring, eye-opening book, Simon Barnes paints a riveting picture of how bird-watching has framed his life and can help us all to a better understanding of our place on this planet.

How to be a bad birdwatcher shows why birdwatching is not the preserve of twitchers, but one of the simplest, cheapest and most rewarding pastimes around.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Short Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Wildlife: birds & birdwatching
  • ISBN: 9781904977056

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A lovely tribute to the joys of birdwatching, and appreciating the beauty in everyday experience.

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A lovely book. Short, quick, light and uplifting.Not about what it is supposed to be about. Well kind of. It is about bird watching, but mainly it is about enjoying the fact that birds exist and how we can all get along together on planet earth.Try this if you have a hankering after birds or if you have no interest at all. The book walks us through various easy to get your head around concepts in the word of birding, whilst at the same time giving out hints about how to be a decent human being.A few anecdotes about sudden death from the skies and how to get along with your dad sit comfortably side by side. We do also get some useful birding advice for beginners.I enjoyed this.

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As a self-confessed bad birdwatcher I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It manages to educate the birding novice whilst at the same time poking gentle fun at the obsessives.

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Instructions for being a bad birdwatcher: <i>"Look out of the window. See a bird. Enjoy it. Congratulations. You are now a bad birdwatcher."</i>This is a book about watching and enjoying birds. Not 'learning all about birds', or 'learning all about birdwatching'. Just enjoying birds. It's a book about the elemental struggle between that robin and the earthworm it's trying to pull out of the ground, about grinning with glee over fluffy ducklings and about the life and death drama of the suburban bird-table. Filled with humour, reminiscences and slightly offbeat observations, Barnes eschews technical jargon and the exotic delights of obscure species in favour of analogies with football and the obvious importance of interacting with our surroundings and our furred and feathered neighbours. This is a book that made me really observe and appreciate the crow that hopped down the road this morning in search of discarded chips.

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