watching wildlife

These books are more philosophical than practical (see the native wildlife tag for more tangible ways to help). Also read books on the wisdom we can learn from hedgehogs.

Watching Wildlife is a book to show that when you watch wildilfe, you not only learn an animal’s ways, but also look inward. The experience depends on your stillness, silence and full attention. Watching and listening with minimal movement and if possible, staying downwind, so that your present is not sensed.

In this book, he draws us into his magical world, showing how we can learn to watch wildlife well. And what doing so can make for our ability to care for it, and ourselves. Jim Crumley is a Scottish nature writer, whose books often make the case for rewilding.

the wisdom observed by a wildlife rescuer

animal wisdom

Animal Wisdom is a fun little guide on what we can learn from nature, to live a happy life. Written by a writer who works at an animal rescue centre in Buckinghamshire, this is self-care gone wild! When life gets you down, lift your spirits with these tiny tips and helpful hints from our friends in the animal kingdom:

  • Stretch like a cat
  • Slow down like a sloth
  • Breathe deep like a whale
  • Have the confidence of a lion!

watching wildlife (over the course of a year)

Wonderland a year of Britain's wildlife

Wonderland: A Year of Britain’s Wildlife is a highly-reviewed book by two esteemed nature writers. Designed to inspire a love of all creatures, it shows the wildlife that share our planet in every corner of the British Isles – from blackbirds, beavers and bettles to tawny owls, natterjack toads and lemon slugs!

From encounters with the curious black redstart (which winters on rocky coasts) to the tiny green snowdrop shoots that show spring is just around the corner, this book covers everything from the blossom and dawn chorus of April and May to the noisy summer days that start with hawker dragonflies and drowsy bumblebees, and end with glow-worms and ghost moths. And in autumn, meet male red deer who lock horns in the early mist of London’s Richmond Park, in competition for a mate.

Each date covers a different species (including a leap day, just to be safe). For those not seen yet, the reader can’t help but be inspired, and start to wistfully daydream about seeing them. Countryfile

A brilliant bouquet of the best of British wildlife, from two superb naturalists and writers. A poetic treasury that charts a year in living things, all the things we love, all the things we wish we could, all the little things we step over and never know. Chris Packham

what we can learn from wildlife conversations

wildlife conversations

Eavesdropping on Animals is a book by a Yellowstone wildlife guide, to show you how to learn to tap into animal sounds, and decode the secret conversations happening all around you. Whereas humans once relied on the calls of wild animals to understand the natural world (and their place in it) now this remarkable guide reveals what our ancestors knew long ago: that turning into the owl in the tree or the deer in the gully can tell us important information, and help us feel connected to our wild community.

In this book, wildlife ecologist George Bumann shares fascinating stories and insights that he has gained from leading animal intelligence tours in a USA national park, plus gives advice for readers liviny in any urban, suburban or rural area. You don’t need an exotic location for wildlife encounters: listen and observe creatures in your own backyard, on nearby trails or in local parks, fields and forests.

This book can lead to extraordinary experiences and a profound sense of belonging. Are you read to listen to your wild neighbours? Are you ready to learn how to tell a warning call from a mating call, or a purr of satisfaction from idle chatter? Then this book is for you! Author George has a master’s degree in Wildlife Ecology (and is also a wildlife sculptor, whose works are found in galleries worldwide).

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