Tuesday 2 June 2020

100 Great Wildlife Experiences by James D Fair @jamesfairwild @penswordbooks @WhiteOwlBooks #Wildlife #UKTourism

There are many guides to the the world’s great wildlife experiences, but the UK is neglected and this book sets out to remedy this. 100 Great Wildlife Experiences really takes in all the amazing things to see and do in the UK, in all seasons – because winter, of course, can be just as good as summer or spring.

The 100 experiences to be had here in the UK are placed in categories such as “Best for families”, "Best for Couples", “Best on a budget” and so on.

Covering every county in the country, this book is useful for people who want to explore their local area and surrounding counties, and for those in need of an insightful guide to take on their travels.

100 Great Wildlife Experiences by James D Fair was published by White Owl Book / Pen & Sword Books in July last year. My thanks to the publisher who sent my copy for review.

As we begin to think about the end of lock-down, many people are wondering about travel and tourism; where will we go? Will flying abroad really be a safe option?
As someone who enjoys a couple of holidays abroad every year, it's certainly something that I've thought about a lot recently.

We are lucky that along with our trips abroad, we do take lots of short breaks in the UK; we especially love Yorkshire and Northumberland and I'm longing to get back there very soon. I really think, for us, flying is out the the question for a while.

100 Great Wildlife Experiences is a really beautifully presented book that gives information about where you can see wildlife within the UK. It is separated out into locations, so if you fancy a trip to Yorkshire, or Cornwall, you can check the book to see what experiences are available.

It's not just animals and birds though; the author also talks about places such as The Farndale Trail in North Yorkshire, otherwise know as the Daffodil Trail.

The Farndale Trail - North Yorkshire

I had no idea that you could swim with sharks here in the UK! You certainly can in Cornwall. Cage-diving with blue sharks, which are fairly common in British waters, began off Cornwall about ten years ago and there are now a few places who do variations on that theme. You can also go snorkelling without a cage .... if you dare! 

Basking Shark - Newquay Sea Safaris

From flowers to sharks, with birds, butterflies and bats in between, this book is the perfect companion when planning a trip in the UK.

Each experience gives information about :

  • Family friendly
  • Budget friendly
  • Amateur friendly
  • Best time of year
The author also adds, at the bottom of each entry, ways that you can do a similar experience on a do-it-yourself basis.

James D Fair is the environment editor for BBC Wildlife Magazine. He has worked as a natural
history magazine journalist for most of the past 20 years, with several interruptions during the 1990's to travel and become the mother of an orphaned Andean bear.

These days, his horizons are slightly more limited, with his chief concern being how to protect his bantams from foxes and grass snakes.

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