Having been under the weather for a lot of this year , cold wet days do my chest no good have been taking advantage of the idle time by reading and rereading some good bird books. M latest has been "The nature of Winter" by Jim Crumley who seems to have become my favourite nature writer after being a Mike Tomkies fan for a long time. Crumley has some great takes on Scottish wildlife and interesting views of history.He also has an interesting view of what he calls "shotgun conservation" by some shooting estates. It's a book for dipping into os a good long read,well worth a look if you have an interest in Scottish wildlife. His "nature of Autumn" is now joining my collection on the bedside bookcase.
Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can
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In reply to HAZY:
Hi Pete, hope you get to L.Moss this springtime and can revisit this wonderful reserve - not to mention the cafe ! As you say meeting and reading about people like Mike Tomkies, etc., can really inspire you and birding adventures do wonders for our well-being - often saved me on stressful occasions from sending for the men in white coats LOL I have to say that many of you on this forum have also been an inspiration since I joined several years back I knew very little about birds/wildlife or even photography (some say I still don't LOL ) but this community has brought so many interesting reports, knowledge and fun to keep me calm and carry on birding ;) I recently read on a much lighter note " How to Be a (Bad) Birdwatcher" by Simon Barnes !
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