Behind the Binoculars: Interviews with Acclaimed Birdwatchers
How and why did our most acclaimed birdwatchers take up birding? What were their early experiences of nature? How have their professional birding careers developed? What motivates them and drives their passion for wildlife? How many birds have they seen?
Mark Avery and Keith Betton, passionate birdwatchers and conservationists, interview members of the birdwatching community to answer these and many other questions about the lives of famous birdwatchers.They take you behind the scenes, and behind the binoculars, of a diverse range of birding and wildlife personalities.
Behind the Binoculars includes interviews with: Chris Packham, Phil Hollom, Stuart Winter, Lee Evans, Steve Gantlett, Mark Cocker, Ian Wallace, Andy Clements, Mike Clarke, Debbie Pain, Keith Betton, Roger Riddington, Ian Newton, Steph Tyler, Mark Avery, Stephen Moss, Alan Davies and Ruth Miller, Rebecca Nason and Robert Gillmor.
- ISBN: 9781784270506
- Author(s): Mark Avery, Keith Betton
- Stock Code: 4270506
- Format: Hardback
- Illustrations: Colour photographs
- Pages: 290
- Published: 2015
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