Birdwatching book brings hobby to the whole family

‘GREATER Manchester Birding City Region’, the new book from author and ecologist James Walsh, who is known as The Mancunian Birder, is now available as a free e-book with colour photos via Borrowbox, the online book borrowing service, and Greater Manchester Libraries.James, pictured above, said: “I’ve had a passion for birds and nature from a very young age, and as a Mancunian author I thought that I would write a book that is a personal introduction to the amazing birdlife and environment we have here in Greater Manchester.

“Birdwatching, also known as birding, is a family friendly, healthy, cost effective activity, all you need to do is pick up a pair of binoculars and look in your garden or walk to the park.

“When you go birding a walk around your local area becomes an Urban Safari.

“It’s a great day out for all the family trying to identify and count all the birds that you see.

“You don’t even need a notebook, you can note your sightings on your mobile phone these days.

“Birds are part of our heritage and culture in Greater Manchester, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds was founded here, the owl represents Oldham borough and there are many bird references and samples in Manchester music, such as 808 State’s ‘Pacific’, The Doves, Oasis’ ‘Songbird’ and Elbow’s ‘Starlings’.

The Greater Manchester Birding City Region book is a grassroots and interactive book, currently available as a free e-book from Greater Manchester libraries online. James said: “I am inviting comments at

“This book is about connecting people to nature, so if you like this book and programmes such as Springwatch, why not get out and about and see what you can find on your own doorstep?”

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