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Sunday guide assessment – Name of the Kingfisher by Nick Penny – Mark Avery


This guide is ready a couple of miles from the place I dwell – down the River Nene a couple of miles – round Oundle. The writer makes common walks, by the calendar yr, and covers numerous floor beside the river close to his dwelling. He sees a lot of the native Kingfishers, however way more apart from. There are accounts of different wildlife, of the historical past of the locations alongside the river, and visits additional afield up and downstream of the river.

I favored it, because it was an amazing combination of the acquainted and unknown for me, and I discovered a lot about acquainted locations. I didn’t know there’s a small and long-lasting colony of Midwife Toads in Oundle (I knew of the one in Bedford) – how thrilling!  However you don’t must know any of the locations to get so much from this guide which is written in a really sympathetic method. This may very well be the story of many rivers in England, and a few elsewhere within the UK – a combination of historical past and pure historical past with feedback on life and human actions.

A bonus for the reader is that the writer has recorded sounds, which could be accessed to accompany the guide. I’ve tried them and so they work very effectively. The Nightingale is, absolutely, the star however there are one other 40 recordings, principally of birds but in addition these Midwife toads and a few mammals too. The writer is a maker and person of musical devices and a author of music, and makes use of his ears way more than I exploit mine. That provides this guide a really refreshing and private flavour which is completely welcome.

The manufacturing values of the guide are a bit low cost and cheerful I worry – the standard of the writing has to work towards a quite downmarket really feel to the guide, however as a result of ot its high quality it does win by.

The quilt? Not nice. These wing feathers simply aren’t proper. On the rear, the black wingtips of a Crimson Kite nearly disappear towards the darkish blue background making the chook look misshapen. I’d have gone for a scene of the River Nene with a small Kingfisher because the guide is concerning the river and its environs way more than about Kingfishers.  I’d give it 4/10.

Name of the Kingfisher: vivid sights and birdsong in a yr by the river by Nick Penny is printed by Bradt Guides.





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