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While Flocks Last [PDF / Epub] ☆ While Flocks Last By Charlie Elder – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Armed with a field guide and a half decent pair of binoculars Charlie Elder travels the length and breadth of the British Isles to spot forty bird species in serious decline the UK's Red List He looks Armed with a field guide and a half decent pair of binoculars Charlie Elder travels the length and breadth of the British Isles to spot While Flocks ePUB í forty bird species in serious decline the UK's Red List He looks at why their numbers have fallen what efforts are being made to encourage their recoveries and meets experts and enthusiasts who are working to make a differenceHe also examines just why birds matter in the first place and considers the role of the birdwatcher one species that is certainly not in decline.


10 thoughts on “While Flocks Last

  1. Kelly Mander Kelly Mander says:

    This was the perfect book for my birdwatching level I would call myself an intermediate birdwatcher but by no means a 'drop everything and travel to norfolk to see a rare warbler' twitcher Charlie Elder does take you on a fun and honest journey where he begins by being thrilled to spot and identify something like a curlew one of the common birds for those not of the ornithological persuasion to tramping up mountains and stomping through marshes to see real rares There are some laughs in the book too My only criticism is the rather sudden ending to the book He sees his last red list bird and on the next page the book has ended I don't know how to avoid this but then I'm not a writer You definitely need to know a bit about British birds to share in the joy of his sightings but you certainly don't need to be an expert


  2. Alec Alec says:

    354 stars This book really engaged and developed my interest and excitement for birds and I distinctly felt second hand relief joy and awe as he progressed through the Red List with some additional unexpected surprises along the way It showed me that it isn't about degrees or the most flash euipment anyone can be a birdwatcherWhile reading this I found myself rooting out an old shabby pair of binoculars and taking them with me on a bike ride into the countryside I may not have seen twite or cuckoos or anything of the like but I really appreciated having my senses heightened to the beauty of nature and stopped for a uick close up every now and then I love to think of the amount of people that have had similar experiences reading this book and the knock on effect this may have had both in terms of people becoming appreciative of the birds we're lucky enough to for now still have around enriching our lives as well as hopefully being aware and pro active in regards to conservation workAlthough I enjoyed and feel positively influenced by this book there were some aspects to the writingnarrational style that I didn't completely love I also think this book could really have benefitted by some reference photosillustrations at the middle or end of the book as although I enjoyed hearing about these birds unless I'd googled each one as I'd gone along which personally would have detracted from the reading experience I have no visual association with each of these birdsstories of birdwatchingOverall though an enjoyable read I hope to keep a firm hold on the ornothological excitement it helped nurture in me


  3. Sophie Sophie says:

    I LOVED this book Charlie has a fantastic way of describing his adventures so vividly and his stories made me laugh out loud which is so rare for books


  4. spockcrig spockcrig says:

    It's uite difficult not to turn green with envy whilst reading about Charlie Elder's year long pursuit of attempting to see 40 of Britain's rarest breeding birds all red listed species and successfully doing so As he proclaims time and time again Elder is by no means a dedicated 'twitcher' in fact he even abandoned the hobby for 20 years to focus on his career and it's a refreshing stance to take for a book centred on the most extreme British twitching endeavour in existence Elder liberally perhaps not always darts from Devon to Yorkshire to Cley to Orkney to the Cairngorms in the hopes of glimpsing a 'little brown job' or other And amazingly he does it All 40 species as of 2008 are one way or another painstakingly sought out and ticked off His feats include the Wryneck Scottish Crossbill Auatic Warbler and Corncrake to name a few It may be easy to say 'what luck' but in all honesty the lengths the author goes to are beyond extraordinary and certainly beyond that of the casual birder With that in mind 'While Flocks Last' is a delightful read to be enjoyed by twitcherscasual birdwatchers alike the readability is surprisingly fluid and Elder writes with a witty charm that captures the reader off guard often To my surprise I found myself chuckling at his interspersed anecdotes and asidesTechnically speaking species specific information is rather thin on the ground; I found the lack of scientific rigour wanting and honestly there could have been a little attributed to the birds he mentions besides their appearance and occasional nesting habits Having said that Elder is by all means a layman but be advised this book is about the journey and not the birds Another aspect I found mildly irritating was the author's amicable stance on intensively managed grouse moors and the effect they have on birds of prey I certainly wasn't expecting an up in arms attack launch on the subject but a rather vanilla aside seemed ironic especially owing to the fact that one of the birds of prey on his list was the ruthlessly persecuted Hen Harrier Though 'While Flocks Last' is undoubtedly a product of its time I certainly hope the author feels a darn sight stronger about the subject these days given the needless plight of so many gorgeous raptors and predators who after all are only acting according to their nature punishable by death apparently The troubling segment below though insignificant stuck with me'I have never shot at a game bird not even in self defence But I have nothing against those who do and would far rather eat a pheasant grouse or partridge that had enjoyed the freedom of the outdoors before meeting its end than a battery farmed chicken More than that it seems obvious that those who have a personal or financial interest in shooting will do everything they can to ensure there is plenty of game about and are often best placed to make sure there is' oh they certainly do everything then can Even if it's illegal Hmm


  5. Sarah Sarah says:

    This book manages to be both interesting and funny while confronting a subject that is very serious that of our declining bird populations Normally when something is advertised as being funny I find that it is far from it This book is a pleasant exception I really enjoyed the author's sense of humour; I found myself laughing aloud on many occasions Being a garden birdwatcher I have only seen a handful of Red List birds So I learnt a few things about the diverse needs of the birds on the list The vivid descriptions of the various reserves and habitats that the author visited made me want to visit them myself one dayI'm struggling to find any negatives If I'm being picky I'd say I wasn't too impressed by the way he used a lot of fuel repeatedly travelling up and down the UK in a rather haphazard manner Can't be too good for the environment Also he had access to places that a normal person like myself wouldn't have; it helps to have contacts in all the major conservation organisationsOverall it's a five star book for the wit and charm of the writing as well as the interesting subject matter I really hope the author writes some books in the near future


  6. Davidg Davidg says:

    An entertains look back across a year spent hunting down all the birds on the UK red list that year What makes it fun is that Elder is not a dedicated twitcher just someone who has been interested in birds for much of his life without it ever being a major obsession This means that like many of us he can't tell one warbler from another doesn't recognise most bird calls and generally needs to look things up in bird books All of the are generally frowned on in most hides full of twitchersAlong with his humorous journey there is much serious stuff about the impact we are having on our native birds and nature generally The serious and funny sides of the book do not always sit perfectly together but it still an entertains and thought provoking read


  7. Mark Mark says:

    Oh my Lord what a fantastic read A real inspiration to drive you out onto the hills or cliffs or forests or heathland Made me jealous on the one hand that he had the time and resources to traipse around the UK in search of birds on the red list but on the other hand i was hugely grateful for his wit and enthusiasm Made me want to rush all over the country trying to see these wonderful creatures; some of which I have seen but most I have as of yet not watch this space If you love birds and birdwatching you really must read this book Its fabulous


  8. Peter Carroll Peter Carroll says:

    Books such as this can be very hit and miss However Charlie Elder really hits the mark because he can really write His biggest assets in getting the very serious message of the book across are his self depricating humour and his journalistic writing style This gives the book a nice pace and stops it feeling like a lecture I laughed out loud on several occasions A thoroughly entertaining read with an important message about nature conservation


  9. Robert C Mayho Robert C Mayho says:

    A very amusing and arresting account of his uest to see every bird on the British red or endangered listwithin a 12 month period The birds are the stars however and some his writing is a little pedestrian


  10. Hmy Hmy says:

    Essentially a very interesting and sobering topic dealt with in a light hearted style I'm a convert buying my binoculars today


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