The British Isles are home to a remarkable and diverse array of wildlife.

Catching sight of animals in their natural habitat or stumbling upon a patch of wild flowers can be incredibly rewarding.

Those new to the outdoors can sometimes be unaware of what is happening around them and those who are seasoned outdoors people just don’t know where to look to get the most out of Britain’s countryside and coast. So where do you start?

52 Wildlife Weekends – A year of British wildlife watching breaks

Author James Lowen has joined forces with well known guidebook publishers, Bradt, to create 52 Wildlife Weekends. The book’s intent is to help readers get the most out of Britain’s wildlife throughout the year.

The book’s content is split up into months with each featuring a number of weekend wildlife activities spread across different locations. The wildlife featured includes a wide variety of birds, mammals, marine life and flowers.

Wild activities

The author begins each weekend’s activity by giving a background to the wildlife of the location and suggests an itinerary that you may like to follow to get the most from your visit. He also includes some snippets of useful information that may be helpful over the course of the two days.

The photography that accompanies each activity is stunning and makes the reader really want to get out and explore each destination.

At the end of each weekend there is a section named Practicalities where information such as detailed locations (including grid references) and suggestions of some places to stay while visiting the area are covered.

Wildlife watching in Fife

The Kingdom of Fife is featured as a weekend destination with scoters, purple sandpipers, white-tailed eagles, otters and the noisy Mediterranean gulls all to be spotted while exploring the region.


The style of writing is both easy to follow and very engaging and when combined with the beautiful photography used throughout, each weekend an enjoyable read. The wildlife and locations included in the book are well researched making this a perfect guide for those looking to get the most from their weekends in the British outdoors.

52 Wildlife Weekends

Quality of Content - 9
Overall Design - 8
Value for Money - 9


A good read!

An ideal guide for those looking to get the most from their weekends in the British outdoors.

Date Published: 2013
Format: 21.5 x 1.4 x 13.7 cm
ISBN: 978-1841624648
Cover Price: £14.99
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