Tales from Concrete Jungles: Urban birding around the world

Tales from Concrete Jungles: Urban birding around the world

by David Lindo


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When you think about going bird-watching, you imagine visiting magnificent open countryside, rolling hills, lush woodland, or waterlogged marshes. You don't think of towns and cities. In fact, the urban environment is surprisingly rich in birds: parks, gardens, scrubland, lakes, and reservoirs all harbor many species of birds. Some town gardens even have bigger lists of birds than country gardens do.

Since 2006, a long-running series of articles has appeared in Birdwatching magazine, showcasing David Lindo visiting a wide variety of cities in Britain and Europe and the birds he has encountered on these short city breaks. These articles are collected here for the first time—most of them expanded with new material but also, featuring a few never before published. They cover visits to many cities throughout the world and the striking variations among them.

This book is not a compendium of birding sites within many of the world's cities. It is a series of adventures featuring birds and inspiring stories. Above all, it is hoped that this book will inspire you to look at cities with different eyes, to appreciate the diversity of wildlife wherever you are, and realize the importance of the conservation message.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472918376
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 10/27/2015
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

David Lindo is the Urban Birder. He has passionately promoted the virtues of birding in the urban environment at every opportunity, and especially through frequent articles in the birding press and on his appearances on television and radio. He was brought up in London and has been a birder all his life. His first book, The Urban Birder, chronicled his transformation from baby birder to fully-fledged superstar of the urban birding world.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Being an Urban Birder 13

Uncle Birds 16

Love Story 18

Birds on Film 21

Viva Ronaldo 24

Catch the Pigeon 27

Dangerous Urban Birding 29

Identifying Birders 32

The Ones that Got Away 34

My Hate Affair with Parakeets 37

Airport Birding 40

The British Isles and Ireland 43

Aberlady Bay, East Lothian, Scotland 45

Alderney, Channel Islands 48

Belfast, Northern Ireland 50

Bradford, Yorkshire 53

Brighton, Sussex 56

Bristol, Avon 59

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire 61

Croydon, Surrey 64

Derby, Derbyshire 67

Eastbourne, Sussex 70

Exeter, Devon 73

Gibraltar Point, Lincolnshire 75

Glasgow, Lanarkshire 78

Hartlepool, County Durham 81

Hull, Yorkshire 84

Leicester, Leicestershire 86

Lowestoft, Suffolk 89

Manchester, Lancashire 92

Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire 95

Northumberland and North Tyneside 97

Norwich, Norfolk 100

Peterborough, Cambridgeshire 103

Plymouth, Devon 106

Sheffield, Yorkshire 109

Southend, Essex 111

St Albans, Hertfordshire 114

Staines, Surrey 117

Stockton and Middlesbrough 120

The Olympic Park, London 123

Tower 42 and Canary Wharf, London 126

Wormwood Scrubs and Beddington Farmlands, London 128

Wormwood Scrubs, London 131

York, Yorkshire 134

Europe 137

Alentejo Region, Portugal 139

Amsterdam, Netherlands 141

The Azores 144

Belgrade, Serbia 147

Bratislava, Slovakia 150

Brussels, Belgium 153

Budapest, Hungary 156

Helsinki, Finland 159

Kraków, Poland 165

Lisbon, Portugal 167

Merida and Cáceres, Spain 170

Paris, France 173

Prague, Czech Republic 176

Reykjavík, Iceland 179

Valencia, Spain 182

The Rest of the World 185

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 187

Bangkok, Thailand 190

Cape May, New Jersey, USA 193

Chiang Mai, Thailand 196

Istanbul, Turkey 198

Jerusalem, Israel 201

Nairobi, Kenya 204

Port Aransas, Texas, USA 207

Sao Paulo, Brazil 210

Taipei, Taiwan 213

Tucson, Arizona, USA 216

West Hollywood, USA 219

Yucatan, Mexico 222

Epilogue 229

Acknowledgements 231

Index 233

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