How to Be an Urban Birder

David Lindo (Author) Jamie Oliver (Foreword by)


The first guide to urban birding in the UK, from The Urban Birder himself, David Lindo

Urban birding is fast becoming ornithology's new rock 'n' roll. Birds and birding have never been cooler--and urban birding is at the cutting edge.

How to Be an Urban Birder is the world's first guide to the art of urban birding--which is so easy and great fun Here, urban birding pioneer David Lindo tells you everything you need to know about birds and birding in towns and cities in the UK.
  • Includes a brief history of urban birding in the UK
  • Covers the best places to look for birds in towns and cities
  • Helps you get to know your urban birds
  • Gives useful tips on how to attract birds to your garden
  • Explains what gear you need and how to go about being an urban birder
  • Features hundreds of cool images and illustrations of birds in urban settings

Product Details

$18.95  $17.43
Princeton University Press
Publish Date
August 28, 2018
5.9 X 0.8 X 8.3 inches | 1.15 pounds

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate

About the Author

David Lindo, popularly known as The Urban Birder, is a naturalist, writer, broadcaster, speaker, photographer, wildlife tour leader and educator. His mission is to connect the city folk of the world with the wonderful wildlife that is all around them--even in the middle of the Concrete Jungle. His motto is simple: Look up! He is also the author of The Urban Birder and Tales from Concrete Jungles: Urban Birding around the World (both Bloomsbury). He is a Londoner and runs the website The Urban Birder World.


"A good read and well priced. . . . I'm sure many of you will enjoy it."---John Miles, Birdwatching Magazine
"After sparking a U.K. birding movement over the past decade, Lindo is now bringing his message to the international stage with his new guide How to Be an Urban Birder, published in August. At 200-plus pages, the book is a satisfying and accessible read for beginner birders everywhere, and is packed full of photos, illustrations, tips, tricks, and anecdotes."---Bryony Angell, Audubon
"I heartily recommend this book to anyone who is wanting to learn more about the wildlife immediately around them, even if you live in a suburb or a small village, this book will enrich you contact with nature and teach you how to find and see creatures you never even thought might be close by."---Nick Brown, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
"Anyone looking for an urban nature manual will enjoy David Lindo's How to Be an Urban Birder."---Patrick Barkham, The Guardian
"An enjoyable and engaging introduction to the birding opportunities of even the most unlikely looking urban venue. . . . The content is refreshingly up to date too, with lots of handy hints about internet resources, smartphone apps, sound recording, phone-scoping etc. . . . The urban focus is the book's USP, aiming to widen the birdwatching demographic beyond its traditional white, male, middle class, suburban and rural constituencies. If we are to retrieve any sort of connection with the natural world then the engagement of the city-dwelling majority will be vital. This book might be just the necessary catalyst."---Andy Stoddart, Rare Bird Alert
"This thorough, richly illustrated guide to urban birding reveals just how easy, accessible and fun the activity can be."---Tom Hodgkinson, Idler
"Enjoy this book, and make sure you look up--deep inside all of us is an Urban Birder!"--Jamie Oliver
"The central message is that there is a world of interest and joy on our doorsteps, even in the middle of London or Glasgow, if you just start looking."--Scottish Birds
"There is much useful information in this book for anyone starting out in the birding world. . . . It is reasonably priced, attractively produced, clearly written and will make an idea stocking-fuller for a general wildlife enthusiast of anyone making their first foray into the world of birds."---Clive Herbert, London Naturalist
"[This] book is a treasure trove of information."---Jen Brown, The Happy Birder