The Wildlife Pocket Companion

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Hundreds of nuggets of practical—and not so practical—information are packed into this guide to fascinate and amuse. Information includes how to identify animal footprints, the good manners guide on how to behave in a birdwatchers’ hide, how gossamer got its name, how to tell the difference between a stoat and a weasel, the bizarre mating habits of dragonflies, and what the connection is between the table football game Subbuteo and the small falcon-type bird, the hobby.


Malcolm Tait is the editor of The Birdwatcher's Companion and The Walker's Companion, and the coauthor of Wildlife Walks. A committed amateur naturalist, he writes a monthly bird column for The Ecologist and edits Butterfly and Conserver magazines.