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100 Great Wildlife Experiences (Paperback)

What to See and Where

Colour Books Hobbies & Lifestyle > Nature Hobbies & Lifestyle > Outdoors Hobbies & Lifestyle > Photography Hobbies & Lifestyle > Wildlife

By James D Fair
Imprint: White Owl
Pages: 240
Illustrations: 100
ISBN: 9781526751560
Published: 13th January 2020



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There are many guides to the the world’s great wildlife experiences, but the UK is neglected and this book sets out to remedy this. 100 Great Wildlife Experiences really takes in all the amazing things to see and do in the UK, in all seasons – because winter, of course, can be just as good as summer or spring.

The 100 experiences to be had here in the UK are placed in categories such as “Best for families”, "Best for Couples", “Best on a budget” and so on.

Covering every county in the country, this book is useful for people who want to explore their local area and surrounding counties, and for those in need of an insightful guide to take on their travels.

All in all, it's a useful book, with information that's well presented and accompanied by gorgeous photos. If your stomping grounds include any portion of Britain, keep this on your bookshelf or, better yet, in your travel bag.

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A great book if you are planning on doing trips specifically to see wildlife suggesting where and when are the best times to see rare and interesting phenomena.



Perhaps a guide to getting out and about isn’t the first book you’d reach for in a summer of restricted travel. But wildlife hasn’t got the memo about the world grinding to a halt. Birds continue to sing and plants are still pushing up out of the earth. Which is exactly why you need this book. We can choose to treat this year as an opportunity to reset and take the natural world seriously. Once life returns to its usual rhythm, staying in the UK and appreciating the wildlife within our borders will be a great first step.

Natural history writer James Fair takes us on a journey around the British Isles, showing us glorious places to visit and sights to see once we can travel freely, from nightjars in Suffolk to wildcats in Scotland.

Patricia Carswell, WI Life, Summer 2020

100 Great Wildlife Experiences is a really beautifully presented book that gives information about where you can see wildlife within the UK. It is separated out into locations, so if you fancy a trip to Yorkshire, or Cornwall, you can check the book to see what experiences are available.

It's not just animals and birds though; the author also talks about places such as The Farndale Trail in North Yorkshire, otherwise know as the Daffodil Trail... From flowers to sharks, with birds, butterflies and bats in between, this book is the perfect companion when planning a trip in the UK.

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Random Things Through My Letterbox

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Such a fun book to read! Great Wildlife Experiences is adventurous and enjoyable. Perfect for any nature lover!

NetGalley, Dana Lambert - Hodge

If you'd like an informative book in the house, suitable for all ages, this will come in handy.

Scottish Field, March 2020 - reviewed by Rosie Morton

Author article 'Britain's top 10 wildlife holidays' as featured by

BBC Countryfile, February 2020

Featured on the 'Christmas Bookshelf'

Somerset Life, December 2019

I admit to wanting to review this book mainly on the basis of the picture of the red squirrel on the front cover. Whilst I have many squirrels (many) in my garden, none of them are red and I would love to see one in reality one day. Page 200 gives a good list of places where they may be seen.

Suitably happy at my quest for a red squirrel was answered, I moved on to look at the 99 other wildlife experiences covered. What a great list it is: from glow worms to beavers to Booming Bitterns and snowdrops. What I like very much about the book is that each listed experience comes with a rating of: family friendly, budget friendly, amateur friendly, best time of year and whether they have toilets or not. All very important criteria for a day out. So if you decide to go hunting Orcas it does warn you that you need to be patient and that you might be disappointed. I enjoyed this book, it has handy map to show you where things can be found. I was thinking this would be a great book to take with me on a long weekend or trip away. It is not a comprehensive encyclopedia and it should not be seen as such, it is a nicely laid out guide. It would make a good gift.

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The Blackberry Garden

'A good read this Christmas'

Edinburgh Life, November 2019

Author features as reviewer

BBC Countryfile Magazine, November 2019

If you'd like to witness the world's fastest animal, the second largest shark, or the ocean's top predator, this is the book for you.

Countryside, October 2019

'New book highlights our gems'

Workington Times and Star, 30th August 2019

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

After reading this book, I'm ready to pack my bags and go visit the UK! I also implemented this into my children's home school Summer supplement. What an amazing book!

NetGalley, January Gray

Article: 'New book highlights our gems' as featured by

The Whitehaven News, 28th August 2019

This beautiful book lists and illustrates the brilliant wildlife parks in the UK, with fantastic photos and summaries of the rich and varied variety of places to visit in order to enjoy the wide variety of wildlife native to our country, as well as the summer and winter visitors. A thoroughly superb book showcasing our national places of interest.

Books Monthly

The book is well written, and reading it straight through from beginning to end, as I have done was very enjoyable. I will be keeping the book close by, from now on, and when I am planning days out or holidays it will certainly be consulted, to see which sites will be in the areas I am visiting.

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David Drage, Photo Blog

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Konik ponies, ospreys, Scottish wildcats, avocets, basking seals, and more. The stunning photos in this book are alone worth having, but couple them with an excellent guide to the activity of seeing nature and you're well provided with entertainment as well as information. The author gives a star rating for family friendly (yes if kids can muck about, no if you are not that likely to see the whale) and budget friendly, and ends by recounting his own experience on that trip. Be it snorkelling with sharks, fossicking for fossils, birdwatching or damselfly or daffodil spotting, there is something almost anyone can do. And they are all in Britain. Go for it, support wildlife tourism and wildlife sanctuaries. Another bird is the urban peregrine, in case anyone thinks these are all rural experiences. Bring a camera.

Great book, stories well told.

NetGalley, Clare O'Beara

If you are headed to the UK anytime soon this would be a great book to bring along with you.

NetGalley, Tara Hutson

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A must read book for anyone planning a vacation. James fair has given us some very valuable tools to make our travel memorable. The photos alone in this book will make you want to go places to see what he has seen. My bucket list just got ALOT longer.

NetGalley, Denice Langley

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Enjoyed this book. Kept me interested all the way through. Would recommend to a fellow reader. Love the cover.

NetGalley, Callie Briley

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I pick my travel based on location, but another major factor is the wildlife. Fair’s 100 Great Wildlife Experiences: What to See and Where is a great guild for finding wildlife in expected and unexpected places in the UK. This book works with the budget conscience and includes great details including when, where and season, which is a major factor in sighting those special wildlife finds.

I would recommend packing a copy of 100 Great Wildlife Experiences: What to See and Where as a travel guide must for those traveling or planning to the UK. Amazing pictures, great website and tour details that you won’t want to miss. Don't leave home without it.

NetGalley, Beth H

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is a really well thought out book! I found it to be very helpful as we are planning a trip to the UK and this shows up some of the places for the wildlife that we wouldn't have thought of ourselves. I liked that it shows if a place is child friendly as well as cost friendly. The photography is so lifelike very well done. I felt this book had a lot of really good information on the wildlife itself made me wish we could go to all of the areas!! I see multiple trips over the years.

NetGalley, Jennifer Thornton

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A fascinating and informative book, the book is divided up into 100 experiences with th wildlife throughout the British Isles. It gves the reader some beautiful pictures, wonderful descriptions and got also gives you the websites, contact details of tours all used by the author.

Overall all a great book to have when planning today's out in the British Isles

NetGalley, S Ballinger

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is pretty nice! I thought at first that it would be filled with text but it's actually really short. Just a paragraph or two with some "friendly" information and the rest are pictures of each wildlife there is in the book.

The wildlifes are all from the Great Britain and there is a DIY section with the location and links for more info.

NetGalley, Erika Sarutobi

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I loved looking through this book. It was a delight to read. Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read this book.

NetGalley, Laurie Beemer

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I throughly enjoyed this book. I feel the brief descriptions per page is perfect, this book would suit a school as it has lots of different species of animals/wildlife etc for students to learn about. The pictures are stunning and vibrant . Im so thankful of having the chance to review this book.

NetGalley, zoe billingsley

This would make a lovely table top book! The pictures are outstanding and each chapter is small and easy to read. I requested this book to review because I'm travelling to Scotland in September and wanted to know what to look out for. I certainly was fortunate to be chosen to review an ecopy in return for my honest opinion. My head is swimming with promises of eider ducks, kingfishers, reindeer, seals and purple emperors--among so many other creatures. I can't wait to get there.

NetGalley, Donna Pingry

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is the perfect book for adventurous little ones and families who are wanting holidays closer to home.
Within this colourful guide is information about some of the most beautiful and spectacular aspects of British wildlife that you will immediately want to view. Each one has contact information for enquiries.
The book has two types of title pages: one that reveals the plants or animals listed by name and another that shows their location.

NetGalley, Han Hunter

I confess I love theses types of books. All those beautiful places that I want to visit, set up in a book form. I may never really see all the beautiful wild places in the UK detailed in this book, but I can visit them vicariously through gorgeous photos and informative text.

NetGalley, Rosemary Smith

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I found this book fascinating and informative. The book is divided up into 100 experiences with wildlife not to be missed in the British Isles. It offers pictures, descriptions and then websites/contact details of tours etc used by the author.

NetGalley, Rebecca B

Author interviewed by

Talk Radio Europe, 6th March 2019

About James D Fair

James D Fair is the environment editor for BBC Wildlife Magazine. He has worked as a natural history magazine journalist for most of the past 20 years, with several interruptions during the 1990's to travel and become the mother of an orphaned Andean bear.

These days, his horizons are slightly more limited, with his chief concern being how to protect his bantams from foxes and grass snakes.

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