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Behind More Binoculars

Interviews with acclaimed birdwatchers

  • Interviews with well-known birders such as Bill Oddie (birder, musician and comedian), Tony Juniper (writer and environmental campaigner) and Frank Gardner (BBC’s Security Correspondent).
  • Uncover the history of birding organisations and people.
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    • ...the interviews constitute a surprisingly revealing and valuable record of the history of birdwatching, ornithology and conservation. —Andy Stoddart, Rare Bird Alert
    • birding
    • birdwatching
    • conservation
    • natural history
    • nature
    • ornithologist
    • ornithology
    • popular wildlife


    How and why did our most acclaimed birdwatchers take up birding? What were their early experiences of nature? How have their professional birding careers developed? What motivates them and drives their passion for wildlife? How many birds have they seen? Keith Betton and Mark Avery, passionate birdwatchers and conservationists, interview members of the birdwatching community to answer these and many other questions about the lives of famous birdwatchers.

    Following on from the success of their 2015 book Behind the Binoculars, Keith and Mark are back again, taking you behind the scenes, and behind the binoculars, of a diverse range of birding and wildlife personalities.

    Behind More Binoculars includes interviews with: Frank Gardner, Ann and Tim Cleeves, Roy Dennis, Kevin Parr, Tony Marr, Tim Appleton, Tim Birkhead, Dawn Balmer, Jon Hornbuckle, Tony Juniper, Richard Porter, Bryan Bland, Carol and Tim Inskipp, Barbara Young, Bill Oddie


    Of interest to all naturalists, birders and conservationists.

    Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    The interviews:
    - Frank Gardner
    - Ann and Tim Cleeves
    - Roy Dennis
    - Kevin Parr
    - Tony Marr
    - Tim Appleton
    - Tim Birkhead
    - Dawn Balmer
    - Jon Hornbuckle
    - Tony Juniper
    - Richard Porter
    - Bryan Bland
    - Carol and Tim Inskipp
    - Barbara Young
    - Bill Oddie
    Last thoughts
    Selected bibliography


    • Prepare to be entertained, educated but above all inspired. —Justin Walker, BTO About Birds
    • ...the interviews constitute a surprisingly revealing and valuable record of the history of birdwatching, ornithology and conservation. —Andy Stoddart, Rare Bird Alert
    • Sceptical at first with the concept of these books, I was won over after reading the first few interviews. There is an essential honesty at work here – one that binds together these different generations of people. Overall we get a gentle insight into some of the birding characters we may have occasionally met or heard in the media or in person, across this small world of devotees. These two volumes are a bit of a field guide themselves. —Barry Larking, ECOS
    •’s a good entertaining read, and although it might be dismissed as a kind of ornithological Hello! magazine, there’s enough serious stuff about the development of conservation organisations and changes in bird populations to give it a serious edge. —Jeremy Brock, Scottish Birds

    About the Author

    Keith Betton is a media trainer, PR consultant and writer. He is a keen world birder having seen over 8,000 species in more than 100 countries. keith has a particular passion for Africa, having been Chairman of the African Bird Club for 7 years, and now its Vice President. In the UK he is heavily involved in bird monitoring in Hampshire, where he is County Recorder. He has been a Council Member of both the RSPB and the BTO, and is currently Vice President of the latter.

    Dr Mark Avery (@MarkAvery) is a blogger, writer, author and wildlife campaigner. He once, many moons ago, worked for the RSPB (and for 13 years was its Conservation Director). He has been prominent in the discussions over the future of driven grouse shooting in the UK – Mark hopes that its future is very limited.

    Bibliographic Information

    • 224 pages
    • 16 colour plates
    • BISAC NAT004000, SCI070040, NAT043000, NAT037000, NAT011000