Footballer Hoverfly Helophilus pendulous ©Fatbirder Website

There are very few birders who are so single minded as to not take an interest in the rest of the natural world. Many take photos, others trap moths or list dragonflies, butterflies or bees. Indeed, most of us are only too aware that the whole of the natural world is in dire need of our conservation efforts.As birders we also find that some times of the year are less good for birding than others. Most of us will also have access to our own backyards and want to know what’s going on in them… whether its which plants to grow to help our bird visitors or just to look more closely at what lives close to us.Like most life long birders I have always had an interest in nature in general. This year (2013) I decided to record all the animals occurring in my tiny ‘postage stamp’ urban garden… and am staggered by the diversity of bug life and the incredibly extensive micro world.

This page reflects that wider interest and seeks to help the birder see what else is going on in their own back yard…

Featured Photograph

Flower Beetle Oedemera nobilis ©Bo Beolens Fatbirder

Useful Reading
  • Amphibians and Reptiles

    by Prof Trevor Beebee | Naturalists' Handbooks 31 | Paperback: 170 pages | Publisher: Pelagic Publishing (1 July 2013) | See Fatbirder Review ISBN: 9781907807459 Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • Britain's Day-Flying Moths

    A Field Guide to the Day-Flying Moths of Britain and Ireland | Princeton Series: Britain's Wildlife by David Newland, Robert Still & Andy Swash | 224 Pages | 200 Colour photos | 100+ Colour Distribution Maps | WildGuides Paperback | Waterproof PVC Cover | Sep 2013See Fatbirder Review ISBN: 9780691158327 Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • Britain's Hoverflies

    By Stuart Ball & Roger Morris | 296 pages, 500 colour photos | colour distribution maps | WildGuides | Paperback | PVC slip-over cover | Mar 2013 | See Fatbirder Review ISBN: 9780691156590 Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • Britain's Sea Mammals

    By Robert Still, Jon Dunn & Hugh Harrop | 128 Pages | 100 Colour Photos | 40 Colour Illustrations | Colour Distribution Maps | WildGuides | Paperback | Nov 2012 | See Fatbirder Review ISBN: 9780691156606 Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • Ladybirds

    by Helen E Roy, Peter MJ Brown, Richard F Comont, Remy L Poland, John J Sloggett ISBN: 9781907807077 Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • New Holland Concise Mushroom Guide

    New Holland 2011 | Paperback | 192 pages | 200 colour illustrations | Waterproof PVC cover See Fatbirder Review ISBN: 9781847737854 Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • Pocket Guide to Wild Flowers

    by Bob Gibbons | Paperback | Waterproof PVC cover | Mar 2013 | 192 pages | 180 colour photos | See Fatbirder Review ISBN: 9781780092614 Buy this book from NHBS.com
Guides & Tour Operators
  • Dordogne Butterfly and Bird Watching (Wild Dordogne)

    Guiding & Accommodation
    This is the website for our wildlife guiding service and La Cabane du Pommier which is our luxury holiday cottage in southern Dordogne, SW France, situated adjacent to our own private residence. In this site you will also find much information on butterflies, birds and other wildlife in the region. The area is wonderful for butterfly watching, bird watching and nature rambles in a wide variety of habitats. Our base provides peace and quiet in a truly tranquil rural retreat 'far from the madding crowd', but within easy reach of all services
Other Links
  • Fatgardener

    My 'summer' blog - looking at the critters in my tiny back yard
  • Mothin' in the Garden

    This blog is all about my exploits into moth trapping in my small urban garden (it actually covers 2 gardens as I have moved since I first started the blog and any trapping I do away from home). I should also point out that I release the moths the following evening, I do my best to never harm them or keep them from doing their thing for long

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