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A guide to the art of mindful birdwatching

In The Art of Mindful Birdwatching author Claire Thompson of Birdlife International reveals how the practice of mindfulness can enrich our birdwatching experiences. Who has never gazed enviously at a bird soaring through the sky, or been uplifted by bird song?

Passionate about inspiring people to rekindle their love of the natural world, Claire believes that birds are the ideal inspiration for the practice of mindfulness and sees flight as a symbol of freedom, being able to soar through life without constraint. In this book we are reminded that birds can do wonders for our hearts and minds – if we simply pay attention to them.

The Art of Miindful Birdwatching is a beautifully presented, absorbing book that takes us on a journey through gardens, cities, open country, forests, coasts and mountains, through personal anecdote and expert insight. Each chapter is dedicated to learning more about the magnificent beauty of the avian world, while quotes from others remind us that birds have been a source of fascination to us for centuries.

“This book isn’t just for experienced birdwatchers, it’s addressed to everyone. It’s a guide to enjoying the inherent beauty of birds, whether you’re a novice or an expert”, says Claire.

“It’s about discovering that we can all learn from birds to welcome greater well-being into our lives. Watching birds is not only an endless source of wonder and wisdom, but also the perfect entry point to rekindle our sense of what it’s like to be truly human – and an integral part of the natural world”.

The Art of Mindful Birdwatching is published in hardback by Leaping Hare Press, priced £8.99.

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