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Looking at the previous reviews of this item, I was really shocked to see no one had reviewed it since 2006, and felt compelled to write my own up to date review, seeing as magazines tend to evolve and change over time.
I've been receiving BBC Wildlife for about 4 years now, and can honestly say I think it the best natural history magazine I have ever come across. Every month it covers a broad range of topics and species, both national and international, accompanied by some truly stunning photographs. The publication is very accessible, nicely split into different features none of which are overly long, so that you can dip in and out of it when you want (preferably with a nice cuppa!). It is made up of regular pieces and guest articles, all well presented, which are not only interesting and educational, but usually a joy to read. To give you an idea of the magazine I have written about it's contents below, using the January 2010 issue for specific examples.
BBC Wildlife Magazine Features and Articles
After the contents page and editors note the following appear (roughly in order):
1. Monthly highlights - practical advice on what's around at this time of year, and how you can see it. January issue included brown hares, lapwings, water shrews, daddy long legs spiders, flowers and insects to spot, red kites and where to see them, lichen id guide and information on nature photography (plus a few other bits!). This section always gives me a real yearning to get out there and see what I can spot, and I have used many of the ID guides it contains.
2. Go Wild - 3 walks in places around the country which are good at this time of year. Includes map, species around, and best/nearest pub! If you keep the magazines like I do and are going away in Britain, it's great to look back and find appropriate walks.
3. Richard Mabey's column - currently about art and wildlife.
4. Portfolio - Excellent photographs by a photographer on a certain subject, plus explanatory captions. January's was on Russia's wolves.
5. News of the Earth - Contains national and international news of things nature and conservation related, plus a Discoveries page (which sometimes I find mind - blowing in it's wierdness!).
6. Articles - cover various topics. January contained a conservation article on Grevy's zebra and an animal behaviour example on New Zealand's Kea (entitled "Is this the worlds naughtiest bird?). All accompanied by some terrific photos. The articles can be both serious and lighthearted as the above two examples show.
7. Exposure - A double page photograph, with caption.
8. Q and A - A section where readers send in questions (including photographs of things which need identifying) and experts provide the answers. Contains some gems of information. January's issue contained a special Q and A featuring "53 fantastic wildlife questions..", which was extremely entertaining.
9. W2 - contains reviews of new wildlife books, a guide to recommended television, an on test section (where things such as binoculars, bug collecting kits, walking shoes, ethical supermarkets etc.) are tested out to find the best brand, a travel UK section and usually an abroad travel section. The reviews always seem fair and balanced, and the on test section in particular really puts products through their paces. I have used them previously to guide me in the right direction of products to buy. The UK travel section features one place each month, including how to get there, where to go, what to see etc., and is one of my favourite parts of the magazine, as it gives me great ideas of where to holiday and birdwatch!
10. Out and About - January's issue included "How to be an urban birder", "How to spot mountain wildlife" and "How to find wild food - cow parsley".
11. Your letter and photographs - self explanatory really, letters and photos from readers, and responses if needed.
12. Tales from the Bush - this is the last page of the magazine and features an amusing anecdote from someone working in the field.
As you can see from the above, BBC Wildlife Magazine is jam packed full of good stuff. On an everslow slightly negative note, the magazine also contains a lot of advertising (23 out of 114 pages in Jan), but this is only a small gripe and doesn't affect the quality of the overall publication. A subscription is a good way to make the magazine cheaper, and can currently be bought using Tesco Clubcard points, which is how I pay for mine. It's also delivered in a biodegradable bag, which is good for the environment.
I would recommend BBC Wildlife to anyone with even a slight interest in nature. This publication thoroughly deserves it's five stars!
Calling all nature lovers, photographers, artists, and writers! This magazine is for you.
This review is intended to spur you on and pick up a copy and judge for yourself. I hope it does. The magazine and its contributors deserve your attention.
BBC wildlife Magazine which is published monthly is a wonderful read and contains outstanding photographs,. One of the advisors is Sir David Attenborough say no more.
The magazine contains articles from around the world but does have many interesting and regular contributions about the British Isles.
A monthly Highlights section reports on what to look out for in the world of birdlife, wildlife, insect life, plants and has a star spot which gives details of visible planets, satellites. This is so useful when out and about as it clues you in to what you should be looking out for, many things of which you would not be aware.
A Discoveries section has up to date reports from the scientific world into research in many areas. Did you know there is a crab that climbs coconut palms to get the fruit?
Environmental and Conservation issues such as Climate Change, Deforestation, Over fishing, and Wind Farms are dealt with in News of the Earth.
Many many more articles on, Product Reviews, Travel UK/Overseas, Competitions are included. There is a really useful TV and Radio guide, which highlights all the best nature programmes for the month, which really means you, will not miss a thing.
If you are in any way interested in Wildlife/Planet Earth then grab yourself a copy. It is currently selling at £3.10 but you can save by subscribing and get 13 issues for the price of 10. Well worth it and also a great all year round gift for someone.
Quality photographs and writing its all here. Enjoy.
For anyone with an interest in the natural world, wishing for a refreshing and absorbing insight into the latest news, breakthroughs, updates and research in the world of natural studies, this is easily the best place to start. The design of the magazine makes it easily accessible for all people, using appropriate and interesting diagrams and beautiful photographs to capture your attention and imagination. There is a comprehensive list of different regular sections, including New Moon that gives a fascinating run through the natural events, patterns and changes you can expect to see in the countryside and of wildlife in Britain such as new flowering plants, bird visitors, animal behaviour, the cycle of the seasons and the lunar cycle: all relevant to the month of the edition. There are shorts, detailing scientific research into biological sciences and interesting snippets of breakthroughs in the field of wildlife research. The main articles are superbly written and edited by some of the most experienced and knowledgeable people in their field, imparting information in a very engaging and ‘easily absorbed’ way. No scientific knowledge is needed to get full enjoyment out of this magazine - even though much of the content deals with scientific research – as the writing style is easily understandable and approachable for everyone. The diversity of the content is the magazine’s greatest asset as there is sure to be much inside to please all readers whether it be under the sea, in the air or on the ground, flora or fauna. There are also good guides on the latest events and conventions, book releases, videos and television programmes, with many features coinciding with new BBC documentaries such as the excellent Blue Planet coverage. Many writings of the magazine lean towards examining the earth’s environmental condition and our impact on it. Conservation and ecology are major themes throughout
the magazine, which I think is important if we, as a species are to act on the changes we have made on the world. BBC Wildlife magazine is a highly informative and enjoyable read, excellently assembled with a wealth of interesting and relevant articles and fantastic illustrations and photography (from the BBCs comprehensive library) for anyone with an interest in the living world that surrounds us.
I was given coupons that allowed me to get this magazine for half price so I thought I would try it. It is a glossy magazine in the sense that it is on good quality paper with lots of photographs. It has around half a dozen main articles plus regulars. The articles are on wildlife topics. While these are eye-catching with general interest eg turtles or Macaws they are written with conservation in mind. In fact the slant is more towards the serious than the popular press but still readable for the average person. The regulars include reviews, what’s on TV and Radio, letters and a children’s section. There are also plenty of adverts – around a third of the magazine. Most of these have some relevance to wildlife eg holidays or books. Overall it’s a readable mag, nice to dip into now and again but I think you need to be really keen to buy it on a regular basis.