DAVID Lindo, otherwise known as The Urban Birder, will be visiting Ilkley on Sunday, September 30 to give a fascinating tour and talk on birds in the urban landscape.

As seen on BBC Breakfast and Sunday Brunch in the last few weeks, David Lindo’s enthusiasm and unique take on the world of urban birding is set to make a popular event at the Ilkley Literature Festival.

The Urban Birder breaks the stereotypical mould of a bird watcher. Cargo trousers, quirky vests and oversized binoculars hiding in a bush somewhere deep in the countryside is fast becoming a stereotype of the past.

David Lindo maintains birders can be equally in their element whilst sitting outside the Primark in Leeds with a smartphone in hand or having a coffee break whilst working on a building site.

With over 80 per cent of the nation’s population living and working in cities, many people are finding themselves detached from the natural world and the wildlife of Great Britain fairly unreachable. This is not the case. In fact, David believes that we can be in contact with wildlife in a matter of seconds.

Lindo will be advising the average urbanite how to become familiar with their urban birds in his upcoming talk. Using his new birding guide for the urban landscape, How to Be an Urban Birder, David gives practical tips on how to make your garden wildlife-friendly, covers the best places to look for birds in your town or city, and encourages you to make the most of being outdoors.

As Jamie Oliver says in his foreword to this book; “This is a great guide for anyone.”

David will be appearing at the Ilkley Literature Festival on Sunday, September 30 and will be giving a dawn birding tour at 8am, followed by a captivating talk in St Margaret’s Hall, LS29 9QL at 3.15pm. Price £7.00/£5.00 concessions. To book visit http://www.ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk/events/41-how-to-be-an-urban-birder-david-lindo