Bird Therapy (Paperback)

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I devoured this in a couple of days, it was such a compassionate and compelling read. Harkness’ most recent breakdown, after many years of anxiety and depression, led him to nature, and most specifically the observation of birds. Medications and more traditional routes to recovery were just not working, and yet, the most simple of ways, to immerse oneself in nature seemed to be the way for Harkness to find a respite, and more importantly, a path to healing. This book delights in the beauty of nature, the importance of slowing oneself down and making those minute observations that give us connection with our world. I highly recommend this to all. — Becky Doherty


When Joe Harkness suffered a breakdown in 2013, he tried all the things his doctor recommended: medication helped, counselling was enlightening, and mindfulness grounded him. But nothing came close to nature, particularly birds. How had he never noticed such beauty before? Soon, every avian encounter took him one step closer to accepting who he is. The positive change in Joe's wellbeing was so profound that he started a blog to record his experience. Three years later he has become a spokesperson for the benefits of birdwatching, spreading the word everywhere from Radio 4 to Downing Street. In this groundbreaking book filled with practical advice, Joe explains the impact that birdwatching had on his life, and invites the reader to discover these extraordinary effects for themselves.

About the Author

Joe Harkness has been writing a Bird Therapy blog for the last three years. In 2017, he had articles published in The Curlew and Birdwatch magazine as well as recording three 'tweets of the day' for BBC Radio 4. He is employed as a Special Educational Needs coordinator and has worked in the youth sector for nine years. He lives in Norfolk.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781783528981
ISBN-10: 1783528982
Publisher: Unbound
Publication Date: April 7th, 2020
Pages: 272
Language: English