The Observologist


To become The Observologist you need the right attitude. It seems you must be prepared with the right equipment and know-how. However, you should be enquiring, patient and keenly aware. Then again, you may not be after sightings of birds, mini beasts, fungi or trees, but evidence of their presence. Therefore, that preparation would include knowing a little about prints, or even what might eat a certain leaf. Then again, different types of webs indicate the presence of certain spiders. Egg remains suggest certain mini beasts or birds too. So do droppings.

Bookwagon is enthralled by The Observologist. Not only does Giselle Clarkson inspire us to look, but she shows us how and for what. Then she directs us into damp corner, for example, where we might trace the bright trails of slugs or snails. Then directly to where these mini beast might be hidden during daylight. Thereafter, what might we spot at night and how? Furthermore, where do all the diurnal creatures go at nighttime? Their bird poop shows where birds might roost, it seems

Furthermore, within weedy patches we might find bees and wasps. In fact, we might be able to support an exhausted honey bee with a sugary snack. Then again, we might be able to listen for the presence of certain creatures too.

Bookwagon recommends The Observologist for every home, school and school library. It is outstanding. It’s certainly motivated this children’s bookseller to head out into her damp garden patch for some observology!

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The Observologist

A Handbook for Mounting Very Small Scientific Expeditions

Giselle Clarkson

(Gecko Press)

Could you be The Observologist? A scientist who ‘makes scientific expeditions every day albeit very small ones’? You’d ‘note interesting details in the world around‘. Then again, you’d be good ‘at finding tiny creatures, plants and fungi‘.
Giselle Clarkson explains why observology matters and then how to get started. In fact, we realise the principles of this discipline, from our positions, to our attitude and behaviour. We realise how patient we must be, how welcoming and enquiring. Thereafter, what we need to know is broken down, from taxonomy to evolution. Somehow, in this writer/ illustrator’s hands there’s an accessibility to understanding scientific names and parts. What’s more, her approach wants us to go outside and put what we’re reading into practice. We go further than National Trust: Out and About Minibeast Explorer, for example, so that we think what the experience of an invertebrate must be like. Then again, we are directed to the best places to observe for every species we might investigate. These include mini beasts, fungi, birds and trees. However, our observation goes further than species, for we look for evidence of their presence, from droppings to feathers, eggs to web remains.
Bookwagon is enthralled by this title. The Observologist is outstanding. Every school, school library and home should have this book. We are proud to read, recommend and supply it.


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