A Beginner’s Approach to Natural History

A bee collecting pollen from an osteospermum. Makrygialos, Crete. © Johannes Evans 2019

One of the exciting things about becoming an amateur naturalist — a student of natural history, and a keen observer of animal and plant life around oneself — is that the world suddenly seems to become much larger.

When you go for a walk, not knowing their names, all you see is birds. Sure, you recognise your standard pigeons and crows, but that’s about it. They might be different sizes and…