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Alex White

We are very pleased to sing out about a young author. Alex White was only 16 years old when he published his wildlife book - what an achievement and inspiration to other young people!

Read more about Alex and his book here.

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About Alex White

Alex White is a wildlife photographer and blogger. Since the age of ten he has won a number of photography competitions. He has appeared on panels and spoken to audiences about his love of wildlife, from small local gatherings to BBC TV’s Springwatch Unsprung.

Alex is passionate about British wildlife — in particular mammals — and keen to show other people how to find amazing wildlife on their doorstep.

Get Your Boots On
by Alex White

Alex’s book is a joy to look at! One of the first images of Alex is a picture of an interaction between him and a red squirrel. It speaks a thousand words and it really makes you realise the importance of getting out and connecting with nature.

He says he wants the book to be: ‘a well-thumbed-through, creased, dog-eared guide lounging at the bottom of a rucksack’.

This book is full of inspiring photos but it’s not for the coffee table, it is to be used, and he wants a generation of teenagers to read this book, be inspired and get active!

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The book also offers indispensable advice for those who would like to get more involved, or even build a career out of their passion for wildlife. Illustrated throughout by Alex’s stunning photographs, this book will appeal to young and old alike. It suggests: when and where to get out there; what to go looking for; how to do it; what to take… and a host of other tips. Practical advice for getting closer to nature and encouragement from those who have lived it.
Forward by Chris Packham


‘This fabulous and important book. It’s good, it’s inspirational and – critically – it’s heartening’
Chris Packham

Mini interview with Alex White

Muddy Faces asked Alex a few questions about his favourite outdoor things...

Outdoor childhood memory

My first outdoor memory is badger watching with my parents. I think I was around 3 years old. I couldn't sit still and was so excited when the first black and white face appeared. Even after seeing badgers 100s of times, I still get the same feeling.

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Favourite natural space

My favourite nature space is my local patch of woodland. I love to watch all the different wildlife and this is where I take most of my photographs. From the roe deer and the foxes on the ground to the buzzards and squirrels in the trees.

Each season the colours change, the purples of the bluebells and the oranges of autumn, nothing is ever the same.

Alex's top tip!

Set a little time aside each day to spend outdoors. Whether it's an hour long walk exploring or 5 minutes in the garden, you'll be amazed at the wildlife you can spot.

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