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Dick Watling

Richard (Dick) John Watling (born 13 November 1951) is a Fijian ornithologist , writer and environmental consultant of British origin.


Watling Was Born in Uganda , spent MOST de son childhood in East Africa and first Went to Fiji in 1967. He Studied zoology at Bristol University And Then Obtained a doctorate at Cambridge , His doctoral thesis concernant the red-vented bulbul , a bird Introduced to Fiji where it is an agricultural pest. He has worked in the Lake Manyara and Serengeti National Parks in Tanzania and with the World Wildlife Fund ‘s Conservation Indonesia Program as well as many places throughout the south-west Pacific and south-east Asianareas. He also served as editor of Domodomo , the journal of the Fiji Museum . [1] and was the principal founder of NatureFiji-MareqetiViti, which is Fiji’s only domestic NGO working solely for the conservation of Fiji’s natural heritage [2]


Books authored or coauthored by Watling include:

  • 1982 – Birds of Fiji, Tonga and Samoa . (Illustrated by Chloe Talbot-Kelly). Millwood: New Zealand. ISBN  0-908582-36-6
  • 1986 – Mai Veikau: Tales of Fijian Wildlife . Fiji Times: Suva.
  • 1999 – Pocket Poster Guide to the Birds of Fiji . Author: Fiji. ISBN  9829030024
  • 2001 – A Guide to the Birds of Fiji and Western Polynesia: Including American Samoa, Niue, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Wallis and Futuna . Author: Fiji. ISBN  9829030040
  • 2005 – Palms of the Fiji Islands . (With George Bennett). Environmental Consultants: Suva. ISBN  9829047024
  • 2006 – Guide to the Birds of the Kingdom of Tonga . Author: Fiji. ISBN  9789829030078


  1. Jump up^ “Richard John Watling” . CV . Environmental Consultants Fiji. 2010-08-30 . Retrieved 2012-08-19 . permanent dead link ]
  2. Jump up^ https://naturefiji.org

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