RSPB Pocket Guide to British Birds: Second edition Paperback – Illustrated, 21 Aug. 2018
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A compact, lightweight and informative guide to 215 of the UK's most common birds.
Featuring 950 colour illustrations and 215 up-to-date colour distribution maps, this new edition of RSPB Pocket Guide to British Birds showcases 215 bird species regularly seen in the UK.
Each species is illustrated in all distinct plumage forms likely to be observed in the wild, and includes concise and succinct descriptions, with details on identification, calls and song, habitat, distribution and behaviour. Along with helpful distribution maps, the species accounts also feature confusion species, with their most important and easily noted differences described.
Portable and easy-to-use, RSPB Pocket Guide to British Birds is the perfect guide for use in the field.
A sumptuous, classy book, with terrific illustrations of a carefully selected 174 species ― BBC Wildlife
An excellent book to buy as a present for beginner birdwatching friends or to keep in the car. ― Scottish Birds
An excellent beginner's guide. ― IBIS - The International Journal of Avian Science
- Publisher : Bloomsbury Wildlife; 2nd edition (21 Aug. 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1472962621
- ISBN-13 : 978-1472962621
- Dimensions : 11.53 x 1.32 x 17.09 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 8,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Diane s on 30 March 2019
Although I was drawn initially to more complex bird identifying books, I plumped on this one as a start off, after reading many reviews about the complexity of identifying birds. Such small differences in some instances, but I think I'm getting the hang of it although you do have to be quite close (several starlings landed, but I had to get closer than my window to clarify and what amazing detail they have, so subtle, but beautiful).
I like this as it's fairly simple. I like the little maps identifying where you're likely to see the birds (which helps limit your identification) I think anything more complicated might have blown my little head and put me off so really glad I purchased this.
Bird food and book at the ready......
As they go though, this book is quite light and will fit in a large coat pocket. The habitat maps are useful and the painted pictures of the birds are really excellent and show the birds much better than photographs found in some other guides.
There is also rather more information about the birds than is found on many bird identification web apps making the book a pleasure to browse through and explore from within a rainy tent or holiday cottage on on of those inevitable British holiday days that are rained off.
Also, of course, the book does not require internet access which often is not available out in the best of Britain's parks and remote wild lands.
There is enough info on each bird without overdoing it and once you get used to it, the coloured drawings (there are no photos) are really all you need.
There have been points when I have been pretty sure on a bird given the drawing and other info but not certain, at which point it is easy to just google photos on your phone.
Photos as well would therefore be better, but at the cost of making the book bigger and more onerous for quick identification.
On that basis I would say leave it as is..
It's a perfect little volume :)