The Collins Complete British Birds makes bird identification easier than ever before. It is the most complete field guide to British birds ever published and the only one to be designed to give everything that you need on each spread in a simple to use format. Every text entry covers indentification of adults and juvenilles, songs and calls, and where they are most likely to be found. Illustrated with specially commissioned photography and maps to show where in Britain the birds are found, in which months and cross-references to similar-looking species, it contains everything a birdwatcher needs to know in one, easy-to-use, portable volume and is the perfect photographic field guide for the birdwatching beginner.
Nicola Main Member of the Wild Empire
Registered: April 2006 Location: Carnoustie, Angus Posts: 347
Review Date: Fri 1, September, 2006
Would you recommend it? Yes |
Total Spent: £14.99| Rating: 10
Excellent photographs and easy to read text
No key so could be confusing for beginners
Buy this book, buy this book NOW! This book is absolutely fantastic I cannot praise it highly enough. It covers all the species you are likely to see in the British Isles as well as some out of the ordinary visitors or rarities. Each page covers 2 or 3 species and the text is on facing paces to the photographs. The text is easy to read without any technical jargon which I find highly annoying in other books (I prefer things simple ). The photographs are very high quality and include all plumages. The distribution maps are very clear and come with a calendar bar to show when the bird can be seen throughout the year.
At the front of the book is a handy part on bird topography, bird habitats, identifying birds, migration and movements, conservation and a birdwatcher's calendar which gives highlights of what to see or where to go to observe birds in every month of the year. The only teeny tiny bit wrong with this book is that it could be confusing for a novice birdwatcher as there is no key so finding an unknown bird could prove difficult if you don't know where to look. Apart from that it is the best bird book I have found in recent years and every birdwatcher should have it.
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