It is well known that the urbanisation which accompanied the 19th and 20th centuries between people and the natural world. Paradoxically, while we are supposedly entering into a "knowledge-based economy", the specialised knowledge which previous generations had of the natural world has been eroded.
It is because of this trend that the AA Interactive Encyclopedia of British & European Birds CD-ROM--which deals with the families, orders, ecology, evolution and distinguishing features of British and European birds--is particularly valuable. The information which it contains is first-rate, and the video links, while sometimes a little dark and unclear, are relevant and add to the knowledge of the user. One of the most interesting features of all is an interactive map showing the distributive patterns of 427 species of bird.
The package comes with a variety of zones, each with different things to offer. There is a hide where you can explore habitats and bird watching, an aviary where you can learn about the structure and function of birds, and a feature called the "bird search", where you can test your avian knowledge. Although the graphics sometimes leave a little to be desired, this is still a first-rate product which should go a long way towards redressing the nature gap in the new technological age. --Toby Green
The ultimate interactive bird identification guide for the serious birdwatcher. Learn about bird watching equipment, how to take better photographs and much more. Study bird evolution and the life history of a bird, from egg to adult. Discover how a bird works, behaves and survives.