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The Birdwatcher's Pocket Guide to Britain and Europe [Hardcover]

Rob Hume , Peter Hayman
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Book Description

6 April 2009
This is the most compact and concise guide to the 430 species of birds that live in or regularly visit Britain and the rest of Europe. It is the only truly pocket-sized field guide. There are at least six illustrations of each species and Peter Hayman's unique painting style brings the birds to life. The well-researched text in the form of captions and annotation tells you all you need to know to be able to identify correctly different species. Symbols show at a glance in which habitats each bird can be found and at what time of year each is present - both essential factors for correct identification. Differentiating between one species and another could never be made simpler. This guide is the essential companion for taking into the field wherever you go birdwatching in Britain and Europe.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (6 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845334353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845334352
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Peter Hayman is one of the best-known and most authoritative ornithologists, bird artists and authors in Europe, renowned for his uniquely meticulous approach to bird illustration. His previous books include the best-selling Birdwatcher's Pocket Guide (Mitchell Beazley), Shorebirds of the World (Helm) and The Illustrated Guide to the Birds of South Africa (New Holland/Straak). He lives in Suffolk. Rob Hume has been editor of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds award-winning Birds magazine since 1989. He has written several ornithological books including Discovering Birds, Observer's Birds, Focus on Birdwatching, and Birds by Character. For 10 years he was a member and Chairman of the national British Birds Rarities Committee that scrutinises reports of rare birds in Britain, and in 1973 he discovered a new species for Britain, the American ring-billed gull. Located: Befordshire

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent pocket guide. 16 Jun 2009
This is the book which sits next to our kitchen sink so that we can look up anything seen in our own back garden. It also accompanies me whenever I am out and about in the country. If it is a small pocket guide you are seeking - then look no further.

Commencing with a few Basics, we then mover quickly on to How the Guide Works followed by a list of species included. Time spent on reading these introductory items is time well spent. All bird types are shown together commencing with the smallest (Firecrest) and working up to the larger birds with all seabirds included right at the end.

An excellent book.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for a Beginner or an Intermediate 16 July 2012
This was one of the first bird guides that I bought. As I was a beginner back then (not even a beginner, I just liked the zoo birds) I didn't know any species except sparrows, doves and crows.

As I read it it really got myself into it. I couldn't believe that there were this many and beatiful birds in Europe. The text, despite it's shortness and basic, covered almost every detail you needed to easily identificate a bird. The illustrations were really awesome, you could see every single feather of a bird in those; and I liked how the artist illustrated the birds' habits, it really got the plates away from the un-natural, "stuffed" look of bird plates.

I also liked the colour coding, it was really helpful to find the bird that I was looking for.

I used this guide many years because it was definitely one of the best guides for beginners and intermediates.

As years passed, I started to learn a lot about birds and I needed a guide that covered more species with more detailed text and illustrations, so I looked for guides like that and I found Collins Bird Guide. That's was the time when this beginner-friendly book slowly got into other bird guides that I rarely used.

Today, as an experienced and near-professional birder, I use Collins Bird Guide, but when I'm bored or get sick of Collins Bird Guide, my first alternative guide is always this one. It has a special place for me. It reminds me of the time when I didn't know anything about the birds in the nature of Europe... It was an excellent guide when I was a beginner.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For price & portability - nothing better! 7 April 2012
By Wyndham
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Other reviewers have given this guide an excellent detailed thumbs up, I see no point in repeating at length. It's greatest strength is its size - it IS pocket sized. Any guide to be used outdoors, HAS to be a compromise. Yes, as a serious birder, I have many books, all the usual suspects, Peterson, Collins, Philips etc etc etc! All in their own right great publications, only 'let down' by their dubious portability. If your birding sees you on the move, with 'scope tripod & binos and other paraphernalia, weight is a premium, so this is your book. Yes!
P.S: There is a PAPERBACK VERSION AVAILABLE - lighter still.
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4.0 out of 5 stars informative 19 Aug 2013
By miranda
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I liked thecontent very much. It is smaller than expected so you have topay more attention to the detail - especially when uour eyes are not perfect. - buit it is a pocket book so...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful - 8 Jan 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is very good, but probably for those with a little more experience, as it includes (as the title suggests) many of the species found further east in Europe, so unless you know your starting position (i.e. what it a bird is unlikely to be) you may become confused. However, for an all-round, travelling field guide small enough to fit in a shoulder bag (and when you can't carry the Collins Guide, which remains the benchmark), this is really good. Would like a paperback version!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good.Great price. 10 Aug 2013
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Actually is pocket sized! Great images (too many?). Bought this for my young son who loves it and takes it everywhere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A book for a walk in the country 8 Jun 2013
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A little bulky but a fund of information when you're out and about.It carries more information than my older pocket guides
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3.0 out of 5 stars I am not sure what is required here 2 Jan 2013
By Baffled
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this book on a recommendation for a softback version that you did not offer and it is not very easy to use in the field, it has a lot or information but it is in very small print. I would summarise by saying it is usefull to use in my bedroom overlooking the garden but not in any other location.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The ID book to have
The best ID book around. This is the pocket book to have. Brillliant illustrations and fantastic value. Buy it now!
Published 1 month ago by Mr. P. Broomhead
4.0 out of 5 stars Handy size
It's a useful size to take walking. The illustrations make identification fairly easy for a beginner. Altogether ideal and well priced.
Published 2 months ago by John M Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Good novice reference book
I have only recently (retired) started taking an interest in watching the various birds that come into our garden and on walks and this book has been very useful. Read more
Published 3 months ago by H
3.0 out of 5 stars Bird identifier
OK - Not as good as my Field Guide to the Birds, which has much clearer pictures to make identification more simple
Published 5 months ago by Ro
5.0 out of 5 stars The Birdwatcher's Pocket Guide to Britain & Europe
This book came highly recommended on a chat room website as being excellent for bird watcher's. I duly bought it and found it to be extremely informative. Read more
Published 7 months ago by hobbygirl 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars All round good
The detail and quality are excellent, with fine printing despite its pocket size. It's a tad heavy in the pocket because of the quality paper but we've field tested it and are... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jeremy Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Comprehensive cover for such a little book ideal to put in your pocket when out walking when we go away for weekends
Published 10 months ago by greasegolf
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent field guide for the traveller
A wonderful little book, packing in a great deal of detail very efficiently. Not the complete field guide, but great if you want to travel light, yet have complete, basic coverage... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Milo
5.0 out of 5 stars The ideal bird guide
This is a very fine book-extremely useful to use and to carry when out at nature reserves-helpful illustrations and potted histories of individual species.
Published 14 months ago by robert wood
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