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The Birdwatcher's Pocket Guide to Britain and Europe Hardcover – 6 Apr 2009

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (6 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845334353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845334352
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book Description

Includes 430 species - all the regular seasonal visitors and residents in Europe Contains the most up-to-date, essential identification, distribution and behavioural information for each species Several illustrations for each species show the important aspects of character, appearance and behaviour The perfect, portable field guide for birdwatchers at every level Leading international bird artist and author New: photographic DPS openers for each group (eg Birds of Prey, Waders, Wildfowl, etc) New: scientific (latin) names now included following feedback from birdwatchers New: includes bird sizes and weights to aid identification further

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 By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 16 Jun. 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wyndham on 7 April 2012
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kuzey Cem Kulaçoğlu on 16 July 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By miranda on 19 Aug. 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Padmeister on 8 Jan. 2014
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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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By P. Marshall on 20 Oct. 2014
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My wife and I are not birdwatchers but we do have a lot of unusual birds around where we live and it's nice to be able to identify them. A friend who IS an expert birder (he lectures all over the world on this and other nature related subjects) has an old dog-eared and well annotated copy of this little book and recommended it as best of its kind. And it is - we now have two copies, one at home and one in the car ready to be whipped out when something interesting pops into view. But one observation - there appear to be a number of different publications at different prices and I THINK the print quality differs. May not be important if it's just to identify a bird but if it is important to you you'd probably be better off with the "original" rather than the printed-in-China versions we have. It's fine and still worth five stars but I'm sure the illustrations are not as crisp as my friend's old copy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Baffled on 2 Jan. 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 2 Jan. 2013
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A very useful pocket book covers most birds we see. Illustrations improved over the previous version making identification easier. Well worth the money
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