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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; Reprint edition (4 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007349505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007349500
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Sterry is a biologist, author and photographer whose interest in natural history spans more than 50 years. He has travelled widely, pursuing his interest in the natural world, gathering photographic material for his books, and taking stock images for his photo library, Nature Photographers Ltd (http://www.naturephotographers.co.uk). Recently, Paul's interests have centred on British wildlife and its conservation. He has written more than 50 books on British wildlife, including numerous field guides. Almost all the titles are largely illustrated by images from the archive of Nature Photographers Ltd. Among Paul's most proud achievements are books in the critically acclaimed 'Collins Complete' series of field guides; recent titles on Coastal Wildlife, and Mushrooms and Toadstools, have set new standards in terms of image quality and the role that photography has to play in the identification of plants and animals.

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‘This one feels satisfyingly comprehensive, detailing the animal's looks, habitat, sounds, habits and how best to observe them, all backed up with stacks of photos. And with others in the series on insects, flowers, birds and trees, you can focus on your own particular area of interest.’
Country Walking

‘An essential photographic guide to all mammals, reptiles and amphibians in the British Isles and surrounding seas.’
RSPCA Animal Life

Praise for the Collins Complete series:

'Wonderfully descriptive photographs'
BBC Wildlife

'Packs in lots of well-chosen detail in compact form'
British Wildlife

‘A bookshelf essential’
The Field

About the Author

Paul Sterry is author of numerous titles in the successful Collins Complete British Photoguide series, including Complete British Birds and Complete British Trees. He owns the photolibrary Nature Photographers.


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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By NARV on 1 Feb. 2008
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent little reference book, thorough yet portable. Unlike the Collins Complete British Wildlife guide which provides only half a dozen lines and one image for each entry, the Collins Complete British Animals dedicates a couple of pages to each species - one containing identification details, habitats, habits, obervation details, and distribution maps, and the other containing multiple photographs. It might not have as much breadth as the Wildlife guide, but it has far, far more substance.

At the back of the book there are also sections to help with identifying skulls, antlers, droppings, rodent nests, and tracks, and also plans for making bat and dormouse boxes.

It probably goes without saying that it is an animal guide - if you want birds and fish, look elsewhere. That said, reptiles and even whales and dolphins are correctly included.

But I think I should point out, having read another review here, it does not have all the domesticated species. It does have a nod towards the goat, Soay Sheep and Chillingham Cattle, but thats it. But that's not a criticism, it's a wildlife book after all, and a useful one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Clenton on 25 July 2011
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The descriptions and photographs fro each species are very detailed and useful. The only thing I would have like would be slightly space given to more detailed distribution maps.

It is good that Collins have included ferrel and domestic species. One thing I do like about this book is the final chapter which gives advice on observing animals. It is usefulto carry in a rucksack for use in the field.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Aug. 2007
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The author has written many of the Collins Wildlife books including the Complete British Birds and this continues the high standard of the others. The book contains excellent photographs and ample room is given to each animal.

The book is a guide to all mammals, amphibians and reptiles that live in the British Isles. There is all the information you are ever likely to need including the tracks that they leave on the ground, their habitat, feeding habits etc. The book also includes all the species of domesticated animal as well.
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I got this book during my countryside management course to increase my identification skills and general knowledge of the environment. it suited me perfectly with concise information, and a wide range of species. along with its excellent photographic illustrations showing you the species as you would.
it is great book for naturalists old and young, with such a wide audience the book is easy to read and quick to find the species that you're looking for.
i would recommend this to anyone.
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British Animals by Collins is and ideal addition to my collection of Collins Complete Guide books. It gives me a complete reference I need on that subject..
I did need to purchase a plastic cover for it as this keeps the books in good condition.
I have been using Collins Complete Guides for a number of years and find them excellent and perfect for my needs.
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great book for the beginner or anyone interested in all the animals of Britain. For each species there are great photos, a detailed description of habits, habitat, observation tips and history etc. Delivery came fast too.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By rommels cat on 7 Dec. 2008
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Excellent book with good pictures and ample space devoted to each animal. Particularly like the setions on tracks & other sign. We finally identified the Poo our chocolate Labrador keeps rolling in. It was Hedgehog!
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By owen on 28 Aug. 2014
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the collins range is rather nice we have 3 in the series, recommended, it does what it sets out to
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