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Complete British Wildlife [Paperback]

Paul Sterry
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Collins (2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0007814828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007814824
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 671,679 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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106 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding value 30 July 2002
I have quite a large library on flora and fauna but this is the book that is most frequently used for answering those day to day questions. It is not exhaustive, but that makes it portable and, with it's plastic cover and shiny pages, durable as well.
This book is perfect for just about everyone who has ever asked themselves 'I wonder what that is?' as a mysterious insect strolled across their petunias.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really easy to use, colourful guide. 1 May 2002
By A Customer
All the pictures of the same group of wildlife are on one page, enabling easy identification of what you have seen or found. The descriptions are brief but good and I think this is an excellent guide to british wildlife
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and well worth the money 22 Aug 2006
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When you are out for a walk it is inconvenient carrying one book on birds, one on trees, one on wild flowers, etc. I wanted a book which would cover all these area - and this book fits the bill admirably (in fact it covers many more areas besides). The only minor criticism I would make is that the section describing trees includes a photograph of either the whole tree or a leaf/fruit for each variety. To assist identification it would have been more useful to have included both items; with the relatively small number of trees included in the book this would not have added much to its bulk. However, do not let this deter you from purchasing this excellent book!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete British Wildlife Review 4 Feb 2006
This book is a great field guide to all birds, mammals, insects, amphibians, plants and trees in the U.K. It features colour photos of each species and a description.
It is invaluable to any nature loving person and is small, so will fit easily in a rucksack.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
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This is a wonderful resource even if you don't have children! The pictures make it so easy to recognise what you are looking for, and the well written explanations really make you feel like you are learning something. Our children get so excited when they can put a proper name to something they have found, and they are developing a really sense of value for the creation we are part of.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent guide 1 Feb 2006
I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting a comprehensive guide. This book is very easy to use, each type of wildlife has its own section, eg birds, insects, wild flowers etc. Each section is fully illustrated with high quality photographs with easy to identify notes on the facing pages. With 18 different sections it covers most things one is likely to encounter when out in Britain and would be an ideal general guide for field trips or camping. I have several other books on flowers, trees, birds but this book could replace them all on most occasions. Recommended.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS! * * * * * 8 Nov 2006
By Keri
This is a beautiful photoguide which has proven really useful in identifying insects, animals and plants that i see on my travels. I keep it in my car's glovebox so that where ever I am I have access to it.

There are over 150 double page spreads with a full page of wonderful, bright, close up photos on the right and names and a short description / habits of all the creatures/plants shown on the left.

I am always getting phone calls from my friends asking to borrow it to find out what they have seen.

A really enjoyable buy!
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference book for British wildlife 6 April 1999
By A Customer
An excellent book for reference, especially in your garden. I especially found it useful in identifying the birds in my garden and the wild flowers in the local hedgerows.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this book.
Published 4 days ago by Strange Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good
Published 12 days ago by bienfait
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book with loads
Beautiful book with loads.of information and photos. I wondered how long it took to compile.this book as there is so much detail and thousands of wildlife species . Read more
Published 16 days ago by christine
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Quality product prompt delivery thank you
Published 16 days ago by Dawn Flanagan
5.0 out of 5 stars Book equivalent of your best search engine
If you only want to buy one field guide for GB, make it this one. For when you can't use t'internet!
Published 20 days ago by redshoes
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild life
Bought for particularly bird life. Excellent book well presented and has certainly increased our knowledge of wild life and habitat etc.
Published 1 month ago by Donald
1.0 out of 5 stars Another wildlife book lacking order or structure
Expensive, pretty, but useless for identifying anything. Within the themes of plan / animal etc, there is no patterm no system, to help you find things. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Patrick Beautement
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read!!
An excellent book, very clear. We have used it for identifying all sorts of, to us, unknown birds. It's alway to hand.
Published 2 months ago by Geraldine Absalom
5.0 out of 5 stars A great reference book for any nature lover
A great reference book from Collins for any nature lover. Quality photographs of all our British nature that offers great insight to each subject. Highly recommended
Published 3 months ago by Sparky
4.0 out of 5 stars British Wildlife
Excellent book, very imformative, just getting into it so it will take me a wee while. The photographs are very good.
Published 4 months ago by speedy
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