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Field Guide to the Birds of Britain and Ireland (Field Guides) Hardcover – 14 Mar 1986


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher Books Ltd; Reprint edition (14 Mar. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0862721393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0862721398
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 12.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 683,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. L. Quinn on 13 May 2006
Format: Paperback
Yes, I do own the Collins, or the "birder's bible" as it is better known. However, this is my book of choice. This has everything the way I would do it myself in a guide book.

As mentioned already, each species has its own page, with detailed description of bird (several line drawings) habitat, distinguishing features to separate from similar species, phonetic rendering of call/song and a map of likely places to see each species. There is also a 0-5 rating of seeing a particular bird in a paricular month.

I believe this book is getting on in years now, and I bought my copy many years before I started birding as it was a lovely book in its own right. I think I'll sort out a spare.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Aug. 2004
Format: Hardcover
A comprehensive guide field guide to the 255 species regularly seen in Britain and Ireland. A full page is devoted to each bird and is colour coded for quick and easy location of the different bird groups. Superbly detailed and accurate colour illustrations. Concise descriptions of each birds main features, distribution maps and monthly abundance charts. An invaluable field guide.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cúchullain on 1 Jan. 2012
Format: Paperback
I have been bird-watching for over 30 years, and my favourite book has always been my first book. However, over the years it has become a bit tattered when being out in the field observing birds. As it is has had a bit of a sentimental value, I have always wanted to get the same one again but in better condition. It has always been hard to come by, as it is not published anymore in the same form. To my delight, when this book arrived, it was in much better condition than I expected. It looked almost brand new, and not 'used - acceptable' as described by the seller. I was thrilled with my buy. And as for the product itself, if you are anyone with an interest in birdwatching in Ireland or/and britain, I would suggest getting your hands on this book. Even after 30 years, it still remains my favourite....from my naive beginnings to my advanced stage today. Everything is well laid out and easy to read at a glance. It does not go into too much detail, which is perfect for out in the field. It also points out the parts to look out for when observing similar looking birds, your chances of seeing the bird in each month, etc.
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