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Garden Birds (Collins Gem) [Paperback]

Stephen Moss
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
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12 April 2012 Collins GEM

The ideal portable companion, the world-renowned Collins Gem series returns with a fresh new look and updated material.

This is the perfect pocket guide for keen birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts to identify the diverse range of birds that inhabit their gardens.

Authoritative text and beautiful photographs show the distinguishing features of each bird, including information on each species' feeding, behavioural habits, breeding, voice and population. An extensive introduction provides information on nesting sites, water, pests and predators.

This new edition builds on the strengths of the unrivalled original, covering all birds most likely to be found in our gardens.


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; New edition edition (12 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007176147
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007176144
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 7.8 x 11.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Moss is a television producer, writer and broadcaster specialising in British wildlife, especially birds. He has worked for the BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol and been responsible for many successful series, including Birding with Bill Oddie, Big Cat Diary, Springwatch, Autumnwatch and The Nature of Britain. He writes a monthly column on birdwatching for the Guardian, and also regularly contributes to BBC Wildlife, Gardener’s World, and Countryfile magazines. His books include A Bird in the Bush: A Social History of Birdwatching, A Sky Full of Starlings and The Bumper Book of Nature.


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132 of 133 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great pocket bird guide 7 Jan 2005
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Nice introduction, with ints on attracting birds to your garden.
It's lovely and compact (3.75 x 4.25 x 0.5 inches), easy to use layout of one bird per page. Each page includes a brief section on identification, habits, feeding, breeding, voice and habitat. Also a clear photo of each bird with some sketches of juveniles.
My only minor dissapointment is on the lack of data on the size of each bird.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Handy Guide for the Casual Observer 9 Aug 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This is exactly what it say in the title, a handy little book of the one hundred or so species of the more common garden birds. It is possible, but hardly probable that you may see a Snowy Owl in your back garden, stranger things have happened, but if you do you won't find it in this book. If you live in the wilds of Scotland a Golden Eagle may be perched on your chimney pot at this very moment, but again you will not find it in this book.

Joking apart the book is for those who see a handsome little bird in their garden and think "I wonder what that one is called." This book will help them to identify those birds without having to fork out a great deal of money on an expensive book. It is also useful for those bird clues in crossword puzzles.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for the windowsill 24 Jun 2007
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A lovely little book and just what I needed as a non bird watcher to identify what was coming into the garden. The book has a nice layout and is small enough to slip into your pocket.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 12 Jun 2009
By Branks
Format:Paperback
Garden Birds are great. I mean you go out in the garden and there they are.
What are they called?
Buy this book and find out!
Go Garden Birds!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Garden Birds! 11 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback
Another Lovely little book. Its never out of my reach, as I refer to it so often, its also small enough to carry in a pocket! The children like this book too, as its very straight forward, and lovely pictures on every page, with info on every bird. I would recommend it:)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad buy.... 31 Aug 2011
Format:Paperback
....but not fantastic. I bought this to try & identify some of the many birds that come into my garden. I expected it to have all of the most common birds in, but was disappointed to find it only has one kind of sparrow in it! As sparrows are in decline I was hoping to be able to figure out which is which, but alas, it appears I will have to buy another book to figure that one out. It did, however, have the funny little bird in that I was scratching my head about & had never seen before. It also has sections on other birds, most of which you are not that likely to see in your garden. I doesn't even have the Thrush in it! So, it's an OK book, but not as comprehensive as I was expecting.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Handy Little Guide 26 Feb 2009
By D. King
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A handy pocket sized book full of colour pictures with a brief description of each bird featured. It's sorted in categories rather than alphabetically but as it only features 100 birds, it's fairly easy to find what you're looking for.
Recommended for people who are just curious as to what birds are in their garden.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great litttle guide 22 Aug 2010
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I got this book for my mum who has recently retired and was trying to figure out what kind of birds visited her new bird table. Its a super little book with photos and drawings of both adults and juveniles without having to wade through a huge ammount of birds uncommon to britain. Also contains a handy description of bird behaviour, which helped to distinguish similar looking birds. My mum is thrilled, and every time her grandkids turn up they use it too, so a whole tribe of budding twitchers has begun!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
lovely book.
Published 15 days ago by Marion A. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly Pocket Sized
I bought this so my 6 and 4 year old's and I could Identify the birds coming to use our new bird feeding station in the garden. It's proved very useful so far. Read more
Published 1 month ago by NZ Mummy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great wee book!
This is perfect for my granddaughter,her first book to learn about all the birds in her garden ,pictures are excellent and descriptions of the birds are great,she loves it as i do!
Published 2 months ago by sandrabryson
5.0 out of 5 stars Our new garden.....
Having recently moved to a more rural environment, our garden is full of small birds! We had no idea what most of them were until we got this very compact and useful book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by P. Christy
5.0 out of 5 stars such a help when trying to sort out what is what in the garden.
.a very helpfull companion. i know it will be of great help to me identifing not only the spiecesb but also their names, i.e. blue,great,longtailed tit. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robert Wear
5.0 out of 5 stars nice little book
What a sweet little book with very clear photos and illustrations making garden bird identification pretty simple. It's such good small size too. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ms Gillian Burt
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Very good book, useful for identifying the common garden birds which can be seen in our back garden. Very useful.
Published 6 months ago by Stephen D. Searby
4.0 out of 5 stars was just what son wanted what more do you want me to say shorten your...
was just what son wanted what more do you want me to say shorten your review policy have not got time to write that much on all the stuff i order
Published 6 months ago by mrs manning macdonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Really useful
Bought as a gift for a friend who likes bird watching and this looks like a very handy little book to carry around easily.
Published 7 months ago by Iggi
5.0 out of 5 stars For hubby
We have moved from the town to the country where we have seen a lot more wild life and this little book has been great in helping to identify the birds that we know see in the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Madge D
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