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BTO Garden Birds and Wildlife Hardcover – 31 Oct 2008

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Automobile Association (31 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749559128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749559120
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 2 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 655,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mike Toms is an ornithologist who has been with the British Trust for Ornithology since 1994. A strong advocate for 'citizen science' and the effective communication of science to a broader audience, he is the author of a number of books, including 'The Migration Atlas', 'Owls', 'Gardening for Birdwatchers' and 'Garden Birds and Wildlife'. He is also a regular contributor to BBC Wildlife magazine. Mike is a keen amateur naturalist in the traditional sense and likes nothing better than being out in the field. He is also a BTO nest recorder and ringer.

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About the Author

Dr. Paul Sterry trained as a biologist before embarking on a career as an author and wildlife photographer. Over the past 15 years he has written, or contributed to, more than 40 books and worked for numerous wildlife magazines. Mike Toms is the director of the British Trust for Ornithology's Garden Birdwatch scheme.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bluebell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Dec. 2008
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I am very impressed by this book. I'm a keen bird-watcher and have many bird books, but must say that the photographs and illustrations in this book are outstandingly good. The distribution maps appear to be up-to-date reflecting the spread North of some species as the climate warms. It's very difficult nowadays to get pictures of birds' eggs and so I am delighted to see excellent examples in this publication. The birds described are not exclusively the common garden birds and I think this book would be useful for identifying most of the birds you're likely to encounter in the countryside. It's not just about birds: there are most informative and well-illustrated sections on amphibians, mammals, butterflies and moths that you may see in your garden and beyond. With the modern emphasis on habitat being crucial to encouraging wildlife there is helpful advice about which garden plants are beneficial and which wild-flowers to encourage. Altogether a "must have" for anybody interested in the other life forms that share your garden.
The book would be good value at the full price and is an absolute bargain at the discounted one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Q. Gallagher on 7 April 2009
Format: Hardcover
An excellent buy, there is a great deal of information provided but it is very clearly presented and easy to read. The photographs are large, made possible by generous page sizes, and of good quality which is a big help with identification.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ceejay on 8 Dec. 2010
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I like this book. Since placing some bird feeders in the garden last year, I have been intrigued by the number and variety of birds visiting the garden. I'm not a keen ornithologist (my knowledge before buying this book being limited to distiguishing between a sparrow and a robin) but it is nice to be able to confidently identify some of the species that stop by. Some field guides include too many, quite exotic, species that are unlikely to be seen in the average garden. This book concentrates on those species that realistically might show up and helps the novice birdwatcher (like me) to quickly identify those common garden visitors. The book has some excellent photographs showing the differences between the male and females of a species and, in some cases, what the juveniles look like. Each bird has a couple of pages devoted to a description of its lifestyle and includes information of interest to the casual bird watcher. By way of an added bonus, the book is not solely restricted to the identification of garden birds and contains a guide to common garden insects.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. A. Villager on 17 Mar. 2009
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A very useful book for identifying both birds and any 'creatures' that visit the garden.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By moretime on 22 April 2012
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I was looking for a book which has plenty of bird photographs rather than artist sketches and this book has some lovely examples. The double page lay out for each bird is excellent. As an added bonus the extra information on other garden wild life is beautifully illustrated and very useful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By old salt on 17 July 2010
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I bought this as a present for my wife. She has many bird books,
but this has been in constant use since she has had it. Well worth
it for both content & price.
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By sarah on 2 Jan. 2011
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It does what it says - it's a really useful guide to all those things you find in the garden and aren't sure what they are. The pictures are clear making birds easy to identify. It's well laid out and organised. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get more familiar with their garden friends.
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