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How to Birdwatch [Paperback]

Stephen Moss
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30 Mar 2008
Faced with a vast and often bewildering array of equipment and books, this excellent, information-packed guide is the perfect introduction to an increasingly popular pastime. "How to Birdwatch" takes the reader through, in a user-friendly manner, all the basic information that he or she will need - from choosing the right field guide to selecting a suitable pair of binoculars and/or telescope. It shows you how to avoid common identification errors, demonstrates vital field techniques, illustrates the principles of basic field notes from your observations and how and when to find the birds themselves. It also considers birdwatching in your local 'patch' and further afield. Bird fairs, conferences and organized trips are also covered, as is the key role that all birdwatchers can play in bird conservation.
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Bookmart (30 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845172493
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845172497
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 610,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Moss is an experienced birdwatcher and writes a regular column on birdwatching for The Guardian. He is a BBC television producer, specializing in magazine-format programmes with a natural history element. Stephen is author of several books including Attracting Birds to your Garden, also published by New Holland. He lives in London. David Tipling is a professional wildlife and landscape photographer, who runs his own photographic agency, Windrush Photos, and is winner of a number of photographic awards. He writes regularly for Birdwatching, one of Britain's leading magazines for birdwatchers. He is the Photographic Editor of the Photographic Handbook of the Seabirds of the World, also published by New Holland. He lives in Kent. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Guide to Becoming a Birder 6 Feb 2008
Stephen Moss's `How to Birdwatch' is designed not only as an introductory guide to start you off bird watching, but also as a aid to developing your bird watching as you improve and progress. It starts off with basic information such as advice on clothes, equipment, etc, then moves on to developing `fieldcraft' and ultimately to widening your experiences away from you're local patch to more ambitious targets such as rare species and trips abroad.

The page is set out in text dotted with illustrations and photographs with a two inch column at the side of the page reserved for the captions and smaller artwork. The photography is largely irrelevant and there is nothing more irritating than seeing page space you've paid for being taken up by a photograph of a man looking through binoculars. However the aesthetics of this book are redeemed by the brilliant artwork by David Daly. Moss relies on Daly to illustrate his words - both wonderful to look at and always appropriate to the text. The illustrations also do a great job of improving the readability of the text which at times can appear a little dry.

Moss brings 40 years of experience to this subject so his advice is sound and his views on controversial aspects are worth considering. Bill Oddie counts Moss among his closest advisors which probably adds more to an ornithological CV than any official qualification. Overall this is a very helpful book and will save you a lot of wasted time, energy, frustration and probably money in you're search for birds. Most of all it might stop you giving up when the going gets tough.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a very good introudction to birdwatching 15 Sep 2011
By Lee09
In this short book Stephen Moss succesfully puts across just about every issue a birdwatcher comes across. I see this book as a fine introduction to birdwatching with clear information, lovely illustrations and quality photographs. I don't think an experienced birdwatcher would learn much new, but for the beginner this book would be perfect.
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