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RSPB Pocket Guide to British Birds [Paperback]

Simon Harrap , David Nurney
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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24 Oct 2007 Rspb
A compact, informative and beautifully illustrated RSPB guide to 174 of the most common birds found in Britain. This new pocket handbook will easily be the best value and highest quality British bird guide available within this price range. The RSPB Pocket Guide to Birds will feature concise descriptions of each bird's main characteristics including plumage, calls and song, confusion species, habitat, distribution and status, and behaviours. The brand new text, from Simon Harrap, is being written to highlight the detailed artworks. This easy-to-use guide features a species per page, including a colour distribution map.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (24 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071368707X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713687071
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Easily the best guide for the complete beginner"
-- The Observer(June 2008)

'Well planned, well executed, and commendable cheap, this little book deserves to be a very popular beginners' guide to 174 of Britain's commonest bird species.'
-- IBIS (April 2008)

About the Author

Simon Harrap is a well-known professional naturalist and birder. He has led birdwatching holidays for almost 20 years and is a regular contributor to birding magazines and journals. He is the author of Tits, Nuthatches and Treecreepers (Helm), and co-author of Where to Watch Birds in Britain (Helm) and Orchids of Britain and Ireland (A&C Black). He has recently set up a company with his wife to run nature breaks in Norfolk, his home county.

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72 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make this your first bird book 8 Dec 2009
If you have a casual interest in birds or are starting birdwatching, this book is ideal for six reasons...
1. It only covers 174 species - that's great because most guides add another 100 or so that only serve to confuse. When you need to know more this information is readily available.
2. It contains excellent drawings, which are much more helpful for bird identification than photographs.
3. It has good maps showing distribution in the UK at different times of the year.
4. The text, though shorter than larger books, is very good.
5. It is small enough to put in your pocket. My copy goes in the car with me wherever I go.
6. It's cheap!
I have bought 4 copies of this book so far, one for me and three as gifts. Strongly recommended.
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87 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Pocket Bird Book 14 Dec 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
This book contains all the usual information that a good quality book on birds should carry within its pages. It covers 170 of the most commonly found birds in Britain and Ireland in a well laid out and easy to follow format. The illustrations by David Nurney are excellent and many bird enthusiasts prefer illustrations to photographs. For identification purposes they are first class.

This book features a bird per page and has all the usual features including descriptions of each bird's main characteristics including distribution of each species. The bird's plumage and behaviour patterns. RSPB books seem to go that extra mile with the information they provide the enthusiast.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pocket size information 26 Jun 2009
By gareth
very good book - even my youngest son picked it up and was reading it from cover to cover. A great introduction to bird spotting or a handbook for the up and coming wildlife photographers out there. Happy spotting!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good guide, would recommend 5 Feb 2010
Bought this for my 5 year old. It is a good book with clear drawings and descriptions which a young child can use with adult help. It's also ideal for adults as it has extra info such as population, habitat, voice and other birds you may confuse it with.
You need to know which family of birds you are looking at as they are listed under species (eg wren, crow, thrush etc).
Diagrams include male/female, seasonal, juvenile & adult, in flight etc.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good 1st book 3 Feb 2010
I recently put up a bird feeding station, it consists of a nut, nyger seed, a fat ball, and a mixed wild bird seed feeders, after 10mins of being up I had countless birds visit, very colourful and varied, I was interested in what they where, this book is so simple to navigate, I had the breed of bird almost intantly, I would recommend it to anyone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book for amateur birders 13 Jan 2012
I am an amateur birdwatcher with some basic experience with Indian birds. When I moved to England, I purchased this book to get me started identify local birds in this area.

This book is very reasonably priced and high quality stuff indeed. It measures approx 17*11.5*1 cm, which means you can carry it in a coat pocket rather than requiring a backpack just for the book. Also, right at the start of the book, there are some quality tips about starting birdwatching, binoculars and a field notebook, all of which I found immensely useful.

The birds are organised by family and are also colour coded for easy reference. I have been able to find all the varieties of birds I spotted pretty easily in the book. Also MOST HELPFUL - It includes the sounds each bird makes which is really useful when trying to identify a bird. Also, the size, scientific name, a brief description and the habitat of the bird is concisely given. Every bird has multiple illustrations for different sex, seasons and age. Also: A map of Britain showing where the bird is found is on each page.

Highly recommended for all amateur birders and those who want to start birding.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT FOR THE CASUAL BIRDER 31 Mar 2010
By Stephen
This book gets 3 stars but if you are a casual birder its worth 5 stars so its not only perfect for you but a bargin as well. If you are looking for some thing that covers all of Europe then there is only one book to choose and that is the Collins bird guide.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RSPB birwatching 10 Oct 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Now that i have taked up Birdwatching I was luck enough to find this book as it has been very helpful indeed and nice claer pictures and descriptions I real credit to the author
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Does what it says on the can.
Published 1 day ago by Wirralite
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I wanted
This book is ideal for what I need. I didn't want anything too complex. I just like to be able to identify birds that when I am out walking my dog. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Benjisdad
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for every bird watcher.
Excellent. Bought as a small present for my wife to go with her new binoculars. She loves it and it actually fits in her pocket. A must have for bird watchers.
Published 5 months ago by Mr. C. Tucker
3.0 out of 5 stars not the easiest book to navegate.
Covers a lot of ground (or should that be air?) but as a total beginner I did not always find it easy to find the picture to match my photo. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Derek Hollinrake
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use
Easy to use and exactly what I needed to identify the birds in my area. Well laid out and extremely easy to read with fantastic illustrations to aid identification - so good I... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Academic Ace
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Really handy to put in your travel bag when out and about. Easy to understand and a good amount of detail on each bird.
Published 11 months ago by nickmnickm
5.0 out of 5 stars not a dicky bird
I have just started to appreciate the variety of birds that come into my garden and weren't entirely sure what they were so needed a book to help. Read more
Published 11 months ago by hc trom
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
It is a lovely book. It covers all the birds that I want to know about. It is very informative. Thank you.
Published 12 months ago by Val
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful
Found this book very useful for identifying British and other birds seen around my locality, easy to use and well set out
Published 12 months ago by michael pannett
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative
A comprehensive information book about birds. It is used not just by me but my son and husband when we go out for walks.
Published 14 months ago by Funky
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