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  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: DK (1 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405328606
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405328609
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3.3 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Bellingham on 7 Jun. 2009
Nice layout, great photography and just the right amount of info on each entry. Granted, the text is not as detailed as a Collins Field Guide, but given the number of species covered this would be impossible without turning the book into some unwieldy carbuncle. A great little guide to throw in the backpack on a day out, simple as that.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. M. Dale on 26 July 2009
Whilst this is hardly a pocket book, it is compact enough to pack into a haversack for a day out. Quite comprehensive coverage of anything you are likely to see on a day out and enough detail for the average nature lover who only wants to be able to try to identify, birds, fungus etc.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David I. Howells on 23 Oct. 2010
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I bought this book to help me in my work as a mountain leader and canoe guide. I needed something that was informative and portable enough to take out with me on the hills or down a river. Though not quite as 'pocket able' or portable as I would like it is still packable. I would have liked it in more of an A5 type guide book size as I find this size easier to pack and use. These minor gripes apart it is a great book. It is very informative and well laid out, it is also full of quality diagrams of the most common species of British wildlife. There are around a 1,000 species of animal, plant and fungi found in the book and I found that the book was great as a field guide to identify species giving you just about enough information to be going on with. I have given it a four star rating only because I cannot give it 4.5 stars. I would detract half a star on account of it being advertised as a pocket guide book and I think it falls short of that...however it has helped me enormously as a field guide and I would advise anybody to buy the book if they want a quality field manual on British wildlife. Excellent read.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By roadrunner on 18 Mar. 2010
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a very informative and easy to read book. it covers trees,fungi,birds animals,flowers and grasses,fish, insects, moths and butterflies. it's a good reference book for those with a general interest in british wildlife. the ideal companion for a day in the countryside. it's not a book for your pocket, but will fit neatly in a rucksack.it covers most nature topics, good value for money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ben Nicholson on 21 April 2010
It's a nice laid out book, which gives you about 900 (according to the book) of the most commonly found plant an animal species. So it gives a good slice of wildlife in Britain, for general day to day in your garden or out exploring. It's not quite a pocket guide because it's a little bit to heavy for that, but fit's easily in to a bag and dosn't take up any room. Nice colour picture's, with a nice scale drawing reference guide (ps not in full size, it has a hand, person, thumb and other birds for reference), other symbols like sex of animals or if a planet is poisonous and a nice distribution map for europe. It also gives you a small bit about habitats and identifying the various wildlife. There is a little glossary for reference. As I said the wildlife has a good range so if you want to look at everything wildlife for your bag or a for one section of the wildlife with a reference to other wildlife this is perfect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mountain Man on 4 Aug. 2013
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It covers almost all wildlife I am likely to come across in the UK. Great to have it all in one book. Illustrations are really good. Obviously the bird section is not as detailed as the Collins Guide to Birds (of which I have a copy-excellent guide to British and European birds) but you can't expect that from an all in one guide. Some illustrations have features pointed out with arrows to help with identification 'in the field'-very helpful. It saves carrying loads of books in my rucksack when out and about photographing wildlife. If I do carry a second book it is the Collins Guide to Birds. Would definitely recommend. It is not a hardback so some care needed bending the pages over but I guess its a book to be used so don't worry too much about that. The only section which is hard to navigate when trying to identify a particular species is flowers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob on 23 Jun. 2012
While hardly a pocket book or an in depth coverage of wildlife it is a very comprehensive and excellent book covering some areas that are omitted from some similar books.
It is divided into 8 sections plus some supporting information the 8 sections are:-
* Trees
* Wild Flowers and other Plants
* Fungi and Lichen
* Mammals
* Birds
* Reptiles and Amphibians
* Fish
* Invertebrates
Each entry has a number of photographs and an information box giving abbreviated information which together with the photographs is useful for quick identification. The section on Fungi also tells how poisonous or not various Fungi are although having seen how similar poisonous and edible varieties are I would not be brave enough to use this book to collect Fungi for eating.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By littlerosie on 24 May 2011
Slightly too large to be considered pocket sized but that is the only fault I can find. My 5 and 2 year old have spent ages researching bugs, birds and fauna on walks and hols. Good pictures. Just the right amount of information to help identify. Highly recommended for any age from 0 to 90
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