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RSPB Where To Go Wild in Britain Hardcover – 1 Apr 2009

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley; First Edition edition (1 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405335122
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405335126
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 2.8 x 30.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 280,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A lavishly visual month-by-month guide to the UK's best wildlife hotspots --BBC Wildlife Magazine, November 13, 2008

A glorious celebration of our country's environment --Camping Magazine


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Main on 27 Mar. 2009
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I have only had my copy of this book for a few hours and only read a few pages but I just had to write a review immediately! This book is beautiful. There is no other word for it. The photos are superb (and there are plenty of them), the style and format is excellent and easy to follow. Every month has a selection of great places to see wildlife from the spring migration at Portland Bill in April, watching dragonflies and damselflies at Cornmill Meadows Dragonfly Sanctuary in August to looking for rocks and fossils at Lyme Bay in December.

Being a large, coffee table book I was a bit surprised when it said in the foreward by Mike Dilger to "pack your camera, your binoculars, and this book ..." I don't think so Mike! The best thing would be to browse the different places, find one near you or not too far away, write down all the details and then head off for a great day out. I wouldn't like to lug this book around, even in a backpack, plus I would be scared to damage it in any way it's just such a gorgeous book.

All in all this is definitely a 5 star book to Britain's wide range of nature and places to visit. I congratulate all who were involved in this major piece of work and if this doesn't get people out and about and interested in the natural world then I don't know what will!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rotgut VINE VOICE on 3 April 2009
"A picture is worth a thousand words" as the old saw goes, and this book does prove that point.

This large, beautifully glossy tome is basically a showcase for some of Dorling Kindersley's extensive wildlife photograph library. The full double-spread pictures, e.g. a vibrant poppy field, are especially impressive.

The descriptions of the sites themselves are a bit superficial, in my opinion, and the maps are rather difficult to use, but the general format, based on suggested areas to visit for various months of the year, is simple and effective.

The quality of the photographs is the main attraction of this reasonably priced book, aimed at the general reader.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Church on 25 May 2009
This must be the best book available to find wildlife in Britain. A month by month guide to help you find the subject you want.

My biggest moan about this book is that it gives only limited information to nature reserves mentioned in the book. I would have liked to see a full list of nature reserves, at the rear of the book, maybe listing them by area.

Would I recommend this book, yes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. MCCOY on 13 July 2009
This is a gorgeous book in all respects. Gorgeous photos, beautifully laid out with practical info about location, times etc. Best thing is the month-by-month breakdown which advise the best time of year for each wildlife place. Very pleasurable way to plan your holidays and weekends and discover a whole host of opportunities for wildlife watching.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. P. Brennan on 3 July 2009
This is a beautifully produced book, with the information neatly placed in monthly sections.
The info' is more what to photograph rather than where to photograph, but this niggle apart is well worth buying, especially at the great Amazon price !
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I have a lot of books about the British countryside, landscape, wildlife, nature, travel, and so on. And when I say a lot, I'm talking dozens.

Many will have beautiful maps and indices but no clear information about the places. Others will have specific information but when you get there, nothing is in season. Still others will only have 1-4 places per season, when it is broken up by season. One of my biggest frustrations is that most of these books only have a handful of places in the southeast, as if the only interesting places in the country are in the north.

This massive coffee table book is broken up by month, with several full double page spreads per month of the year, broken up by type of habitat (wetland, urban, coast, woodland, etc). In addition to the main entries, it will have a note about what is in that place in other seasons.

The information is detailed (often giving GPS coordinates), there is usually contact information for major locations, and I promise you will note run out of places to go.

We keep this book in the boot of our car, and it's only taken out to plan trips the night before. I think we've been to about 20-30 of the places recommended by this book and not a single one has been a let down. Some are major attractions (e.g. London Wetland Centre and the occasional major RSPB reserve) but there are a lot that are off the beaten track. There is information about the actual wildlife that lives in each place, and it's not only birds! There is a broad offering of all types of wildlife, with everything from deer to tiny flowers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Luke Cadman on 27 May 2014
If the title is where to go wild, why is the book ordered by month. What really bothers me is that if I'm going on a trip somewhere and want to see some wildlife on the way, there is no easy way to find a place using this book - the index is terrible!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dprs on 8 Oct. 2010
Brilliant book, organised by month, but very much let down by a nonsensical set of map gazetteers in the rear. Find a numbered place on the map, but you then have go through pages of tiny listings to try and find the description, because the listings are not ordered by number - grrrr. This silly mistake / oversight makes the book very difficult to use for exploring different areas.
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