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Scottish Birds (Collins Gem): The Quick and Easy Spotter's Guide Paperback – 3 Apr 2006


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; Reprint edition (3 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007207697
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007207695
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.5 x 11.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An ideal pocket companion describing and illustrating over 180 birds found in Scotland

Groupings of birds by the habitat in which they can be seen, for ease of use

English, Gaelic and Latin names given for each species

A places to visit section detailing over 70 of the best site sin Scotland for birdwatching, how to get to them and what to expect and see when you're there

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By lcdgraphic@aol.com on 18 April 2001
Format: Paperback
I used the book recently on a trip to the Western Scottish Isles. It's a very handy size to fit the pocket and the text is well written. Overall the book is a useful addition to my field guide collection but I did find some problems in using it, mainly due to the fact that the birds are listed by habitat and not in the usual manner by species. This led to some shuffling through pages when a bird turned up out of its usual habitat or overflying. It's a nice idea, and maybe with usage one would get used to it but it does run against the tide of normal field guide practice. The other omission is lack of dispersal maps for each species. Although general areas are described in the text an at-a-glance reference would have been valuable. It's easy to criticise a publication but all-in-all this is a good little book for those who like to watch and identify birds but who do not want to get too deeply into the subject.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Budge Burgess on 19 Dec 2004
Format: Paperback
One of the excellent Collins range of books on the flora and fauna of the British Isles (see also Michael Scott's "Scottish Wild Flowers"), this is a beautifully illustrated and well-organised pocket book, identifying some 180 or more birds found in Scotland. Organised around the habitats frequented by the birds, and therefore offering the best probability of spotting them, the full-colour illustrations are graced with pen portraits of each bird - even their Gaelic names are offered. Places to visit are recommended, presenting you with a stimulus to get out and look rather than wait for something to fly your way.
If you're planning a bird watching holiday in Scotland, or you're standing at your kitchen window in Kilmarnock gazing out on a winter scene, this is an excellent book to have within easy reach. It's also, hopefully, something which will stimulate your interest - bird watching is therapeutic, relaxing, and a good means to exercise mind and body.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wright on 25 Sep 2009
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A good little book ( and it is little! ) but would benefit I feel from some silhouette pictures especially for the birds of prey which look so similar from below.
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I have to admit this book is very small, I did expect it to be a bit larger, however that is probably my fault for not looking for the size. It is actually a really handy size to pop in your pocket for a day out. The pictures are quite detailed, for the size of the page they get quite a bit of info about each bird. It's laid out quite well, haven't finished going through it all yet as saving it to use on our holiday. But I've had a good look through and really looking forward to keeping it with me! Really prompt delivery and well packaged.
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Just as expected, nice pictures very informative. Bought this book for my mum who has taken up bird watching. Delivery was quick, no problems
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By Ian Sharp on 7 Sep 2010
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Obviously this item wins out on compactness and price, and the illustrations and information are clear. Where it falls down is by not including pictures of the birds in flight. This is pretty important when you are in the Highlands and you see something soaring overhead.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Budge Burgess on 7 Dec 2004
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One of the excellent Collins range of books on the flora and fauna of the British Isles (see also Michael Scott's "Scottish Wild Flowers"), this is a beautifully illustrated and well-organised pocket book, identifying some 180 or more birds found in Scotland. Organised around the habitats frequented by the birds, and therefore offering the best probability of spotting them, the full-colour illustrations are graced with pen portraits of each bird - even their Gaelic names are offered. Places to visit are recommended, presenting you with a stimulus to get out and look rather than wait for something to fly your way.
If you're planning a bird watching holiday in Scotland, or you're standing at your kitchen window in Kilmarnock gazing out on a winter scene, this is an excellent book to have within easy reach. It's also, hopefully, something which will stimulate your interest - bird watching is therapeutic, relaxing, and a good means to exercise mind and body.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Budge Burgess on 15 Dec 2004
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One of the excellent Collins range of books on the flora and fauna of the British Isles (see also Michael Scott's "Scottish Wild Flowers"), this is a beautifully illustrated and well-organised pocket book, identifying some 180 or more birds found in Scotland. Organised around the habitats frequented by the birds, and therefore offering the best probability of spotting them, the full-colour illustrations are graced with pen portraits of each bird - even their Gaelic names are offered. Places to visit are recommended, presenting you with a stimulus to get out and look rather than wait for something to fly your way.
If you're planning a bird watching holiday in Scotland, or you're standing at your kitchen window in Kilmarnock gazing out on a winter scene, this is an excellent book to have within easy reach. It's also, hopefully, something which will stimulate your interest - bird watching is therapeutic, relaxing, and a good means to exercise mind and body.
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