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The Complete Guide to British Wildlife Hardcover – Illustrated, 11 May 1981


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; illustrated edition edition (11 May 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002192241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002192248
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 11.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Holt on 15 Sep 2006
Format: Paperback
I bought this in 1984 and have used it on walks every year since then. It's an absolutely brilliant book, covering 1500 species in a most convenient format (288 pages, long pocket sized). I've looked at all the more recent pretenders and not one of them comes close to this. And there's the rub. Climate change means that parts of this book desperately need updating, particularly the sections on previously migratory species that have now settled here. Why Collins produced a new, much lesser, volume rather than update this one I'll never understand. At very least, they could have copied the format. Having said all that, get it - there's nothing better.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By EDrinkall on 9 April 2010
Format: Paperback
I was given this book as a child and have used it over the last 15 years. It's dog eared, and full of flattened plant specimens now!
It's a great guide, the illustrations are preferable for me to photographs, as they seem to allow for the variation you see in individuals much better, giving a better ID.
I've bought quite a few other guides since receiving this one and I have to say for an all rounder there's no better! It's a sort of compact composite of the old illustrated Collins gem guides.
I love the size - which fits into a large camo pocket, or long rucksack pocket, and the front cover is of a durable (15 years and going), but flexible material.

The sections are:
Trees and climbers
Wild flowers
Waterweeds
Sedges, grasses and rushes
Lower plants and fungi
Mammals
Animal tracks (one of my favourite inclusions)
Birds
Other Vertebrates
Butterflies and Moths
Other invertebrates
The seashore
Farm crops and livestock
Glossary

Other reviews have mentioned how migratory species have become resident since this was printed, which is a fair point, but:

I really can't recommend this book highly enough - especially for families or children with an interest in the natural world.

If any one from Collins reads this, please update and reprint it - I haven't bought the 'new version' because it just can't touch this!
Oh and a short section on birds feathers would be nice - just for ones you often find eg mallard, pheasant, sparrowhawk, wood pidgeon etc.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jason Hollis on 25 July 2007
Format: Paperback
If anyone from "collins" reads this review, find out who's idea it was to stop printing this book, and to bring out a pathetic attemp to replace it, go and sack them. This book is a must for anyone who enjoys the countryside and all it has to offer, It's like having Bill Oddie and Kate Humble in your pockets
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By Tracey on 9 May 2014
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good compact book to take out and about to help identify flowers butterfly's and mushrooms not to mention birds and trees
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Concise and to the point little treasure of a book. Small enough for you coat pocket , not heavy!! A wee gem
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I mostly agree with the other positive contributors regarding how handy and yet comprehensive this book is despite it being first published in 1981 (my copy is a 1992 reprint). At that age it is essential to forgive the discrepancies that have occurred due to the passage of time and the changes that have taken place over the last 30+ years, this being balanced enormously by the extremely well laid out presentation and excellent illustrations.
In summary, a really handy,portable field guide.
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By Mrs Carol Dunn on 4 Mar 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Very useful book for anyone with interest in wildlife. Although second hand the hardback book was in fairly good condition.
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