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4.0 out of 5 stars More about the UK needed
Hot on the heels of his worldwide book on the subject (Top 100 Birding Sites of the World), Dominic Couzens focuses down on Europe and selects thirty top places to visit, which includes all of the seventeen European sites that were in the first book.

Only two of the sites are in the UK, and those are north Norfolk and the Outer Hebrides. Both of these were in...
Published on 8 Oct. 2011 by Keith Betton

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2.0 out of 5 stars An opportunity lost... Disappointingly lacking in practicalities.
Why does the author think people would want to buy this book?
Well, it's because we would like to visit these places.
What does the author give us as far as access & practicalities are concerned? Nothing! Not even the slightest hint.
I can sum up the entire book in this review:
1 - Danube Delta / Romania - Ukraine
2 - Coto Donana / Spain
3 -...
Published on 6 Nov. 2012 by Gerhard Geldenhuys


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4.0 out of 5 stars More about the UK needed, 8 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Top Birding Sites Of Europe (Hardcover)
Hot on the heels of his worldwide book on the subject (Top 100 Birding Sites of the World), Dominic Couzens focuses down on Europe and selects thirty top places to visit, which includes all of the seventeen European sites that were in the first book.

Only two of the sites are in the UK, and those are north Norfolk and the Outer Hebrides. Both of these were in the worldwide version, so I was surprised that no others were added, such as the Scottish highlands or the New Forest. Most of the other European sites are predictable choices such as the Camargue, Coto Doñana , Extremadura, Pyrenees, Hortobagy, plus the Po, Ebro and Danube Deltas. Islands feature well with Lesvos, Corsica and the Azores. The book features quite a few northern destinations such as Falsterbo, Oulu, Kuusamo, Bialowieza Forest, Biebrza River and Varanger Peninsula. However there are a few sites that I think most birders will not have considered visiting such as Matsalu Bay in Estonia, the High Tatras National Park in Slovakia, the Kalmykian Steppes in Russia and Pripyat River in Belarus.

Each location is described in around 1500 words, with plenty of information on the key species and the habitats in which they are found. Those featured in the first book simply get an almost exact copy of the existing text, although different photographs are used. Recordings of sixty species that are featured (two per site) can be found on an accompanying CD by Hannu Janes. The book is well illustrated, and it is clear that the publisher has tried hard to find stunning images rather than just accept the first available option. Such a book really needs some basic information on how to reach each location - at least an indication of the nearest large towns. Similarly maps showing the same and suggestions of where to stay are obvious omissions from an otherwise enjoyable book.

Keith Betton
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2.0 out of 5 stars An opportunity lost... Disappointingly lacking in practicalities., 6 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: Top Birding Sites Of Europe (Hardcover)
Why does the author think people would want to buy this book?
Well, it's because we would like to visit these places.
What does the author give us as far as access & practicalities are concerned? Nothing! Not even the slightest hint.
I can sum up the entire book in this review:
1 - Danube Delta / Romania - Ukraine
2 - Coto Donana / Spain
3 - Pripyat River / Belarus or Lesvos / Greece (one of these should be 23 but you'll have to guess)
4 - Svalbard / Norway
5 - Hortobagy / Hungary
6 - Falsterbo / Sweden
7 - Camargue / France
8 - Highlands of Corsica / France
9 - Extramadura / Spain
10 - Straits of Gibraltar / Spain
11 - Wadden Sea / Netherlands - Denmark
12 - Ebro Delta / Spain
13 - Outer Hebrides / UK
14 - North Norfolk / UK
15 - Bialowieza Forest / Belarus - Poland
16 - Biebrza River / Poland
18 - Varanger Peninsula / Norway
19 - Matsalu Bay / Estonia
20 - Black Sea Coast / Bulgaria ( Kaliakra - Lake Atanasovsko)
21 - Kalmykian Steppes / Russia
22 - Lake Myvatn / Iceland
23 - ???????
24 - Lac du Der-Chantecoq / France
25 - Po Delta / Italy
26 - Dadia Forest / Greece
27 - Kuusamo / Finland
28 - Oulu / Finland
29 - High Tatras / Poland - Slovakia
30 - Organbidexka Col Libre / France
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 15 Aug. 2014
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Very useful book and dvd
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4.0 out of 5 stars TOP BIRDING SITES, 18 Oct. 2011
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I like opinionated reading because it invites judgement so for me its a interesting read. I found that Couzens has two 3rd places and I could not find a 23rd place! Never mind. The book is certainly a help in guiding one to the better places in Europe. He describes the birding possibilties of each location well but in broad terms, which is all that is needed for a book like this. I would have liked a book that covered the Western Paleartic rather than Europe and perhaps one day he or someone else may do this.
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