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Excellent Field Guide,
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This review is from: Britain's Reptiles and Amphibians (WILDGuides) (Paperback)
Difficult to fault. As someone who prefers good quality artworks to photographs in identification guides, I must admit that these photos could not be bettered. If anything, the book almost suffers from an overdose of them. I have never seen such a 'picture heavy' guide, but that's no bad thing. Aside from New Naturalists, there doesn't seem to have been a guide devoted solely to the British fauna in living memory, presumably due to the difficulty of producing a meaningful book covering so few species. And yet Howard Inns has done it, filling 160 or so pages without ever resorting to padding or waffle. Perhaps this explains the number of pictures. The marine turtles, and Channel Isles species such as the agile frog are given fuller treatment here than in the New Naturalist volumes too.
Trying hard to find something to nitpick, I am disappointed that in amongst all the pictures of sand lizards there isn't a single one of a non-breeding male. Perhaps the differences in throat / belly markings between the smooth and palmate newts are not always as clear cut as the guide suggests? And why are the smooth and palmate newts separated by the great created? And finally, while the plastic jacket is a nice touch, its not actually going to stop the book turning to pulp if you drop it in a pond.
All pretty trivial criticisms though. This really is an excellent guide.