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The best guide I've seen,
This review is from: Collins Bird Guide: The Most Complete Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe (Paperback)
Since being a child I've been borrowing my dad's weatherbeaten copy of Bertel Bruun's masterpiece, without ever finding an adequate replacement.
This one's finally taken over, crammed with beautiful photos, informative text, and great little touches that make identification easier. There's plenty of extra drawings of species' behaviour to get rid of the unavoidable "stuffed animal" nature of bird plates, and each species has a description of song. There's even an easy to read guide to help you ascertain how common British species are. Yes it's pretty crammed, but all with relevant information, in a book that's deserved to be the new standard for birdwatchers everywhere.
Dad, you can have your book back now.
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Initial post: 24 Jun 2012 20:44:38 BDT
I hope this is true as am researching to give to an interested 11 year old whose Mum has set up a hide in their garden!!!
In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jul 2012 21:25:18 BDT
Its a great book but don't be surprised if its a bit too much for a 11 yr old to start with, learning birds is differ cult and confusing and down right painful when your starting. If he is still finding it too much get a smaller guide that only covers Britain I'll guarantee after that this book will be where he turns too once he gets the basics locked down. i started birding when I was younger than this boy and now I'm 29 and still love helping anybody get into this hobby :) if he is determined enough he'll get there.
In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jul 2012 21:42:35 BDT
I have already given him a small pocket sized book which he can use by himself but this was bought so we could both learn together about birds in general, and as I am a great traveler going to Asia as well as Europe it is very interesting to see visitors!! but I appreciate your comments but used my common sense before I purchased Cheers
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