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on 4 March 2013
Birds Britanica is a sumptious feast of a book, that is aimed, not at ardent 'twitcher' types, but at those of us who just enjoy the nature that is there to be enjoyed, whether it be outside, or in the comfort of an armchair. Truly amazing photographs are complimented by entertainingly accessable information. Never ever technical or 'specialised', this is what a coffee table ( I challenge you to slip it into your pocket) , what a coffee table book should be. This is a book that is worth every penny, and surely the only bird book that you will ever need.
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on 14 May 2017
A must for birders of all levels, full of interesting info and lovely pictures - the sort of bird book you can just sit and read.
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on 18 May 2017
Great.
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on 3 March 2017
More wonderfulness from Mabey
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on 6 January 2013
Mark Cocker is an excellent writer,I have several of his books.
This book is a good referrence and can be dipped into when and as reauired
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on 18 June 2009
Not a book to be read from beginning to end, but one to be dipped into for information. You will consult it for the answer to your specific query, then you'll be drawn in further and further; until, suddenly, you'll realise an hour has gone by and you're still reading, but you're reading about a completely different bird and you're making exclamations to yourself such as "Good grief, I never knew that!", "How did they find that out?!" and "Absolutely amazing!", etc, etc. A gripping read without you realising you've been gripped. A tour de force. Worth every penny.
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on 29 December 2008
This is the warm, authorative but friendly book of British birds that every bird lover needs. It covers each distinct type of bird and has plenty of interesting facts and anecdotal stories to lift it above being a stuffy encyclopaedia of birds. The pictures and illustrations are perfect for the book. Highly recommended.
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on 9 December 2005
This book deserves all its accolades and more.A rich plum pudding of a book, full of fruitful vignettes.Like all great works,we can only wonder why it has taken so long for British publishing to get around to filling such an obvious gap in our bird literature.Any one with even just the slightest interest in the birds on their garden bird table would savour this book.All of us birdwatchers and birders will have to own this book and enjoy reading every syllable of it.A supreme masterpiece on a par with the best bird books ever written.Indeed,who's to say this is not the best bird book ever written?
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on 31 October 2007
There are literally hundreds of Bird Books on the shelves of Bookshops these days. Why do we need so many? Well we don't really, apart, that is, for the fact that printing techniques, particularly colour ones, have changed so dramatically that photographs virtually leap off the page at you. For example, a Robin looks the same now as it did a hundred years ago, so the bird book I had thirty, or even twenty years ago should depict the Robin in exactly the same way. Well hardly, as I said above printing has changed and the advance of the camera is phenomenal.

What used to be `stock or library photographs,' appearing in the same format in book after book have now been superseded by new and vibrant photographs of close-ups of birds, both nesting on the wing and in places that were inaccessible to any kind of successful camera work, just a few years ago.

This book is both comprehensive and easy to read and of course the text is backed up by wonderful photographs of British birds in all kinds of situations. Although it is a reference book, it is also a book that you can actually read and enjoy. It covers the birds species by species, in such detail that it practically tells you what they have for breakfast. Joking apart it virtually does just that.

Much more than a species identification and certainly not one to take out in the field with you. There are lots of other books that serve that purpose very well. This book is a book to savour (no pun intended). A book for the fireside, when the wind is whistling around the chimney pots.
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on 5 September 2005
This book is excellent, both text and photography, I began by dipping into it, but soon had to start at the beginning, not to miss anything. Full of fascinating facts, anecdotes, beautifully written and produced.
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