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RSPB Handbook of Scottish Birds Paperback – 4 Jun 2009

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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Christopher Helm Publishers Ltd (4 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408112329
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408112328
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 175,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A must-have book for anyone interested in birds, beginner or otherwise."
-- Highland News (June 2009)

' It fully justifies its existence by virtue of the comprehensive coverage given to each ' -- Birdwatching (July 2009)

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"A must-have book for anyone interested in birds, beginner or otherwise."

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This book provides a comprehensive survey of 252 most common birds with each given a full page description.

Each description includes several good quality illustrations, not photographs, and separate paragraphs covering identification, habits, voice, habitat, food, breeding movements & migrations, population and conservation. There is also a distribution map.

The illustrations, over 1000, generally show adult and juvenile plumage and where appropriate, male and female plumage in different seasons. There are also illustrations showing stationary and flight shapes. Not all of these are supplied for all birds.

There is a detailed and informative introductory section which explains how to use the book. It also includes a very useful illustrated bird topography section which will be invaluable to beginner bird watchers. In addition this first section gives an outline to Birds in Scotland and the RSPB in Scotland. The glossary and index at the back are comprehensive.

The soft back cover is protected against light rain damage having a plastic feel to it. The pages inside are of good paper quality to be reasonably robust as well as providing good quality printing with very clear print, sharp images and good colour. Although there are smaller dimension books available specifically designed for field work, the size of this book is still small enough to fit in a farly roomy pocket or rucksack while being big enough to be easy to access. It would also be suitable for more detailed reference at home. The price is very reasonable.

All in all a very good buy indeed and, in my opinion, well worth 5 stars.
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This is not ideal for identifying tricky birds, but would do for any casual birdwatcher who lives in or visits Scotland. The maps and text are particularly useful, and geared specifically for this part of the world. The range of species is surprisingly large, with an appendix of really quite surprising birds (the sort that turns up maybe once or twice a year). Not a substitute for a serious field guide, but a good book all the same.
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This guide has everything you need to know in a convenient size to carry on a walk. For use I would have preferred split
into different habitats or geographical locations but as this is not a hard and fast rule for most species maybe not practical. The pictures and text are of super high quality and should last for years.
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This is a brilliant book.The illustrations are first class and there is lots of information.Very pleased I went ahead with this purchase.
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A very clear and easy to use guidebook of common Scottish birds. The single page listing for each of birds (200+) has all the relevant info laid out including a mini map of Scotland highlighted with where to find the bird for that page in summer, winter, resident or migration. Value for money and good size for popping into rucsac or car glovebox.
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This is a great wee book which is small enough to put in the pocket. Its straightforward approach is ideal for the non-expert, with good information about habits, habitat and similar birds to help with identification. I've had a copy for some time and think so highly of it that I bought this one for a friend. Great wee book!
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I like this book because the illustrations are very detailed, my only problem is that I'm not quick enough yet to identify the birds, especially when they were in flight. The other thing about this book is it's a decent size to carry around in the bag.
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This is a very good book and worth while read for any bird enthusiast great illustration's would recommend to all twitchers, a must for your collection.
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