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Pocket Guide to the Birds of Britain and North-West Europe (Helm Field Guides) Paperback – 29 Nov 2002
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"One of the best guides for a beginner" -- The Observer (June 2008)
About the Author
Chris Kightley is the founder of Limose Holidays, one of Britain's leading bird tour operators. Steve Madge, one of Britain's foremost birders, has led bird tours and is the author of several books on birds. Dave Nurney is an illustrator whose work has appeared in many books and magazines. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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25 April 2008
If your interest is chiefly in British birds, then this guide is brilliant. The illustrations are excellent and accurate with text written by authors used to leading bird tours and therefore with identification tips and explanations that really do help. The only other Amazon review for this guide (as I write this) states that is 'not actually that good' and that you should buy the Collins Guide instead. Having used both guides for several years, it should be said that that this pocket guide is not really intended as competition for the Collins. This guide, unlike the Collins, is actually supposed to be pocket sized (the clue is in the title)and deliberately covers a narrower range of species more than sufficient for British birdwatching. The Collins guide is the best but this guide definitely has its own place and is the one that I carry in the UK in particular. Truth is, you should buy both.
21 January 2017
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This is a really great bird guide. I am an avid birder and for me this ticks so many boxes: it's portable; has regional maps; illustrates the plumage variations most likely seen and most of all has the best descriptions of behaviour, flight, habits and likely habitat of any pocket guide I've come across in many years of birding. The text really is spot on and will definitely assist you to make an identification when faced with possible doubts. I can't recommend this guide too highly - I just wonder if a revised version will appear soon? as we are now 20 years since publication and have seen a decline in many species even in that time.
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