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RSPB Pocket Guide to British Birds: Second edition Paperback – 19 Jul 2012

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Natural History; 2nd Revised edition edition (19 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408174561
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408174562
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 1.5 x 16.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (460 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Simon Harrap is a professional naturalist and birder. He has led birdwatching holidays for almost 20 years and is a regular contributor to birding magazines and journals. He is the author of Tits, Nuthatches and Treecreepers (Christopher Helm), and co-author of Where to Watch Birds in Britain (Christopher Helm) and Orchids of Britain and Ireland (Bloomsbury).Simon Harrap goes back to basics with all-new text in a colourful guide aimed at new bird-watchers.
- Good Book Guide

A sumptuous, classy book, with terrific illustrations of a carefully selected 174 species
- BBC Wildlife

An excellent book to buy as a present for beginner birdwatching friends or to keep in the car.
- Scottish Birds

An excellent beginner s guide. --- IBIS - The International Journal of Avian Science

'Well planned, well executed, and commendable cheap, this little book deserves to be a very popular beginners' guide to 174 of Britain's commonest bird species.' IBIS (April 2008) --IBIS (April 2008)

'Easily the best guide for the complete beginner...Brilliant', The Observer (June 2008) --The Observer (June 2008)

About the Author

Simon Harrap is a professional naturalist and birder. He has led birdwatching holidays for almost 20 years and is a regular contributor to birding magazines and journals. He is the author of Tits, Nuthatches and Treecreepers (Christopher Helm), and co-author of Where to Watch Birds in Britain (Christopher Helm) and Orchids of Britain and Ireland (Bloomsbury).


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I bought this book for my partner as he has always had a mild interest in spotting birds. Since getting this book; he's ordered him sled a pair of binoculars and bought himself a notepad. He keeps this and the book in the car and has gone out on various occasions to try and spot new birds. He really loves his new healthy hobby and this book has encouraged him to take a more active, educated role in bird spotting.

The book itself is pocket sized and gives just the essential details about all of the birds that visit the UK throughout the year. It tells you what you need to do to spot birds, the equipment you need, how to spot birds, when you where you need to go and spot birds and general practical advice. The introduction won't take you more than half an hour to read and then you're ready to go.

5* book. I would recommend this book to all newbie and wannabe twitchers.
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This is the ideal book for anyone hoping to identify the birds we see around us whether common or rare. It is compact enough to go into a pocket or bag but tells us everything we need to look for when trying to work out whether that little brown chap/chapess over there is a House Sparrow or a Dunnock or a Tree Sparrow or a Bunting or indeed any or none of these.
This meticulously illustrated guide will help the expert or the beginner. Pointers to identification are writ large and indicated very clearly; leg colour, wing bar shapes, silhouette in flight. eye markings and so on. The chapters and sections are logically arranged with colour coding to help find different types of bird which works with the clever index to help sort your waders from your raptors or your kittiwakes from your lesser black backs. It's great to know that that large shaggy, brownish, spotty one that just ate your chips is probably a juvenile herring gull. Believe me, it helps!
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An excellent guide. Particulary helpful is the way this guide points out similar birds which may be confused with the bird in question, describing the subtle differences between the species, to aid correct identification.
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Bought for an 8 year old - he loves it. The illustrations are clear, details concise and easy to use index.
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Great book packed with pictures and info... small enough to fit in a pocket. Bought to accompany my new binoculars on walks by the sea. Excellent value for money and I'd recommend it to anyone with an interest in birdwatching.
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Item exactly as described. Had to wait quite a while before I received this item but they did let me know about the delay.
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Excellent book,purchased it to go with binoculars for my grandson! Hes very happy with it, thankyou for great service!
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It is a very useful guide book. Although could be improved more by displaying open wing views of the birds
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