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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: A & C Black Publishers Ltd; 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 (375 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Virtually every species gets a page to itself...The illustrations, by Dave Nurney, are truly excellent, lifelike and show all the key identification features. At under a fiver, this really is the best value bird book on the market.' --Countryfile (Autumn 2007)

'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)

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

'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 (Helm), and co-author of Where to Watch Birds in Britain (Helm) and Orchids of Britain and Ireland (A&C Black). He has recently set up a company with his wife to run nature breaks in Norfolk, his home county.


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bought this for my partner, who enjoys the countryside, but never knows what the bird are that he takes photos of!! This is small and pocket size - with good categories in the front to help identify British birds. It gives descriptions of appearance and call, shows where they are generally found, and what they can be mistaken for. perfect for country walks and basic bird watching.
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For anyone new to birdwatching or just want to know what species you have in your garden this is perfect. It Is informative, colourful and extensive. Great purchase.
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The illustrations are very detailed, which include male, female and juvenile descriptions of the particular bird you want to identify.
Full of information on where to go and what time of year you are most likely to see different species. Easy to use format. Small enough to slip in a pocket or leave in the car. Great book for anybody who, like me, wanted to identify birds visiting my garden, and when I'm out and about. Reasonable price.
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This is a very good book allowing you to put a name to all the common garden birds that may visit your garden. Well worth the money paid for it.
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Bought this as a gift, already have one myself but it is so good felt have to share my joy
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I bought this book as I have alot of different birds coming to my garden to use the feeders and water tables. Since it arrived a few days ago I have seen fourteen different types of bird on my garden and six of them I didn't know what they where.

Each page has alot of information on each species from the size of the bird to what they look like in flight. Each page also has between three and five highly detailed pictures of the birds showing patterns and colours aswell as the differance between male and female aswell as any seasonal changes.

Aswell as useful information on habitat,voice etc it also has a little mini map showing you the best places to see the birds it also has a great little feature named Confusion Species which tells you which other birds you might confuse them with.

I was watching a bird which I thought was a sparrow with a strange pattern when it turned out to be a female Chaffinch. The Confusion Species reads 'Female and immature are sparrow-like, but plain upperparts, pale wing-bars, pale outer tail feathers and greenish rump distinctive.'
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Very handy reference guide. Good quality pictures. Would have given 5*rating had pictures been displayed in relative size but perhaps that would be too much to expect in something this compact. The helpful size guide at the beginning of each picture could have been a little more prominent. It doesn't catch the eye at a glance. I looked at several pictures before I noticed it was there. This is probably a bit nitpicking but could be helpful to publishers in their next edition. I am sure many will find this a helpful reference book. I appreciate it already in just a few days use.
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If you want a reference guide to take with you when out twitching can recommend this one. The colour plates aren't bad & shows the birds in flight as well as variations in plumage for M/F & seasonal variations. A bargain at £4.49 !!
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