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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 (423 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,528 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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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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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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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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Bought this as a gift, already have one myself but it is so good felt have to share my joy
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Super little reference book, great in a backpack for being out and about. Well laid out and illustrated. Definitely recommended.
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