- 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)
RSPB Pocket Guide to British Birds: Second edition Paperback – 19 Jul 2012
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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.
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. So far have been able to identify every bird that has visited our garden.
Full of useful information.
Best beginners book ever - truly portable, and pocket sized, cheap and well put together. Great that it only has British birds, to reduce confusion amongst similar species.Published 11 days ago by Alekino
Excellent. Ideal for for fishing small compact feel well madePublished 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
Pretty much covers all bird species in the uk, showing great pictures of the male, female and juvenile. Makes identification easy. Also at a great price.Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
I found this to be a useful little book that I use all the time.Published 15 days ago by Bungy Young
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