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Where to Watch Birds in Britain (Where to Watch Birds) Paperback – 30 Jun 2003

4.6 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Christopher Helm Publishers Ltd; 2Rev Ed edition (30 Jun. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713641371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713641370
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 21.5 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,767,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There could be no better guide than this book" --Chris Packham

"Highly recommended...the best guide of its kind" --RSPB Birds

"Don't leave home without it" --Birding

"Highly recommended...the best guide of its kind" --RSPB Birds

"Don't leave home without it" --Birding --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Simon Harrap is an ornithologist, naturalist and bird tour leader, and is the author of several books including Orchids of Britain & Ireland and RSPB Pocket Guide to British Birds.
Nigel Redman is an ornithologist, publisher and bird tour leader. He is senior author of Birds of the Horn of Africa. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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Very welcome and hugely expanded follow-up to the original 1986 guide, with a good balance of breadth of coverage and site detail. The authors must have faced some very difficult decisions in terms of what to leave out, and I'm sure everyone will be able to think of another site that they feel warrants a mention, but that's the inevitable compromise of a single volume covering the whole of Britain. The benefit of this guide over the more detailed regional volumes is that if you happen to be making a trip to an unfamiliar area you can easily locate any birding spots en route that might be worth a visit - without having to splash out for a regional guide that you might only use a handful of times.
Good, clear maps, and although some people have argued that the few colour pages on particular bird species just take up valuable real-estate in the book I personally think they are a nice touch.
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As a compromise it works very well. Yes there are various forums where people can ask for advice and birding spots in a certain vicinity, but nothing beats the feel of a "real book" to thumb and browse.

Yes you can collect all the various regional guides but will you use them so often? it can be argued regular birders/twitchers will know the areas anyway. Casual birders will enjoy this. I visited Norfolk, Suffolk, Mull and Speyside in a two week period. This book helped a lot - and continues to do so.
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Bought it to go on holiday with, popped it in glove box and it proved itself to be a great buy. Took us to places we wouldn't have know were there. I would say that the discriptions of the places outlined are very fair and details, as far I was able to judge, correct.
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The beauty of this book is that it gives all the major birdwatching sites in the UK in an edition which can be taken on fieldtrips . it has a well structured format and gives quality advice and observations on each site. there is also a section on the top 100 birds in Britain and when and where to see them. This section should generate debate as some of my favourites weren't there.
my main criticism is that all of the information on Scottish sites seems to have been taken from all the already available books which deal with bird sites and I would have liked the book to have been a little more independant and perhaps include sites whch certainly merit inclusion in a book like this.
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I bought this for our trip to the Scarborough area, Flamborough Head and Bempton Cliffs, in April. The directions to the venues were easy to follow, down to the best places in which to park in large parking areas.It also told us where to locate the key for a hide, which we wouldn't have known about. We also found little known spots which revealed lots of surprising species which we hadn't anticipated seeing. We are looking forward to using it on our next trip.
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this book will be so valuable when we go visitg the many different bird reserves in the summer.a cracking good read.well pleased.
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Arrived a day earlier than expected. Well packaged.
Recommended for anyone's collection. Easily understood with maps of locations where to watch any available birds.
Handy to keep in the car.
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As more of a wildlife watcher than birdwatcher this was recommended by a birdwatching friend and it certainly gives a good indication as to the best areas to visit although some areas have restricted access unless you're a member of certain clubs/associations
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