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on 18 April 2001
I used the book recently on a trip to the Western Scottish Isles. It's a very handy size to fit the pocket and the text is well written. Overall the book is a useful addition to my field guide collection but I did find some problems in using it, mainly due to the fact that the birds are listed by habitat and not in the usual manner by species. This led to some shuffling through pages when a bird turned up out of its usual habitat or overflying. It's a nice idea, and maybe with usage one would get used to it but it does run against the tide of normal field guide practice. The other omission is lack of dispersal maps for each species. Although general areas are described in the text an at-a-glance reference would have been valuable. It's easy to criticise a publication but all-in-all this is a good little book for those who like to watch and identify birds but who do not want to get too deeply into the subject.
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on 19 December 2004
One of the excellent Collins range of books on the flora and fauna of the British Isles (see also Michael Scott's "Scottish Wild Flowers"), this is a beautifully illustrated and well-organised pocket book, identifying some 180 or more birds found in Scotland. Organised around the habitats frequented by the birds, and therefore offering the best probability of spotting them, the full-colour illustrations are graced with pen portraits of each bird - even their Gaelic names are offered. Places to visit are recommended, presenting you with a stimulus to get out and look rather than wait for something to fly your way.
If you're planning a bird watching holiday in Scotland, or you're standing at your kitchen window in Kilmarnock gazing out on a winter scene, this is an excellent book to have within easy reach. It's also, hopefully, something which will stimulate your interest - bird watching is therapeutic, relaxing, and a good means to exercise mind and body.
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on 21 October 2015
This is an excellent reference book and should find a place on many bookshelves. Beautifully illustrated, this book will help you to identify any birds in your garden, or out and about. Ours is referred-to frequently.
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on 7 February 2014
The locations for birds are woefully vague. Lowlands, highlands, east, west... this was a half-assed effort. As an identification guide it is a waste of paper. Do not buy this if you know anything about birds at all - your knowledge will surely exceed that of this book.
However, I gave it two stars as it has a little section at the back with details about reserves which may prove helpful. Wish I'd saved my £3.80 though...
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on 7 December 2004
One of the excellent Collins range of books on the flora and fauna of the British Isles (see also Michael Scott's "Scottish Wild Flowers"), this is a beautifully illustrated and well-organised pocket book, identifying some 180 or more birds found in Scotland. Organised around the habitats frequented by the birds, and therefore offering the best probability of spotting them, the full-colour illustrations are graced with pen portraits of each bird - even their Gaelic names are offered. Places to visit are recommended, presenting you with a stimulus to get out and look rather than wait for something to fly your way.
If you're planning a bird watching holiday in Scotland, or you're standing at your kitchen window in Kilmarnock gazing out on a winter scene, this is an excellent book to have within easy reach. It's also, hopefully, something which will stimulate your interest - bird watching is therapeutic, relaxing, and a good means to exercise mind and body.
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on 25 September 2009
A good little book ( and it is little! ) but would benefit I feel from some silhouette pictures especially for the birds of prey which look so similar from below.
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on 15 December 2004
One of the excellent Collins range of books on the flora and fauna of the British Isles (see also Michael Scott's "Scottish Wild Flowers"), this is a beautifully illustrated and well-organised pocket book, identifying some 180 or more birds found in Scotland. Organised around the habitats frequented by the birds, and therefore offering the best probability of spotting them, the full-colour illustrations are graced with pen portraits of each bird - even their Gaelic names are offered. Places to visit are recommended, presenting you with a stimulus to get out and look rather than wait for something to fly your way.
If you're planning a bird watching holiday in Scotland, or you're standing at your kitchen window in Kilmarnock gazing out on a winter scene, this is an excellent book to have within easy reach. It's also, hopefully, something which will stimulate your interest - bird watching is therapeutic, relaxing, and a good means to exercise mind and body.
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on 7 September 2010
Obviously this item wins out on compactness and price, and the illustrations and information are clear. Where it falls down is by not including pictures of the birds in flight. This is pretty important when you are in the Highlands and you see something soaring overhead.
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on 13 January 2013
So much information packed in such a small book. My wife is really happy with it and takes it walking with her all the time. Has even sketched some of the birds she has seen and can now identify. Thanks.
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on 30 May 2011
I find it very useful - handy size, covers most birds ur likely to see as a casual bird watcher and most importantly for someone with kids it has the gaelic names! Good valeu for money.
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