RSPB Pocket Guide to British BirdsBy Simon Harrap | 224 Pages | 900 Colour Illustrations | 170 Colour Distribution Maps | A & C Black | Paperback | 2012 | Edition: 2 | ISBN-13: 9781408174562

Publisher’s Overview

A compact and informative field guide which covers over 200 of the most common birds found in Britain and features concise descriptions of each bird’s main characteristics including plumage, calls and song, confusion species, habitat, distribution and status, and behaviours. It includes detailed artworks highlighted by author Simon Harrap’s new text. This easy-to-use guide features 40 new species, colour distribution maps throughout and has a revised introduction.Fatbirder View

This is the I-Spy book of birds re-born, re-vamped and perfect for newbies and youngsters. It doesn’t confuse by besetting the novice with rarities and ‘European’ birds… with a bit of luck, plenty of lead free petrol and determination almost anyone starting birding can get to see these birds, which is how ALL birders should start out… how will you recognize the unusual until you get the common well and truly sussed out.

I like its ultimate portability, the uncluttered pages and clear text.

As far as I am concerned this is the book for beginners and generalist nature lovers.

The Author: Simon Harrap is a well-known, 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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