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    The RSPB Guide to British Birds (Paperback) By (author) Hilary Burn, By (author) Peter Holden, By (author) J. T. R. Sharrock


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    DescriptionThis is the best beginner's guide to British birds. It covers 300 of the most commonly found birds in Britain and Ireland in a compact and easy-to-use format. Each species is beautifully illustrated in colour in its characteristic habitat with identification tips and background notes. In addition, the book carries a unique section on where to watch birds on RSPB reserves, including full details of opening times and how to get there. For this new edition, both the text and the maps have been revised and brought completely up to date to reflect changes in breeding and wintering patterns.

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    The RSPB Guide to British Birds
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Hilary Burn, By (author) Peter Holden, By (author) J. T. R. Sharrock
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 185 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 430 g
    ISBN 13: 9780333907511
    ISBN 10: 0333907515

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: WNCB
    BIC E4L: SCP
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.2
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14000
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 598.0941
    B&T General Subject: 560
    Ingram Subject Code: NA
    DC22: 598.0941
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: REF015000, NAT004000
    DC22: 598/.0941
    LC classification: QL690.G7 H6648 2002
    Thema V1.0: WNCB
    New edition
    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    colour illustrations
    Pan MacMillan
    Imprint name
    Pan Books
    Publication date
    01 June 2002
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Peter Holden is Head of the RSPB's Youth and Volunteer Department. He appears frequently on TV, including schools programmes and, in the past, the BBC's very popular Bird in the Nest. He lives in Bedford. Dr JTR Sharrock was until recently Managing Editor of the monthly magazine British Birds. He is author of a number of books including The Atlas of Breeding Birds in Britain and Ireland and Rare Birds in Britain and Ireland.
    Review text
    Many homes have some sort of guide to British birds - big, glossy, nice paintings, not that much information, decorative but functionally useless. But this one is resolutely not a coffee-table book. Rarely among such guides, it really is a usable, portable handbook with basic information simply presented to appeal to the beginner but also enough detail to satisfy the serious ornithologist. Hilary Burn's crammed colour plates present all the visual information you need to identify and differentiate between species, while Holden and Sharrock's entries for each bird are split into two sections - a tabulated description detailing size, distinguishing marks, call and so on, and a more in-depth portion of text containing information about the bird's behaviour, distribution, feeding habits and the like. Maps showing wintering and breeding patterns for each species are included, as well as a comprehensive section on visiting RSPB reserves around the country. Plumage: blue covers, white spine. Habitat: glove box or rucksack rather than living room or bookshelf. Call: 'cheap, cheap'. (Kirkus UK)