The RSPB Guide to British Birds

The RSPB Guide to British Birds


By (author) Hilary Burn, By (author) Peter Holden, By (author) J. T. R. Sharrock

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  • Publisher: Pan Books
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 183mm x 20mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2002
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0333907515
  • ISBN 13: 9780333907511
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 655,496

Product description

This 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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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.

Editorial reviews

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)