Where to Watch Birds in Britain

Author: Simon Harrap,Nigel Redman

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408194198

Category: Nature

Page: 672

View: 3091

This ebook covers the very best birding sites in Britain. Each site is considered in terms of 'Habitat', Access' and 'Birds', allowing birders of all levels to plan successful birding trips anywhere in Britain, and to maximise the chances of getting the best out of each site and each region. The ebook includes detailed pinch-and-zoomable maps of the larger sites, plus general maps of the regions covered, and is illustrated with attractive line drawings. This second edition has been extensively revised, with several new sites added for this edition, together with information on disabled access for most sites. "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 World

Collins Bird Guide

Author: Lars Svensson,Killian Mullarney,Dan Zetterstrom,Peter J. Grant

Publisher: Collins

ISBN: 9780007449026

Category: Birds

Page: 448

View: 2032

Written by leading European field ornithologists, this book provides all the information needed to identify any species at any time of the year, with detailed text on size, habitat, range, identification and call.

BTO Guide to the Common Birds of Britain

Author: Paul Sterry,Paul Stannard,Paul Stancliffe

Publisher: William Collins

ISBN: 9780007551514

Category:

Page: 320

View: 8186

In a unique new collaboration, Collins have paired up with the respected British Trust for Ornithology, bringing together the most authoritative and up-to-date information in this new field guide to the common birds of Britain and Ireland. This unique new identification guide features all of the birds that have occurred five or more times in Britain and Ireland, including all species that breed regularly in the region, plus those that winter here, or occur as common passage migrants. The book has been written and illustrated as much with the beginner in mind as the experienced birdwatcher. Designed to be used in the field, the text and photographs describe and illustrate the key features needed to identify a species with confidence, and to separate it from similar, or 'confusion', species. As a general rule, the species accounts follow the taxonomic running order provided by the British Ornithologist's Union (BOU). But for the benefit of the reader, in some instances the running order has been juggled subtly so that potentially confusing species are placed side by side. Throughout the book there are special pages that describe the key features needed for separating different families, and groups of birds that share the same habitat. More than 1,200 photographs are featured and many are seen here for the first time. They have been chosen carefully to show not only important identification features but also to give clues to the usual habitat favoured by the bird, and its typical posture. Annotations highlight key identification features that are discussed in the text. Song and call are useful aids to identification, and reference is made to vocalisation for each species. The average size of each bird is included; in most species this is the length, measured from the tip of the bill to the tip of the tail, but in birds that are seen most frequently in flight (such as raptors), the given measurement is wingspan. Relative abundance maps are shown for every species. The darker shading shows where a species is most abundant, and the lighter shades where it is less so. These are based on the very latest information contained within the BTO's Bird Atlas 2007--11.

The Everyday Guide to British Birds

Identify our common species and learn more about their lives

Author: Charlie Elder

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472941160

Category: Nature

Page: 204

View: 1895

The Everyday Guide to British Birds is the perfect companion for nature enthusiasts and birdwatching beginners. It describes the common and widespread species we're most likely to come across in Britain and explains what makes each of them unique. Clearly illustrated, packed with fascinating facts and written in a friendly style, this RSPB is ideal for anyone who wants to identify and learn more about the birds they encounter, whether in the back garden or the wider countryside.

Birds Britannica

Author: Mark Cocker,Richard Mabey

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 518

View: 1418

Birds Britannica is neither an identification guide nor a behavioural study (though both these subjects enter its field). It covers cultural links; social history; birds as food; ecology; the lore and language of birds; myths, art, literature and music; anecdotes, birdsong and rare facts; modern developments; migration, the seasons and our sense of place. An attempt to describe the interaction of birds and humans, it captures the essence of why birds matter. AUTHOR BIO contd: RICHARD MABEY is Britain's foremost nature writer, as famous for the beauty of his prose as for his exceptional knowledge and insights. He wrote Flora Britannica, a truly ground-breaking book about botany and the blue-print for Birds Britannica. His previous books include Food for Free, The Unofficial Countryside, The Book of Nightingales and Nature Cure. His biography of Gilbert White won the Whitbread Biography Award. CHRIS GOMERSALL (photographer and picture researcher) is renowned as one of Britain's finest wildlife photographers. He is the author of the standard book about how to photograph birds. JONATHAN ELPHICK (specialist text research) is an experienced editor specialising in wildlife subjects. He is the author of Birds: the art of ornithology and The Birdwatcher's Handbook.

Bill Bailey's Remarkable Guide to British Birds

Author: Bill Bailey

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 178747710X

Category: Humor

Page: 240

View: 6435

A humorous and very personal guide written by Bill Bailey about his favourite British birds, complete with drawings, notes and cartoons by the comedian himself. 'When herons are spooked they have a habit of vomiting as a defence. Half-digested pieces of eel and water vole skull on your head is not a good look. Just so you know.' Bill Bailey's wonderfully charming and informative book on the birds he loves is now available as a handy, easy-to-carry pocket paperback. Packed with the comedian's observations, illustrations and sketches, this edition is perfect for birdwatching expeditions, with new information for proper twitchers, including: · A 'British Birds' checklist · A list of the best birdwatching sites in the UK · Suggestions of bird spotting equipment · Information about joining a birdwatching club Bailey takes us on a journey around the British Isles, zooming in on those birds that enthuse him the most. Whether it's what they eat, where they fly to or how they communicate, these birds are always fascinating, and he introduces us to their weird and wonderful ways in a manner that is always entertaining. If you're a parent who'd like to appear a bit clever when your child asks you the name of a bird; if you want to find a new and healthy hobby that takes you outdoors; or whether, quite simply, you want to understand a bit more about our natural environment and have a laugh at the same time, this is the companion book to have. Funny and insightful, and positively crackling with energy, knowledge and wit, this beautiful paperback will delight Bailey's fans, birds as well as those who fancy a bit of armchair escapism. Alongside music and stand-up, one of Bailey's favourite pastimes is birdwatching, which he has been doing since he was a child in the West Country. His fondest memories are of family outings with parents, grandparents and cousins, ticking the birds off in his little Observer's Book of Birds. As he has said about those formative years, 'birdwatching gave a purpose to the day and a love of the natural world which has carried on into my adult life'.

Identifying Birds by Colour

Author: Norman Arlott,Moss Taylor

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0008108463

Category: Nature

Page: 224

View: 7062

Optimised for devices with colour screens. A unique spotter's guide for the first-time birdwatcher.

A Field Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe

Author: Roger Tory Peterson,Guy Mountfort,P. A. D. Hollom

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780618166756

Category: Nature

Page: 261

View: 633

With 364 range maps and 96 color plates portraying 548 species, this is the classic field guide to European birds. Covering 698 species, the descriptive text includes information on geographical races, vagrants, and introduced species. Confusing species such as waders, raptors, and warblers have additional notes on how to distinguish them.

Collins Birds

A Complete Guide to All British and European Species

Author: Dominic Couzens,David Cottridge

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007138210

Category: Nature

Page: 336

View: 3498

This splendid guide to the birds of Britain and Europe takes you well beyond the information you might find in a field guide. Organized taxonomically, it includes an introduction to each family, with information on food, habitat, eggs, and breeding and nesting behavior. Memorable descriptions and often astonishing facts make even the commonest birds worthy of new attention. A visual feast, Collins Birds features 500 color photographs and more than 1,000 illustrations and maps.

A Practical Illustrated Guide to Attracting and Feeding Garden Birds

The Complete Book of Bird Feeders, Bird Tables, Birdbaths, Nest Boxes and Backyard Birdwatching

Author: Jen Green

Publisher: Armadillo

ISBN: 9781844765713

Category: House & Home

Page: 256

View: 7041

Learn what to feed garden birds, from seeds, grains and peanuts to fruits, suet cakes and fat balls, as well as how to attract birds by planting the right flower borders, trees and shrubs. Step-by-step instructions show you how to make your own feeders, tables, nest boxes and birdbaths, from simple designs to ornamental creations.

Collins BTO Guide to Rare British Birds

Author: Paul Sterry,Paul Stancliffe

Publisher: William Collins

ISBN: 9780007551545

Category:

Page: 288

View: 8533

In a unique new collaboration, Collins have paired up with the respected British Trust for Ornithology, bringing together the most authoritative and up-to-date information in this new field guide to the rare birds of Britain and Ireland. This book is the companion volume to the Collins BTO Guide to British Birds. It covers all the rare and scarce birds that have occurred in Britain and Ireland five times or more, as of February 2015. The Rarest of the Rare section lists all the species that have occurred fewer than five times; taken in combination, this means that every species of wild bird that has ever occurred in Britain is mentioned. Species descriptions comprise the bulk of the book, and the text and photographs describe and illustrate the key features needed to identify these birds with confidence. Confusion species are included, as are vocalisation details for species whose identification it aids. The photographs have been chosen carefully to show key features that are described in the accompanying text; they also give clues to the usual habitat favoured by the bird and its typical posture. Many of the photographs are seen here for the first time. ID Key Feature pages provide a quick guide to a group of species or families; they describe the structural and behavioural features that an observer should concentrate on initially when they come across an unfamiliar bird. Where relevant, these feature pages also highlight identification pitfalls. Unlike its companion volume, distribution maps are not included, as they are of little relevance when dealing with rare and scarce birds in Britain and Ireland: by their very nature, vagrant birds can turn up almost anywhere. However, where a part of Britain or Ireland is noteworthy for the occurrence of a given species, then the region in question is mentioned in the text."

Collins British Bird Guide

Author: Lars Svensson,Killian Mullarney,Peter J. Grant,Dan Zetterström

Publisher: Collins

ISBN: 9780007451241

Category: Birds

Page: 256

View: 4645

Experience the joy of discovering the natural world around you with this beautiful pocket guide to British birds, an inspiration and treat designed to enthral all nature lovers. This new, abridged edition of the hugely successful Collins Bird Guide is a must for every birdwatcher. The book provides all the information needed to identify any common British species at any time of the year, covering size, habitat, range, identification and voice. Accompanying every species entry is a distribution map and illustrations showing the species in all the major plumages (male, female, immature, in flight, at rest, and feeding). This is an indispensable guide for all those with an interest in birds, whether amateur or expert, and is beautifully packaged to lend itself both as gift or self-purchase.

Birds of Mexico and Central America

Author: Ber van Perlo

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 336

View: 8037

Birds of Mexico and Central America is the only field guide to illustrate and describe every species of bird in Central America from Mexico to Panama, including Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. Written and illustrated by Ber van Perlo, this handsome work covers more than 1,500 species. Information on key identification features, habitats, songs, and calls is included as are distribution maps showing each species' location and prevalence. Enhanced with ninety-eight color plates, the book provides illustrations of all plumages for the adult males and females as well as the juveniles of each species. Illustrations appear opposite their relevant text for quick and easy reference. Comprehensive and highly portable, this guide is a must for any birdwatcher visiting the region. More than 1,500 species described and illustrated Information on key identification features, habitat, and songs and calls Distribution maps showing each species' location and prevalence Illustrations of all plumages for each species 98 color plates, which appear opposite their relevant text for quick and easy reference Comprehensive and highly portable A must for all birdwatchers visiting the region

Britain's Birds

An Identification Guide to the Birds of Britain and Ireland

Author: Rob Hume,Robert Still,Andy Swash,Hugh Harrop,David Tipling

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691158894

Category: Nature

Page: 560

View: 4017

Britain's Birds will be enjoyed, valued and constantly referred to by all bird watchers—whether beginner, experienced or professional. This is the most comprehensive, up-to-date and practical bird book of modern times, featuring an unrivalled selection of photographs that show all the plumages you are likely to see. Focusing on identification, and containing maps, facts and figures on numbers and distributions, this breakthrough publication was devised by a team of lifelong birdwatchers, all with many years' experience of showing people birds and producing user-friendly field guides. Comprehensive coverage of every bird recorded in Britain and Ireland The only photographic guide to show all plumages likely to be encountered More than 3,200 superb colour photographs carefully selected to show key identification features Many photographs of individual rare birds identified in Britain and Ireland Simple steps to help you find and identify any bird you see Pages designed to allow easy and accurate comparison Latest information on status, population, distribution and conservation designations Distribution maps featuring summer, winter and resident ranges, plus details of migration routes to and from Britain and Ireland

The Birds of London

Author: Andrew Self

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 140819404X

Category: Nature

Page: 464

View: 9731

The first comprehensive avifauna for the London area ever published covering the status, distribution and history of every species on the regional list in rich detail.

The Curious Bird Lover’s Handbook

Author: Niall Edworthy

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473543991

Category: Nature

Page: 224

View: 9923

You don't have to be a dedicated birdwatcher to be a bird lover. Millions of us love the sight and sound of them. And yet most of us know very little about their remarkable behaviour, incredible diversity and the story of their evolution. How do migrating birds know where to go? Are birds really descended from dinosaurs? How do birds have sex? This handbook sets about answering every interesting question there is to ask about birds. There are over 10,000 species in the world, including over 500 in Britain, some rare and endangered, some bizarre and beautiful, others common and familiar. As this captivating and often humorous handbook reveals, all of them are fascinating. The hardback edition titled "Bald Coot and Screaming Loon" was published in 2009. This paperback edition has been updated and includes a new foreword from the author.

Garden Birds (Collins Gem)

Author: Stephen Moss

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007440758

Category: Nature

Page: 192

View: 2110

The ideal portable companion, the world-renowned Collins Gem series returns with a fresh new look and updated material.

Identifying Common British Birds

Author: David Chandler,Russ Malin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781783614059

Category:

Page: 256

View: 3375

The comprehensive, handy guide to British birds. Discover a wealth of information about the appearance, behaviour and habitats of British birds, as well as practical advice on birdwatching and how to go about it, featuring tips and advice on necessary equipment, identifying features and how to attract birds into your garden. The clear text and beautiful colour photography will quickly help you identify anything from a Goldcrest to a Guillemot.