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Britain’s Birds: an identification guide by Hume, Still, Swash, Harrop and Tipling.

Posted: Friday 2nd September 2016 by Book-Reviews

Britain’s Birds: an identification guide by Hume, Still, Swash, Harrop and TipliBritain’s Birds: an identification guide by Hume, Still, Swash, Harrop and Tipling.

The is now a plethora of field guides to the birds of Britain so the question is, do we really need this one as well?

The answer I suggest is yes. His is a very carefully researched and produced volume, a collaboration between writers and photographers. To call it a field guide, as I did, is misleading. The book is really heavy and won’t fit in your pocket.
Having said that, I rather surprised myself by liking it’s clear layout and attention to detail.
The book relies entirely on photographs but these are set out in such a way that they work well together. One guiding principle is that the birds all face the same way, making each page easy on the eye.
There are the usual distribution maps and much care is taken to explain the often tiny differences between ‘confusion species’ – so it will appeal to those bird watchers who wants to find rarer birds.
So, if you don’t have a desire to see and identify rarer birds, I’d be inclined to stick with a field guide you can fit in your pocket and take out with you. If however, the prospect of finding something rather rarer is your aim, this book has a lot to offer.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book review by Nick Brown.

Published by Princeton University Press.

Price range: £13-20.

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