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Britain’s Birds:
An Identification Guide to the Birds of Britain and Ireland
Rob Hume, Robert Still, Andy Swash, Hugh Harrop & David Tipling

Paperback | 2016 | $35.00 | £19.95 | ISBN: 9780691158891
560 pp. | 6 x 8 1/4 | 3,200+ color photos.
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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

Rob Hume, a freelance writer and editor for 35 years and editor of RSPB publications from 1983 to 2009, was Chairman of the British Birds Rarities Committee, and has led wildlife holidays in the UK, Europe and Africa. Robert Still, co-founder and publishing director of WILDGuides, is an ecologist and widely travelled naturalist. Working in computer graphics since their inception, he has developed a high level of expertise in digital imaging and designed many books. Andy Swash has been involved professionally in nature conservation since 1977 and is managing director of WILDGuides. A renowned photographer, he leads photographic tours worldwide, and has devised, co-authored and edited many books. Hugh Harrop founded the ecotourism business Shetland Wildlife and is one of Shetland's top birders and naturalists. His award-winning photographs have been published throughout Europe and North America. David Tipling, one of the world's most widely published wildlife photographers, is author or commissioned photographer for many books and writes regularly for leading wildlife and photographic magazines.

Reviews:

"This guide is head and shoulders above any other photo guide I have seen. . . . This is without doubt the best photo guide now on the market. . . . The ambitious scope of this guide and the high quality of its execution should ensure a wide audience."--Andy Stoddart, Rare Bird Alert

"Sets a new benchmark in photographic field guides that will be hard to beat. . . . I recommend it to readers of Another Bird Blog as a book they must buy. My already well-thumbed copy is now in a safe but handy place for quick reference."--Phil Slade, Another Bird Blog

"Packed to the brim with undoubtedly the most superb images you will see. . . . This is probably the most complete and comprehensive British Bird Guide I have seen for a number of years. It will no doubt be of interest to birders, regardless of experience or expertise and the authors have certainly set the standard for all future photographic guides."--Paul Freestone, Cornwall Birding

"A work that should be on every birdwatcher's bookshelf or kept in a rucksack or pocket. . . . It will become an indispensable aid. . . . Open the book at any page and you are instantly blown away by the quality of the photographs for each species in virtually every plumage stage, be they seasonal, sexual or through ageing. . . . Test it out. Your birding will never be the same."--Stuart Winter, Sunday Express

"A complete identification guide masterpiece. . . . The quality of the images and the awesome presentation just took my breath away."--Shropshire Birder

"This is simply the Best book covering Britain's birds for a very long time. It's not just for novices either, this will appeal to birders of all abilities and even has something for the twitcher in all of us. . . . A Magnum Opus for Britain's Birds."--Mike King, Gloster Birder

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