"Extremely accessible and informative"
"yet another great value-for-money bird book from the
"masters" of birds in the UK"
Handbook of British Birds (Ornithology) by Peter Holden and Tim Cleeves
This is a very impressive all round bird guide. Most guides limit themselves to merely providing details about
how to identify species, this book not only performs that function
perfectly well but in addition offers notes on what makes birds
fascinating - their ecology, habitats, conservation status and movements.
So, for example, you are not only told how to differentiate between a male
and female Grey Partridge but also that they have declined by 84% in the
last 25 years and that this is linked to a reduction in suitable nesting
cover on farmland and insecticide use. In this way the book gives more of
a clear overall picture of British bird species than almost any other book
I know. For anyone looking for a book that will provide
interesting general information about bird species then this is for you.
Bird Watching Magazine - 'I was very impressed with the RSPB Handbook of British
Birds...This is an excellent field guide at any price.'
birdtours.co.uk - The strength of this guide over its rivals is
the wealth of information... illustrations are super and the price is
excellent ...buy it
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