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Our bird books are perfect if you want to learn more about or keep some feathered-friends. Browse our fantastic range of avian books for tips, advice and information or use our bird books to get into the rewarding hobby of bird watching!

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Our bird books are perfect if you want to learn more about or keep some feathered-friends. Browse our fantastic range of avian books for tips, advice and information or use our bird books to get into the rewarding hobby of bird watching!

  • The RSPB Everyday Guide to British Birds

    RSPB

    Product Code: EVGB
    Paperback
    (1)
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    Learn all about 80 of the most common species of bird with this witty and informative book. It's suitable for both birdwatching beginners and nature enthusiasts.

    Illustrated and written in a friendly style, the descriptions of each bird describe what makes them unique and tell you what to look for - whether in your back garden or in the wider countryside. This book is packed with facts that will fascinate non-birders and birders alike.

    The birds are ordered into broad and straightforward groups (Woodlands, Parks and Gardens, Farmland and Wild Spaces, Birds of Prey, Seabirds etc) and the text explains why each is so significant. This book will also help you recognise when you've seen something rare or out of the ordinary.
    • £3.99
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  • The Chicken Whisperer's Guide to Zero-Waste Chicken Keeping

    Andy Schneider

    Product Code: BYNPS
    Paperback
    The Chicken Whisperer's Guide to Zero-Waste Chicken Keeping is the first book designed to help chicken keepers keep chickens with limited resources and environmental impact. This essential guide collects the Chicken Whisperer's own personal tips, tricks, and suggestions for reducing waste, re-purposing materials, and recycling what can't be reused. With this book, chicken keepers will save money, improve production, support sustainability, and use fewer resources overall. With the Chicken Whisperer's step-by-step insights and how-to secrets, your life with chickens will be more fruitful, less expensive, and better for the planet.
    • £10.39
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  • A Family Guide To Keeping Chickens, 2nd Edition

    Anne Perdeaux

    Product Code: BLXUY
    Paperback
    For the family and would-be smallholder, chickens are the obvious first step when venturing into keeping livestock. Chickens also make ideal family pets, requiring less attention than a dog yet still being entertaining, productive and educational.This practical book is ideal for the complete beginner. Even someone who has never kept animals before should be able to follow the clear, detailed guidance that is given at every stage. It includes: * Choosing the right chickens and housing for your garden size* Exploring useful equipment, such as poultry feeders and drinkers * Routine care for your chickens, including what to feed them on* Outfoxing the fox - and other predators* What to do with all those eggs!* Dealing with parasites and ailments* Broody hens and hatching eggsWith true-life portraits of chicken keepers, little known facts, and helpful and informative personal anecdotes, A Family Guide To Keeping Chickens, 2nd Edition is an easy and enjoyable read for anyone interested in keeping chickens.
    • £11.09
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  • RSPB What's That Bird?

    Product Code: ADLLE
    Paperback
    This is the perfect pocket guide to bird-watching for beginners. "RSPB What's That Bird?" is ideal if you struggle to tell a swift from a swallow. It's the perfect pocket guide for beginners but also a handy reference for the more seasoned bird-watcher. Featuring over 150 common European birds, habitat overviews show you what to look for where and commonly confused birds are shown side by side for quick comparison and identification. Become a successful bird-watcher in no time with "RSPB What's The Bird?"
    • £6.89
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  • Falconry Basics

    Dr Michael K Nicholls, PhD, MS

    Product Code: BXHSL
    Hardback
    Falconry is an ancient and noble art, still practiced today by falconers throughout the world. While, these days, falconry birds are mostly bred in captivity, they are still wild, independent animals and owning and training them requires the right commitment, knowledge and skills. Falconry Basics is designed to provide those new to falconry with the essential information they need, including the basics of types of birds and their individual characteristics; acquiring the proper equipment; how best to care for and maintain healthy birds, and all aspects of training, flying and hunting. Accompanied by diagrams and line drawings throughout, and with additional material, such as a glossary of falconry terms, this newly revised and updated edition offers a comprehensive, practical guide for a whole new generation of falconers.
    • £17.99
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  • Cluck

    Freya Haanen

    Product Code: BSXUV
    Hardback
    Any chicken owner will know that there's more to these endearing, quirky, clever characters than the eggs they produce. Cluck is a celebration of hens, roosters and chicks, combining high-quality photography with inspirational and amusing quotes to create the perfect gift for chicken fans. Some of the collection's quotations come from famous people (Oscar Wilde, C. S. Lewis, Mark Twain, Plutarch), others don't; some are philosophical, others light-hearted -- all are memorable. Accompanied by beautiful pictures of a variety of these farmyard birds, from Plymouth Rocks and Orpingtons to Welsummers and Silkies, this collection of quotes and proverbs will steal any chicken lover's heart.
    • £10.39
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  • Mozart's Starling

    Lyanda Lynn Haupt

    Product Code: BPPJR
    Paperback
    On May 27th, 1784, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart met a flirtatious little starling who sang (an improved version of!) the theme from his Piano Concerto Number 17 in G to him. Knowing a kindred spirit when he met one, Mozart wrote "That was wonderful" in his journal and took the bird home to be his pet. For three years Mozart and his family enjoyed the uniquely delightful company of the starling until one April morning when the bird passed away. In 2013, Lyanda Lynn Haupt, author of Crow Planet, rescued her own starling, Carmen, who has become a part of her family. In Mozart's Starling, Haupt explores the unlikely bond between one of history's most controversial characters and one of history's most notoriously disliked birds. Part natural history, part story, Mozart's Starling will delight readers as they learn about language, music, and the secret world of starlings.
    • £8.39
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  • Long-Distance Pigeon Racing

    John Clements

    Product Code: BKADY
    Hardback
    This authoritative book is aimed particularly at those who participate in racing pigeons at distances of over five hundred miles, but will also be of value to all pigeon fanciers. John Clements succeeds in making the reader view the humble pigeon in a different light and ensures that he, or she, gains a deeper appreciation of the enormous joy and satisfaction that can be gained from long-distance pigeon racing.
    • £23.75
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  • The Domestic Duck

    Chris Ashton

    Product Code: BJAQV
    Paperback
    Most domesticated ducks are descended from the wild mallard and over the centuries many different breeds have been created. They have been kept as pets, or for their ornamental value, or have been farmed for their meat, eggs and down. In "The Domestic Duck", Chris and Mike Ashton explain how these breeds have been developed and how to look after them.
    • £14.19
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  • The Chicken Whisperer's Guide to Keeping Chickens, Revised

    Andy Schneider

    Product Code: BGLZT
    Paperback
    Poultry personality Andy Schneider tells you everything you need to know about keeping chickens!Since The Chicken Whisperer's Guide to Keeping Chickens was first published in 2011, many people have discovered the joys and benefits of a backyard flock. Now Andy Schneider is back with The Chicken Whisperer's Guide to Keeping Chickens, Revised.Are you looking for a great way to reconnect with the earth, the community, and your food sources? Keeping backyard chickens is a fun, simple way to start making this happen, even with limited space in your backyard. Let the Chicken Whisperer (poultry personality Andy Schneider) teach you everything he knowsaEURO
    • £12.89
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  • Keeping Parrots

    Alan Jones

    Product Code: BETOV
    Hardback
    Parrots are considered to be one of the most intelligent types of bird and it is their innate characteristics that have made them popular to keep as pets since the Roman times, although parrot-keeping reached its peak only in the last century. Their popularity can be attributed to their colourful plumage, their intelligence and flair for mimicry, their playful behaviour and ability to bond with human beings. Naturally they require a considerable amount of dedicated care, attention and psychological stimulation in order to lead happy, balanced and contented lives. It is therefore essential that parrot owners are aware of their pet's needs, day-to-day requirements and their responsibilities as owners.
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  • Keeping Canaries

    Brian Keenan

    Product Code: BEJSH
    Paperback
    Canaries have been domesticated since the fifteenth century, when the Spanish first imported them from their Canary Isles home, attracted by their melodic song. Since then their popularity as a caged bird has spread throughout the world. This book introduces several of the different types of canary that are popular today, and offers invaluable advice on the responsibilities of ownership and how best to care for these beautiful birds.
    • £14.89
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  • What Birds Teach Us

    Willow Creek Press

    Product Code: BCWVR
    Hardback
    The curiosities, cleverness, and cuteness of birds are showcased here in exceptional images handpicked from the portfolios of professional wildlife photographers. From breaking out of a shell to leaving the nest, from mate-finding to mirgrating, from surviving to thriving, our feathered friends share birdseeds of wisdom, dipped in the nectar of fun. With forty-eight images alongside insightful and humorous tips, What Birds Teach Us is a visual and inspiring treat for anyone who enjoys birds.
    • £8.79
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  • No Way but Gentlenesse

    Richard Hines

    Product Code: AXHGB
    Paperback
    Born and raised in the South Yorkshire mining village of Hoyland Common, Richard Hines remembers heaps of coal dust, listening out for the colliery siren at the end of shifts and praying for his father's safe return. When he failed his eleven-plus it seemed all too likely that he would follow in his father's footsteps and end up working in the pits - unlike his older brother Barry, who had passed the exam to grammar school and seemed to be heading for great things. Crushed by this, Richard spent his time in the fields and meadows beyond the slag heap. One morning, walking in the grounds of a ruined medieval manor, he came across a nest of kestrels. Instantly captivated, he sought out ancient falconry texts from the local library and pored over the strange and beautiful language there. With just these books, some ingenuity and his profound respect for the hawk's indomitable wildness, Richard learned to 'man', or train, his kestrel, Kes, and in the process found the passion that would shape his future. Richard's experiences with kestrels inspired Barry's classic novel A Kestrel for a Knave. When production began on what would become Ken Loach's iconic film Kes, Richard himself trained the kestrels that would soar on screen and into cinematic history. No Way But Gentlenesse is a superb, moving memoir of one remarkable boy's love for a forgotten culture, and his attempt to find salvation in the natural world.
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  • The Penguin Lessons

    Tom Michell

    Product Code: AUFSE
    Paperback
    *AS HEARD ON BBC RADIO 2 FACT NOT FICTION BOOKCLUB* 'I was hoping against hope that the penguin would survive because as of that instant he had a name, and with his name came the beginning of a bond which would last a life-time' Tom Michell is in his roaring twenties: single, free-spirited and seeking adventure. He has a plane ticket to South America, a teaching position in a prestigious Argentine boarding school, and endless summer holidays. He even has a motorbike, Che Guevara style. What he doesn't need is a pet. What he really doesn't need is a pet penguin. Set against Argentina's turbulent years following the collapse of the corrupt Peronist regime, this is the heart-warming story of Juan Salvador the penguin, rescued by Tom from an oil slick in Uruguay just days before a new term. When the bird refuses to leave Tom's side, the young teacher has no choice but to smuggle it across the border, through customs, and back to school. Whether it's as the rugby team's mascot, the housekeeper's confidant, the host at Tom's parties or the most flamboyant swimming coach in world history, Juan Salvador transforms the lives of all he meets - in particular one homesick school boy. And as for Tom, he discovers in Juan Salvador a compadre like no other...The Penguin Lessons is a unique and moving true story which has captured imaginations around the globe - for all those who dreamed as a child they might one day talk to the animals.
    • £7.49
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  • The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar

    Martin Windrow

    Product Code: ALNET
    Paperback
    'Perched on the back of a sunlit chair was something about 9 inches tall and shaped rather like a plump toy penguin with a nose-job. It appeared to be wearing a one-piece knitted jumpsuit of pale grey fluff with brown stitching, complete with an attached balaclava helmet. From the face-hole of the fuzzy balaclava, two big, shiny black eyes gazed up at me trustfully. Kweep, it said quietly.' When author Martin Windrow met the tawny owlet that he christened Mumble, it was love at first sight. Raising her from a fledgling, through adolescence and into her prime years, Windrow recorded every detail of their time living together (secretly) in a south London tower block, and later in a Sussex village. This is the touching, intriguing and eccentric story of their 15-year relationship, complete with photographs and illustrations of the beautiful Mumble. Along the way, we are given fascinating insight into the ornithology of owls - from their evolution and biology to their breeding habits and hunting tactics. The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar is a witty, quirky and utterly charming account of the companionship between one man and his owl.
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  • RSPB Pocket Garden Birdwatch

    Mark Ward

    Product Code: AIQKY
    Paperback
    Get out into the garden and get birdspotting with the RSPB. Birdwatching can be done from your doorstep with RSPB Pocket Garden Birdwatch, the perfect guide for taking part in the Big Garden Birdwatch. You'll find all the information you need to create a welcoming garden environment for birds, with explanations of different bird food, feeders and how to site them, including practical projects, such as making a nest box. Identify your birds with over 40 profiles of garden birds, including in-situ photography that shows birds as you see them in the wild along with a helpful size comparison gallery. With this new edition of RSPB Pocket Garden Birdwatch (previous ISBN 9781405340885) you will be able to make your garden more attractive to birds and then sit back and watch them explore, feed and raise families. It is perfect for the budding birdwatcher or families getting involved in birdwatching together.
    • £6.89
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  • Bird Bingo

    Christine Berrie

    Product Code: AFAQU
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    This beautifully illustrated bingo game features 64 species of birds from around the world. Spot all kinds of birds from the robin to the puffin and the kookaburra to the splendid fairywren gather them together to complete your set and bingo! Bird Bingo brings a fun and educational twist to the traditional game as players learn the names and colourings of both their favourite species and weird and wonderful exotic birds. This title contains 64 superbly illustrated bingo chips, 1 board, 12 bingo cards and brightly coloured counters for you to mark up your card, as well as a leaflet containing basic information and a few quirky traits for all of the birds featured.
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  • Our Garden Birds

    Matt Sewell

    Product Code: AEBTC
    Hardback
    In this beautiful, collectible new volume, street artist Matt Sewell offers his own unique take on 52 of our favourite British garden birds. Since its first appearance in July 2009, Matt's 'Bird of the Week' feature for the Caught by the River website has quickly become a cult hit. His pop-art watercolours are distinctive and enchanting, as are his innovative descriptions, which see great tits 'bossing the other birds around', the 'playful yet shy buoyancy' of bullfinches and the 'improbable' nature of the waxwing ('like a computer-generated samurai finch'). With 52 birds, one for each week of the year, this delightful gift book will appeal to birders, children and adults, and art and design fans alike.
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  • Chicken Manual

    Laurence Beeken

    Product Code: AAKZJ
    Hardback
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    This book, the latest innovative "Haynes Manual", will provide a complete and easy-to-understand reference for the growing band of people wishing to keep their own chickens for both food and pleasure. Pitched at the novice but also containing plenty to interest the experienced chicken-keeper, the book will contain no-nonsense advice, tips, facts and step-by step sequences, as well as plenty of relevant photographs and diagrams. As more people keep chickens nowadays than at any time since the Second World War, this book is a timely addition to the "Haynes" range.
    • £22.89
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  • The Right Way to Keep Chickens

    Virginia Shirt

    Product Code: AAHCE
    Paperback
    For generations, people in the countryside have kept chickens, mainly for the eggs. Now, more and more people, in town as well as countryside, are enjoying the pleasure of keeping hens in the garden and reaping the reward of those fresh eggs every day. Virginia Shirt has lived with chickens for over 15 years so her knowledge of these fascinating birds is conditioned by practical experience. Her book is a revelation to every aspiring enthusiast. Concentrating initially on the very first steps, the book goes on to deal with feeding and rearing chickens and comprehensively covers matters relating to health and disease.
    • £7.69
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  • Collins Bird Guide

    Lars Svensson

    Product Code: AABQN
    Paperback
    Following on from its hugely successful launch in 1999, Collins Bird Guide -- the ultimate reference book for bird enthusiasts -- now enters its second edition. With expanded text and additional colour illustrations, the second edition of the hugely successful Collins Bird Guide is a must for every birdwatcher. The book provides all the information needed to identify any 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, feeding: whatever is important). In addition, each group of birds includes an introduction which covers the major problems involved in identifying or observing them: how to organise a sea watching trip, how to separate birds of prey in flight, which duck hybrids can be confused with which main species. These and many other common birdwatching questions are answered. The combination of definitive text, up-to-date distribution maps and superb illustrations, all in a single volume, makes this book the ultimate field guide, essential on every bookshelf and birdwatching trip.
    • £15.99
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Whether you’re an avid bird-watcher or have your own aviary, we have bird books for every fan of these beautiful creatures.

Care for your feathery friends

Whatever type of bird you’ve taken into your home or garden, we have the perfect guide to help you learn everything you need to know about caring for your exciting new pet. Or, if you’ve taken on your own flock of hens and want to know how to get the best eggs then find out all you need to know in our books on chickens.

What to spot in your garden

Find out what birds you can watch in your garden or photograph in the countryside in one of our books on birds in British wildlife. Get clued up on the birds around you and find out how to encourage different birds to come to your garden with one of our guides.