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Our birdwatching books are perfect for nature lovers. Birdwatchers will want to get themselves a bird guide for their next spotting trip or learn about the best birding sites.

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Our birdwatching books are perfect for nature lovers. Birdwatchers will want to get themselves a bird guide for their next spotting trip or learn about the best birding sites.

  • GTBS

    The RSPB Guide to Birdsong With CD (Paperback)

    Adrian Thomas

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    You can learn so much about our feathered friends through their birdsong. It's the natural soundtrack to our lives and can evoke so many memories - as well as helping us understand about birds' lives and behaviours.

    This RSPB-endorsed guide will help you learn and identify different bird sounds at your own pace. It's suitable for novices and experienced birdwatchers and comes with a CD full of 100 songs and calls of 65 garden, woodland and farmland birds, so that you know exactly what to listen out for.

    It also contains a reference section detailing the sounds of another 185 birds found in Britain and north-west Europe.

    Why should you buy this book?It will help you get closer to nature and learn more about our feathered friends.
    • £5.99
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  • EVGB

    The RSPB Everyday Guide to British Birds (Paperback)

    RSPB

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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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  • LGBI

    The Little Guide to Birds (Hardback)

    Tom Frost

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    Alison Davies' The Little Guide to Birds will help you learn about 40 of the most spectacular birds from all around the world - from common garden birds to sea birds and exotic flyers.

    Featuring stunning illustrations by printmaker Tom Frost, each bird has a stunning profile that explains where they originate from, how many eggs they lay and the incredible journeys they undertake.

    This charming book also contains a spotter's guide so you can tick off when you see each bird.
    • £3.99
    • RRP £7.99
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  • ATBTG 5 years +

    i-Spy Birds: What Can You Spot? (Paperback)

    This book is packed with beautiful photos of all kinds of birds, and features interesting facts about each one. Whether they're in a town or up a hill, children are sure to find plenty of the birds in this book - they'll have enough points to claim an i-SPY Creepy crawlies certificate in no time! From robins and finches to owls and eagles, you can find stunning birds everywhere from city ponds to lochs and woodlands. i-SPY Birds includes hundreds of feathery friends for you to spot, so keep an i-SPY out wherever you go! * spy it - up to 200 fun things to spot around you * spot it - tick it off when you see it * score it - score points for each spot and send off for your official i-SPY certificate Children will love using this fun and fascinating i-SPY book!
    • £2.99
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  • BRQTZ

    RSPB Pocket Guide to British Birds (Paperback)

    Simon Harrap

    This edition of the best-selling field guide from the RSPB is compact, informative and beautifully illustrated, and features 215 of the most common birds found in Britain.
    • £6.19
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  • ADLLE

    RSPB What's That Bird? (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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  • BYARA

    Bird Therapy (Hardback)

    Joe Harkness

    'I can't remember the last book I read that I could say with absolute assurance would save lives. But this one will' Chris Packham When Joe Harkness suffered a breakdown in 2013, he tried all the things his doctor recommended: medication helped, counselling was enlightening, and mindfulness grounded him. But nothing came close to nature, particularly birds. How had he never noticed such beauty before? Soon, every avian encounter took him one step closer to accepting who he is. The positive change in Joe's wellbeing was so profound that he started a blog to record his experience. Three years later he has become a spokesperson for the benefits of birdwatching, spreading the word everywhere from Radio 4 to Downing Street. In this groundbreaking book filled with practical advice, Joe explains the impact that birdwatching had on his life, and invites the reader to discover these extraordinary effects for themselves.
    • £11.99
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  • AYDPH

    Fingers in the Sparkle Jar (Paperback)

    Chris Packham

    Wildlife presenter Chris Packham tells his incredible, nature-filled life story in this captivating memoir - the book that inspired his pivotal BBC documentary, Asperger's and Me.

    He recalls his youth as an introverted and unusual young boy who was treated as an outcast and loner. He talks about how much he felt at ease with nature and how the bond her formed with a stolen kestrel would teach him about love and change him forever.

    This is a rich and evocative read that finds Chris looking at his search for freedom, meaning and acceptance. It's a coming-of-age memoir quite unlike anything you've ever read before.
    • £7.69
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  • ANNFS

    Collins BTO Guide to British Birds (Paperback)

    Paul Sterry

    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.
    • £16.79
    • RRP £19.99
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  • AGHDG

    Bird Postcards (Other)

    Christine Berrie

    Containing 21 postcards of striking birds from all around the world, colourfully illustrated by Christine Berrie. Spot penguins and puffins, sparrows and blue tits, as well as learning about weird and wonderful exotic birds such as the splendid fairywren through the fascinating facts included on the cards. Send a robin with Christmas tidings, a laughing kookaburra to share a joke or a northern cardinal with songs of springtime. These beautiful birds will take flight with your messages to reach absent friends in all corners of the globe.
    • £7.89
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  • BXZBI

    Homing (Hardback)

    Jon Day

    'I love Jon Day's writing and his birds. A marvellous, soaring account' Olivia Laing 'Every page of this beautifully written book brought me pleasure' Charlotte Higgins As a boy, Jon Day was fascinated by pigeons, which he used to rescue from the streets of London. Twenty years later he moved away from the city centre to the suburbs to start a family. But in moving house, he began to lose a sense of what it meant to feel at home. Returning to his childhood obsession with the birds, he built a coop in his garden and joined a local pigeon racing club. Over the next few years, as he made a home with his young family in Leyton, he learned to train and race his pigeons, hoping that they might teach him to feel homed. Having lived closely with humans for tens of thousands of years, pigeons have become powerful symbols of peace and domesticity. But they are also much-maligned, and nowadays most people think of these birds, if they do so at all, as vermin. A book about the overlooked beauty of this species, and about what it means to dwell, Homing delves into the curious world of pigeon fancying, explores the scientific mysteries of animal homing, and traces the cultural, political and philosophical meanings of home. It is a book about the making of home and making for home: a book about why we return.
    • £13.59
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  • BWLHD

    100 Birds to See in Your Lifetime (Hardback)

    Dominic Couzens

    Part aspirational encyclopedia, part identification guide, 100 Birds to See in Your Lifetime provides detailed summary information and range maps, along with beautifully written profiles featuring unusual facts, anecdotes and its significance. Whilst many of the species would be on any bird enthusiast's wish list, the list has been fiercely debated by two renowned birding authors, using various criteria to arrive at a top 100. Some species are endangered and therefore a must to see and conserve; others are quite common but have a particular plumage or behaviour that makes them exceptional; and others have a legendary status amongst birdwatchers and the layman, such as the dancing Red-crowned Cranes and the spectacular Gyr Falcon.
    • £15.89
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  • BWFJY

    A Naturalist's Guide to the Garden Birds of Britain (2nd edition) (Paperback)

    Peter Goodfellow

    This easy-to-use identification guide to 90 garden bird species most commonly seen in or over the gardens of Britain and Ireland is perfect for amateur naturalists. High quality photographs from Britain's top nature photographers are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, which include common and scientific name, length, distribution and habitat. The user-friendly introduction covers classification, making gardens attractive for birds, nest boxes and conservation, as well as a glossary. Naturalist's Guide series: A series of photographic wildlife identification guides. Each title features 280 species that a keen amateur might expect to see in the field or garden. High quality photographs are accompanied by full species descriptions, giving identifying features, as well as details of size, habits, habitats and distribution. Each title is written by an acknowledged expert in the subject with photographs largely supplied by Paul Sterry, a biologist whose interest in natural history spans more than 50 years
    • £7.69
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  • BOIBF

    The Seabird's Cry (Paperback)

    Adam Nicolson

    The full story of seabirds from one of the greatest nature writers. The book looks at the pattern of their lives, their habitats, the threats they face and the passions they inspire - beautifully illustrated by artist Kate Boxer. SHORTLISTED FOR THE RICHARD JEFFERIES SOCIETY AWARD FOR NATURE WRITING 2017 Seabirds are master navigators, thriving in the most demanding environment on earth. In this masterly book, drawing on all the most recent research, Adam Nicolson follows them to the coasts and islands of Scotland, Ireland, Iceland, Norway, and the Americas. Beautifully illustrated by Kate Boxer, The Seabird's Cry is a celebration of the wonders of the only creatures at home in the air, on land and on the sea. It also carries a warning: the number of seabirds has dropped by two-thirds since 1950. Extinction stalks the ocean and there is a danger that the grand cry of a seabird colony will this century become little but a memory.
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  • BCZKH

    The Birds of Ireland (Paperback)

    Jim Wilson

    Following the success of Ireland's Garden Birds, Jim Wilson has teamed up with Mark Carmody for a collaborative work that is in a different mould from their previous publications, Freshwater Birds of Ireland and Shorebirds of Ireland. An important tool of a birdwatcher is a good identification guide. Most cover the birds of Europe and few deal exclusively with Ireland. This first photographic identification guide to the birds of Ireland has over 1,600 photos of more than 260 species, in an easy, quick-reference format. With eight to fifteen images per species, the key identification features of each bird are shown, with concise descriptions and pointers to indicate important features. This guide is produced in association with BirdWatch Ireland, Ireland's leading bird conservation organisation. The purchase of this guide contributes funds to BirdWatch Ireland's conservation and education initiatives to help protect and promote Ireland's wild birds and habitats.
    • £11.69
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  • AXKRM

    Ireland's Garden Birds (Paperback)

    Oran O'Sullivan

    An essential companion for bird lovers and gardeners alike since it was first published, this highly successful guide to identifying garden birds has now been fully updated with the latest information and statistics. Highlighting a range of plants and planting schemes that support wildlife, it provides expert advice on making your garden a haven for birds. Learn everything you need to know about the birds you're most likely to see from your window, how to attract them into your garden and how to care for them. Each species is accessibly described, with details of identification, status and abundance, feeding habits, songs and call, and breeding season. The species descriptions are enhanced by new photographs by Mark Carmody, a nature photographer whose work is widely published.Whether you are an avid gardener or just love feeding birds in your garden, this practical and easy-to-use guide is invaluable.
    • £12.89
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  • AWPEM

    RSPB Pocket Birds of Britain and Europe (Paperback)

    DK

    From the Sandwich Tern to the Short-toed Eagle, discover over 300 species of bird found in the UK and Europe with RSPB Pocket Birds. Crystal clear photographs bring the birds on the page to life, and notes on distinguishing features will help you identify different species of bird in the field. Learn all about them from their calls and feeding behaviour, nesting habits and habitats, and differences in plumage. This brand new edition includes a web link where you can hear common bird songs and calls to make identification even easier. Maps showing regions where each species can be found at what time of year will help you find the birds you are most interested in. This handy book is perfectly portable, making RSPB Pocket Birds the perfect companion for taking out in the field. Previous edition ISBN 9781405394567
    • £8.39
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  • AUOXP

    Collins Gem (Paperback)

    Stephen Moss

    The ideal portable companion, the world-renowned Collins Gem series returns with a fresh new look and updated material. This is the perfect pocket guide for keen birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts to identify the diverse range of birds that inhabit their gardens. Authoritative text and beautiful photographs show the distinguishing features of each bird, including information on each species' feeding, behavioural habits, breeding, voice and population. An extensive introduction provides information on nesting sites, water, pests and predators. This new edition builds on the strengths of the unrivalled original, covering all birds most likely to be found in our gardens.
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  • ARGHF

    Cuckoo (Paperback)

    Nick Davies

    Beloved as a herald of spring, cuckoos have held a place in our hearts for centuries. But for many other birds the cuckoo is a signal of doom, for it is nature's most notorious cheat. In this enormously engaging book, naturalist and scientist Nick Davies reveals how cuckoos deceive other species, uncovering an evolutionary race between cuckoos and the hosts. Cuckoo offers a new insight not only into the secret lives of these extraordinary birds, but also how cheating evolves and thrives in the natural world.
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  • ANNFU

    Collins BTO Guide to British Birds (Hardback)

    Paul Sterry

    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.
    • £24.89
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  • BZBTD

    A Birder's Journey to the Big 300+ (Paperback)

    Terry Wells

    Hands up if your career is not your first passion? My escape this past 43 years has been `birding and twitching' - the thrill of rare bird pursuit, in-field identification, visiting beautiful places, eventful journeys and meeting unique characters.
    • £12.30
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  • BYLSM

    RSPB Spotlight Sparrows (Paperback)

    Amy-Jane Beer

    Sparrows are often considered familiar to the point of invisibility, but the recent steep decline in numbers of both native British species is a reminder that these unassuming chatterboxes deserve a little more attention. Of all the true sparrow species found worldwide, only two occur in the British Isles. Globally, the story of the House Sparrow is one of dramatic expansion: from humble origins in the Middle East where they spread, along with agriculture, to become the most widely distributed bird on the planet. The smaller, more active Tree Sparrow has also spread extensively, following the domestication of rice rather than wheat, and both species have been heavily persecuted in recent years. In Spotlight Sparrows, Amy-Jane Beer examines the causes behind the decline of these familiar species, and explores their biology and life cycle, social behaviour, and the significant role that sparrows play in human culture, from Shakespeare and Edith Piaf to Captain Jack Sparrow. The Spotlight series introduces readers to the lives and behaviour of our favourite animals with eye-catching colour photography and informative expert text.
    • £11.69
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  • BXXPW

    The Magpie's Nest (Hardback)

    Taffy Thomas

    From crowded train stations to quiet woods and from city centres to our own back gardens, birds remind us that nature is everywhere. But do you know which is the king of the birds? Has anyone ever told you how the brave swallow got its forked tail? And what of the owl, who was really a baker's daughter? Take a look inside The Magpie's Nest, where a hoard of stories, riddles and rhymes is waiting for you. Suitable for all ages and charmingly illustrated by Lakeland artist Becca Hall, this is an essential collection of stories for all who love the natural world.
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  • BXXOG

    The Urban Birder (Other)

    David Lindo

    Anyone can become an Urban Birder. You can do it anywhere and any time, whether you've got the day to spare, on your way to work, during your lunch break or just looking out of a window. Look up and you will see.The book is an inspirational look at the birdlife in our cities, or more accurately, the author's personal journey of discovery involving encounters with racism, air rifle-toting youths, girls, alcohol, music, finding urban wildlife oases and of course, birds.David Lindo's story is entertaining and sometimes controversial, but the one guarantee is that the reader will be left feeling inspired enough to pick up a pair of binoculars and head to the nearest park.
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