Thank you for everyone who sent us suggestions for your favourite and most useful bird books! Identification books unanimously took all five top spots but honourable mentions go to a few other books that just missed out. Below we have compiled all of the suggestions into a list which caters for all levels of birding skills.
We want to find your most recommended bird books for a feature on the webiste in a few weeks time. Whether its the most useful for identification, has an excellent layout or just your go-to book please let us know your favourites. It doesnt have to be just identification books, ‘where to watch’ books, photographic portfolios etc are equally relevent. Thank you in advance!
Whenever a new Field Guide appears on the scene I always ask myself the same question. “Do I really need another new field guide?!” This is especially true for identification guides to British birds. There are so many adequate bird ID books out there now and so many on-line aids I have to ask myself if the age of physical paper versions of books are actually worth having? However, I am of an age where I like the feeling of having an actual book in my hand to browse through and read without having to wait for the next page to download. I also find myself increasingly impressed by photographic guides, so having reviewed the superb Crossley ID Guide to the Birds of Britain and Ireland a while ago, I was looking forward to the new Britain’s Birds Identification Guide arriving on my doorstep. And arrive it did, with a bump! The book is almost twice as thick as the Crossley Guide but once you open it up you can understand why. It is packed to the brim with undoubtedly the most superb images you will see, all 3,200 of them! There are a few you may have seen before, I’m sure I recognise some of the rarer species photos as previously published in magazines or on the internet? The book is set out in a similar fashion to the Crossley Guide with birds of all plumages set against a suitable habitat, but the difference with Britain’s Birds is the fine detail. Each species page for birds occurring regularly or as residents, has a distribution map and brief description of plumage, voice and other things to look for, but most helpful are the salient ID features found close to and around each image.
There are two things in particular that make this book stand out for me and ensure it has a place in my library. Firstly, the flight comparison pages. Most of the non-passerines get individual pages showing similar species comparatively in flight, which is of great help if you genuinely want to use this book in the field. And secondly, the additional rarity pages. These are found at the end of each family section and again show some superb images of rare and scarce birds found in Britain. I imagine these pages will be perused more than most by some of my birding peers!
In conclusion I would say that 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.
The book depicts 648 species including all those on the official British and Irish lists up to March 2016. It is now available and can be purchased from the link below (ISBN: 9780691158891).
Reviewed by P. Freestone (6th Aug 2016)
The Dippers (Ex con)
The Magpies (Ex con)
The Puffin (Good con. 2 pages cut out by prev. owner to remove
The Nuthatches (Ex con)
Birds and Berries (Price clipped, o/wise ex con)
Red Data Birds in Britain (Ex con)
These all have original dust jackets and are not ex library copies. They are currently for saleÂ
in one batch for Â£120 and can possibly be delivered delivery or collected within the county and can beÂ inspected before sale. This is the first offer of sale on these books so strictly first come first served! (Contact us via our contact page above)
The new multimedia ID guide to North Atlantic Seabirds, produced by Bob Flood and Ashley Fisher, is out very soon. The first in the series covers Storm-petrels and Bulwers Petrel and includes two DVDs with 120 minutes of footage. This publication will be a must have in any sea birders library. For further details and to order see the link below:
Contributor Peter Crispin has the following Bird books and Magazines for sale. Contact details at the end of the post if you wish to purchase any from the list. Continue reading