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  • Birding from the Hip: A Sound Approach Anthology33% OFF
    Birding from the Hip: A Sound Approach… by The Sound Approach, Anthony McGeehan

    by The Sound Approach / Anthony McGeehan

    A collection of forthright, entertaining, funny stories describing an obsessive Irish birder's view of life.

    Vintage articles sit alongside many new pieces, compiled as The Sound Approach travels with Anthony on fresh adventures to record his favourite bird sounds.

    Narrated on 2 CDs.

    Hardback £19.99 RRP: £29.99Buy Now
  • Secret Lives of British Birds
    Secret Lives of British Birds by Dominic Couzens

    by Dominic Couzens

    Illustrated by Peter Partington

    Exposes the extraordinary hidden world of some of our most familiar birds beyond the confines of our gardens and parks. We learn the secrets of romance from the Mute Swans, meet the perfect father in the Guillemot, the enstranged couple of Chiffchaffs who share the same territory.

    Paperback £14.99 Buy Now
  • The Unfeathered Bird34% OFF
    The Unfeathered Bird by Katrina van Grouw

    A richly illustrated book on bird anatomy depicting 200 species. Each drawing made from an actual specimen, the birds are shown in lifelike positions and engaged in behaviour typical of the species, such as an underwater view of the skeleton of a swimming loon, the musculature of a porpoising penguin and an unfeathered sparrow hawk plucking its prey.

    Hardback £22.99 RRP: £34.99Buy Now
  • Fabulous Feathers Remarkable Birds28% OFF
    Fabulous Feathers Remarkable Birds by Rosemary Low

    Life without birds would be unthinkable. The skies would be empty, the woods would be silent. Birds are the only wildlife with which most people have daily visual contact; they have won the admiration of the human race. But alas, admiration is not enough to save them in this changing world. One eighth of all species are now threatened with extinction. The author takes us to every corner of the world to see what contributes to this decline and what is happening to reverse it. Worldwide concern and determination are mounting to save birds.

    Paperback £9.99 RRP: £13.99Buy Now
  • The Helm Guide to Bird Identification32% OFF
    The Helm Guide to Bird Identification by Keith Vinicombe et al.

    An essential field guide companion covering difficult identification issues by looking at tricky species pairs or groups of birds and comparing and contrasting their respective features. Designed as a field companion, it supplements the standard field guides and provides much additional information.

    Paperback £16.99 RRP: £25.00Buy Now
  • Birds: Coping with an Obsession53% OFF
    Birds: Coping with an Obsession by Derek Moore

    Renowned as one of birding's best story tellers, Derek Moore takes a nostalgic journey through the past 70 years. Recounting many highly entertaining tales, from huge falls of migrant birds engulfing his cricket pitch in the 1960s to heated run ins with land owners and developers during the years when he was instrumental in establishing a network of key nature reserves along the coast of East Anglia and helping to shape the Wildlife Trusts into the force they are today.

    Hardback £6.99 RRP: £14.99Buy Now
  • Ten Thousand Birds54% OFF
    Ten Thousand Birds by Tim Birkhead et al.

    This book provides a thoroughly engaging and authoritative history of modern ornithology, tracing how the study of birds has been shaped by a succession of visionary and often controversial personalities and by the unique social and scientific contexts in which these extraordinary individuals worked. Begins in the middle of the nineteenth century when ornithology was a museum-based discipline focused almost exclusively on the anatomy, taxonomy, and classification of dead birds.

    Hardback £13.75 RRP: £29.99Buy Now
  • Bird Sense: What it's Like to be a Bird23% OFF
    Bird Sense: What it's Like to be a Bird by Tim Birkhead

    A book about birds, their senses and behaviour that is informed by an attractive blend of personal experience, entertaining stories and cutting edge science.

    Hardback £12.99 RRP: £16.99Buy Now
  • The Urban Birder
    The Urban Birder by David Lindo

    by David Lindo

    This title comprises a series of short stories and musings on a diverse array of birding topics by 'The Urban Birder' David Lindo. Some will be extended versions of articles already published but most will be entirely original and guaranteed to be entertaining and often controversial.

    Hardback £9.99 Buy Now
  • Rare Birds Yearbook 2008: The World's 189 Most Threatened Birds31% OFF
    Rare Birds Yearbook 2008: The World's… -

    Places the spotlight on the often dramatic circumstances which have pushed a large number of species to the brink of extinction and also highlights examples of cases where active commitment and hard work have improved the bird's prospects. Colour photographs, 276pp. 2008

    Paperback £12.99 RRP: £18.95Buy Now
  • Peregrine Falcon33% OFF
    Peregrine Falcon by Patrick Stirling-Aird

    Reaching speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour, the Peregrine Falcon is famous as the world's fastest bird. Due to its penchant for choosing inaccessible places to breed, feed, and roost, few people are aquainted with its habits and behaviour. This title provides information on hunting, raising young, and how populations around the world are now prospering once again.

    Hardback £9.99 RRP: £14.99Buy Now
  • Redbreast: The Robin in Life and Literature34% OFF
    Redbreast: The Robin in Life and… by Andrew Lack

    Andrew Lack has updated, extended and transformed his father's work without losing sight of the original. Colour and b/w illustrations, 294pp. 2008

    Hardback £12.99 RRP: £19.95Buy Now
  • Ecology and Conservation of Steppe-land Birds13% OFF
    Ecology and Conservation of Steppe-land… by Bota et al.

    Steppe birds are currently among the most threatened in the world. Authored by recognised specialists in the field of biology and conservation this title offers a multidisciplinary approach to the environmental threats that these birds face.

    Paperback £12.99 RRP: £15.00Buy Now
  • The Strange Death of British Birdsong59% OFF
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    This book examines the fluctuating fortunes of 137 species of birds. Many are birds of farmland in all its guises, from rich intensively cultivated arable land to the sheep grazed upland moors. Yet it is the loss of songbirds that people notice more than anything else. This title evokes the impact of the songbirds demise, the loss of the skylark from countryside areas where they used to be abundant, or the song thrush from rural and suburban gardens. It also points to the mystery of some of these fluctuations but detailed research has revealed many of the underlying causes. Essays on each bird are accompanied by a colour wood engraving of the birds and their eggs.

    Hardback £9.99 RRP: £24.95Buy Now
  • The Bird Species: Die Vogelarten Systematics of the Bird Species and  Subspecies of the World: Charadriiformes39% OFF
    The Bird Species: Die Vogelarten… by Norbert Bahr

    In 1931 James Lee Peters (1889-1952) published the first volume of his ultimately 16 volume Checklist of Birds of the World, completed in 1987. Today it is still an important work of reference. This new series will also be in several volumes with all bird species and subspecies listed according to the latest classification. This first volume contains the order Charadriiformes with English, scientific and German species names. Text in English and German.

    Hardback £14.99 RRP: £24.95Buy Now
  • Barn Owls in Britain37% OFF
    Barn Owls in Britain by Jeff Martin

    Barn owls are amongst the most charismatic of our owls, but their fortunes have risen and then plumetted. Covers the history of the barn owl in Britain in relation to farming methods. Discusses the barn owl's needs, habitats and biology.

    Hardback £9.99 RRP: £15.99Buy Now
  • Behind the Binoculars: Interviews with Acclaimed Birdwatchers
    Behind the Binoculars: Interviews with… by Mark Avery, Keith Betton

    How and why did our most acclaimed birdwatchers take up birding? What were their early experiences of nature? How have their professional birding careers developed? What motivates them and drives their passion for wildlife? How many birds have they seen? Mark Avery and Keith Betton, passionate birdwatchers and conservationists, interview members of the birdwatching community to answer these and many other questions about the lives of famous birdwatchers.

    Hardback £16.99 Buy Now
  • Inglorious: Conflict in the Uplands
    Inglorious: Conflict in the Uplands by Mark Avery

    Driven grouse shooting, where flocks of Red Grouse are chased by lines of beaters so that they fly over lines of 'guns' that shoot the fast-flying birds, is a peculiarly British fieldsport. It is also peculiarly British in that it is deeply rooted in the British class system.  Ever-controversial, Mark Avery is guaranteed to stir up a debate about fieldsports, the countryside and big business in a book that all British conservationists will want to read.

    Hardback £16.99 Buy Now
  • Collins Field Guide: Birds of the Palearctic - Non-Passerines
    Collins Field Guide: Birds of the… by Norman Arlott

    A field guide to all the non-passerines found from Britain, eastwards to Japan, and as far south as the Sahara and Himalayas. Every non-passerine species found in this wide area is illustrated in every plumage in which they can be seen in the wild. Author and illustrator Norman Arlott is one of the world's leading bird artists and has seen nearly all of the 1,800 species featured. The accompanying text concentrates on the specific characteristics and appearance of each species that allow identification in the field, including voice. Every species will also have a distribution map -- in many cases the first time this has been compiled for the area.

    Hardback £25.00 Buy Now
  • Top 100 Birding Sites of the World
    Top 100 Birding Sites of the World by Dominic Couzens

    Top 100 Birding Sites of the World features detailed accounts of the best birdwatching sites in the world, giving background and first-hand experience of what you can find there.  Whether you want to use it to plan your holidays for years to come, or just as an inspirational book to dip into, Top 100 Birding Sites of the World will have a wide appeal for all those with an interest in birds and birdwatching.

    Hardback £25.00 Buy Now
  • The Urban Birder
    The Urban Birder by 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.

    Paperback £9.99 Buy Now
  • Tales from Concrete Jungles
    Tales from Concrete Jungles by David Lindo

    When you think about going bird-watching, you imagine visiting magnificent open countryside, rolling hills, lush woodland, or waterlogged marshes. You don't think of towns and cities. In fact, the urban environment is surprisingly rich in birds: parks, gardens, scrubland, lakes, and reservoirs all harbor many species of birds. Some town gardens even have bigger lists of birds than country gardens do. Since 2006, a long-running series of articles has appeared in Birdwatching magazine, showcasing David Lindo visiting a wide variety of cities in Britain and Europe and the birds he has encountered on these short city breaks. These articles are collected here for the first time--most of them expanded with new material but also, featuring a few never before published. They cover visits to many cities throughout the world and the striking variations among them. This book is not a compendium of birding sites within many of the world's cities. It is a series of adventures featuring birds and inspiring stories. Above all, it is hoped that this book will inspire you to look at cities with different eyes, to appreciate the diversity of wildlife wherever you are, and realize the importance of the conservation message.

    Hardback £14.99 Buy Now
  • Understanding Bird Behaviour
    Understanding Bird Behaviour by Stephen Moss

    The way birds behave is one of the vital keys to accurate identification and this book provides the experienced instruction needed to understand and get the most out of watching birds. The guide covers all the fundamental types of bird behaviour, including movement, feeding, breeding, migration, navigation, distribution, range, life and death, all of which are illustrated with beautiful photographs. There is a whole section dedicated to the behaviour of different species groups, from divers and grebes through to sparrows, buntings and finches.

    Paperback £12.99 Buy Now
  • Tweet of the Day
    Tweet of the Day by Brett Westwood, Stephen Moss

    Wherever we are, there are birds. And wherever there are birds, there is birdsong. It's always a pleasure (and a relief) to hear sounds which prove the world's still spinning: whether it's the sighing of migrating redwings on a damp October night, the twitter of swallows fresh in from South Africa in April or the call of the cuckoo in May. Tweet of the Day is a book for everyone who loves Britain's birds.

    Paperback £14.99 Buy Now
  • How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction
    How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of… by Beth Shapiro

    Could extinct species, like mammoths and passenger pigeons, be brought back to life? The science says yes. In How to Clone a Mammoth, Beth Shapiro, evolutionary biologist and pioneer in "ancient DNA" research, walks readers through the astonishing and controversial process of de-extinction.

    Hardback £16.95 Buy Now
  • Cuckoo: Cheating by Nature
    Cuckoo: Cheating by Nature by N B Davies

    Beloved as the herald of spring, cuckoos have held a place in our affections for centuries. The oldest song in English celebrates the cuckoo's arrival, telling us that 'Sumer is icumen in'. But for many other birds the cuckoo is a signal of doom, for it is Nature's most notorious cheat.

    Lively field drawings by James McCallum, and remarkable photographs, show cuckoos in action: from the female cuckoo laying her beautifully disguised egg, to the cuckoo chick ejecting the host's eggs and young from the nest to ensure it gets the full attention of its foster parents.Cuckoo offers a new insight not only into the secret lives of these extraordinary birds, but also into how cheating evolves and thrives in the natural world.

    Hardback £16.99 Buy Now
  • Bird Atlas 2007-1125% OFF
    Bird Atlas 2007-11 by Dawn Balmer et al.

    Have the latest scientific findings about distribution and change at your fingertips, including chapters telling the atlas story and highlighting the factors influencing our changing bird fauna. Bird Atlas 2007-11 is the most complete and comprehensive overview of bird distribution and change in Britain and Ireland, and contains over 1,300 maps describing patterns of distribution, abundance and change for nearly 300 species.

    Hardback £51.99 RRP: £69.99Buy Now
  • Designing for Biodiversity; A Technical Guide for New and Existing Buildings
    Designing for Biodiversity; A Technical… by Kelly Gunnell et al.

    Through written guidance and architectural drawings, this book advises on how to incorporate provision for biodiversity within developments. With sections on different building-reliant species, general principles for design, ready-made products that can be incorporated into designs, and legislation, policy and regulations, this book is an invaluable resource for all architects, ecologists and anyone involved in designing or briefing for biodiversity in buildings. This new edition has a new section on designing for biodiversity in existing buildings, including retrofit projects, many new architectural drawings, case studies that illustrate the key principles, common pitfalls and important messages for architects and new ready-made projects which have come onto the market since the first edition.

    Paperback £29.99 Buy Now
  • Looking for the Goshawk
    Looking for the Goshawk by Conor Mark Jameson

    The book traces Conor Jameson's travels in search of the Goshawk, a magnificent yet rarely seen (in Britain at least) raptor. Each episode of the narrative arises from personal experience, investigation, and the unearthing ofinformation from research, exploration and conversations.The journey takes him from an encounter with a stuffed Goshawk in a glass case, through travels into supposed Goshawk territories in Britain, to Berlin - where he finds the bird at ease in the city.

    Why, he wants to know, is the bird so rarely seen in Britain? He explores the politics of birdwatching, the sport of falconry and the impact of persecution on the recent history of the bird in Britain and travels the length of Britain, through central Europe and the USA in search of answers to the goshawk mystery. Throughout his journey he is inspired by the writings of T H White who told of his attempts to tame a Goshawk in his much-loved book. It's a gripping tale on the trail of a most mysterious and charismatic bird.

    Paperback £9.99 Buy Now
  • Birds; ID Insights, Identifying the More Difficult Birds of Britain
    Birds; ID Insights, Identifying the… by Dominic Couzens

    Ideal for birders of all levels. Its unique layout, comparing the plumages of similar pairs and groups of species, makes it perfect for identifying the more difficult birds found in Britain and other parts of north-west Europe, also includes images showing how to age birds.

    Hardback £16.99 Buy Now
  • Shorebirds; An illustrated behavioural ecology
    Shorebirds; An illustrated behavioural… by Jan van de Kam et al.

    Shorebirds are the most visible inhabitants of coastal wetlands worldwide. Baseb on studies of shorebirds and other waterbirds that migrate along the East Atlantic Flyway, this book explains migration, feeding and breeding of these birds in a comprehensive but simple visual form.

    Hardback £55.00 Buy Now
  • A Message from Martha; The Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon and its Relevance Today
    A Message from Martha; The Extinction… by Mark Avery

    This book tells the tale of the Passenger Pigeon, of Martha, the last of her kind, and of author Mark Avery's journey in search of them. It looks at how the species was a cornerstone of the now much-diminished ecology of the eastern United States, and how the species went from a population that numbered in the billions to nil in a terrifyingly brief period of time. Despite the underlying theme of loss, this book is more than another depressing tale of human greed and ecological stupidity. It contains an underlying message - that we need to re-forge our relationship with the natural world on which we depend, and plan a more sustainable future. Otherwise more species will go the way of the Passenger Pigeon. We should listen to the message from Martha.

    Hardback £16.99 Buy Now
  • The Book of Eggs; A Lifesize Guide to the Eggs of Six Hundred of the World's Bird Species
    The Book of Eggs; A Lifesize Guide to… by Mark E Hauber et al.

    Featuring commissioned photography from Chicago's renowned field museum, this title shows 600 bird eggs at life size, alongside graphics of the bird, clutch and breeding range. Each entry includes a table of information identifying key details, including order, family, nest characteristics and conservation status, alongside fascinating narratives of courtship, mating and incubation. Illustration type: Colour photographs, B?W illustrations, Colour distribution maps, 656pp. 2014

    Hardback £29.99 Buy Now
  • Bird Sense; What it's Like to be a Bird
    Bird Sense; What it's Like to be a Bird by Tim Birkhead
    A book about birds, their senses and behaviour that is informed by an attractive blend of personal experience, entertaining stories and cutting edge science. Illustration type: B/W illustrations, 265pp. 2013
    Paperback £8.99 Buy Now
  • The Secret Life of Birds; Who they are and what they do
    The Secret Life of Birds; Who they are… by Colin Tudge

    The author explores the life of birds, all around the globe. From the secrets of migration to their complicated family lives, their differing habitats and survival techniques to the secrets of flight. A fascinating account of how birds live, why they matter, and whether they really are dinosaurs.

    Paperback £14.99 Buy Now
  • Manual of Ornithology; Avian Structure and Function
    Manual of Ornithology; Avian Structure… by Proctor, Noble S, Patrick J Lynch

    An enduring classic that remains a standard work on the subject, this concise atlas of avian anatomy is one of the most heavily illustrated references ever written on the subject. It is aimed at both post graduate students and general bird- lovers and discusses why birds look and act the way they do. It covers systematics, evolution, topography, feathers and flight as well as the whole biological functions of birds.

    Paperback £35.00 Buy Now
  • The Secret Lives of Puffins
    The Secret Lives of Puffins by Dominic Couzens, Mark Sisson

    by Dominic Couzens and Mark Sisson

    Puffins are among the most instantly recognisable iconic and well-loved of birds. This title covers the birds' life cycle, behaviour, habitats and the current and future challenges that they face, along with surprising facts and anecdotes.

    Hardback £20.00 Buy Now
  • A Field Guide to Monitoring Nests10% OFF
    A Field Guide to Monitoring Nests by James Ferguson-Lees et al.

    This title has been produced as an aid to those involved in monitoring nests for research and conservation purposes. Contains a wealth of information for 145 British and Irish species together with introductory sections on nest monitoring techniques, nest identification, legislation, the BTO Nest Record Scheme and nest finding skills, 256pp. 2011

    Paperback £22.49 RRP: £24.99Buy Now
  • Gardening for Birdwatchers
    Gardening for Birdwatchers by Mike Toms et al.

    This important title brings together the expertise of garden designers Ian and Barley Wilson with that of the British Trust for Ornithology to produce the definitive guide for improving your garden for birds and other wildlife. The well-illustrated text, complete with planting plans, gets to grips with the techniques that underpin successful wildlife-gardening.

    Paperback £9.99 Buy Now
  • Identification Guide to European Passerines
    Identification Guide to European… by Lars Svensson

    A revised and enlarged fourth edition of this bird ringer's reference book with much additional information.

    Paperback £20.00 Buy Now
  • Essential Ornithology
    Essential Ornithology by Graham Scott

    Provides the reader with a concise but comprehensive introduction to the biology of birds. Begins with the controversial question of the dinosaur origins of birds and their subsequent evolution. Development, anatomy and physiology are then discussed followed by chapters on reproduction, migration, ecology and conservation. B/w and colour illustrations.

    Paperback £27.50 Buy Now
  • Garden Bird Behaviour
    Garden Bird Behaviour by Robert Burton

    Describes what you will see when observing garden birds and teaches you how to spot different characteristics, helping you build up a comprehensive understanding of bird behaviour. Colour photographs and illustrations. 144pp. 2005

    Hardback £16.99 Buy Now
  • The Raptors of Europe and the Middle East; A Handbook of Field Identification
    The Raptors of Europe and the Middle… by Dick Forsman

    Comprehensive guide to the diurnal raptors of Europe and the Middle East. Detailed text, colour photographs showing plumages of age and sex class of every species, drawings focusing on particular identification details will enable birdwatchers to get to grips with even the most difficult species.

    Paperback £29.99 Buy Now
  • Bird Observatories of Britain and Ireland
    Bird Observatories of Britain and Ireland -

    Much has changed since the first edition published in 1976. The role of observatories is evolving to encompass a wider range of activities, bringing their objectives and work to a wider audience. This title provides a detailed account of the history and work carried out at each of 18 observatories, with personal accounts by wardens, staff and volunteers.

    Hardback £60.00 Buy Now
  • Bird Ringing; A Concise Guide
    Bird Ringing; A Concise Guide by Dawn Balmer et al.

    This guide is an ideal training tool for ringers, explaining how and why we ring birds. Also a great introduction to bird ringing for non ringers, highlighting the Scheme's successes and also explains why we still need to keep ringing today.

    Paperback £7.50 Buy Now
  • Bird Migration; A General Survey
    Bird Migration; A General Survey by Peter Berthold

    The only concise and accessible synthesis on bird migration, this book describes not only the migrations, the incredible stamina and navigational skills of the birds, the effects on their distributions, survival and evolution but also the scientific skills and studies that underlie the information about migration.

    Paperback £58.00 Buy Now
  • A Best Practice Guide for Wild Bird Monitoring Schemes
    A Best Practice Guide for Wild Bird… -

    Summarises recommendations on establishing, running and improving national wild bird monitoring schemes. The methodology is described in detail and includes field methods, sampling design, data management and analysis and communication, with case studies from various countries.

    Paperback £19.99 Buy Now
  • Birdwatchingwatching; One Year, Two Men, Three Rules, Ten Thousand Birds
    Birdwatchingwatching; One Year, Two… by Alex Horne

    Following their year long quest from Alex's first bird sighting at home to birding breaks in Romania, a stag weekend spent twitching in Wales and a penguin spotting trip to South Africa, this is a charming story of a father and son, of manliness, obsessive behavior, families and friendship. The story of birdwatching told from the outsider's point of view, celebrating the eccentricities of two very different species.

    Hardback £12.99 Buy Now
  • Bird Habitats in Ireland
    Bird Habitats in Ireland by Richard Nairn, John O'Halloran

    A comprehensive, up-to-date review of the bird communities of all the habitats in Ireland. A team of the most experienced ornithologists in Ireland brings together descriptions of the habitat types and the typical bird species that depend on each habitat for support.

    Hardback £31.99 Buy Now
  • 101 Golden Rules of Birdwatching
    101 Golden Rules of Birdwatching by Marvus Schneck

    Birdwatching is a hobby that sometimes pleases, sometimes frustrates, but always enthrals. It is a pastime that can take years to understand and this title is the perfect companion for that journey. Filled with wise advice and tales of personal experience. Includes anecdotes that will resonate with any bird watcher, valuable hints and tips, and essential dos and don'ts.

    Hardback £9.99 Buy Now
  • The Spotted What!?
    The Spotted What!? by John Clarke

    The original idea of this project was to ascertain how many pairs of Spotted Flycatcher still nested in four local villages. To publicise the survey a few posters were made and put up locally, the response was amazing. The tidal wave of support dragged in a further five villages. This book reports on the survey, provides summarised data from the research and compares it with information from other sources.

    Paperback £5.99 Buy Now
  • Anoraks to Zitting Cisticola; A Whole Lot of Stuff About Bird Watching
    Anoraks to Zitting Cisticola; A Whole… by Sean Dooley

    This is a secret guide to the secret world of birdwatching. It has all the stuff the other bird books don't tell you: how to look cool in binoculars, how to spot someone with Asbirders Syndrome (and how to avoid them at parties), what not to wear, which websites with 'bird' in the title you can safely visit without tripping any filters on your computer, not to mention how to pronounce Zitting Cisticola. Guaranteed to keep even the most casual bird-nerd amused.

    Paperback £17.99 Buy Now
  • Australian Bird Names; A Complete Guide
    Australian Bird Names; A Complete Guide by Ian Fraser, Jeannie Gray

    Australian Bird Names is aimed at anyone with an interest in birds, words, or the history of Australian biology and bird-watching. It discusses common and scientific names of every Australian bird, to tease out the meanings, which may be useful, useless or downright misleading!

    The authors examine every species, its often many-and-varied common names, its full scientific name, with derivation, translation and a guide to pronunciation. Stories behind the name are included, as well as relevant aspects of biology, conservation and history. Original descriptions, translated by the authors, have been sourced for many species. As well as being a book about names this is a book about the history of ever-developing understandings of birds, about the people who contributed and, most of all, about the birds themselves.

    Paperback £44.95 Buy Now
  • An Atlas of Wader Populations in Africa and Western Eurasia
    An Atlas of Wader Populations in Africa… by Simon Delany et al.

    A compilation of current knowledge of one of the most remarkable group of birds in the region covered by the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA). Each of 90 species accounts includes full page map showing populations, key sites and the in-depth text describes movements and status of each population. Colour photographs, 524pp. 2009

    Hardback £70.00 Buy Now
  • How to be a Bad Birdwatcher
    How to be a Bad Birdwatcher by Simon Barnes

    by Simon Barnes

    Anyone who has ever gazed up at the sky or stared out of the window knows something about birds. In this funny, inspiring, eye opening book, the author paints a riveting picture of how birdwatching has framed his life and can help us all to better understanding of our place on this planet. This title shows why birdwatching is not the preserve of twitchers, but one of the simplest, cheapest and most rewarding pastimes.

    Hardback £9.99 Buy Now
  • Important Bird Areas in Europe; Priority Sites for Conservation
    Important Bird Areas in Europe;… -

    This 2 volume set provides up to date and revised information on sites covered previously, and data on 1,200 new sites. This book is the most comprehensive attempt to quantify and locate the sites for which conservation is most needed. Detailed yet easy to assimilate information on the status of bird populations and their habitats in areas all over Europe. Chapter by Chapter it discusses for every site, the important species, habitats, and conservation issues. 3,600 sites, maps, tables and graphs, 1,600pp.

    Paperback £35.00 Buy Now
  • John Kirk Townsend: Collector of Audubon's Western Birds and Mammals
    John Kirk Townsend: Collector of… by Richard & Barbara Mearns

    John Kirk Townsend was an ornithologist from Philidelphia who crossed the Rocky Mountains to the Columbia River in 1834 and made two visits to the Hawaiian Islands. He returned home with a great haul of bird and mammal specimens used by John James Audubon in the preparation of his magnificent Birds of America and Viviparous Quadrupeds. Signed copies available.

    Hardback £48.00 Buy Now
  • A Patch Made in Heaven; A Year of Birdwatching in One Place
    A Patch Made in Heaven; A Year of… by Dominic Couzens

    This is a diary of a wildlife watching year in a single square kilometre of southern England. Written in wryly humorous style, it details the bird, animal and human visitors that turn up and use this tiny parcel of land. It chronicles the delights, disappointments and frustrations that go with dedicated 'patch-watching'.

    Hardback £12.99 Buy Now
  • Poyser Species Monograph: Penguins
    Poyser Species Monograph: Penguins by Lloyd Spencer Davis, Martin Renner

    Penguins are associated in the public consciousness with the icecap of the South Pole. However, several species occur in warmer regions further north, in Southern Africa, South America, Australia, New Zealand and even the Galapagos. This book looks at all aspects of penguin evolution, biology, ecology and sociobiology, as well as conservation issues.

    Hardback £50.00 Buy Now
  • Echoes from Cape Clear: A Year in the Life of an Irish Island and its Bird Observatory
    Echoes from Cape Clear: A Year in the… by Tom Green

    In 1968, Tom and Stephanie Green left the relative comfort of Oxford to spend a year in Ireland as wardens of the remote Cape Clear Island Bird Observatory. This is their engaging story of ornithological discovery along with detailed information and a vivid portrayal of the island and its people.

    Paperback £20.00 Buy Now
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