First published 50 years ago and never out of print, this is the classic birdwatcher's field guide For 50 years Collins Birds of Britain and Europe has been the standard field guide, providing an concise guide to the essential features of bird recognition. This classic guide, now in its fifth edition, will be relaunched in new livery to attract a new generation of birders. The 'Peterson' guide is well-recognised for giving prominence to key identification features, so is ideal for beginners, as well as providing extensive coverage for more expert birdwatchers. In Peterson's words, 'the purpose of this field guide is to make it easier for 999 out of 1,000 readers to identify birds'. Nearly 700 species are described in Guy Mountfort's clear, readable text, and there are over 1500 colour illustrations by Roger Tory Peterson. The maps compiled by P.A.D. Hollom show the breeding range and winter range for each species. In the case of confusable species, additional notes draw attention to their distinction from those with which they are most likely to be confused. Descriptions also include how to identify birds in flight and offers a concise introduction of what to look for when trying to distinguish different species.
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Roger Tory Peterson lived in the USA until his death in 1999 and is widely recognised as the inventor of the modern field guide. Naturalist, artist, educator, photographer, he was active in numerous fields. Above all, he is recognised for as one of the most important individuals in the 20th century to kindle in the public a widespread interest and concern for the natural world.Review:
Reviews of the previous editions: 'Easily the most authoritative and best illustrated pocket bird book ever published' Daily Express 'An indispensable aid to anyone travelling in Britain and Europe who is interested in brids' Country Life 'An authoritative, pocketable, generously illustrated, simply written book. They have done their work excellently' The Times 'Comprehensive and reliable. Very full, accurate texts. Good, clear illustrations, with the familiar, useful pointer system to draw attention to important features. The best field guide for use in Europe.' British Birds 'For clarity and speed, it has not been bettered' Irish Times
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