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Ring-necked pheasants, blue-spotted salamanders, and giant Sequoias - just some of the species you can discover in over 27,000 field guides available at Abebooks. Do a little hunting to find both collectible editions and inexpensive paperbacks. Here are some of our favorite field guides.

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RSPB Handbook Of British Birds RSPB Handbook Of British Birds
Peter Holden & Tim Cleeves

More than an excellent field guide. This is the ideal basic reference work for birdwatchers of all levels of interest and experience. Covering the 280 commonest birds in Britain and Ireland, the concise text offers a biography of each species in simple, non-technical language, including key information on identification, behaviour and conservation. It is enhanced throughout with superb colour illustrations by some of the world's leading bird artists.

All Editions: £7.49 - £16.00


Mammals of Britain and EuropeMammals of Britain and Europe
David W. Macdonald

This book covers every species of mammal that occur in Europe and in the seas around it, over 230 species, in detail. The text not only covers the vital information for identifying the differences between a rabbit and a hare, a red deer and a roe deer, or a killer whale and a long-finned pilot whale, or how to tell a red fox print from a dog, but also provides all the biological and taxonomic information you need to positively identify mammals. It also gives readers an insight into how the animals live, how crested porcupine adults keep their young warm crushing them between the parents, how many baby seals actually moult while still inside the mother and why the red fox can cause such destruction

All Editions: £18.49 - £22.33


The Millennium Atlas of Butterflies in Britain and IrelandThe Millennium Atlas of Butterflies in Britain and Ireland
Jim Asher

This illustrated atlas presents the findings of 'Butterflies for the New Millennium', the most comprehensive survey of butterflies ever undertaken in Britain and Ireland. After five years of recording by thousands of volunteers, it provides an up-to-date assessment of our butterflies, the habitats they live in, the threats they face, and the major changes that have occurred since the publication of the previous such atlas in 1984." "The body of the book is taken up with species by species accounts, each accompanied by a full-page distribution map and photographs of the butterfly concerned.

All Editions: £22.50 - £35.19

On the Origin of SpeciesThe Origin of Species
Charles Darwin

Considered one of the earliest British field guides ever written.

The Origin of Species sold out on the first day of its publication in 1859. It is the major book of the nineteenth century, and one of the most readable and accessible of the great revolutionary works of the scientific imagination.

All Editions: £1.00 - £52,050.28


Reptiles and Amphibians of Britain and EuropeReptiles and Amphibians of Britain and Europe
Nick Arnold

This field guide to reptiles and amphibians describes and illustrates every species found in Britain and Europe. The book contains descriptions of every species of salamander, newt, frog, tree frog, toad, tortoise, turtle, terrapin, gecko, agama, lizard, chameleon, slow worm, skink, amphisbaenian and snake found in mainland Europe. Every species and distinct subspecies is described in detail, with notes on its range, size, colour and markings, diagnostic characters, habitat, behaviour and, in the case of venomous snakes, the type and virulence of its poison.

All Editions: £14.99 - £26.64


Wild Flowers of Britain and EuropeWild Flowers of Britian and Europe
Bob Gibbons

This illustrated guide identifies over 1200 species of wild flowers to be found throughout Britain and Europe. Each of the detailed main descriptions is accompanied by a colour photograph showing the plant in natural habitat, and the specific diagnostic features of many additional species are clearly emphasized in line drawings. Notes on field equipment, a discussion on conservation and a list of areas of outstanding botanical interest are other useful sections in the book.

All Editions: £7.49 - £16.00


Tracks and Signs of the Birds of Britain and EuropeTracks and Signs of the Birds of Britain and Europe
Roy Brown

Featuring updated data for this second edition, this is a field guide to the tracks and signs of European birds. It describes, with colour illustrations, the many physical signs that can be found in the field. From feathers and skulls to prey remains and pellets, the volume seeks to enable the field ornithologist to establish the presence of a species without necessarily ever encountering the bird itself. Using the information provided, readers should be able to learn much about their local birds' habitat use and lifestyles. This edition includes ten new plates of artwork, and covers a number of new species.

All Editions: £18.74 - £31.29