(Collins, London, 1955). xvi and 172 pages. 48 plates (40 in colour). 21s. T H I S companion volume to the same author's Pocket Guide to British Birds is arranged on a similar system, based on division of all species first according to an arbitrary grouping under " L a n d , " " W a t e r s i d e " or " W a t e r " and then by size. T h e finder of three neighbouring nests on moorland such as a Curlew's, a Blackheaded Gull's and a Red Grouse's will no doubt with sufficient diligence eventually discover the right answers under " W a t e r s i d e Birds; L o n g " , " W a t e r Birds; M e d i u m " and " L a n d Birds; Medium", but we still think that if anything can convince the ordinary bird-watcher that there are even worse fates than having to learn the " W e t m o r e " order, this is it. Like its predecessor this book contains many admirable features and much valuable information and will no doubt be widely used, yet it contains too many faults which could easily have been avoided and which make it dissatisfying to a critical user. Unfortunately these concern the illustrations as well as the text. In order to conform to the arbitrary scheme birds which nest in different
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