Book reviews

This is a low-budget book – in paperback, with a page size only just greater than A5 and a centrally bound eight-page section of colour photographs of habitats – but it is fantastic! The author and publisher have produced a high-quality successor to the county avifauna produced by John Barnes in 1997…

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This is the most comprehensive reference list of the birds of the Falkland Islands published to date. It is the latest addition to the BOC Checklist Series (formerly the BOU Checklists) and describes the Falklands status, distribution and the current taxonomy of 259 species, comprising the 205 species confirmed on the archipelago plus 54 for which records are considered unconfirmed…

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This latest, and perhaps final, offering in the Best Birdwatching Sites series features the largest (and some might say best) county in England: Yorkshire. Within its extensive boundaries are some of the best-loved and well-known birding sites in Britain…

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Sadly I never met Frank Jarvis, although I was well aware of his excellent artwork, the images of birds clearly being based on careful observation and field sketches. In all he kept no fewer than 26 field diaries and this book is based on just two of them. The subtitle of the book is ‘The private Diaries of a Passionate Birdwatcher’ and covers Scotland in 1985-86 and Norfolk from 1986 to 1993.

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Andalucía is the second-largest Spanish province and covers an area slightly larger than Scotland. It plays host to over ten million holidaymakers each year, and if Andalucía was a country in its own right, it would rank 25th in the world league table of tourist destinations!

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What Good Are Birds? is a captivating series of bird-related tales. Spanning everything from gods to life lists via conservation, politics and spies, the author weaves a continuous prose that leads you seamlessly from topic to topic, all set to the backdrop of his birding experience in northern Spain…

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When I browse through bird photographs in magazines, there are several photographers whose work consistently makes me somewhat envious – and one of these is Markus Varesvuo…

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Britain’s Mammals is another new volume in the rapidly expanding WILDGuides series, combining high-quality photographs, innovative design and a succinct but informative text…

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This new photographic guide is billed as the ‘First comprehensive field guide to all species recorded in Europe’. Aside from a couple of very recent additions to Europe’s list, this appears to be an accurate claim: 860 species (and some distinctive subspecies) are covered, using 2,200 images…

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For those familiar with the broad issues concerning farmland birds and with Ian Newton’s previous books, I could get away with a very short review – ‘exactly what you would expect from the title and this author’ is the executive summary…

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