Book reviews

There are around 380 species of parrot and this book features 126 of them, mostly photographed by the author…

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This book is a nice idea – recordings of 70 species that, just as the title says, represent the world’s best bird songs. The word ‘best’ is used in a very broad sense and, whilst the book contains some of the expected ‘best songsters’ – species such as Common Nightingale and Eurasian Skylark…

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Covering an area roughly 110 x 180 km, southern Portugal is a superb, wildlife-rich destination…

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In this second volume of A Bird Guide to the Fields of Experience we once again accompany Frank Jarvis through his beautifully written and illustrated diaries, but on this occasion mainly on his travels in East Anglia between 1993 and 2001…

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Already well known for his photographic field guides on shorebirds, Richard Chandler now delves further into the lives of these birds. Shorebirds in Action comprises a large selection of photos as well as an engaging text. About 180 shorebird species are illustrated, around 80% of the world’s total, with photos taken from all continents except Antarctica…

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This is a small, quite slim book but as a readable interpretation of bird migration it packs an amazing punch…

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Here in the UK there is a long tradition of ornithological monographs and many readers will be familiar with some of the classic ‘New Naturalist’ volumes of long ago and, of course, of more recent ‘Poysers’. This is something a little different…

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Birdwatching in London is an active and well-documented scene, but it’s 21 years since the publication of a comprehensive site guide. Much has changed in the intervening period in terms of the range of birds to see in London…

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This engaging book tells the story of the author’s summer-long quest to track down the last 50 plants to have eluded him in a lifetime of botanising. It is broken down into short chapters describing the hunt for each of the species in turn…

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With a country checklist of around 540 species and an interesting selection of 14 endemics, Chile has historically not received as much publicity as it deserves. This new photographic field guide adds a new dimension to the information that is available…

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