Book reviews

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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Only recently have wildlife cruises traversed some of the most inhospitable coasts, seas and islands of Arctic Russia. This book is a fascinating narrative that takes you through the recently opened Northeast Passage, which is now briefly navigable during the Arctic summer…

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This is the second volume in a planned series of five that will eventually cover the whole of Brazil. The first volume appeared in 2010 and covered the Pantanal and Cerrado regions of Central Brazil. Given the gap of six years many began to doubt the viability of the project. While I am pleased to discover that it remains viable, it is not clear how long we will have to wait for the remaining volumes. This volume covers 927 bird species that occur in just the south-eastern Atlantic Forest region, which is a real biodiversity hotspot with 140 endemic and 105 near-endemic bird species…

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This is the second edition of a book that first appeared in paperback in 2009. Now with an additional 100 pages, this is an excellent guide to this southernmost region of mainland Portugal…

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This book represents an extensively detailed checklist of particular use to the growing group of birders who keep a Western Palearctic list…

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