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  • Antbirds and Ovenbirds: Their Lives and Homes
    Antbirds and Ovenbirds: Their Lives and… by Alexander F Skutch

    The author draws on years of observations in Central America to present a detailed account of the life cycle of these two families describing food and foraging, daily life, voice, displays and courtship, nests and incubation, and parental care.

    Hardback £41.00 Buy Now
  • The Red-winged Blackbird: The Biology of a Strongly Polygynous Songbird
    The Red-winged Blackbird: The Biology… by Les Beletsky

    An up-to-date comprehensive study of one of North America's commonest birds including mating systems, habitat selection, vocal communication amd territorial behaviour.

    Hardback £40.00 Buy Now
  • Farming and Birds in Europe: The Common Agricultural Policy and its Implications for Bird Conservation
    Farming and Birds in Europe: The Common… by D Pain, M Pienkowski

    Outlines the problems stemming from the socio-political pressures on farm policy to the effects of management on a variety of bird species throughout the more and the less developed parts of the EU.

    Hardback £95.00 Buy Now
  • The Hummingbirds of North America
    The Hummingbirds of North America by Johnsgard, Paul A.

    The only book devoted to the identification distribution and biology of all the hummingbirds that breed in North America. This second edition has been revised and expanded to include 25 Mexican species.

    Hardback £35.00 Buy Now
  • Ecology and Management of Neotropical Migratory Birds: A Synthesis and Review of Critical Issues
    Ecology and Management of Neotropical… -

    A comprehensive assessment of the current status of neotropical migratory birds in the USA and the methods and strategies for conserving their populations. The book brings together papers by several leading workers representing various views.

    Hardback £50.00 Buy Now
  • The Great Auk
    The Great Auk by Errol Fuller

    Not reliably seen since 1844 and only now known from museum specimens, this remarkable bird has become one of the great icons of extinction.The book includes chapters on every aspect of the Great Auk's natural - and unnatural - history with special sections on its life cycle and the years during which it dwindled to extinction. More than 200 colour plates a similar number of b/w plates and dramatic photos of the lonely islands it once inhabited.

    Paperback £40.00 Buy Now
  • Eagles of North America
    Eagles of North America by Candace Savage

    A pictorial treatment of the lives of the eagles of the New World with 82 full-page plus 8 double page full-colour photos.

    Paperback £12.99 Buy Now
  • Game Heritage: An Ecological Review from Shooting and Gamekeeping Records
    Game Heritage: An Ecological Review… by S Tapper

    An interesting book that uses old shooting and gamekeepers' records to estabish the changes in population density for gamebirds and their predators.

    Hardback £14.95 Buy Now
  • Helm Identification Guide: Raptors of the World
    Helm Identification Guide: Raptors of… by James Ferguson-Lees et al.

    This populat and highly regarded guide covers over 300 of the world's raptors. Each is illustratedin colour, perched and in flight, in adult, juvenile, intermediate and variant plumages. Text covers habitat and distribution details, food, breeding and morphological facts and illustrations indicating sexual size differences.

    Hardback £60.00 Buy Now
  • Guide to Birds of Estuaries Enquiry Counting Procedure during the 1982/3 to 1988/9 Period, and Recommendations for the Future
    Guide to Birds of Estuaries Enquiry… by J S Kirby

    An important technical paper on the monitoring of wild bird populations and movements from a potential human health perspective.

    Paperback £30.00 Buy Now
  • Time to Fly: Exploring Bird Migration
    Time to Fly: Exploring Bird Migration by Jim Flegg

    This British Trust for Ornithology title takes the reader around Britain and Ireland, emphasising the position of these islands at the centre of a complex pattern of international flyways, with links to South America, Canada, South Africa, Australia, Scandinavia and mainland Europe. Explains how and why birds migrate and new maps help to unravel the mysteries of bird migration. If you want to know where all your Redwings come from in November, why you see more female Chaffinches than males or where House Martins spend the winter, then this is the book for you.

    Paperback £12.50 Buy Now
  • A Species List of British and Irish Birds (BTO Guide 13)
    A Species List of British and Irish… by Robert Hudson

    Third edition. Lists 524 species and their Euring Code numbers.

    Paperback £1.75 Buy Now
  • The Great Auk: The Extinction of the Original Penguin
    The Great Auk: The Extinction of the… by Errol Fuller

    Since the total vanishing of the species, the Great Auk has become an icon of extinction alongside the Dodo, the Passenger Pigeon and the Moa. More than any other extinct bird, the Great Auk has been prized as a trophy, and all its attributes, from its eggs to the oral history of its demise, have been voraciously collected until fairly recently. This book recounts the tale of destruction and reminds us what we, as a species, have done and are still doing to the world around us.

    Hardback £5.95 Buy Now
  • Bulletin No. 4: Updating Hybrid Ducks
    Bulletin No. 4: Updating Hybrid Ducks by Eric & Barry Gillham

    58pp. 2003

    Paperback £12.50 Buy Now
  • Collins New Naturalist; Falcons
    Collins New Naturalist; Falcons by Richard Sale
    Hardback £65.00 Info
  • Neotropical Migratory Birds: Natural History, Distribution and Population Change
    Neotropical Migratory Birds: Natural… by Richard M DeGraaf, John H Rappole

    Summarizes practical data on the distribution & breeding habitat requirements of 350spp of birds which migrate between North & South America including details of range, status, breeding habitats, nest site & wintering areas. This information is essential if conservation efforts to maintain & improve species population levels are to succeed.

    Paperback £45.95 Buy Now
  • Neotropical Birds: Ecology and Conservation
    Neotropical Birds: Ecology and… by Douglas F Stotz et al.

    A unique synthesis of ecological information on all 4037spp of birds found from Mexico south to Tierra del Fuego. Contains much unpublished data with summaries of 40 key ecological parameters for each bird species. The authors analyse bird species of major habitats from a conservation perspective to develop guidelines for those engaged in strategic planning.

    Hardback £89.00 Buy Now
  • Ecology and Conservation of Neotropical Migrant Landbirds
    Ecology and Conservation of Neotropical… by J M Hagan, D W Johnston

    For some years now ornithologists have suspected that migrant land bird populations in North America have been declining probably due to fragmented forests in their northern breeding grounds & the loss of tropical wintering habitat. This book discusses the birds' ecology & probes the reasons for population changes during both summer & winter.

    Paperback £27.00 Buy Now
  • The History of British Birds
    The History of British Birds by Derek Yalden, Umberto Albarella

    Reviews our knowledge of avifaunal history over the last 15,000 years, setting it in its wider historical and European context. It is a popular misconception that bird bones are rarely preserved, compared with mammals, and cannot be reliably identified when they are found. This book explores both these contentions, armed with a database of 9,000 records that have been identified from archaeological sites, most in England but also from elswhere in Britain, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.

    Paperback £32.50 Buy Now
  • Collins New Naturalist; Falcons
    Collins New Naturalist; Falcons by Richard Sale
    Paperback £35.00 Buy Now
  • The Birds of Kazakhstan
    The Birds of Kazakhstan by Arend Wassink, Gerald J Oreel

    This full colour book brings together invaluable information on status, habitats, distribution and migration. All 498 species recorded in Kazakhstan up to 2007 are covered.

    Hardback £43.99 Buy Now
  • One Flew into the Cuckoo's Egg: My Autobiography - Bill Oddie
    One Flew into the Cuckoo's Egg: My… by Bill Oddie

    National treasure Bill Oddie`s unconventional autobiography, in which he shares his many highs as a comedian and wildlife presenter and explores the crippling lows he has suffered as a result of his severe clinical depression.

    Paperback £7.99 Buy Now
  • The Shorebird Guide
    The Shorebird Guide by Michael O'Brien et al.

    Experienced birders use the most easily observed characteristics such as size, structure, behaviour and general colour patterns to identify birds, even before looking carefully at plumage details. Now birders at all levels can learn how to identify shorebirds quickly and simply. This guide, using colour photographs, starts with a general impression on the species and progresses to more detailed images throughout the birds lifecycle.

    Laminate Cover £29.99 Buy Now
  • The Really Useful Garden Bird Handbook
    The Really Useful Garden Bird Handbook by Mark Ward

    Tells you everything you need to know to attract and shelter wild birds in your garden. Whether you live in the town or country, the author explains how you can turn even the smallest garden into a haven for birds all year round. Offers advice on feeding, watering and creating the right habitat for a variety of species.

    Paperback £5.99 Buy Now
  • Avian Urban Ecology
    Avian Urban Ecology by Diego Gil, Hennik Brumm

    As natural habitat continues to be lost and the world steadily becomes more urbanized, biologists are increasingly studying the effect this has on wildlife. Birds are particularly good model systems since their life history, behaviour, and physiology are especially influenced by directly measurable environmental factors such as light and sound pollution. It is therefore relatively easy to compare urban individuals and populations with their rural counterparts. This accessible text focuses on the behavioural and physiological mechanisms which facilitate adaptation and on the evolutionary process that ensues. It discusses topics such as acoustics, reproductive cues, disease, and artificial feeding, and includes a series of case studies illustrating cutting edge research on these areas.

    Paperback £37.50 Buy Now
  • Peterson Reference Guide to Birding by Impression; A Different Approach to Knowing and Identifying Birds
    Peterson Reference Guide to Birding by… by Kevin Carlson, Dale Rosselet

    Birding is an extremely rewarding and fun hobby, but some situations can be frustrating or unsuccessful because of a variety of challenging viewing conditions.

    Rather than a traditional field guide, this title presents an interactive how-to approach to a more complete identification process.

    Hardback £28.99 Buy Now
  • Flight Identification of Raptors of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East
    Flight Identification of Raptors of… by Dick Forsman

    Raptors are notoriously hard to identify, even if seen well. Contrary to expectation, it is actually easier to identify raptors in flight, rather than perched, and it is fortunate that most raptors are usually seen in flight! This will be the ultimate flight-identification guide to Western Palearctic raptors. The thorough text will cover every plumage and age in breathtaking detail, and each species will be illustrated with a range of photographs covering all the principal plumages.

    Hardback £45.00 Buy Now
  • A Message from Martha
    A Message from Martha by Mark Avery

    September 1st, 2014 marked the centenary of one of the best-documented extinctions in history – the demise of the Passenger Pigeon. From being the commonest bird on the planet 50 years earlier, the species became extinct on that fateful day, with the death in Cincinnati Zoo of Martha – the last of her kind. This book tells the tale of the Passenger Pigeon, and of Martha, and of author Mark Avery's journey in search of them. It looks at how the species was a cornerstone of the now much-diminished ecology of the eastern United States, and how the species went from a population that numbered in the billions to nil in a terrifyingly brief period of time. It also explores the largely untold story of the ecological annihilation of this part of America in the latter half of the 19th century, a time that saw an unprecedented loss of natural beauty and richness as forests were felled and the prairies were ploughed, with wildlife slaughtered more or less indiscriminately. Despite the underlying theme of loss, this book is more than another depressing tale of human greed and ecological stupidity. It contains an underlying message – that we need to re-forge our relationship with the natural world on which we depend, and plan a more sustainable future. Otherwise more species will go the way of the Passenger Pigeon. We should listen to the message from Martha.

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  • The Search for the Rarest Bird in the World
    The Search for the Rarest Bird in the… by Vernon R L Head

    In 1990 an expedition of Cambridge scientists arrived at the Plains of Nechisar, tucked between the hills of the Great Rift Valley in the Gamo Gofa province in the country of Ethiopia. On that expedition, 315 species of birds were seen; 61 species of mammal and 69 species of butterfly were identified; 20 species of dragonflies and damselflies; 17 reptile species were recorded; three frog species were filed; plants were listed. And the wing of a road-killed bird was packed into a brown paper bag. It was to become the most famous wing in the world

    Hardback £14.99 Buy Now
  • The Birdwatcher's Yearbook 2016
    The Birdwatcher's Yearbook 2016 -

    Since 1981 The Birdwatcher's Yearbook has been the essential work of reference for British birdwatchers. Whatever you need to know, you'll find it in The Yearbook!

    Paperback £19.50 Buy Now
  • Do Birds Have Knees?
    Do Birds Have Knees? by Stephen Moss

    This RSPB-endorsed book answers all those burning questions about birds that beginners and experts alike may ask themselves as they go about their birding. How do ducks keep their feet from freezing in winter? Why don't swallows stay in Africa? Are birds really dinosaurs, or were dinosaurs really birds? And do birds have knees? Taking a 'questions and answers' approach, each specific question leads to an answer which expands the theme under discussion, so that all aspects of bird life and the hobby of birding are covered. The scientifically rigorous answers together form an impressive and fascinating body of bird-related information. This highly readable book will intrigue anyone with an interest in birds.

    Paperback £12.99 Buy Now
  • Nightingales in November
    Nightingales in November by Mike Dilger

    Have you ever wondered what 'our' birds get up to when they're not pinching our peanuts, pilfering our pyracantha berries or nesting under the eaves of our homes? The One Show's natural history star Mike Dilger tells us the answers in Nightingales in November. This brilliant almanac tells the very different personal and annual stories of twelve well-known birds we deign to call 'British'. Nightingales in November is a great read for anyone with a fondness for British birds.

    Hardback £16.99 Buy Now
  • The Most Perfect Thing: Inside (and Outside) a Bird's Egg
    The Most Perfect Thing: Inside (and… by Tim Birkhead

    'I think that, if required on pain of death to name instantly the most perfect thing in the universe, I should risk my fate on a bird's egg'. Thomas Wentworth Higginson, 1862.

    How are eggs of different shapes made, and why are they the shape they are? When does the shell of an egg harden? Why do some eggs contain two yolks? How are the colours and patterns of an eggshell created, and why do they vary? And which end of an egg is laid first – the blunt end or the pointy end? These are just some of the questions A Bird's Egg answers, as the journey of a bird's egg from creation and fertilisation to its eventual hatching is examined, with current scientific knowledge placed within an historical context. Beginning with an examination of the stunning eggs of the guillemot, each of which is so variable in pattern and colour that no two are ever the same, acclaimed ornithologist Tim Birkhead then looks at the eggs of hens, cuckoos and many other birds, revealing weird and wonderful facts about these miracles of nature.



    Hardback £16.99 Buy Now
  • The World of birds and laughter
    The World of birds and laughter by Richard Pople
    Paperback £9.99 Buy Now
  • The Passenger Pigeon
    The Passenger Pigeon by Errol Fuller

    This stunningly illustrated book tells the astonishing story of North America's Passenger Pigeon, a bird species that – like the Tyrannosaur, the Mammoth, and the Dodo – has become one of the great icons of extinction. The Passenger Pigeon features rare archival images as well as haunting photos of live birds.

    Paperback £22.95 Buy Now
  • Lost Among the Birds24% OFF
    Lost Among the Birds by Neil Hayward

    Early in 2013 Neil Hayward was at a crossroads. His growing list of species reluctantly catapulted him into a Big Year – a race to find the most birds in one year. His peregrinations across twenty-eight states and six provinces in search of exotic species took him to a hoarfrost-covered forest in Massachusetts to find a Fieldfare; to Lake Havasu, Arizona, to see a rare Nutting's Flycatcher; and to Vancouver for the Red-flanked Bluetail. Neil's Big Year was as unplanned as it was accidental.

    Hardback £14.25 RRP: £18.99Buy Now
  • Bill Oddie Unplucked
    Bill Oddie Unplucked by Bill Oddie

    When Bill Oddie was growing up one of his favourite books was a collection of essays called The Bird-Lover's Bedside Book. His new book, Bill Oddie Unplucked, is just that sort of book. It contains 50 of Bill's essays, magazines articles and blogs, designed to be read in any order you want, with each tale short enough to allow you to dip into something new every time you pick up the book, whether you choose to read it in bed, on the way to work, during your lunch break, in the doctor's waiting room, or on the loo.

    paperback £9.99 Buy Now
  • Inglorious: Conflict in the Uplands
    Inglorious: Conflict in the Uplands by Mark Avery

    Driven grouse shooting, where flocks of Red Grouse are chased by lines of beaters so that they fly over lines of 'guns' that shoot the fast-flying birds, is a peculiarly British fieldsport. It is also peculiarly British in that it is deeply rooted in the British class system. This multi-million pound business dominates the hills of the north of England – the Pennines, the North Yorkshire Moors, the Cheviots – and throughout Scotland. Grouse shooting is big business. VERY big business And backed by powerful, wealthy lobbying groups, its tendrils run throughout British society. Inglorious makes the case for banning driven grouse shooting. This new paperback edition includes new material on what went on in 2015, including the devastating floods of that winter, bringing the story right up to date. Mark Avery continues to stir up a debate about fieldsports, the countryside and big business in a book that all British conservationists will want to read.

    Paperback £9.99 Buy Now
  • Cuckoo: Cheating by Nature
    Cuckoo: Cheating by Nature by N B Davies

    Beloved as the herald of the European spring, heard but rarely seen, known in folklore as a great cheat, the details of the cuckoo's life have until now been shrouded in mystery, and Cuckoo: Cheating by Nature provides a fascinating insight into the inner workings of these superficially unassuming and ordinary birds.

    Paperback £9.99 Buy Now
  • Birds: Myth, Lore and Legend
    Birds: Myth, Lore and Legend by Rachel Warren Chadd, Marianne Taylor

    Why are owls regarded either as wise or as harbingers of doom? What gave rise to the fanciful belief that storks bring babies? Why is the eagle associated with victory or the hummingbird with paradise? The answers are here in this new and engaging book.  It offers an enchanting and different perspective on birds across the world.

    Hardback £25.00 Buy Now
  • A Parliament of Owls
    A Parliament of Owls by Mike Unwin

    Mike Unwin, who has watched and admired owls all over the world, captures the essence of each species, while explaining the unique natural history that has made these silent assassins the most effective feathered predators of darkness. Along the way he describes a fascinating range of breeding and hunting behaviour, the unusual calls that have given rise to so much superstition, and the cultural impact of owls around the world. A stunning range of photographs, taken and compiled by David Tipling, one of Britain's foremost bird photographers, captures the beauty of each species and the drama of the landscapes they inhabit.

    Hardback £24.99 Buy Now
  • Imagining Extinction (paperback)
    Imagining Extinction (paperback) by Ursula K Heise

    We are currently facing the sixth mass extinction of species in the history of life on Earth, biologists claim – the first one caused by humans. Activists, filmmakers, writers, and artists are seeking to bring the crisis to the public's attention through stories and images that use the strategies of elegy, tragedy, epic, and even comedy. Imagining Extinction is the first book to examine the cultural frameworks shaping these narratives and images.

    Paperback £19.50 Buy Now
  • Imagining Extinction
    Imagining Extinction by Ursula K Heise

    We are currently facing the sixth mass extinction of species in the history of life on Earth, biologists claim – the first one caused by humans. Activists, filmmakers, writers, and artists are seeking to bring the crisis to the public's attention through stories and images that use the strategies of elegy, tragedy, epic, and even comedy. Imagining Extinction is the first book to examine the cultural frameworks shaping these narratives and images.

    Hardback £57.50 Buy Now
  • Why Birds Matter
    Why Birds Matter -

    For over one hundred years, ornithologists and amateur birders have jointly campaigned for the conservation of bird species, documenting not only birds' beauty and extraordinary diversity, but also their importance to ecosystems worldwide. But while these avian enthusiasts have noted that birds eat fruit, carrion, and pests; spread seed and fertilizer; and pollinate plants, among other services, they have rarely asked what birds are worth in economic terms. Both elucidating challenges and providing examples of specific ecosystem valuations and guidance for calculation, the contributors propose that in order to advance avian conservation, we need to appeal not only to hearts and minds, but also to wallets.

    Paperback £31.50 Buy Now
  • Bird Brain: An Exploration of Avian Intelligence
    Bird Brain: An Exploration of Avian… by Nathan Emery

    An absorbing study of how birds think, revealing how science is exploding the myth of our feathered friends being 'bird brained', and how recent discoveries may call for us to re-evaluate how we identify and classify intelligence in other animals.

    Hardback £20.00 Buy Now
  • Remarkable Birds
    Remarkable Birds by Mark Avery

    We share the Earth with more than 10,000 species of birds and we have always been enchanted by them. Here, over 60 birds, organized thematically into eight sections, cover all aspects of our relationship with birds. For anyone interested in the natural world and the wonderful variety of birds around us, this beautifully illustrated book is a visual treat that will inspire, inform and delight.

    Hardback £24.95 Buy Now
  • Guests of Summer: A House Martin Love Story
    Guests of Summer: A House Martin Love… by Theunis Piersma

    Guests of Summer tells the story of the House Martins of a small Dutch village, and the historic and contemporary connectedness of lives, both of birds and people. The journey begins from the comfort of a chair in Piersma's garden. Intrigued by the martins nesting on his house and the other swallow-like birds in the village, he begins to explore what it is like to be a House Martin. In doing this, Piersma weaves a tapestry that connects Anglo-Saxon migrations, Shakespeare's writings, political upheaval in the Congo, climate change and the big and frightening downsides of ongoing agricultural intensification. He does this using our aerial insectivores, the martins, swallows and swifts, as the most inspiring of canaries in the global coal mine

    Paperback £9.99 Buy Now
  • Beaks, Bones and Bird Songs: How the Struggle for Survival Has Shaped Birds and Their Behaviour
    Beaks, Bones and Bird Songs: How the… by Roger J Lederer

    When we see a bird flying from branch to branch happily chirping, it is easy to imagine they lead a simple life of freedom, flight, and feathers. What we don't see is the arduous, life-threatening challenges they face at every moment. In Beaks, Bones, and Bird Songs ornithologist Roger Lederer guides the reader through the myriad, and often almost miraculous, things that birds do every day to merely stay alive.

    Hardback £15.00 Buy Now
  • Identification of European Non-Passerines: A BTO Field Guide
    Identification of European… by Kevin Baker

    This major guide improves on the original by now comprehensively covering 155 species, with descriptions of ageing and sexing methods, moult, biometrics and racial differences. It complements Lars Svensson's Identification Guide to European Passerines, and is an invaluable reference for Bird Ringers, keen birders and feather enthusiasts, alike.

    Paperback £14.99 Buy Now
  • The Birdwatcher's Yearbook 2017
    The Birdwatcher's Yearbook 2017 -

    The Birdwatcher's Yearbook has been the essential work of reference for British birdwatchers since first published in 1981. Whatever you need to know, you'll find it in The Yearbook.

    Paperback £17.00 Buy Now
  • RSPB Spotlight: Kingfishers
    RSPB Spotlight: Kingfishers by David Chandler

    Usually observed as a flash of blue and orange from a riverbank, most people are aware of Kingfishers, but few of us are familiar with the intricacies of their day-to-day lives. With their long, dagger-like bills, bright blue plumage and characteristic fast, low flight over water, Common Kingfishers are instantly recognisable. The 90 or so species that belong to this colourful family have a cosmopolitan distribution and, in RSPB Spotlight: Kingfishers, David Chandler celebrates their remarkable existence, studying their unique adaptations and their courtship, breeding and feeding habits. He also investigates historical threats to Kingfishers, considers their future, and offers practical advice on how to find and see these glorious birds.

    Paperback £9.99 Buy Now
  • A Fieldworker's Guide to the Golden Eagle
    A Fieldworker's Guide to the Golden Eagle by Dave Walker

    A Fieldworker's Guide to the Golden Eagle objectively reviews all aspects of Golden Eagle ecology, taking examples from many different locations and from sitespecific studies in Scotland to compare and contrast the reliability and relevance of the evidence, highlighting the differences between casual and intensive fieldwork. It reviews all the elements of Golden Eagle ecology, from the species status, through the activities and roles of eagles of different gender, age and status, via territories, food and breeding, to habitat preferences, usage and even the influence of weather and observer activity on behaviour and observations.

    Paperback £19.99 Buy Now

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