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  • A History of Birdwatching in 100 Objects25% OFF
    A History of Birdwatching in 100 Objects by David Callahan

    Looks at 100 items that have profoundly shaped how people watched, studied and engaged with the avian world. Each item contains around 500 words on a double-page spread and includes an illustration of the object in question. The range of items is international and cross-cultural.

    Hardback £15.00 RRP: £20.00Buy Now
  • Woodpeckers of the World: A Photographic Guide14% OFF
    Woodpeckers of the World: A… by Gerard Gorman

    This is the first definitive photographic guide to woodpeckers, covering all 239 species. Detailed text looks in detail at the biology of the birds, with particular emphasis on field identification, along with voice, habitat, status, racial variation and distribution.

    Hardback £30.00 RRP: £35.00Buy Now
  • Bill Oddie Unplucked
    Bill Oddie Unplucked by Bill Oddie

    Bill Oddie has been the voice and face of birding broadcasting for more than three decades.  The book is illustrated throughout with Bill's charming and comic line drawings.

    Hardback £14.99 Buy Now
  • How to be a Better Birder57% OFF
    How to be a Better Birder by Derek Lovitch

    Provides all the essential tools you need to become a better birder. The author's 'Whole Bird and More' approach offers a more effective way to go about identification and will enable you to identify more birds, more quickly, more of the time.

    He demonstrates how to use geography and an understanding of habitats, ecology, and even the weather to enrich your birding experience and help you find something out of the ordinary. Shows how to track nocturnal migrants using radar, collect data for bird conservation, discover exciting rarities, develop patch lists, and much more.

    Paperback £5.99 RRP: £13.99Buy Now
  • Lives of North American Birds77% OFF
    Lives of North American Birds by Kenn Kaufman

    A full colour reference book with detailed descriptions of over 900 North American species together with information on habitat, feeding, nesting, migration and conservation status.

    Hardback £9.95 RRP: £43.50Buy Now
  • Raptors in the New Millennium31% OFF
    Raptors in the New Millennium by R Yosef et al.

    Proceedings of the joint meeting of the Raptor Research Foundation and The Working Group on Birds of Prey and Owls.

    Paperback £9.99 RRP: £14.50Buy Now
  • Farmland Birds across the World54% OFF
    Farmland Birds across the World by Wouter van der Weijden et al.

    Covers all the major farmland habitats of the world, and details more than 500 species of farmland birds, of which many are in decline or under threat. This title identifies the many challenges that farmland birds face, such as intensification and greater mechanisation of farming and also explores the opportunities available for protecting and supporting them, highlighting actions that can and have been taken.

    Hardback £9.99 RRP: £21.99Buy Now
  • Collins New Naturalist; Owls
    Collins New Naturalist; Owls by Mike Toms

    The first part of Owls covers various aspects of taxonomy, origins, anatomy, behaviour and ecology and looks across the British owl species, drawing comparisons and highlighting differences. The second part takes each species in turn to provide a more detailed perspective, fleshing out relevant conservation issues, behaviour and status.

    Paperback £35.00 Buy Now
  • Tales of a Tabloid Twitcher37% OFF
    Tales of a Tabloid Twitcher by Stuart Winter

    by Stuart Winter

    This book offers a window into the sometimes shady worlds of tabloid journalism and bird watching. In the process it explores the full stories behind the very best scoops.

    Paperback £4.99 RRP: £7.99Buy Now
  • Mid-Winter Numbers of Waterbirds in Bulgaria (1977-2001); Results from 25 Years of  Mid-Winter Count50% OFF
    Mid-Winter Numbers of Waterbirds in… by Tanyo Michev, Lyubomir Profirov

    Consisting of two main parts, the first details 45 of the most significant Bulgarian wetlands sites throughout the country. Gives short characteristic description for each site and indicates the average and maximum values for birds, the three most numerous species, threatened species and those exceeding the Bulgaria 1% Ramsar criteria. The second part presents 106 species of waterbirds with the dynamics of their number over the 25 year period, with graphs for most species.

    Paperback £14.95 RRP: £30.00Buy Now
  • Everything you always wanted to know about birds ...but were afraid to ask!50% OFF
    Everything you always wanted to know… by Stephen Moss

    Answers all those burning questions about birds that beginners and experts alike may ask themselves as they go about their birdwatching. 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. Taking a question and answer approach leads to an answer which expands the theme under discussion. This light hearted readable book will intrigue anyone with an interest in birds.

    Paperback £4.99 RRP: £9.99Buy Now
  • The Birdwatcher's Yearbook 201510% OFF
    The Birdwatcher's Yearbook 2015 -

    This 2015 edition includes: a fully updated checklist of birds, based on the BOU British List; details of 370 nature reserves; a diary element for readers to record birding trips; national tide table information through to April 2016; birding events calendar for 2015.

    Paperback £14.85 RRP: £16.50Buy Now
  • H is for Hawk9% OFF
    H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

    As a child Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer. She learned the arcane terminology and read all the classic books, including T H White's tortured masterpiece, The Goshawk, which describes White's struggle to train a hawk as a spiritual contest. When her father dies and she is knocked sideways by grief, she becomes obsessed with the idea of training her own Goshawk. She buys Mabel for £800 on a Scottish quayside and takes her home to Cambridge. Then she fills the freezer with hawk food and unplugs the phone, ready to embark on the long, strange business of trying to train this wildest of animals.

    Hardback £13.50 RRP: £14.99Buy Now
  • The Nesting Box83% OFF
    The Nesting Box by Jude Tonkin

    Aimed at the younger reader, this book has watercolour illustrations on each page and follows the progress of a Blue Tit nestling.

    Paperback £1.00 RRP: £5.99Buy Now
  • Collins New Naturalist; Partridges
    Collins New Naturalist; Partridges by G R Potts, Francis Buner

    In this groundbreaking addition to the New Naturalist series, Potts explores how mankind and partridges have evolved together, and how the long decline in partridge abundance has become a barometer for biodiversity over vast swathes of the Northern Hemisphere.

    Hardback £50.00 Buy Now
  • Birds in a Village: A Century on46% OFF
    Birds in a Village: A Century on by Brian Clews

    This book will appeal to those with an interest in historic writings, the changes we have seen in our countryside and those particularly interested in the changing fortunes of a variety of bird species.

    Hardback £7.99 RRP: £14.99Buy Now
  • The Rutland Water Ospreys
    The Rutland Water Ospreys by Tim Mackrill et al.

    Stories will reveal early disappointments, detail the Ospreys' incredible journeys as they migrate to Africa, and convey the pride the Rutland field team and many locals feel as 'their' Ospreys return to the same roost year on year.

    Hardback £20.00 Buy Now
  • Reed Warblers at Rostherne Mere
    Reed Warblers at Rostherne Mere by Malcolm Calvert

    An account of volunteer warden Malcolm Calvert's 30 year study of reed warblers.

    Paperback £7.00 Buy Now
  • A Sound Guide to Nightjars and Related Nightbirds66% OFF
    A Sound Guide to Nightjars and Related… by Richard Ranft

    Contains the voices of 108 species of Caprimulgids (over 90% of all known species) including many published for the first time. A companion product to Nightjars: A Guide to Nightjars and Related Nightbirds (stock code M15729).

    CD £4.99 RRP: £14.99Buy Now
  • The Biggest Twitch69% OFF
    The Biggest Twitch by Alan Davies, Ruth Miller

    This is the story of a birding odyssey, following the authors' quest to smash the world record for the number of species seen in one calendar year.

    Paperback £3.99 RRP: £12.99Buy Now
  • Looking for the Goshawk: In search of the Fugitive Raptor48% OFF
    Looking for the Goshawk: In search of… by Conor Mark Jameson

    The book traces Conor Jameson's travels in search of the Goshawk, a magnificent yet rarely seen (in Britain at least) raptor. Each episode of the narrative arises from personal experience, investigation, and the unearthing of information from research, exploration and conversations. The journey takes him from an encounter with a stuffed Goshawk in a glass case, through travels into supposed Goshawk territories in Britain, and to Berlin - where he finds the bird at ease in the city. Why, he wants to know, is the bird so rarely seen in Britain?

    Hardback £9.75 RRP: £18.99Buy Now
  • The Good Bird Guide: A species-by-species guide to finding Europe's best birds70% OFF
    The Good Bird Guide: A… by Keith Marsh

    Unlike the Where to Watch Birds series, which directs birders to good general birding sites, this guide takes individual species as a starting point and picks out the best places to see that species. Covers 500 species with information on distribution, habitat and movements, some hints and tips on finding and getting close to the species and a list of sites in all appropriate countries where the species can reliably be found.

    Paperback £4.99 RRP: £16.99Buy Now
  • Remarkable Birds44% OFF
    Remarkable Birds by Stephen Moss

    Birders worldwide were asked to nominate the top 100 favourite birds in their country and why. The responses included contributions from people from major organisations, such as Audubon and BirdLife, as well as individual birdwatchers. This formed the ranking for the 100 birds in this book.

    Hardback £9.99 RRP: £17.99Buy Now
  • Watch the Birdie: The Life and Times of Richard and Cherry Kearton; Pioneers of Wildlife Photography38% OFF
    Watch the Birdie: The Life and Times of… by W R Mitchell

    This book is about "Nature Through the Lens", as seen by Dales born photographers Richard and Cherry Kearton. Their attempts to get close to wildlife led them to develop the type of 'hide' still in use today. The author delves into their past and explores the fascinating route which took them as far afield as Africa with an American President.

    Paperback £4.95 RRP: £7.99Buy Now
  • Birds & People10% OFF
    Birds & People by Mark Cocker

    Part natural history and part cultural study, it describes and maps the entire spectrum of our engagements with birds, drawing in themes of history, literature, art, cuisine, language, lore, politics and the environment. In the end, this is a book as much about us as it is about birds. Birds and People is also exceptional in that the author has solicited contributions from people worldwide. Personal anecdotes and stories have come from more than 650 individuals in 81 different countries. They range from university academics to Mongolian eagle hunters, and from Amerindian shamans to some of the most celebrated writers of our age. The sheer multitude of voices in this global chorus means that Birds and People is both a source book on why we cherish birds and a powerful testament to their importance for all humanity.

    Hardback £36.00 RRP: £40.00Buy Now
  • Montagu's Harrier33% OFF
    Montagu's Harrier by Roger Clarke

    A detailed monograph of one of Britain's rarest breeding birds of prey. The author has studied harriers for many years and writes with authority on such subjects as the history of discovery, ID, distribution in Britain and overseas, social behaviour and breeding, biology, migration, prey and conservation. Illustrated by Bruce Pearson.

    Hardback £14.99 RRP: £22.50Buy Now
  • Bulletin No. 2. Updating Hybrid Ducks; A Contribution Towards an Inventory87% OFF
    Bulletin No. 2. Updating Hybrid Ducks;… by Eric & Barry Gillham

    A second update with further information on hybrid ducks obtained since Bulletin No.1 was issued in 1998. 36pp 1999

    Paperback £1.00 RRP: £8.00Buy Now
  • European Conference: Black Grouse Endangered Species 20 - 25 March 200580% OFF
    European Conference: Black Grouse… -

    A review of the 3rd International Black Grouse Conference held in North Wales in March 2005. The conference brought together Black Grouse experts from across Europe. This title is a compilation of the papers presented at the conference, covering a range of topics relating to conservation strategies of the Black Grouse.

    Paperback £2.00 RRP: £10.00Buy Now
  • Facing Extinction48% OFF
    Facing Extinction by Paul Donald et al.

    After several thought-provoking introductory chapters, the book showcases about 20 species on the brink of extinction from around the world and describes the work that is being undertaken to save them. Some are success stories, but a few are not.

    Hardback £22.99 RRP: £45.00Buy Now
  • The Status of Birds in Britain & Ireland50% OFF
    The Status of Birds in Britain & Ireland by David Parkin, Alan Knox

    The Status of Birds in Britain and Ireland was written to update the British Ornithologists' Union's last full Checklist published under the same title as far back as 1971. Since then there have been remarkable changes in both distribution and abundance of the region's birds. Some species have become extinct as breeding birds, whereas others have colonised and even become quite common; many of our most familiar birds have suffered critical declines with changes in land use and climate. Dozens of new species have occurred as vagrants, and many previous vagrants now occur much more frequently.

    Hardback £25.00 RRP: £50.00Buy Now
  • The Avian Migrant; The Biology of Bird Migration36% OFF
    The Avian Migrant; The Biology of Bird… by John H Rappole
    Surveys the vast literature on bird migration, including the effects of global warming on behaviour and the role of migrants in the spread of disease. With figures. 512pp. 2013
    Hardback £35.00 RRP: £55.00Buy Now
  • Caucasian Black Grouse75% OFF
    Caucasian Black Grouse by GCCW

    Text in Georgian. Resume of content in English.

    Paperback £2.00 RRP: £8.00Buy Now
  • A History Of Ornithology60% OFF
    A History Of Ornithology by Michael Walters

    by Michael Walters

    Aimed at the reader who is knowledgeable about birds but may know little about the history, and, with the exception of a handful of names such as Aristotle, Linnaeus and Darwin, may not have heard of many of the people whose lives and work are discussed. Concentrates on those figures who have been most influential in the development of ornithology.

    Hardback £7.99 RRP: £20.00Buy Now
  • The Red Kites of Wales79% OFF
    The Red Kites of Wales by Tony Cross, Peter Davis

    The success story of the conservation of the Red Kite in Wales has been told many times in the media and still stands as one of the most successful conservation initiatives ever undertaken. Whilst touching briefly on the success story, this title is an informative guide to the natural history of the Red Kite in Wales.

    Paperback £1.00 RRP: £4.99Buy Now
  • 'Birdsong' An Interactive Sound Book
    'Birdsong' An Interactive Sound Book by Jonathan Elphick, Lars Svensson

    At last it is possible to listen to the amazing variety of birdsong that enriches our environment, simply by opening this book. With its unique sound module you can delve into the absorbing text and beautiful photographs of each of the 150 birds while listening to their songs and calls.

    Hardback £30.00 Buy Now
  • A Complete Guide to the Birds of Malta60% OFF
    A Complete Guide to the Birds of Malta by Natalino Fenech

    Not just a bird guide, but an almanac that speaks about all that is related to birds in Malta. The first part of the book deals with bird-man relationships from ancient times in, in art and literature, in everyday jargon as well as in hunter's language.

    Hardback £20.00 RRP: £50.00Buy Now
  • Birds Britannia50% OFF
    Birds Britannia by Stephen Moss

    Birds and bird lore provides a fascinating window into our social and cultural history, and can tell us much about our changing relationship with the British landscape, our people and society. Focussing on some of our most beloved and charismatic birds Stephen Moss explores their fascinating biology and their place in the evolving culture and history of British people.

    Hardback £8.99 RRP: £17.99Buy Now
  • The Red Kite40% OFF
    The Red Kite by Ian Carter

    This book describes the history of the Red Kite and its long association with man. Explains why populations in many areas are now recovering and the serious threats they still face in parts of their range. There is a full review of their current status with chapters on diet and foraging, social behaviour, breeding ecology and movements.

    Hardback £14.99 RRP: £25.00Buy Now
  • The Mating Lives of Birds35% OFF
    The Mating Lives of Birds by James Parry

    Bird courtship and display can be one of the most captivating events in the natural world. This title looks at natural selection and why birds have evolved different reproduction strategies, examining territories, birdsong, displays and dealing with rivals.

    Hardback £12.99 RRP: £19.99Buy Now
  • Updating Hybrid Ducks: A Contribution Towards an Inventory87% OFF
    Updating Hybrid Ducks: A Contribution… by Eric & Barry Gillham
    An update bringing together new information on hybrid ducks obtained since the publication of the original booklet. 32pp. 1998
    Paperback £1.00 RRP: £8.00Buy Now
  • The Profit of Birding33% OFF
    The Profit of Birding by Bryan Bland

    Bryan Bland has led thousands of birding tours to more than 70 countries. On one such trip to India a bemused waiter asked "Where is the profit in birding?" Bryan is famed as one of birding's greatest story-tellers and he uses his book to answer the question emphatically.

    In short, there is more to birding than just birds, although they clearly provide a great deal of interest and pleasure. In addition there is history, dramatic scenery, location filming as well as world politics, all featured in this light-hearted examination of the profit of birds. Birders and non-birders alike will enjoy this humorous, anecdotal narrative.

    Hardback £9.99 RRP: £14.99Buy Now
  • Pelagic Birds of the North Atlantic: an Identification Guide70% OFF
    Pelagic Birds of the North Atlantic: an… by Andy Paterson

    The book has received high praise already, with world expert on seabirds, Hadoram Shirihai, having seen the prototype in action off the US coast and declaiming about how useful such a simple, waterproof guide would be if it were to be widely available. In short, this is a must-have guide for serious birders on both sides of the Atlantic.

    Paperback £2.99 RRP: £9.99Buy Now
  • Barn Owl
    Barn Owl by David Chandler

    by David Chandler

    photography Nigel Blake

    Informative text along with rarely seen images of the Barn Owls' life and behaviour introduce the reader to some of the fascinating aspects of its remarkable nocturnal existence. Chapters on hunting, courtship and survival.


    Hardback £14.99 Buy Now
  • Watching Waterbirds with Kate Humble & Martin McGill
    Watching Waterbirds with Kate Humble &… by Kate Humble, Martin McGill

    Introduces some 75 species of wetland birds to readers through the eyes of Kate Humble. Covers topics such as basic equipment, clothing, hide etiquette and much more. Written for the beginner in Kate's style and backed by Martin McGill's knowledge.

    Paperback £12.99 Buy Now
  • RSPB Guide to Birdwatching
    RSPB Guide to Birdwatching by Mike Unwin

    Covers the principles of identification, equipment and field skills, how birds are built and how they work, breeding, feeding and migration, habitats and distribution and how to help birds in your garden. An accessible guide for all ages.

    Paperback £12.99 Buy Now
  • Advanced Bird ID Handbook
    Advanced Bird ID Handbook by Nils van Duivendijk

    Fully updated with additions and amends to the accounts of nearly every species, all recent taxonomic changes and new species in the region are included and more than 20 tables giving side by side comparisons of the features of sets of similar species.

    Paperback £24.99 Buy Now
  • The Dodo: The Bird That Drew the Short Straw
    The Dodo: The Bird That Drew the Short… by Jan den Hengst

    The author has analysed and compared 17th century paintings and engravings for the past 25 years in an attempt to reconstruct an accurate portrait of the dodo.

    Hardback £20.00 Buy Now
  • Die Vogelwelt der Insel Helgoland (The Birds of the Island of Helgoland)18% OFF
    Die Vogelwelt der Insel Helgoland (The… by Jochen Dierschke et al.

    Reviews the occurrence of all 426 species recorded on the Helgoland island. Text is in German but every chapter and all species accounts are supplemented by an extensive English summary. All bird names are in German, English and Latin.

    Hardback £45.00 RRP: £55.00Buy Now
  • Advanced Bird ID Guide: The Western Palearctic54% OFF
    Advanced Bird ID Guide: The Western… by Nils van Duivendijk

    Accurately describes every key detail of every plumage of all 900 species that have ever occurred in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. There are no photographs or illustrations, but detailed text that lists the key characters of each recognisable plumage, including male, female, immature, and juvenile, all subspecies and all other variations.

    Paperback £6.80 RRP: £14.99Buy Now
  • Wrens, Dippers and Thrashers43% OFF
    Wrens, Dippers and Thrashers by David Brewer

    First comprehensive guide to these three closely related families. Covers 75 wrens, 34 thrashers and 5 dippers almost all of which are New World species. Illustration type: 32 Colour Plates, Maps, 272pp. 2001

    Hardback £19.95 RRP: £35.00Buy Now
  • Heron Conservation50% OFF
    Heron Conservation by James A Kushlan, Heinz Hafner

    In the 15 years since the publication of 'The Herons Handbook' there has been a tremendous increase in our knowledge of heron conservation requirements. This book provides a comprehensive update on the status and conservation needs of herons and are presented on a regional basis. The very latest census and survey results provide the most up to date and detailed picture of heron populations currently available. As concern about the future of wetland habitat increases the local status of heron populations may reflect the success or failure of conservation action in wetlands.

    Paperback £22.50 RRP: £45.00Buy Now
  • Birdscapes: Birds in Our Imagination and Experience
    Birdscapes: Birds in Our Imagination… by Jeremy Mynott

    Drawing extensively on literature, history, philosophy and science, the author puts his own experiences as a birdwatcher in a rich cultural context. His sources range from the familiar, Thoreau, Keats, Darwin and Audubon, to the unexpected, Benjamin Franklin, Puccini, Oscar Wilde and Monty Python.

    Paperback £13.99 Buy Now
  • Birding from the Hip: A Sound Approach Anthology33% OFF
    Birding from the Hip: A Sound Approach… by The Sound Approach, Anthony McGeehan

    by The Sound Approach / Anthony McGeehan

    A collection of forthright, entertaining, funny stories describing an obsessive Irish birder's view of life.

    Vintage articles sit alongside many new pieces, compiled as The Sound Approach travels with Anthony on fresh adventures to record his favourite bird sounds.

    Narrated on 2 CDs.

    Hardback £19.99 RRP: £29.99Buy Now
  • Secret Lives of British Birds
    Secret Lives of British Birds by Dominic Couzens

    by Dominic Couzens

    Illustrated by Peter Partington

    Exposes the extraordinary hidden world of some of our most familiar birds beyond the confines of our gardens and parks. We learn the secrets of romance from the Mute Swans, meet the perfect father in the Guillemot, the enstranged couple of Chiffchaffs who share the same territory.

    Paperback £14.99 Buy Now
  • The Unfeathered Bird34% OFF
    The Unfeathered Bird by Katrina van Grouw

    A richly illustrated book on bird anatomy depicting 200 species. Each drawing made from an actual specimen, the birds are shown in lifelike positions and engaged in behaviour typical of the species, such as an underwater view of the skeleton of a swimming loon, the musculature of a porpoising penguin and an unfeathered sparrow hawk plucking its prey.

    Hardback £22.99 RRP: £34.99Buy Now
  • Fabulous Feathers Remarkable Birds28% OFF
    Fabulous Feathers Remarkable Birds by Rosemary Low

    Life without birds would be unthinkable. The skies would be empty, the woods would be silent. Birds are the only wildlife with which most people have daily visual contact; they have won the admiration of the human race. But alas, admiration is not enough to save them in this changing world. One eighth of all species are now threatened with extinction. The author takes us to every corner of the world to see what contributes to this decline and what is happening to reverse it. Worldwide concern and determination are mounting to save birds.

    Paperback £9.99 RRP: £13.99Buy Now
  • The Helm Guide to Bird Identification10% OFF
    The Helm Guide to Bird Identification by Keith Vinicombe et al.

    An essential field guide companion covering difficult identification issues by looking at tricky species pairs or groups of birds and comparing and contrasting their respective features. Designed as a field companion, it supplements the standard field guides and provides much additional information.

    Paperback £22.50 RRP: £25.00Buy Now
  • Birds: Coping with an Obsession53% OFF
    Birds: Coping with an Obsession by Derek Moore

    Renowned as one of birding's best story tellers, Derek Moore takes a nostalgic journey through the past 70 years. Recounting many highly entertaining tales, from huge falls of migrant birds engulfing his cricket pitch in the 1960s to heated run ins with land owners and developers during the years when he was instrumental in establishing a network of key nature reserves along the coast of East Anglia and helping to shape the Wildlife Trusts into the force they are today.

    Hardback £6.99 RRP: £14.99Buy Now
  • Ten Thousand Birds25% OFF
    Ten Thousand Birds by Tim Birkhead et al.

    This book provides a thoroughly engaging and authoritative history of modern ornithology, tracing how the study of birds has been shaped by a succession of visionary and often controversial personalities and by the unique social and scientific contexts in which these extraordinary individuals worked. Begins in the middle of the nineteenth century when ornithology was a museum-based discipline focused almost exclusively on the anatomy, taxonomy, and classification of dead birds.

    Hardback £22.45 RRP: £29.99Buy Now
  • Bird Sense: What it's Like to be a Bird23% OFF
    Bird Sense: What it's Like to be a Bird by Tim Birkhead

    A book about birds, their senses and behaviour that is informed by an attractive blend of personal experience, entertaining stories and cutting edge science.

    Hardback £12.99 RRP: £16.99Buy Now

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