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  • A Sweet, Wild Note: What We Hear When the Birds Sing
    A Sweet, Wild Note: What We Hear When… by Richard Smyth
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  • Songs of Love & War: The Dark Heart of Bird Behaviour
    Songs of Love & War: The Dark Heart of… by Dominic Couzens
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  • Songs of Love & War: The Dark Heart of Bird Behaviour
    Songs of Love & War: The Dark Heart of… by Dominic Couzens

    The dawn chorus: a single voice cutting through the darkness heralds a breaking wave of sound at the very beginning of the day. It is an iconic natural phenomenon with many familiar performers, yet it is a mysterious event for which there is no complete explanation. A mass of starlings gathers at the end of a midwinter day. As the sun sets, wave upon wave of bodies rolls in, embarking upon another of nature's great attempts to show off. The murmuration is another much admired spectacle, but again its purpose is obscure and defies our understanding. From dawn until dusk, birds do things that that are surprising and mystifying. Songs of Love & War delves into bird behaviour and uncovers its purpose and meaning. More than just an inside look at how songbirds behave, this book also represents a personal journey of discovery. What starts as a desire to learn more about the birds encountered on a regular father-and-son walk through the woods leads to a realisation that a bird's life is very far from the idyllic scene that can often be glimpsed by the casual birdwatcher. A bird's life is often unusual and surprising but above all it is brief and much darker than you might think.

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  • The Meaning of Birds
    The Meaning of Birds by Simon Barnes
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  • Birds New to Science: Fifty Years of Avian Discoveries
    Birds New to Science: Fifty Years of… by David Brewer
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  • The Blue Tit
    The Blue Tit by Martyn Stenning
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  • Gulls of the World: A Photographic Guide
    Gulls of the World: A Photographic Guide by Klaus Malling Olsen
    Hardback £35.00 Info
  • RSPB Spotlight: Woodpeckers
    RSPB Spotlight: Woodpeckers by Gerard Gorman
    Paperback £9.99 Info
  • RSPB Spotlight: Swifts and Swallows
    RSPB Spotlight: Swifts and Swallows by Mike Unwin
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  • The Barn Owl: Guardian of the Countryside
    The Barn Owl: Guardian of the Countryside by Jeff Martin
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  • Those with Webbed Feet: All about British Ducks, Geese and Swans
    Those with Webbed Feet: All about… by Giles (Ed)
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  • Great British Birding Experiences
    Great British Birding Experiences by Brown
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  • Extinct Birds
    Extinct Birds by Julian Hume, Errol Fuller
    Hardback £60.00 Buy Now
  • Behind the Binoculars: Interviews with Acclaimed Birdwatchers
    Behind the Binoculars: Interviews with… by Mark Avery, Keith Betton

    How and why did our most acclaimed birdwatchers take up birding? What were their early experiences of nature? How have their professional birding careers developed? What motivates them and drives their passion for wildlife? How many birds have they seen? Mark Avery and Keith Betton, passionate birdwatchers and conservationists, interview members of the birdwatching community to answer these and many other questions about the lives of famous birdwatchers. They take you behind the scenes, and behind the binoculars, of a diverse range of birding and wildlife personalities. Behind the Binoculars includes interviews with: Chris Packham, Phil Hollom, Stuart Winter, Lee Evans, Steve Gantlett, Mark Cocker, Ian Wallace, Andy Clements, Mike Clarke, Debbie Pain, Keith Betton, Roger Riddington, Ian Newton, Steph Tyler, Mark Avery, Stephen Moss, Alan Davies and Ruth Miller, Rebecca Nason and Robert Gillmor.

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  • The Hen Harrier
    The Hen Harrier by Donald Watson

    An acknowledged classic of narrative nature-writing, Donald Watson's The Hen Harrier was the culmination of a lifetime's study of this beautiful upland bird. A gentle, warm and wonderfully written book, The Hen Harrier stems from an age of 'amateur' conservation, from the pen of a man who cared deeply about birds and their habitats, especially of the Scottish borders where he conducted much of his research and painting. The book was among the last of a dying breed; it would be thirty years or more before writing on our natural history would again reach the heights of accessibility to nature-lovers exemplified by Donald Watson and his peers. The Hen Harrier starts with Watson setting down more or less everything known about harriers – which at that time often consisted of information sent by letter to the author, rather than published in a journal – before moving on to the story of Watson's years studying nests in the south-west of Scotland. With a foreword by conservation champion Mark Avery, this edition of Watson's greatest work is particularly timely. The conflict between grouse-shooting interests, which has overseen the virtual extinction of the harrier as a breeding bird in England through illegal persecution, and an increasingly vocal conservationist lobby is the number one conservation issue in Britain today. Donald Watson's narrative soars like a sky-dancing harrier throughout The Hen Harrier. Read it, and be taken back to a simpler age of nature conservation by a true master of the art.


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  • Waders of Europe: A Photographic Guide
    Waders of Europe: A Photographic Guide -

    Waders are truly spectacular members of our avifauna, especially along coasts and in wetlands during the spring and autumn migration periods, when members of several species may form dramatic flocks that wheel and turn in flight. While waders are often particularly striking in summer plumage, identifying these birds outside the breeding season can be problematic for even the most confident birdwatchers. Waders of Europe is the ultimate guide to wader identification, ecology and biology. Through outstanding photography and concise, detailed text, Waders of Europe is indispensable for anyone interested in learning more about waders, and is an invaluable tool for identifying birds to species level in the field.

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  • Raptors of Mexico and Central America
    Raptors of Mexico and Central America by John Wiley

    The essential field guide to the raptors of Mexico and Central America Raptors are among the most challenging birds to identify in the field due to their bewildering variability of plumage, flight silhouettes, and behavior. Raptors of Mexico and Central America is the first illustrated guide to the region's 69 species of raptors, including vagrants. It features 32 stunning color plates and 213 color photos, and a distribution map for each regularly occurring species. Detailed species accounts describe key identification features, age-related plumages, status and distribution, subspecies, molt, habitats, behaviors, potential confusion species, and more. Raptors of Mexico and Central America is the essential field guide to this difficult bird group and the ideal travel companion for anyone visiting this region of the world. •Covers all 69 species of raptors found in Mexico and Central America •Features 32 color plates and hundreds of color photos •Provides multiple illustrations of each species •Depicts and describes variations in plumage by individual, morph, age, and region •Describes behavior, food preferences, hunting strategies, vocalizations, and molt •Covers rare and extralimital species •Includes distribution maps and flight silhouettes

    HARDBACK £32.95 Buy Now
  • A History of Birdwatching in 100 Objects42% 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 £11.50 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.

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  • 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
  • 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.

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  • 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 201516% 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 £13.75 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.

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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 Kite72% 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 £6.99 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
  • 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

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