This innovative and carefully designed photographic guide provides a concise introduction to the identification of the 246 birds most likely to be seen in Great Britain and Ireland. It is the perfect book for anyone wanting to put a name to the birds in their garden, local area or on visits farther afield. Packed with hundreds of stunning photos showing the birds in their many variations, and written and designed by a team of experienced birdwatchers, this is the ideal companion for anyone interested in learning more about the wild birds around us.
Rob Hume is a freelance writer, editor and artist, with more than thirty books on birds to his name. Robert Still is publishing director of WILDGuides and a prolific natural history author. Andy Swash is managing director of WILDGuides and a well-known wildlife photographer and author. Hugh Harrop is an award-winning photographer and the owner of the ecotourism business Shetland Wildlife. David Tipling is one of the world's most widely published wildlife photographers and the author or commissioned photographer of many books. The five are also coauthors of the highly acclaimed Britain’s Birds (Princeton WILDGuides).
"There are a great number of pocket-sized guides to the UK’s birds on the market so that any new edition to the throng really needs to stand out. And this new guide from Princeton UP does exactly that. It is not just the superb array of photos (the claim is 1600 and there is no reason to doubt it), distinguishing the species in various age plumages, but also the organization. The book starts with a combination of profile silhouettes, accompanied by smaller photos to distinguish ‘birds on water’, ‘larger standing and perched birds’, ‘small landbirds’ and ‘birds in flight’, and then moves onto habitats with lists of what might be seen where, before getting to the species themselves. There, the ‘standard’ UK list is augmented by regular migrants/vagrants. With the wipe-clean and hard-wearing flexicover, this is most definitely suitable for use in the field. Excellent, and well worth a look at the price."
– Ibis, 2020
"This is a fantastic piece of work [...] [It] manages to cram a huge amount of information in the pages without it feeling too cluttered or overwhelming. The text is concise but thorough enough to help with identification [...] this is a must have for new and seasoned birders alike."
– Scott Mayson, British Trust for Ornithology
"The book is packed with quality colour photographs, no mean feat to gather so many images together for one book, with at least two images per species sometimes more [...] this a great pocket guide to British Birds and I would certainly recommend it to anyone getting into birds and birdwatching."
– Alan Davies, BirdwatchingTrips
"Well thought out and structured to assist the reader [...] another one of the top quality bargain books we have come to expect from Princeton's WildGuides series."
– Phil Slade, Another Bird Blog
"The best bird identification guide I have seen, ever."
– Jim Williams, Star Tribune
"These carefully curated photographs are the conclusive answer to any who said that photos cannot illustrate identification features [...] It is a treasure trove: the pages pack in a wealth of images."
– Thomas Wingfield, London Naturalist