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By: Valerie Thom and Norman Arlott
256 pages, colour illus
An ideal pocket guide to over 180 bird species commonly found throughout Scotland. Unlike many field guides, `Collins Scottish Birds' does not cover birds which only visit occasionally, or which occur in such small numbers and are so difficult to identify that only experienced birdwatchers can spot them. Instead, it concentrates on more common species that the amateur birdwatcher is most likely to see, plus a few scarcer ones of particular interest.
Species are grouped according to the habitat in which they are most likely to be seen, with a detailed introduction to all the different habitats. There are also details of key identification features and behavioural characteristics which will help you identify each bird with accuracy and ease.
Each entry includes:
*Common name and Latin and Gaelic name
*The season in which the bird is likely to be spotted
*Details on habitat, feeding habits and voice
The book also includes up-to-date details about places of interest and the best sites to go for birdwatching, with maps and contact information to help you get there.
This book is a re-issue of Collins Guide to Scottish Birds (2005 edition).
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Valerie Thom worked as an agricultural adviser and in conservation education before becoming a freelance writer on the Scottish countryside. She was an Honorary President of the Scottish Ornithology Club. Wildlife artist Norman Arlott has illustrated nearly 100 books and his artwork regularly appears in magazines. He has designed special bird stamp issues for countries including Jamaica, Bahamas, Seychelles, British Virgin Islands, The Gambia, Malawi and Christmas Island. He has also led ornithology tours to East Africa.
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