This easy-to-use, full-colour guide describes and illustrates 178 of the most commonly spotted birds in Ireland.
Specially designed for people with a general interest in birds, the species have been carefully selected to include those that the non-specialist birdwatcher is most likely to see. Usefully, birds are grouped together according to where they are most likely to be seen: in gardens, parks and buildings; farmland and hedgerows; woodland and scrubland; moorland and uplands; and freshwater or coastal areas, with background information given about each of these habitats.
Essential identification characteristics are given for each species, along with clear illustrations. There are also notes on distribution, numbers and migration for each species, and general pages for groups like thrushes, sparrows and finches will help you to distinguish between similar species. With definitive text, up-to-date distribution maps and superb illustrations, this book is the ultimate field guide to Irish birds, essential on every bookshelf and birdwatching trip.
David Cabot is one of Ireland's foremost ornithologists and wildlife experts. He attended University College, Oxford, where he first studied Zoology and then graduated from Trinity College Dublin, and then completed his PhD at University College Galway, where he also taught and founded the Irish Wildfowl Conservancy. He worked for 20 years as head of Conservation and Amenity Research in a State planning institute before becoming a special environmental advisor to the Irish Prime Minister. He is a well-known natural history filmmaker, broadcaster and writer.