For each of the 250 species accounts there is at least one photograph for identification and a brief written account listing ID features of key plumages, range and habitat, behaviour and voice. The book covers everything from grebes and grouse to warblers and waders, encompassing all common breeding birds, together with those likely to be seen on migration or during winter – from garden birds such as Chaffinch and Long-tailed Tit to wetland specialities including Bittern and Avocet – along with some of the more unusual species to look out for, such as Pectoral Sandpiper, Glossy Ibis, Great White Egret and Yellow-browed Warbler.
The easy-to-use layouts and small size make the book ideal for taking on walks or days out. It is perfect for beginners or wildlife-watchers of an intermediate level, and also for children as a first book on birds.
Dan Brown, in addition to having a very famous author namesake, is an expert ornithologist who has travelled all over the world in search of birds while leading trips for Sunbird tours. He is also a highly skilled field ecologist with nearly 15 years experience of working in the industry, conducting surveys of birds and other wildlife all over Britain and beyond. His first book was Great British Birding Experiences, published by Reed New Holland in 2017.