This RSPB-licensed ID guide features 50 artworks illustrating 21 of Britain's bird of prey and owl species. Artworks are printed on one side of the fold-out chart with species grouped taxonomically and helpfully labelled to assist with species identification. On the reverse of the artworks, informative and engaging text is provided about the species, as well as helpful advice on the best reserves for watching birds of prey. Information on RSPB and other campaigns to support these species is also included, as are details of successful UK raptor reintroductions, which of our raptors are currently facing persecution and advice on what to do if you see anything suspicious.
Stephen Message is one of the UK's foremost bird artists as well as an experienced birdwatcher. He studied Graphic Design, then specialised in natural history illustration at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and has worked as a freelance artist ever since. Stephen has twice been runner up for the Bird Illustrator of the Year, and he was the Birdwatch Artist of the Year in 2017. Stephen painted the beautiful cover artworks for all four editions of the RSPB Handbook of British Birds. He has illustrated many books in his career, including Waders of Europe, Asia and North America, Bill Oddie's Birds of Britain and Ireland and the Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia.
Marianne Taylor is a freelance writer, illustrator and photographer. A passion for all wildlife, but especially birds, has always been a driving force in Marianne's life. Marianne worked in publishing for seven years before taking the plunge as a freelancer in 2007. Since then, she has written more than 25 books for adults and children on a range of natural history subjects.