Re: birding-aus Field guide to UK and Europe

Subject: Re: birding-aus Field guide to UK and Europe
From: Ronald Orenstein <>
Date: Thu, 16 Dec 1999 07:30:53 -0500
At 07:57 PM 16/12/1999 +1000, Katherine & Annette Cooke wrote:
My 21 year old daughter is in the UK, and is a fledgling birder after a
few birding t rips in Qld with me and other birders, and a birding trip
to Africa.  I have sent her money to buy a field guide as she is getting
frustrated at not being able to identify the birds she is seeing.  I
have been told there is a Field Guide which cover the UK and Europe, and
as she will be travelling this would be good.  Can anyone give me the
name of this Guide please.  R

There are many such books, almost all of which would do for a beginner. The new Collins Bird Guide by Mullarney et al is certainly the best, but it is so thorough a beginner might find it overwhelming; Lars Johnsson's "Birds of Europe" is also highly regarded, and there are also old standbys like the Peterson, Mountfort and Hollom guide. If she is a beginner she might want to stick to a Britain-only guide - a quite nice one is "Pocket Guide to the Birds of Britain and North-west Europe" by Kightly, Madge and Nurney (and it is certainly small and portable). Anyway, all these and more should be on sale in any good bookshop - there are lots of choices. If she is in London the best selection is at Foyles Book Shop, which has a staggeringly huge natural history section on its third floor.

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