Preliminary results of field guide survey #3

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Subject: Preliminary results of field guide survey #3
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2003 10:12:06 +1000
Thanks to all those who replied to the field guide survey #3 - voting has now closed, and a total of 165 people responded. The best previous response was just over 70 (see

Results and analyses will follow in gory detail at a later date, but for those who might be interested, here are the raw results.

Which is your favourite field guide?

Pizzey & Doyle, Morcombe, Simpson & Day, Slater x 3,  Pizzey & Knight

Number of votes (n)

5, 16, 34, 50, 64

Percentage of vote (% of 165)

3, 10, 21, 30, 39


5, 4, 3, 2, 1

In comparison to past surveys, both the Pizzey/Doyle and Slater x 3 guides have lost a little bit of ground - seemingly picked up by Morcombe. The clear favourites however remain 1) Pizzey/Knight, and 2) Slater x 3.

Later analysis will include reasons given for these preferences, and the results analysed by birders' age, birding experience, gender, etc. Stay tuned ....

Thanks again to all those who took part in the survey.

PS:  Alastair - would you please forward this to COG-L.

Lawrie Conole
Senior Ecologist
Ornithology & Terrestrial Ecology

Ecology Australia Pty. Ltd.
Flora and Fauna Consultants
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FAIRFIELD VIC 3078 Australia
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