The layout of the book is pretty similar to the previous edition. There's no
bookmark ribbon. There's a contents page in the front for the different family
groups (as in the previous edition), but there is no alphabetical index to
family groups. There is an index at the back to scientific names (a new
feature) and common names (as in previous edition). A new feature is an
illustrated guide and page reference to representative species of seabirds,
freshwater birds, ground-dwelling birds, large bush birds and small bush birds
near the front of the book, which will no doubt help inexperienced
bird-watchers find a particular bird species elsewhere in the FG. There are
also a couple of blank pages at the end of the book for field notes.
There are 414 pages in the new edition compared with 343 pages in the previous
one, but still a compact FG with little difference in size and weight. An
initial gripe I have is, although it has a waterproof plastic jacket, the pages
have the same glossy paper finish of many recently-released books. In my
experience, you just need a little bit of moisture for these types of pages to
stick together like glue. So I wonder about the effectiveness of taking the FG
into the field under humid or rainy conditions.
On Behalf Of Peter Shute
Sent: Saturday, 3 October 2009 9:26 AM
Subject: Slater FG
Has anyone seen it? I'd be interested to know if it has adopted some useful
features of Morcombe's compact FG, mainly the quick index, but also the family
size comparisons and the bookmark ribbon.
I don't care if it has an aardvark on the cover.
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