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I bought this book for my friend you has just started up birdwatching. She loves the guide. The illustration and text are excellent as are the distribution maps. It is also the perfect size for taking out in the field. My friend has only one criticism. There doesn't seem to be a logical order to the sections on different types of birds. For instance, the section on owls appears five sections after the section on birds of prey. Instead of being groups on the sections that include other small birds, the section on sparrows, finches and buntings follows the section on shrikes and crows. It means that you cannot easily flick through sections with relatively similar birds. It wouldn't be a big problem for an experience birdwatcher, but as a beginner my friend had found it rather frustrating at times. Nonetheless, she would recommend the book to others and I would buy it again.
Book is well made and seems very durable for a long time keepsake. Would have enjoyed slightly more detail about each of the birds, behaviour, mannerisms etc Otherwise i am enjoying watching our local wild birds and referencing in the book.
The book is a great bird identifier, but not really suited to a kindle where pictures are not reproduced in best quality or in colour and where you need to know what bird you are searching for to find it in the Guide. Would be better as a hard copy book to browse through although that costs more.
I didn't grow up in the UK, and I wanted to know about the birds visiting my feeder. This has been great, although I've got a bird that looks like a Goldfinch, except the patch of red is above the eyes only, much like a much rarer Redpoll. It's made me wonder how complete this "pocket guide" really is. Anyway, it's a good way to get started, for sure.