Best field guide for Uk?

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What's your favourite UK bird field guide?

Birds of Europe (Princeton Field Guide)--Svensson
RSPB Handbook of British Birds--Holden/Cleeves
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A Field Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe (Peterson Guide)--Mountfort
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Pocket Guide to the Birds of Britain and North-west Europe--Knightley
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Best field guide for Uk?

Postby 4adiva » Sat Mar 28, 2015 7:24 am

We're going to be visiting Wales, Devon & Cornwall this summer and we need to pick up a field guide. (We're not from the UK.)

Any suggestions on the most practical guide for this area?

My son has his eye set on the Princeton Field Guide "Birds of Europe" but I'm concerned this will be too large and have too much coverage for our very specific area. Also, is this illustrated with photos? I prefer guides with drawings/paintings rather than photos.

Anyone recommend the "RSPB Handbook of British Birds" (Holden/Cleeves)?


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Re: Best field guide for Uk?

Postby gordon » Sun Mar 29, 2015 3:24 am

You could also have a look at the Collins Birds of Britain & Europe
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Re: Best field guide for Uk?

Postby nkgray » Sat Apr 04, 2015 9:57 pm

Gordon's suggestion is certainly one of the best one for Britain and Europe. This is "Collins Bird Guide 2nd Edition - the most complete guide to the birds of Britain and Europe" [ISBN 978-0-00-726814-6].

However if you want a field guide just for the UK I would recommend a photographic guide rather than the RSPB handbook which has hand-drawn plates. For me the best is "Collins Complete Guide to British Birds" by Paul Sterry [ISBN 978-0-00-723686-2], published obviously by Collins. If you want the expense of just one book for the area that you will be in this would be the one to go for.

I actually use all three in conjunction as they each bring different aspects to the fore. For instance, the Collins guide on British birds adds a bar chart showing presence/abundance by month in addition to a distribution map. The Collins guide and the RSPB handbook when used together give a much fuller description of each species. If you really want to see juvenile/male/female winter/summer plumage variations then you will need the Collins European birds book.

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Re: Best field guide for Uk?

Postby josephfranklin166 » Wed Mar 01, 2017 8:06 am

There are many guide, It depends upon your current knowledge.

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Re: Best field guide for Uk?

Postby marrie » Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:10 am

I love the first guide, Birds of Europe. It' a legendary book in my opinion.
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