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RSPB bird related books

This page lists a selection of bird related books produced by, or in association with, the RSPB, which do no to fall within the categories covered by the other RSPB pages on the site.

The books are arranged by publication date with the most recent at the top.


RSPB pages

There are a number of RSPB pages on the site:

Field Guides
Secret Lives series
Spotlight series
What's That series
Management guides
First Book Of series
County guides (1940/50's)
Other RSPB bird books

Further sections will be added



For more information about the RSPB see the RSPB web site

 

RSPB Seabirds

Marianne Taylor

Photographs: David Tipling

Bloomsbury Publishing

2014

"Seabirds showcases and celebrates some of our most exciting and enigmatic bird species as vital and living components of one of our greatest natural assets: our coastline. Our seabird populations are of international importance, and provide some of our richest and most dramatic natural spectacles. Between them seabird species exploit every type of coastline - from flat beach and sheer cliff face to rugged moorland and busy seaside town - and show great diversity in form and behaviour, but they all depend on the coast and open sea for survival. As such, they are highly vulnerable to the many factors affecting the balance of marine life, from climate change and over-fishing to coastal development and erosion. Many of them migrate huge distances around the world outside of the breeding season, visiting the shores of far-flung countries and the open sea hundreds of miles from land, so the time they spend on our coasts is just a part of their far-reaching life stories. Species by species, Seabirds looks in detail at their characteristics, way of life, and their conservation past and present, revealing many new insights into the lives of these familiar but mysterious birds."

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RSPB Pocket Garden Birdwatch

Mark Ward

4th edition

Dorling Kindersley

2014

"Birdwatching can be done from your doorstep with RSPB Pocket Garden Birdwatch, the perfect guide for taking part in the Big Garden Birdwatch. You'll find all the information you need to create a welcoming garden environment for birds, with explanations of different bird food, feeders and how to site them, including practical projects, such as making a nest box. Identify your birds with over 40 profiles of garden birds, including in-situ photography that shows birds as you see them in the wild along with a helpful size comparison gallery. RSPB Pocket Garden Birdwatch is perfect for the budding birdwatcher or families getting involved in birdwatching together."

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RSPB Birdwatching for Beginners

Rob Hume

Dorling Kindersley

2013

"If you want to know what birds are likely to turn up in your garden or where to go to see spectacular bird-life, RSPB Birdwatching for Beginners is the best place to start. Perfect for the novice birdwatcher, with everything you need to know about observing birds in their natural environment, but packed with facts and details invaluable to the experienced birdwatcher. Features 250 of the most common species found throughout the UK and Europe, complete with photographs, descriptions, and distribution maps to aid in identification. Provides expert spotting tips and lists the best birdwatching sites along with what to look for in each habitat. Fully updated to include all the latest developments in photographic equipment and online technology as well as information on every aspect of birds, from their anatomy and behaviour to how to identify them in the field, RSPB Birdwatching for Beginners has everything you need to know."

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RSPB Nature Tracker's Handbook

Nick Baker

A & C Black

2013

"This new book shows readers how to find and interpret the evidence that animals leave behind, from a footprint, a bent blade of grass, a soil disturbance or a chewed nut or leaf. Combined with other signs, tracks and trails they will soon be able to build a profile of a huge range of creatures. Readers will not only learn the difference between a poo and a pellet; but will be able to spot the differences between pellets regurgitated by a variety of bird species. Written by popular nature presenter, Nick Baker, and beautifully designed and illustrated, the book is a brand new approach to the curious science of nature tracking."

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RSPB The Great British Wildlife Hunt

Anne Harrap

Foreword: Chris Packham

Bloomsbury

2013

"A first sighting of an unexpected bird or an elusive mammal is a real thrill and can encourage a lifetime's interest in nature. This new RSPB book is perfect for anyone who enjoys a walk in the woods or a coastal stroll. It isn't a site guide directing you to the same old sites, instead The Great British Wildlife Hunt encourages you to actively find species everywhere you go, by learning to recognise landscape features, habitats and niches, and spot other signs that a species is nearby. Each species has a score to inspire friendly competition on your days out."

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RSPB Handbook of the Seashore

Maya Plass

A & C Black

2013

"How often have you visited the seashore and wished you knew more about the diverse and alien wildlife found on the UK's coastline? There are incredible stories to discover about our coastal species so if the tantalising glimpses you've caught of this semi-aquatic environment between the tides has left you curious to learn more the RSPB Handbook of the Seashore is for you. It will help you to easily identify and learn about the life cycles and anatomy of the species you discover, and features useful sections on the tidal cycle, how to read tide tables, where to look, conservation and climate change concerns, and who to call should you come across something unexpected on your next beach visit. Featuring over 200 species accounts each with a photo, full description, and details of distribution and zonation this brand new guide is written throughout in engaging text suitable for families, students and anyone who loves to visit the seashore."

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RSPB British Birdfinder

Marianne Taylor

A & C Black

2012

"Most bird books are designed to help you identify the birds that you've seen. This book is different. It is a species-by-species guide that shows you how to find and watch more than 250 species of birds that can be seen in Britain. Some are common; others are rare migrants or scarce breeding birds, but this book will tell you the best places to see and watch all of them. Readers will be able to see their most coveted species but also enjoy rewarding watching experiences that will enhance their understanding of the species, of bird behaviour and of key fieldcraft techniques."

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RSPB Birds: Their Hidden World

Peter Holden

A & C Black

2012

"Even if you are an enthusiastic bird watcher, the details of how birds fly, why they behave as they do, how they breed and their extraordinary travels can seem very mysterious. This lively new book aims to give readers a broad understanding of 'how birds work' from their physical make-up to courtship and breeding, social activity and their spread and travels. Readers will be able to interpret the kind of bird activity and behaviour that they see and hear in their gardens as well as in the wider countryside and on nature reserves. Designed for the general interest reader and written in a lively and accessible style, the book is presented as a series of beautifully illustrated page spreads, enhanced by fully captioned photographs and with case studies of individual species of British and European birds."

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Suffolk's Wildlife Coast: A Guide to the RSPB Nature Reserves in Coastal Suffolk

Malcolm Key, John Grant, Jenny James

RSPB

2012

"This new book will help you to find these reserves, guide you around them, explain their history and management, tell you which birds to expect in each season and give you details of the other animals and plants to be found there. Written and produced by members of the RSPB Woodbridge Local Group, as a successor to their previous book Spread Your Wings, its 124 pages are lavishly illustrated with maps and stunning photographs of wildlife. Suffolk's Wildlife Coast is packed with up-to-date information and data on species numbers and breeding success rates direct from the wardens and managers of the individual reserves. Suffolk's Wildlife Coast has been produced to show local residents and visitors alike the richness of wildlife waiting to be discovered. But it is also written in the context of the present challenges to wildlife and the success stories in dealing with these."

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Birds of Prey in the UK: On a Wing and a Prayer

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

2011

"Birds of Prey in the UK: On a Wing and a Prayer has been produced collaboratively by 26 organisations. It highlights the value and importance of birds of prey in the UK and the conservation success story they represent. It seeks to separate fact from myth, based on evidence and not anecdote. We have published this because, as a group of organisations, we are concerned that a small number of people see birds of prey as a threat and portray their recovery as being 'out of control'. Some people go further, breaking the law, with serious and sad consequences for birds of prey in some parts of the UK. As champions of the natural environment, we can only be content when the populations and distributions of our birds of prey recover fully. For this to happen, full legal protection must be maintained and action taken to stop illegal killing. We wish to see healthy populations of all wildlife and collectively are doing much to restore special habitats, secure more sustainable land management and introduce people to the spectacle of our native wildlife."

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The RSPB Anthology of Wildlife Poetry

Editor: Celia Warren

Foreword; Kate Humble

A & C Black

2011

"From birds, mammals and fish to trees, flowers and insects, the richness of the British natural world is explored through a stunning collection of the very best in wildlife poetry. Traditional verses sit alongside contemporary classics and specially commissioned new work by some of Britain's top poets. This family-friendly anthology includes many lively poems with real child-appeal along with more mature works, while fantastic full colour and black and white illustrations make this book a pleasure to browse. Beautifully crafted and produced in consultation with the RSPB, this perfect gift is a treasure trove of poetic delights."

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RSPB Nature Watch: How to Discover, Explore and Enjoy Wildlife

Marianne Taylor

A & C Black

2011

"Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned wildlife watcher, this book will help you to broaden your enjoyment of your hobby and explore wildlife in a range of different habitats and environments. You'll learn a host of techniques including observing without disturbing, different ways of recording what you see, including note-taking, sketching and photography, filming and sound recording, as well as how to organise and report what you've seen. Finally, there's plenty of information on how you can give something back to the natural environment through safeguarding your local area's wildlife and involvement with conservation."

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The Big RSPB Birdwatch: Get to Know Birds Outside Your Window!

David Chandler

A & C Black

2011

"The must-have companion to the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch and Big Schools Birdwatch. To help you track your results, it contains a spotter's guide to the most common garden birds, and is also packed full of fun facts, articles and activities for use at home or in school. Build a bird feeder, draw a bird, make molds of their prints, create a collage - and discover all about your garden visitors!."

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RSPB Guide to Digital Wildlife Photography

David Tipling

A & C Black

Second edition

2011

"This helpful and practical RSPB guide to all aspects of digital wildlife photography is an updated version of our first edition. It is accessibly written by and beautifully illustrated with the work of one of Britain's best known wildlife photographers. The book's elegant design makes the most of the author's incredible photos and informative text. The book discusses all aspects of digital wildlife photography, from equipment, fieldcraft, locations and composition, post-processing and computer manipulation of images, through to getting your photos published. This is the ultimate reference book for all aspiring and established natural history photographers, and will equip its readers with everything they need to know to help them take better digital wildlife photographs."

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RSPB British Birds of Prey

Marianne Taylor

Christopher Helm

2010

"This book is a celebration of British raptors, with 200 stunning colour photographs. An authoritative text examines the biology and ecology of each species, following their fortunes as British breeding birds from historical times to the present day. This book will serve as a showcase of these fabulous birds and highlight the diverse work of the RSPB in ensuring their survival."

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RSPB Gardening for Wildlife: A Complete Guide to Nature-friendly Gardening

Adrian Thomas

A & C Black

2010

"Gardening for wildlife is hugely enjoyable. There is something uplifting about having butterflies in your flowerbeds, frogs in your water feature and birds in your bushes - and knowing that they're here because of you. But if you want a 'nice' garden too, don't worry! This new book busts the myths that wildlife gardens have to be 'wild', or that you can only garden for wildlife in a 'wildlife garden'. You can easily fit in wildlife gardening alongside everything else you want from your garden. The secret is understanding the 'home needs' of your guests. Tap into their needs and you can create a five-star hotel for birds, bees, butterflies and more. As well as looking at a host of different species, there are sections to help you create entire habitats, such as woodland and meadow gardens, and a catalogue of over 300 of the very best garden flowers, shrubs and trees for wildlife. So no matter how large or small your garden, whether it is formal or a family football pitch, there are all sorts of things you can do. If you love wildlife and want to encourage more, this inspirational book will help you sow the seeds and reap the rewards."

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RSPB Where to Discover Nature: In Britain and Northern Ireland

Marianne Taylor

A & C Black

2009

"This is the first book to explore in detail every RSPB reserve in Britain, from the wild forests of Caledonia and teeming seabird cities of the northern coasts, to the rolling heathlands, pristine wetlands and urban oases of the south. Here you'll find everything you need to plan and enjoy days out at some of the best wildlife-watching places anywhere, with full details of access arrangements, visitor facilities, advice on when to visit and the wildlife you can expect to see throughout the year. For every reserve you'll find a map of how to get here and, where appropriate, the trails around the reserve and the habitats you'll find, so you can plan your visit according to what you'd like to see and how much time you have to visit. Illustrated throughout with colour photographs of these beautiful wild places and the animals and plants that live in them."

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RSPB Pocket Garden Birdwatch

Mark Ward

Revised edition

Dorling Kindersley

2009

"Get out in the garden and get spotting with the RSPB - the UK's No.1 bird-lovers' society. Find out how to identify birds and learn about their behaviour, from territorial disputes to courtship, with this pocket-sized guide. Discover which plants, feed and feedboxes will create a bird-friendly environment and have different species flocking to your garden."

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RSPB Guide to Birdwatching: A Step-by-Step Approach

Mike Unwin

Christopher Helm

2008

"Inspired by the RSPB's learnbirding.com website this great new book will launch beginner birders of all ages into the world of birds and birdwatching. The book has been split into six sections which cover: principles of identification and tips on making notes and recording; birdwatching equipment and field skills; how birds are built, how they work and where they come from; behaviour including breeding, feeding, migration and adaptation; bird habitats and distribution; how to help wild birds in your garden and beyond, current threats to birds and how to get involved in conservation."

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Important Bird Areas in Kazakhstan: Priority Sites for Conservation

Editor: S.L. Sklyarenko, G.R. Welch and M. Brombacher

Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity of Kazakhstan / BirdLife International / RSPB

2008

"This book is the first inventory of Important Bird Areas (IBA) in Kazakhstan. The basic principles of the IBA programme, its justification and the methodology used for IBA identification are described. The results of the IBA inventory and its relations to nature conservation in Kazakhstan are presented, the accounts for 121 IBAs identified in Kazakhstan which form part of the Central Asia IBA programme are given. In the appendices, the full lists of species for IBA criteria applying and other key items are provided."

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Important Bird Areas in Uzbekistan: Priority Sites for Conservation

Editor: R.D. Kashkarov, G.R. Welch and M. Brombacher

BirdLife International / RSPB

2008

"This book is the first inventory of Important Bird Areas (IBA) in Uzbekistan. The basic principles of the IBA Programme, its justification and the methodology used for IBA identification are described. The results of the IBA inventory and its relations to nature conservation in Uzbekistan are presented, the accounts for 48 IBAs identified in Uzbekistan which form part of the Central Asia IBA programme are given."

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A Best Practice Guide for Wild Bird Monitoring Schemes

Editor: P. Vorisek, A. Klvanova, S. Wotton, R.D. Gregory

EBCC / CSO / BirdLife International / RSPB / CBS

2008

"The book has nine chapters covering planning a scheme, survey design and selection of sample plots or field methods, it tackles also the problem of bird detectability and distance sampling, data management and analysis, and principles and recommendations for using the results for nature conservation and communication. Case studies come from several European countries and cover subjects such as sampling design, field methods, working with volunteer fieldworkers, and setting up an on-line database. Final recommendations in a form of a list of 'things best to do' and 'things best to avoid' are part of the publication too. This multi-authored manual aims to help improve the standard of European bird monitoring schemes by providing a summary of monitoring principles and examples of existing schemes. It is the work of 20 experts from seven countries across Europe."

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RSPB Handbook of Garden Wildlife

Peter Holden and Geoffrey Abbott

Christopher Helm

2008

"This RSPB-endorsed guide includes sections covering over 200 of the mammal, bird, amphibian and reptile, invertebrate, spider, insect, butterfly, moth, wild flower, garden plant, tree and shrub, and mushroom and toadstool species you are likely to find in your garden. The concise, practical text covers identification, habits, characteristics, food and garden conservation. Additional introductory sections about garden habitats detail, among other topics, how to plant for the seasons, how to make a pond or bog garden to attract new species into your garden, and how to build a hedgehog box or a nest box for birds to encourage your garden visitors to stick around for longer. This brand new RSPB Handbook provides a complete, single source of basic information to our most familiar garden wildlife."

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A Climatic Atlas of European Breeding Birds

Brian Huntley, Rhys E. Green, Yvonne C. Collingham and Sophia G. Willis

Lynx Edicions / RSPB / University of Durham

2007

"An exploration of the relationships between the distributions of birds breeding in Europe and the climate, and how future climatic change may alter each species' potential breeding distribution. It presents the results for 431 species. It also includes brief accounts for a further 48 native and 16 introduced species."

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Two Centuries of Croydon's Birds

Editor: John Birkett

RSPB Croydon Local Grou

2007

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Important Bird Areas in the United Kingdom Overseas Territories: Priority Sites for Conservation

Editor: Sarah Sanders

RSPB / BirdLife International

2006

"A new directory of Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in the United Kingdom's 14 Overseas Territories highlights their massive global biological importance. The UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs) hold 34 bird species globally threatened with extinction and a further 13 species are Near-Threatened. Of these, 22 are confined to the UKOTs and a further 15 have vital breeding grounds in them. Threatened species include the Critically Endangered Montserrat Oriole Icterus oberi, which is confined to the Caribbean island and lost more than half of its range following a devastating volcanic eruption in 1997. Seven albatross and five petrel species with important nesting populations in the Territories are affected by the impacts of longline fishing in the Southern Ocean, particularly in the south Atlantic. Invasive plants and animals have had a devastating impact on native wildlife in the Territories too. Important Bird Areas in the United Kingdom Overseas Territories is published by the RSPB and it identifies 78 IBAs in the Territories, which stretch from Pitcairn to Bermuda, and from Gibraltar to British Antarctic Territory."

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RSPB Guide to Digital Wildlife Photography

David Tipling

Christopher Helm

2006

"This is a helpful and practical RSPB guide to all aspects of digital wildlife photography, accessibly written by and beautifully illustrated with the work of one of Britain's best known wildlife photographers. The book's elegant design makes the most of the author's incredible photos and informative text. The book discusses all aspects of digital wildlife photography, from equipment, fieldcraft, locations and composition, post-processing and computer manipulation of images, through to getting your photos published. This is the ultimate reference book for all aspiring and established natural history photographers, and will equip its readers with everything they need to know to help them take better digital wildlife photographs."

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RSPB Birdwatching

Rob Hume

2nd edition

Dorling Kindersley

2006

"Perfect for expert or fledgling birders, a practical guide to birdwatching in Britain and Europe. Expert advice on how to get closer to and see more birds in the wild, featuring profiles of all the commonly seen British and European species and listing the best birdwatching sites around Europe to advice on choosing and using birdwatching equipment. The ideal companion for any eager ornithologist."

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Management Plan to Conserve the Brown Booby Colony and its Habitat on Cayman Brac 2002-06

Bryan Nelson

RSPB

2006

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RSPB Children's Guide to Birdwatching: A Step-by-Step Approach

Dave Chandler and Mike Unwin

Christopher Helm

2005

"This new RSPB-endorsed book is a practical, exciting and comprehensive introduction to watching birds, for children aged 8-12 years. Lavishly illustrated throughout with full-colour photographs and paintings, it begins by discussing general birding - where to go and when, what equipment to take with you, tips on attracting birds to your garden, how to take field notes etc. The second half of the book comprises a field guide to more than a hundred and thirty of the commonest species of Britain and Ireland, using clear illustrations backed up by concise, straightforward text describing key identification points, such as behaviour, voice and habitat. This informative and lively book will greatly enhance children's enjoyment of birdwatching, and will help to engender a lifetime of enthusiasm for birds and birding."

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Birds..but were afraid to ask

Stephen Moss

Christopher Helm

2005

"This RSPB-endorsed book answers all those burning questions about birds that beginners and experts alike may ask themselves as they go about their birding. How do ducks keep their feet from freezing in winter? Why don't swallows stay in Africa? Are birds really dinosaurs, or were dinosaurs really birds? How is it decided whether bird species should be 'split' or 'lumped'? Taking a 'questions and answers' approach, each specific question leads to an answer which expands the theme under discussion, so that all aspects of bird life and the hobby of birding are covered. The scientifically rigorous answers together form an impressive and fascinating body of bird-related information. This highly readable book will intrigue anyone with an interest in birds."

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A Guide to the Birds of St Helena and Ascension Island

Neil McCulloch

RSPB

2004

"The varied origins of the birds on these two Atlantic islands make this guide invaluable for visitors to these excellent birdwatching locations. Contains background on the islands' history and biogeography, and illustrated species accounts."

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Drawing Birds

John Busby

Christopher Helm / RSPB

2004

"This is a fully revised and updated new version of a popular RSPB handbook to the art and joy of drawing birds. John Busby beautifully conveys his own remarkable ability to capture the grace and motion of living birds, illustrating his ideas and suggestions with many examples of his own work. He also uses illustrations from over 45 other talented bird artists to demonstrate a variety of principles and techniques. The text covers a wealth of topics, including choice of media, sketching from life, composition and different ways of interpreting the subject matter. This is a beautiful and inspiring book which will appeal to aspiring artists and anyone who has ever been entranced by the beauty of birds."

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Islands of Birds: A Guide to Orkney Birds

Eric Meek

RSPB

4th edition

2004

A photographic guide to birdwatching sites on the islands plus annotated species list.

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Spread Your Wings: A Guide to Five RSPB Reserves on the Suffolk Coast

John Grant, Jenny James

RSPB

2004

A guide to the wildlife of the RSPB reserves on the Suffolk coast.

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RSPB Birdwatching

Rob Hume

Dorling Kindersley

2003

"This illustrated guide combines accurate, easy-to-follow advice for the beginner with inspirational images and expert tips for the more experienced observer. Bird author Rob Hume describes and explains all you need to know about birds, from anatomy and behaviour to how to observe and identify species in their native habitats. All the images and facts have been checked by the RSPB making this an accurate and up-to-date resource. Always putting the interests of birds first, the book also includes tried-and-tested advice on techniques and equipment. Clear, full-colour photographs and jargon-free text take you gently through the intricacies of binocular, scope, and camera selection and use, together with an insider's view of what it takes to find and identify birds in the wild. A concise bird guide then offers fact-packed profiles of the 250 species you are most likely to encounter, which is followed by an illustrated gazetteer of the top birdwatching sites in Europe, as recommended by the RSPB."

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Northern Bald Ibis Conservation and Reintroduction Workshop

Editor: C. Boehm, C.G.R. Bowden and M.J.R. Jordan

Proceedings of the International Advisory Group for the Northern Bald Ibis (IAGNBI) Meeting Alpenzoo Innsbruck, Tirol, July 2003

RSPB

2003

"Twenty-five northern bald ibis experts, from a total of eight nations (Austria, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Morocco, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey) participated in this workshop, and subsequent excursion to visit the Grunau and Scharnstein projects. The fairly small group size allowed fruitful discussions and contributed to the success of the meeting. Its results are represented in this workshop report and will hopefully help to improve efforts to save the northern bald ibis."

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The Top 50 Birdwatching Sites In The Highlands

RSPB Highland Members Group

RSPB

2002

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Important Bird Areas in Tanzania

Neil and Elizabeth Baker

BirdLife International / RSPB

2002

"This publication is part of a global project being co-ordinated by BirdLife International that aims to identify all important sites for threatened birds. This volume contains comprehensive information on 80 sites in Tanzania that meet the criteria for Important Bird Areas."

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The ecology and conservation of skylarks

Editors: P. Donald and J. Vickery

RSPB

2001

Proceedings of a 1999 conference organised by the RSPB and BTO.

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Important Bird Areas in Uganda

Achilles Byaruhanga, Pantaleon Kasoma, Derek Pomeroy

BirdLife / RSPB

2001

"Thirty sites have been identified as IBA's in Uganda, covering roughly 7 per cent of the country. Ten sites are National Parks, seven are Forest Reserves and three are Wildlife Reserves, the rest have no formal protection status. In this work, detailed information is provided on each site, including location, altitude, status, description, key birds, other wildife and conservation issues. Wherever possible, references for further reading are provided."

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RSPB New Birdfeeder Handbook

Robert Burton

Dorling Kindersley

2000

"This is a complete guide to attracting and observing garden birds, with tips on creating a bird-friendly environment with imaginative use of garden design and plant selection. It is also a photographic directory identifying features of more than 60 common garden birds."

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Birds of Conservation Concern in the Yorkshire Dales National Park

Ian Court

English Nature, RSPB, and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

2000

"This book reviews those species of birds that are of conservation concern in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It looks at the importance of bird populations in the National Park and how these relate to national and international levels. It highlights population decline in many species and describes the conservation actions being undertaken by numerous conservation agencies, landowners, farmers and individuals working in the National Park to reverse these declines."

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Important Bird Areas in Kenya

Leon Bennun and Peter Njoroge

East Africa Natural History Society / RSPB

1999

"This book is an important contribution to identifying Kenya's biodiversity conservation priorities. It describes in detail 60 sites in Kenya that meet the criteria for Important Bird Areas (IBAs) - places of global significance for bird and biodiversity conservation. "Important Bird Areas in Kenya" will interest environmental planners, policy makers, wildlife managers, students and researchers."

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Corncrakes

Scottish Natural Heritage and The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Naturally Scottish Series

1999

"This shy, secretive bird is seldom seen but often heard. Its distinctive, rasping call evokes memories of a more rural past. Thanks to the efforts of the Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and RSPB, numbers of this threatened bird are again on the increase. Part of a series of colourful booklets looking at different aspects of this rich natural heritage from individual species, and even the genetic variations within them, to whole groupings within different environments."

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RSPB Birdfeeder Garden: The Essential Guide to Creating an Enticing Haven for Birds

Robert Burton

Dorling Kindersley

1998

"This is a practical guide to attracting birds into the garden all year round. As well as demonstrating how to design and adapt a garden to provide food, shelter and nesting places for birds, the book contains ideas for landscaping gardens of different sizes, shapes and locations, from urban rooftops and courtyards to more sizeable country gardens."

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Birds Around Milton Keynes

Editor: Bob Tunnicliffe and Trisha Tunnicliffe

W.R. Tunnicliffe / Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

1997

Describes best bird watching sites in the Milton Keynes area.

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Time for Pine A Future for Caledonian Pinewoods

D. Elcombe

RSPB / BirdLife International

1996

A report that covers the history and conservation requirements of native UK pinewoods.

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The Red Kite

Roger Lovegrove

RSPB

1995

48 page study of the Red Kite with colour photographs, watercolours and illustrations.

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Biodiversity Challenge: An Agenda for Conservation in the UK

Editor: G. Wynne and M. Avery

Butterfly Conservation / Friends of the Earth / Plantlife / RSNC / RSPB / WWF

1995

"A contribution towards the UK's response to the Convention on Biological Diversity. It is intended to be the voluntary conservation movement's statement, for comparison with the UK Government's own responses."

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Environmental Measures: Indicators for the UK Environment

Editor: A. McGillivray and R. Kayes

RSPB

1995

Indicators are key tools for quantifying, simplifying and communicating complex trends to wide audiences. This book makes a detailed examination of the "indicators approach". Many of the indicators show the UK environment to be in poor condition, as well as highlighting where further analysis and debate are needed.

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Birds of the Sandwell Valley 1993

T. Hextell and P. Hackett

RSPB

1994

A 16 page booklet.

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RSPB Guide to Birdwatching

Peter Hayman and Michael Everett

RSPB

1993 (paperback 1996)

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Discovering Birds: The RSPB Guide to finding and enjoying birds in any patch of countryside anywhere in Europe

Rob Hume

RSPB

1992

An introduction to birdwatching and identification.

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RSPB Guide to Bird and Nature Photography

Laurie Campbell

David & Charles

Hardback: 1990

Paperback: 1996

A guide to techniques and equipment with over 100 colour examples of wildlife photographs.

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The Kite's Tale: The Story of the Red Kite in Wales

Roger Lovegrove

RSPB

1990

The story of the Red Kite in Great Britain. In 1990 Roger Lovegrove was the RSPB officer in Wales.

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A Guide to the Birds of Anguilla

Steve H. Holliday, Karim V. D. Hodge and Damian E. Hughes

Anguilla National Trust / RSPB

1990

"This book is an introduction and reference guide, providing information to find and identify all the species of birds commonly found on Anguilla. It features great colour images of over 60 species of bird, maps and directions to 16 of the best birdwatching sites, a check-list of over 135 species of bird seen on Anguilla and when to see them, and an introduction to Anguilla's natural heritage and conservation. The guide will be of interest to both casual and keen birdwatchers and local students and teachers. The birdwatching notes are written from a purely local perspective, although much of the information will be of help on visits to some neighbouring islands in the Lesser Antilles. The guide explains how to separate some species that are difficult to identify, but is not comprehensive. If you are keen to identify some of the more tricky species, or to age individual birds, we recommend you use this guide together with a field guide. This guide is a joint collaboration of the Anguilla National Trust (ANT) and the RSPB. All proceeds from the sale of this guide will go to support the work of the ANT."

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Havergate: Island of the Avocet

Eric Young

RSPB

1989

A 20 page booklet.

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Bird Walks in Dumfries and Galloway

Editor: Bryan Nelson

RSPB Galloway Members Group

1989

Describes 32 walks that include good birdwatching sites and includes an illustrated identification guide.

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Islands of Birds: A Guide to Orkney Birds

Eric Meek

RSPB

2nd edition

1989

A guide to birdwatching sites on the islands plus annotated species list.

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Management of Heathlands for Nightjars at Minsmere, Suffolk

N.D. Burgess, C.E. Evans and J. Sorensen

RSPB

1989

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For the Love of Birds: Story of the RSPB

Tony Samstag

RSPB

1988

"Now the largest voluntary conservation organisation in Europe, the RSPB was born out of the zeal of a few determined women dedicated to stopping the cruel trade in wild birds' feathers at the end of the 19th century. This book is about the Society's crusade against that traffic and the many other threats to our birds and their habitats ince the Society's foundation in 1889. Illustrated in colour and black-and-white, with chapters interspersed with biographical notes of some of the colourful characters in the Society's history, Tony Samstag's book offers a fascinating chronicale of the RSPB from its earliest struggles to the present day."

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A Guide to Watching Birds in North Staffordshire

Editor: J. Wright

RSPB North Staffordshire Local Members' Group

1988

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RSPB Guide To Birdwatching In Snowdonia

Roger Lovegrove

RSPB

1987

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Drawing Birds: An RSPB Guide

John Busby

RSPB

1986

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Birds and Broadleaves Handbook: A Guide to Further the Conservation of Birds in Broadleaved Woodland

Nicholas Smart and John Andrews

RSPB

1985

A practical handbook for all involved in woodland conservation. Details different woodland systems and their ecological effects, habitat requirements of woodland birds, conservation recommendations, and profiles of specific woodland birds, and woods.

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Islands of Birds: A Guide to Orkney Birds

Eric Meek

RSPB

1st edition

1985

A guide to birdwatching sites on the islands plus annotated species list.

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RSPB Nature Reserves

Nicholas Hammond

RSPB

1983

A guide to all RSPB reserves.

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A Guide To Little Tern Conservation

Richard C. Knight; Pamela C. Haddon

RSPB

1983

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Birds of Town and Village

Eric Simms

RSPB

1979

A 30 page booklet.

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Ospreys and Speyside Wildlife

George Waterston and Roy Dennis

RSPB

1973

A booklet about the Ospreys and other wildlife of Speyside.

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Ospreys in Speyside

George Waterston

RSPB

1969

A booklet about the natural history and conservation of Ospreys on Speyside.

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Birds and Green Places: A Selection From The Writing Of

W. H. Hudson

Selectors: P.E. Brown, P.H.T. Hartley

Illustrations: Robert Gillmor

Royal Society For The protection Of Birds

1964

Selectors' note:

"W.H. Hudson wrote over twenty books, several of them about South America, where he was born. In making our selection we have confined ourselves to his descriptive writings of the English scene and its birds and beasts, insects and flowers. The books from which we have made our choice are Birds In A Village (1892), British Birds (1895), Birds In London (1899), Nature In Downland (1900), Birds And Man (1901), Hamphire Days (1903), The Land's End (1908), Afoot In England (1909), A Shepherd's Life (1910), Adventures Among Birds (1913), The Book Of A Naturalist (1918), A Traveller In Little Things (1921), and A Hind In Richmond Park, a book which Hudson had just completed when he died from a heart attack in London on August 18, 1922."

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The Bird Notes Bedside Book

Editor: Gwen Davies

RSPB

1962

An anthology that collects together 34 articles origionally published in "Bird Notes".

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The Birds of Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire

C. Norris

Occasional publications series no.17

RSPB

1951

16 pages.

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Avocets in England

Philip Edward Brown

Introduction: J.K. Stanford

Illustration: C.F. Tunnicliffe

Photographs: T.M. Fowler, Eric Hosking, A.W.P. Robertson

Occasional publications no. 14

RSPB

1950

A 40 page book describing the return of the Avocet as a breeding British bird.

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Sketching Birds

Roland Green

Royal Society For The Protection Of Birds

1948

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The Barn Owl in England and Wales

G.B. Blaker

Royal Society For The Protection Of Birds

1934

A 14 page booklet.

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On Liberating Caged Birds

W. H. Hudson

Royal Society For The Protection Of Birds

1913

A 6 page leaflet.

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A Thrush That Never Lived

W. H. Hudson

Royal Society For The Protection Of Birds

1911

A 4 page leaflet.

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