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This page lists bokks written by, edited by, or with a contribution by, Stephen Moss.

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

 

Wild Kingdom: Bringing Back Britain's Wildlife

Stephen Moss

Cover illustration: Carry Akroyd

Square Peg (Penguin Random House)

2016

"Stephen Moss has travelled the length and breadth of the UK, from the remote archipelago of St Kilda to our inner cities, to witness at first hand how our wild creatures are faring, and offers us this complex, heartfelt and often unexpected response."

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Identifying Common British Birds

David Chandler, Russ Malin, Dominic Couzens, Stephen Moss

Handy Animal ID Guides

Flame Tree Publishing

2015

The comprehensive, handy guide to British birds. Discover a wealth of information about the appearance, behaviour and habitats of British birds, as well as practical advice on birdwatching and how to go about it, featuring tips and advice on necessary equipment, identifying features and how to attract birds into your garden. The clear text and beautiful colour photography will quickly help you identify anything from a Goldcrest to a Guillemot.

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Tweet of the Day: A Year of Britain's Birds from the Acclaimed Radio 4 Series

Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss

Illustrations: Carry Akroyd

Saltyard Books

2014

"Based on the scripts of BBC Radio 4's beloved year-long series, and distilling two lifetimes' knowledge, insight and enthusiasm into these pages, Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss take you month by month through the year, and the changing lives of our favourite birds. From peregrines swapping sea-cliffs for skyscrapers to swifts spending almost their entire lives on the wing; from charms of goldfinches to murmurations of starlings; from ptarmigans thriving in the Highland snow to the bright green parakeets thronging London's parks; this book is packed full of extraordinary insights and memorable facts."

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The Great British Year: Wildlife Through the Seasons

Stephen Moss

Quercus

2013

"Britain is a place of remarkable beauty and surprising extremes: nowhere else in the temperate world boasts such extreme variety in such a small area. Our humble island has over 10,000 miles of coastline; iconic animals and birds; and unique spectacles of migration that see wildlife from all corners of the globe descend upon our shores. Here, life is governed by the seasons: each month bringing extraordinary transformations to our land and its inhabitants. This lavish companion to the new BBC One series brings Britain to life, celebrating the vibrancy of the changing year through stunning photography and mesmerising time-lapse sequences, and revealing the unmissable drama and beauty to be witnessed on our very own doorstep."

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A Guide to Mountain & Moorland Birds And Their Sounds

Presented by Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss

BBC

2013

"In the sixth of our series of bird guides, recorded on location on The Long Mynd in Shropshire, Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss are assisted by wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson as they present a guide to the appearance, behaviour, songs and calls of the birds you may find around Britain's mountains and moorlands. Each programme focuses on a different habitat, starting with heather moors and birds such as Black Grouse and Merlin, before moving on to cliffs and crags (Raven and Peregrine); upland grasslands (Skylark and Curlew); bogs and mires (Golden Plover and Greenshank) and high tops (Ptarmigan and Snow Bunting). Full of useful hints and tips on how to recognise birds visually and identify them by their sound, this knowledgeable and entertaining guide will appeal to beginner and expert birdwatchers alike; as well as anyone who is eager to know more about the beautiful birds of the British countryside."

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The Hedgerows Heaped with May: The Telegraph Book of the Countryside

Editor: Stephen Moss

Aurum Press

2012

"An exploration of everything the countryside means to us, from a hundred years of the Telegraph's archive. The Telegraph is, as its former editor Max Hastings identified, more than any other national broadsheet the newspaper of the countryside, which over the years has been written about in its pages by such distinguished writers as J.H.B. Peel, John Betjeman and W.F. Deedes, alongside eminent modern naturalists like Richard Mabey and even unlikely proponents of the rural life like Boris Johnson. This anthology is no bland celebration of bucolic idyll, but rather an exploration of everything that the countryside represents to the British. For some it means the reintroduction of long-lost wildlife such as the red kite, or ancient crafts like thatching. For others it means jouncing along a green lane in a four-wheel-drive Range Rover. To the Prince of Wales, his new town of Poundbury is the countryside while subjects as diverse as crop circles, second homes, Mad Cow Disease and polytunnels are all flashpoints in the modern debate about what, and who, the countryside is for. Hugely varied, by turns funny and provocative, this is an essential exploration of a central aspect of our national identity."

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Springwatch British Wildlife

Stephen Moss

Collins

2012

"Springwatch British Wildlife is the perfect year-round countryside introduction to the much-loved wildlife of the popular BBC2 television series. The book guides you through Britain's rich and diverse natural heritage, allowing you to enjoy the nation's wildlife at its finest learning how the animals live and where to find them, why they do what they do and how we can appreciate them. You will be introduced to the birds, mammals and plants that inhabit our gardens, cities and countryside, with detailed species descriptions and beautiful photographs allowing you to understand their appearance, behaviour and habitats. Discover the best-kept secrets about garden birds, fascinating fungi facts and what leaves and seeds tell us about our thriving plant life. Join the Springwatch team as they help you to explore the natural world and unlock the mysteries to British wildlife."

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Garden Birds

Stephen Moss

Collins GEM

Collins

2012

"The ideal portable companion, the world-renowned Collins Gem series returns with a fresh new look and updated material. This is the perfect pocket guide for keen birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts to identify the diverse range of birds that inhabit their gardens. Authoritative text and beautiful photographs show the distinguishing features of each bird, including information on each species' feeding, behavioural habits, breeding, voice and population. An extensive introduction provides information on nesting sites, water, pests and predators. This new edition builds on the strengths of the unrivalled original, covering all birds most likely to be found in our gardens."

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Wild Hares & Hummingbirds: The Natural History of an English Village

Stephen Moss

Random House / Vintage

Hardback: 2011

Paperback: 2012

"Naturalist and author Stephen Moss lives in the longest village in England - Mark, on the Somerset Levels. This ancient country parish, dating from before the Domesday Book, has been reclaimed from the sea over many centuries. Today the landscape bears witness to its eventful past, and is criss-crossed with watery ditches and broad droves, down which livestock was once taken to market. These are now home to a rich selection of resident and visiting wildlife: rooks and roe deer; sparrows and snowdrops; buzzards, badgers and butterflies. Amongst these natural wonders are the `wild hares and hummingbirds' of the book's title: one of our most iconic mammals, the brown hare; and a scarce and spectacular visitor, the hummingbird hawk-moth. As the year unfolds, Moss creates an intimate account of the natural history of his parish. He witnesses the landscape as it passes from deep snow to spring blossom, through the heat haze of summer to the chill winds of autumn; from the first hazel catkins to the swallows returning from Africa; the sounds of the dawn chorus to the nocturnal mysteries of moths. This is a very personal celebration of why the natural world matters to all of us, wherever we live. "Wild Hares and Hummingbirds" is nature writing at its finest, expressed through the natural history of one very special place."

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Birds Britannia: Why the British Fell in Love with Birds

Stephen Moss

Harper Collins

2011

"Birds and bird lore provide a fascinating window onto our social and cultural history, and can tell us much about our changing relationship with the British landscape, our people and society. We Brits love our birds. They hold a special place in our hearts whether it's the sound of birdsong on a spring morning, the sight of a Barn Owl hunting on a summer's evening, or a Robin perched on our garden spade. In this book, Stephen Moss focusses on some of our most beloved and charismatic birds. He explores their fascinating biology, and their place in the evolving culture and history of the British people. The author delves into the worlds of Sea Birds (Puffin, Sea Eagle and Gannet), Water Birds (Kingfisher, Swan and Avocet), Countryside Birds (Red Grouse, Nightingale and Skylark ) and Town & Garden Birds (Robin, House Sparrow and Magpie), weaving their stories together to tell four very different stories about the changing face of Britain."

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Birding with Bill Oddie

Bill Oddie and Stephen Moss

BBC Books

New paperback edition

2011

" In this enjoyable and accessible practical guide, self-confessed birdwatching fanatic Bill Oddie teams up with experienced nature broadcaster and author Stephen Moss to impart a lifetime of knowledge and handy tips. Guiding you through your first steps into the world of birding with useful information on equipment, techniques and important insider hints, Bill's warm and friendly advice will help you on your very first birding trip, and his priceless knowledge of what to look out for will aid you as you develop to track the rarest birds and most treasured spectacles. Peppered with humorous anecdotes and musings, and illustrated throughout with useful colour photographs and Bill's own sketches and diagrams, Birding with Bill Oddie is the essential birding field guide, clearing the way for you to fully enjoy this most thrilling and fulfilling of pastimes."

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The Garden Bird Handbook

Stephen Moss

New Holland Publishers

2011

"This is a reformatted, redesigned edition of this popular title. Whatever the size, style or location of your garden, this stunning book gives you the perfect introduction to making the most of your space for birds. It provides opportunities for increasing the variety, number and regularity of birds. Written in a friendly and encouraging style, "The Garden Bird Handbook" is packed with practical advice and key information, ranging from planning and maintaining a bird-friendly garden, attracting, observing and feeding the entire range of likely visitors, through to a genuine understanding of bird behaviour. Illustrated throughout with wonderful colour photographs and artworks of the birds in garden settings, there is also a full and handsomely illustrated guide to garden birds, helping accurate identification. A special directory of plants that attract birds helps you plan your garden, and a month-by-month guide is packed with tips on what to look for. As well as the considerable pleasure to be gained from attracting and watching birds in your garden, there is an enormous contribution that you can make to their conservation."

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A Guide to British Farmland Birds And Their Sounds

Presented by Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss

BBC

2011

"Join Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss in this absorbing guide to the sounds of our most popular farmland birds, as heard on BBC Radio 4. In the fifth of our series of bird guides, Brett Westwood is joined once again by enthusiastic birdwatcher Stephen Moss, and with the help of recordings made by wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson they present this knowledgeable and entertaining guide to the songs, calls and cries of the birds you may see and hear around Britain's farmlands. Packed with useful information and handy tips, each programme focuses on a different habitat, starting with arable fields and birds such as Skylark, Grey Partridge and Lapwing; then winter pasture and birds including Fieldfare and Golden Plover; hedgerow (Yellowhammer and Turtle Dove), copse (Pheasant and Little Owl), and farmyard (Jackdaw and Swallow.) Their advice on how to recognise birds visually and how to identify them by their sounds will soon enable you to sort out your House Sparrow from your Tree Sparrow, and will appeal to both budding ornithologists and experienced birdwatchers, as well as walkers and ramblers who are curious about the birds they encounter while out and about in the countryside."

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A Guide to British Coastal Birds And Their Sounds

Presented by Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss

BBC

2011

"Join Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss in this fascinating guide to the sounds of our most popular coastal birds, as heard on BBC Radio 4. In the fourth of our series of bird guides, Brett Westwood is joined by keen birdwatcher Stephen Moss on the north coast of Devon, and with the help of wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson they offer a practical and entertaining guide to identifying many of the birds you're likely to see and hear around Britain's coastline. Each programme focuses on a different habitat, starting with estuaries and birds such as Redshank, Dunlin, Curlew and Knot, then sandy shores and birds including Common and Sandwich Tern; rocky shores (Rock Pipit, Turnstone), sea cliffs (Fulmar, Guillemot, Razorbill), and offshore islands (Puffin, Manx Shearwater and Arctic Tern). Listen to advice on how to recognise birds visually and how to identify them from their calls and songs."

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Attracting Birds to Your Garden

Stephen Moss and David Cottridge

New Holland Publishers

2011

"This is a new edition of this popular title. Gardening for birds is both a great way to help our endangered feathered friends as well as a great pleasure in itself. This book offers a host of practical suggestions on feeding birds and providing opportunities for nesting and bathing. The reader is taken through the steps of planning a bird-friendly garden covering aspects such as pond construction, suitable plants, provision of nesting sites and food, pest control and garden maintenance. A directory of 80 common species aids identification and offers guidelines on the habitat, food and nesting requirements of each species. Produced in a lavish and exciting format, this glorious book is both practical and stylish."

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A Guide to British Water Birds

Presented by Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss

BBC

2010

"Join presenter Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss in this fascinating guide to the calls and songs of our most popular water birds, as heard on BBC Radio 4. In the third of our series of bird guides, Brett Westwood is joined by birdwatcher Stephen Moss and wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson in an accessible, informative and entertaining guide to some of our best known water-loving birds. Recorded in springtime on the Somerset Levels, each of the programmes focuses on a different group of birds, starting with waders such as the Lapwing, Redshank, Snipe and Curlew. Then there are the warblers, who thrive in the reed beds, and the rails and crakes, including Coot, Moorhen and Spotted Crake. Last but by no means least are the river birds, including Grey Wagtail, Common Sandpiper and Kingfisher. Packed with useful information and helpful tips, this series will appeal to both the complete novice and the experienced birdwatcher who simply wants to know more about water birds."

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A Guide to British Woodland Birds

Presented by Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss

BBC

2009

"Woods and forests are full of birds, and although you might not immediately see them you will certainly hear them. This practical and informative audio guide, recorded in springtime in the Forest of Dean, will help you to recognise the birds you see - and those you only hear - when you're walking in one of Britain's beautiful woodlands. Each of the programmes focuses on a different group of birds, starting with the Nuthatch and the brightly coloured woodpeckers, small birds and wonderful songbirds like the Blackcap, the Garden Warbler and the elusive Nightingale. Then there are the specialists, who need coniferous planting to thrive - the Siskin, Goldcrest, Coal Tit and the more exotic Crossbill. Finally, the big ones, Sparrowhawks, Jays, Jackdaws and owls. Whether you're a novice or an experienced birdwatcher, this series will help you to tell the Chiffchaff from the Willow Warbler, the Redstart from the Pied Flycatcher and to enjoy the astonishing variety of bird life in British woodlands."

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The Bumper Book of Nature

Stephen Moss

Square peg / Vintage

Hardback: 2009

Paperback: 2010

"Go pishing for birds; become a bat detective; take a city safari; find snakes and lizards; identify spiders and their webs; look for owl pellets ...Make nettle soup; or itching powder from rosehips; make a bark rubbing; an elder-stem peashooter; or elderflower fritters.Wake up in time to hear the dawn chorus; listen to the heartbeat of a tree; or just stand out in the rain for half an hour. With The Bumper Book Of Nature the whole family will want to switch off the television and computer, pull on their Wellingtons and get outside to discover the endless bounty, beauty and fascination of nature right on our doorstep. Lavishly designed with over 160 full-colour illustrations of British wildlife and flora, along with gorgeous black-and-white line drawings throughout, this beautiful and timeless book will be treasured for years to come by children and parents alike."

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A Sky Full of Starlings: A Diary of a Birding Year

Stephen Moss

Cover illustration: Robert Gillmor

Aurum Press

2008

"Stephen Moss began on 1 January 2007 to chronicle each species of bird as he was seeing it for the first time last year, and continued to do so until 31 December. He writes about what he saw, where he saw it, who he was with, what it made him think and feel - the little story of each birdwatching episode, be it goldfinches on his garden feeder, seeing hen harriers nesting underneath a bridge in Glasgow, or the extraordinary rescue of a rare albatross on a Somerset beach. The result is both a unique chronicle of Britain's natural history and a touching and funny piece of autobiography - a year of life measured out in birds."

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A Guide to British Garden Birds And Their Songs

Presented by Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss

BBC

2008

"Most of us can tell the difference between a Blue Tit and a Blackbird or a Robin and a Wren, but what happens if you close your eyes - can you still tell which bird is which simply by listening to their song? If the answer is no, then this practical audio guide to the songs of British garden birds is the easy way to get to know the songs of some of our most popular and best-loved songbirds. Recorded on location in the Somerset Levels, in the garden of birdwatcher, writer and broadcaster Stephen Moss, this helpful and practical guide will quickly enable you to sort out your Blue Tits from your Great Tits and your Hedge Sparrows from your Tree Sparrows. Joining Stephen and presenter Brett Westwood, wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson is armed with an array of microphones that allow us to eavesdrop on the songs, calls and alarm cries of the birds we see around us. Packed with useful information and helpful tips, this guide is for anyone who wants to understand more about the beautiful birds which share our parks and gardens every day."

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The Birder's Companion

Stephen Moss

Illustrations: Clive Dobson

Firefly Books

2007

"Answers to 450 common (and uncommon) questions about birds. Did you know that an extraordinary six million mallard ducks have been banded? And that an even more extraordinary one million of those have been recovered? Or that the female of a species, not the male, usually chooses a mate? Or that birds are hardly "bird-brained" but actually quite smart? This friendly, fact-filled browser is perfect for birders, bird enthusiasts, students and the curious. Accurate, comprehensive and fun to read, the author's answers reveal a compelling world of feathers, beaks, flight, mating, nesting, migration, sleep, song and much, much more."

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Remarkable Birds: 100 of the World's Most Notable Birds

Stephen Moss

Collins

2007

"A celebration of the world's favourite birds, as nominated by birders and conservationists worldwide. Birders worldwide were asked to tell us the top 10 favourite birds in their country and why. The responses included contributions from people from major organisations, such as Audubon and BirdLife, as well as bird lovers around the world, and formed the basis for the list of the 100 birds within this book. These include the most glamorous or extraordinary birds from the common to the less well-known: penguins to hummingbirds and toucans to cranes. A quirky design and gift format give this bird book a distinctive edge. Beautiful photos support fascinating text, which explores the cultural associations and conservation stories of our favourite species, and what exactly makes them special."

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The Complete Garden Bird Book

Mark Golley, Stephen Moss and David Daly

New Holland Publishers

2007

"This book combines full identification and behavioural features of over 70 common garden birds as well as detailed, highly-visual information on attracting and encouraging birds to your garden. Stunningly illustrated, yet simple to use, The Complete Garden Bird Book will ensure that you get the maximum pleasure from your garden whatever its size or location."

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This Birding Life: The Best of the Guardian's Birdwatch

Stephen Moss

Cover illustration: Robert Gillmor

Aurum Press

2006

"Moss's 'Birdwatch' column has over the years included nostalgic reminiscences on birdwatching as a child, accounts of birding expeditions to places as farflung as St Kilda and even Antarctica, of birding on his honeymoon in the Gambia, the birds on his garden feeder and, recently, introducing his toddler son to a first awareness of birds. Now, the best of these 'Birdwatch' columns are collected into a beautiful miniature hardback, tastefully designed and illustrated with line drawings, and together they build into a touching and fascinating chronicle of how one person's hobby has endured and evolved and in turn enriched a whole life."

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Birdwatcher's Guide: Understanding Bird Behaviour

Stephen Moss

New Holland Publishers

2006

"This attractive guide is an essential, information-packed introduction to bird behaviour, perfect for both the novice birdwatcher keen to learn and the more practised birder, who wants to know more. The way birds behave is one of the vital keys to accurate identification and this book provides that all-important experienced instruction needed to understand and get the most out of watching birds. This informative guide covers all the important types of bird behaviour, including movement, feeding, breeding, migration, navigation, distribution, range, life and death, all of which are lavishly illustrated with full-colour photographs and artwork. There is a whole section dedicated to the behaviour of different species groups, from divers and grebes right through to sparrows, buntings and finches."

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The Private Life of Birds

Stephen Moss

New Holland Publishers

2006

"Why is the Red-backed Shrike nicknamed "the butcher bird"? When and why do the Birds of Paradise of New Guinea turn themselves upside down while hanging on a twig? Which birds offer each other presents of water-weed? And how long does it take a Swallow to fly from its winter quarters in Africa back to its nest-site in Europe? This book provides answers to the many questions that arise when watching the often mystifying behaviour of birds. From commonplace, day-to-day activities such as feeding and roosting to the more unusual displays involved in courtship and nest-building, this book provides a fascinating insight into the diversity of the bird world. Dramatic examples of bird behaviour are drawn from every continent, highlighting the truly cosmopolitan nature of birds and explaining such amazing avian achievements as migration and mimicry. Illustrated with 240 stunning colour photographs, "The Private Life of Birds" offers both experts and new enthusiasts alike an intricate understanding of bird behaviour, movement, distribution and population."

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The Garden Bird Handbook

Stephen Moss

New Holland Publishers

2006

"The Garden Bird Handbook is packed with practical advice and key information, ranging from planning and maintaining a bird-friendly garden, attracting, observing and feeding the entire range of likely visitors, through to a genuine understanding of bird behaviour. Illustrated throughout with wonderful photographs and full-colour artwork of the birds in garden settings, there is also a full and handsomely illustrated guide to garden birds, helping accurate identification. A special directory of plants that attract birds helps you plan your garden, and a month by month guide is packed with tips on what to look for. As well as the considerable pleasure to be gained from attracting and watching birds in your garden, there is an enormous contribution that you can make to their conservation."

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Bill Oddie's How to Watch Wildlife

Bill Oddie, Stephen Moss and Fiona Pitcher

Collins

Hardback: 2005

Paperback: 2008

"Bill Oddie's How to Watch Wildlife is a practical beginner's guide to enjoying the wildlife of Britain. Organised into a calendar of months, Bill tells you the best places to visit, how to catch a glimpse of our best-loved species, and things you can do for each month of the year. For example, in May, you could visit some wild flower meadows which are in their prime, see a nightingale, and experience the dawn chorus. Written in Bill's endearingly frank and witty style, this is an inspiring and refreshingly straightforward approach to watching wildlife. There are suggestions for places to visit within reach of wherever you live in Britain, and advice on watching wildlife with children. With stories of Bill's experiences in the field, it offers you and your family the know-how to start out with confidence. Bill Oddie sets out to demystify wildlife watching, giving advice on basic equipment and field craft, as well as explaining how to make the most of your encounters with animals. To guide you successfully through some of the finest wildlife experiences, there are top tips, advice for things to take with you that you might never have considered, and helpful addresses and websites for some of the activities less close to home. And in case you really get bitten by the bug, there is information on taking the next step, with hints on getting more advanced equipment, which conservation trusts to join, and wildlife holidays to make the most of your new-found skills."

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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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Garden Birds (Collins Wild Guides)

Stephen Moss

Collins

2005

A pocket-sized guide to a 100 species of bird that you are most likely to find in your garden. The text for each species includes detailed description and an identification factfile, enabling fast and accurate identification. Includes information on feeding, behavioural habits, breeding, voice and population for each species. Introductory chapters provide information on nesting sites, water, pests and predators. There is also advice on how to encourage birds into your garden.

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A Bird in the Bush: A Social History of Birdwatching

Stephen Moss

Aurum Press

2004

"Stephen Moss's book traces the history and development of this singular pastime, on both sides of the Atlantic, all the way from Gilbert White, the country parson who wrote The Natural History of Selborne in the 18th century, through the British servicemen who studied Black Redstarts from their German prisoner-of-war camp, to today's driven life-listers and twitchers who think nothing of hurtling the length of the UK by planes, automobiles and even boats in pursuit of a Grey-Tailed Tattler temporarily landfallen in the Shetland Isles."

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Garden Birds

Stephen Moss

Collins GEM

Collins

2004

"An invaluable pocket-sized guide to the 100 popular bird species that you are most likely to find in your town, garden or park. It also contains expert practical advice on encouraging birds to your garden. This completely new title in the Collins Gem series incorporates both practical information on each species and easy-to-use identification guides. Each page is devoted to a different species and illustrated with a colour photograph to aid identification. Contains information on each species' feeding, behavioural habits, breeding, voice and population. An extensive introduction provides information on nesting sites, water, pests and predators."

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The Bird-friendly Garden

Stephen Moss and Gill Tomblin

Collins

2004

A guide to making the garden a 'haven for birds'. The main part of the book comprises full-page garden plan in number of different styles. One section also covers unusual garden habitats, such as those near the coast. Also provides information on identification, what plants to grow, nest-boxes, feeders, bird-baths and protection from predators.

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How to Birdwatch: A Birdwatcher's Guide

Stephen Moss

New Holland Publishers

2003

"Faced with a vast and often bewildering array of equipment and books, this excellent, information-packed guide is the perfect introduction to an increasingly popular pastime. "How to Birdwatch" takes the reader through, in a user-friendly manner, all the basic information that he or she will need - from choosing the right field guide to selecting a suitable pair of binoculars and/or telescope. It shows you how to avoid common identification errors, demonstrates vital field techniques, illustrates the principles of basic field notes from your observations and how and when to find the birds themselves. It also considers birdwatching in your local 'patch' and further afield. Bird fairs, conferences and organized trips are also covered, as is the key role that all birdwatchers can play in bird conservation."

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Blokes and Birds

Editor: Stephen Moss

Foreword: Bill Oddie

New Holland Publishers

2003

"Blokes and Birds is a humorous, one-of-a-kind look at 40 British and Irish birders and their wild escapades in the pursuit of their 'art'. It's a quirky look at the personalities and the passions hidden behind the twitching beards, binoculars and birding paraphernalia. Readers will delight in madcap tales of trips taken over a 1,000 miles to see birds that have flown, a doctor's tale of a bird landing on his dining table along with the roast beef, and intrepid birders' brave battles with hail, mud, fences, lighthouses, foreign militia and more. The fascinating story told by each bloke of his most bizarre or strange birding experience is accompanied by candid photographs of each birder at his best."

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The Garden Bird Handbook

Stephen Moss

New Holland Publishers

2003

"Whatever the size, style or location of your garden, this guide offers suggestions on making the most of your space for birds and increasing the variety, number and regularity of birds. Written in a friendly, encouraging style, the book is packed with practical advice and information, ranging from planning and maintaining a bird-friendly garden, attracting, observing and feeding the entire range of likely visitors, through to a genuine understanding of bird behaviour. Illustrated throughout, there is also a full guide to garden birds to help with accurate identification. A special directory of plants that attract birds is included to help you plan your garden and a month-by-month guide offers tips on what to look for."

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The Complete Garden Bird Book

Mark Golley, Stephen Moss and David Daly

New Holland Publishers

2001

"This book combines full identification and behavioural features of over 70 common garden birds as well as detailed, highly-visual information on attracting and encouraging birds to your garden. Stunningly illustrated, yet simple to use, The Complete Garden Bird Book will ensure that you get the maximum pleasure from your garden whatever its size or location."

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Bird Boxes and Feeders: Stylish Designs for Attracting Birds

Stephen Moss with Alan and Gill Bridgewater

New Holland Publishers

2001 / 2003

"This book combines the DIY expertise of Alan and Gill Bridgewater with the knowledge of bird expert Stephen Moss. There is informed advice on the nesting and feeding habits of birds, and helpful hints on how to attract them to your garden. The 11 practical projects are accompanied by information on their suitability for different kinds of birds, on siting and on construction, plus step-by-step photographs, diagrams and easy-to-follow text."

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Gardening for Birds: How to Help Birds Make the Most of Your Garden

Stephen Moss and Gill Tomblin

Collins

2000

Featuring seven garden plan illustrations, this guide covers different types of garden - window ledge, balcony, terrace or roof terrace, small suburban, large suburban and country garden. Each one is supplemented by checklists that suggest the best nest-boxes, feeders and baths to install, and also the best sorts of plants to cultivate. There is also a section on unusual gardens, such as those near the coast. Subsequent chapters look in more detail at caring for birds, providing protection from predators, and identification information. A bird calendar explains season-by-season the different birds you are likely to see in each type of garden, and the correct type of food to provide at different times of the year.

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Attracting Birds to Your Garden

Stephen Moss and David Cottridge

New Holland Publishers

2000

This 60 page book describes how to garden for birds and how to identify and care for the birds in the garden. The sections of the book are: Gardens for Birds; Bird Calendar; Caring for Birds; Plant Directory; Bird Directory; Useful addresses and further reading.

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Birding with Bill Oddie

Bill Oddie and Stephen Moss

BBC Books

1997

"A guide to birdwatching, with advice on equipment, where to start, getting to know the local patch, drawing birds, bird behaviour, and combining the hobby with family holidays and days out. There is also information on conducting a bird census, and making bird tables and feeders."

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Birds and Weather: A Birdwatchers' Guide

Stephen Moss

Hamlyn

1995

"In this book the author explains how and why different weather patterns affect birds, and advises birdwatchers how to use this knowledge in order to understand short-term weather forecasts and maps to work out where rare sightings of birds might occur."

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BBC Weather Watch

Stephen Moss and Paul Simons with The Met. Office

BBC Books

1992

Published to accompany the BBC series Weather Watch.

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