The Crossley ID guide: Britain and Ireland.
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014.
Octavo, paperback, 301 pp. colour photographs, maps.
Aimed at beginner and intermediate birders, yet suitable for all levels, this new volume in the groundbreaking Crossley ID Guide series is the most user-friendly field guide to the birds of Britain and Ireland. Based on The Crossley ID Guide's award-winning design, this guide looks at all regularly occurring species of Britain and Ireland, and shows readers how to identify birds using size, structure, shape, probability, and behaviour. Images are accompanied by the accurate and concise text of Dominic Couzens, one of Britain's leading nature writers. This unique book treats over 310 species - those birds most likely to be encountered by observers and the guide's attractive pages provide a real-life approach to bird identification. Scenes present birds in various plumages, in lifelike poses set in identifiable British and Irish habitats, and plates also illustrate how a bird's appearance changes with distance.
Organizing images in cohesive, easy-to-understand plates rather than as separate photographs, this book also sets itself apart by containing more images that demonstrate flight, behaviour, habitat, and plumages than any other volume available. Not only is this field guide a reference book, it is also a spectacular teaching resource that makes it easy for nature enthusiasts to see and appreciate the big picture of bird identification.