We often feel we need to take a "bird's eye view". But what exactly how does a bird's eye view the world anyway? We can never truly know, but Graham Martin does his best to help us understand not only how birds see the world, bur hear, touch and smell it too.
The Sensory Ecology of Birds
Where The Animals Go: Tracking Wildlife with Technology in 50 Maps and Graphics
From the very first page this book is an enthralling look at the world that technology can help us uncover. It is not just a look at where the animals go, but why they are going, how the animals get there, the problems they encounter and the stories of some of these individuals.
Birding in the Bristol Region: a Celebration: 50 Years of the Bristol Ornithological Club
Birds as Useful Indicators of High Nature Value Farmlands
The aim of this book was to provide a framework to use birds as indicators of High Nature Value (HNV) farmlands, and it includes five chapters on general aspects of HNV and three chapters which cover as many case-studies.
The first chapter provides an introduction to HNV farming, including ways to characterise it, and differences in agriculture between Western and Eastern Europe. This part of the book provides a useful overview to those completely unfamiliar with HNV farming, although it does not delve into much detail.
HBW and Birdlife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, Volume 2: Passerines
This is the passerine volume of the new checklist produced by the team from Handbook of the Birds of the World. It essentially follows exactly the same format and rules of the first volume and is a hugely impressive work.
Charles Darwin's Life with Birds: His Complete Ornithology
The Cuckoo: the Uninvited Guest
The familiar call of the male Cuckoo echoing across reed beds and moorland is widely recognised throughout Europe as a harbinger of spring; yet few have witnessed the intimate details of the life of this most elusive bird except those who dedicate their lives to observing and studying the behaviour of one of nature's most devious cheats.
Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland
This is the third edition of a justly popular field guide to the macro-moths of the British Isles, which when first published in 2003 introduced illustrations of the moths in their natural resting positions, a major advance.
Bird Brain: An Exploration of Avian Intelligence
This is an extensive introductory review of the subject of intelligence in birds, with lots of pictures. It is neither an academic textbook or a coffee table potboiler, but pitched very much inbetween.
Multimedia Identification Guide to North Atlantic Seabirds: Albatrosses and Fulmarine Petrels
The back cover pretty much says it all – over 270 pages of detailed and original text. Over 200 colour photographs. Over 180 stunning and accurate illustrations. Large format colour range maps based on latest geolocator and observational studies. Two DVDs with over 120 minutes of highly informative footage with narration.
Identification of European Non-Passerines
The original “Baker” (Identification Guide to European Non-Passerines) is now, as surprising as it may seem, 23 years old. Since its publication in 1993 a lot has changed – new knowledge has come to light, and a number of other publications have entered the ageing/sexing arena.
Beaks, Bones & Bird Songs: How the struggle for survival has shaped birds and their behaviour
According to this engaging and informative book, back in 1703, a pamphlet was published stating that ‘birds fly to the moon for winter’ whilst in 1905, an essay proclaimed that in order to fly, ‘birds inhale deeply, making themselves lighter than air, and fly off’. Our knowledge of avian science and behaviour has come a long way since then (although there is still much to learn) and this book leads the reader through a lot of that information in an easy to read and easy to digest manner.
The Birds of Holy Island and Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve
From the first lines of the introduction, and a sketch of a White-tailed Eagle, it is obvious that The Birds of Holy Island and Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve is a quality book for any enthusiastic birdwatcher. In this edition Ian Kerr has also given us an insight into the history, both natural and cultural, of this enigmatic corner of Northumberland.
Raptors in Focus
A foray into the literature dealing with identification of European raptors will inevitably lead to one or more of Dick Forsman’s books. These are currently among the very best of the books that aim to help readers to resolve the questions and conundrums that often attend this topic.