Author(s): Marianne Taylor
A book for everyone who has found their way into enjoying wildlife through watching the birds in their garden. Even the smallest garden attracts some birdlife, and watching garden birds is a great joy for all nature lovers, especially those who cannot travel as widely as they might like. Garden birdwatchers are often new to birdwatching in general and can be daunted by the array of species covered in even a small field guide to British birds. This new coffee table book focuses wholly on those birds that are frequent garden visitors in the UK and reveals details of how they live, how you can bring them into your garden and boost their survival and breeding success, and how to identify them.
The book is divided into logical categories for the non-expert. Each species is treated in detail over two, four or six pages, with longer accounts for the most widely observed garden species. The author looks at their life history, behaviour, breeding habits, and advises how to attract and support each species in your garden, as well as sorting out all common identification conundrums. The chapters are interspersed with spreads on general practicalities of garden birdwatching and managing a wildlife garden. More than 200 spectacular photographs will reveal every detail of our garden birds' appearance and behaviour. There are also side-by-side images of the more difficult-to-identify species. The closing chapter deals with birds that are welcome but less regular garden visitors and draws the reader into the wider world of birdwatching.