RSPB endorsed A complete reference for all regularly occurring British birds, covering 300 species Detailed, authoritative text on all aspects of identification and biologySuperb colour illustrations throughout, and colour distribution maps for each speciesNew cover, featuring a Great Crested Grebe Compact, lightweight format and competitive price Competition: Complete British Birds, Paul Sterry (Collins 2004 GBP15.99 288pp) photographic, higher price point. Collins Bird Guide: The Most Complete Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe, Lars Svensson (1999) aimed at a different market, more information and more expensive
Peter Holden was formerly the head of the junior arm of the RSPB. He isthe author of several bird books aimed at younger birders andbeginners. Tim Cleeves also works for the RSPB and is the co-author of Birds New to Britain.
"A compact but comprehensive reference book for the keen birdwatcher." The Good Book Guide (September 2006) "A must for newcomers to birding." Birdwatch (August 2006) "To get in touch with your inner 'twitcher', look no further than this wonderful reference work." What's on in London (24 August 2006) "I was genuinely amazed at the price as it must represent the best value for any bird book on the market at present get along to the nearest bookshop as you will not be disappointed." Highland News (March 2007) 'This hardy field-guide achieves a great balance between being useable and informative.' Outdoor Photography (Jan 2008)