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Mark Gol­ley with Stephen Moss, il­lus­trated by David Daly Blooms­bury, SB, £10.99, BW Book­shop price £9.99 (quote BW116)

As a com­pact, ac­ces­si­ble field guide to the 70 species you’re most likely to see in your gar­den, this is ex­cel­lent – each species gets a two-page spread, well il­lus­trated in full colour with a va­ri­ety of poses and plumages. The text is con­cise and to the point, too, with ev­ery­thing you need for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion pur­poses, as well as in­for­ma­tion on be­hav­iour and habi­tat. If I have a com­plaint, though, it’s that the front sec­tion could go into a lot more de­tail on cre­at­ing a bird-friendly gar­den, and pro­vid­ing food and nest sites, to jus­tify that ‘Com­plete Gar­den Bird Book’ ti­tle. What there is is good, but you get the feel­ing that you re­ally need another book if you want to go into th­ese sub­jects in any de­tail. In par­tic­u­lar, plant­ing for wildlife could be ex­plored more thor­oughly. But the chart that shows you when to ex­pect each species in your gar­den, and which are most abun­dant, is handy and should help be­gin­ners nar­row down IDS, so this is a valu­able re­source for any­one just get­ting started as a gar­den birder.

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