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Lars Gejl Blooms­bury, HB, £40, you pay £33.99 when you quote BW-REV

If waders are your thing (and they're cer­tainly mine), then this is a must for your book­shelf. Cov­er­ing 44 species of Euro­pean waders plus 38 scarcer vis­i­tors from North Amer­ica and Asia, it pro­vides de­tailed in­for­ma­tion on taxonomy, breed­ing bi­ol­ogy and mi­gra­tion habits, and is il­lus­trated with more than 670 pho­tos, cov­er­ing ju­ve­nile and non-breed­ing plumages every bit as well as breed­ing. The sil­hou­ettes are a nice touch, too

– you can imag­ine them com­ing in handy view­ing against strong light, and they get you think­ing about each species' struc­ture. It's not par­tic­u­larly por­ta­ble, but any wader en­thu­si­ast will re­fer to it time and again.

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