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Collins BTO Guide to British Birds Book - Despatched Immediately

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In a unique new collaboration, Collins have paired up with the respected British Trust for Ornithology, bringing together the most authoritative and up-to-date information in this new field guide to the common birds of Britain and Ireland.

This unique new identification guide features all of the birds that have occurred five or more times in Britain and Ireland, including all species that breed regularly in the region, plus those that winter here, or occur as common passage migrants.

The book has been written and illustrated as much with the beginner in mind as the experienced birdwatcher. Designed to be used in the field, the text and photographs describe and illustrate the key features needed to identify a species with confidence, and to separate it from similar, or ‘confusion’, species. As a general rule, the species accounts follow the taxonomic running order provided by the British Ornithologist’s Union (BOU). But for the benefit of the reader, in some instances the running order has been juggled subtly so that potentially confusing species are placed side by side. Throughout the book there are special pages that describe the key features needed for separating different families, and groups of birds that share the same habitat.

More than 1,200 photographs are featured and many are seen here for the first time. They have been chosen carefully to show not only important identification features but also to give clues to the usual habitat favoured by the bird, and its typical posture.

Annotations highlight key identification features that are discussed in the text. Song and call are useful aids to identification, and reference is made to vocalisation for each species. The average size of each bird is included; in most species this is the length, measured from the tip of the bill to the tip of the tail, but in birds that are seen most frequently in flight (such as raptors), the given measurement is wingspan.

Relative abundance maps are shown for every species. The darker shading shows where a species is most abundant, and the lighter shades where it is less so. These are based on the very latest information contained within the BTO’s Bird Atlas 2007–11.

 

Author: Paul Sterry

Biography

Paul Sterry is a biologist, author and photographer whose interest in natural history spans more than 50 years. He has travelled widely, pursuing his interest in the natural world, gathering photographic material for his books, and taking stock images for his photo library, Nature Photographers Ltd (http://www.naturephotographers.co.uk). Recently, Paul’s interests have centred on British wildlife and its conservation. He has written more than 50 books on British wildlife, including numerous field guides. Almost all the titles are largely illustrated by images from the archive of Nature Photographers Ltd. Among Paul’s most proud achievements are books in the critically acclaimed ‘Collins Complete’ series of field guides; recent titles on Coastal Wildlife, and Mushrooms and Toadstools, have set new standards in terms of image quality and the role that photography has to play in the identification of plants and animals.

 

Product Details

RRP 29.99
Format Paperback | 320 pages
Dimensions 135 x 195 x 19mm | 560g
Publication date 01 May 2015
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint William Collins
Publication City/Country London, United Kingdom
Language English
ISBN10 0007551525
ISBN13 9780007551521

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For those parcels requiring a signature, couriers have been temporarily given approval to confirm receipt on behalf of a customer; but only when that customer has answered the door and given them permission to do so.

 

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Domestic Shipping Policy

United Kingdom (excluding Guernsey, Isle Of Man and Jersey)

All our prices include free delivery in the UK with a standard tracked service (2 to 4 days). Almost all orders we send out can be upgraded to a next day courier service with an additional charge ranging from £2 - £5 depending on your order. All orders sent out are fully traceable. We require a signature for all orders unless order is low value or requested to be left in a safe place. If you choose DPD as the shipping option you will receive a one hour delivery window. You will be notified of this one hour delivery window by email and text.

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Our delivery charge is £6 for 2-3 day delivery and £8.5 for next day delivery.

All orders sent out are fully trackable. We require a signature for all orders unless order is low value or requested to be left in a safe place.

 

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Most orders we receive in the morning are sent out the same day with our midday courier collection.

However due to high order volume at the moment we only guarantee orders placed by 8am will be dispatched the same day with our midday courier collection.

We only dispatch on Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays.

 

Couriers

We use different couriers to send orders out depending on their size and value. We use mostly DPD, Royal Mail and MyHermes. You will be shown available shipping options for your order when you place an order

 

Packing Your Order

We take the utmost care with each order to ensure it is carefully packed and protected against damage. Your order will be dispatched in a suitable box containing protective padding to protect it from damage during transit.

 

International Shipping Policy

For international orders all binoculars are sent by Royal Mail International Tracked & Signed which is a 3-4 day service and costs £10.

please email us for a quotation on larger items. Shipping fees vary widely depending on weight, size, and destination.

 

Returns Policy

Our Return & Refund Policy provides detailed information about options and procedures for returning your order.

Delivery Information

Free UK Delivery

Fast Shipping

60 Day Returns

Domestic Shipping Policy

United Kingdom (excluding Guernsey, Isle Of Man and Jersey)

All our prices include free delivery in the UK with a standard tracked service (2 to 4 days). Almost all orders we send out can be upgraded to a next day courier service with an additional charge ranging from £2 - £5 depending on your order. All orders sent out are fully traceable. We require a signature for all orders unless order is low value or requested to be left in a safe place. If you choose DPD as the shipping option you will receive a one hour delivery window. You will be notified of this one hour delivery window by email and text.

Guernsey, Isle Of Man and Jersey

Our delivery charge is £6 for 2-3 day delivery and £8.5 for next day delivery.

All orders sent out are fully trackable. We require a signature for all orders unless order is low value or requested to be left in a safe place.

 

Dispatch Time

Most orders we receive in the morning are sent out the same day with our midday courier collection.

However due to high order volume at the moment we only guarantee orders placed by 8am will be dispatched the same day with our midday courier collection.

We only dispatch on Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays.

 

Couriers

We use different couriers to send orders out depending on their size and value. We use mostly DPD, Royal Mail and MyHermes. You will be shown available shipping options for your order when you place an order

 

Packing Your Order

We take the utmost care with each order to ensure it is carefully packed and protected against damage. Your order will be dispatched in a suitable box containing protective padding to protect it from damage during transit.

 

International Shipping Policy

For international orders all binoculars are sent by Royal Mail International Tracked & Signed which is a 3-4 day service and costs £10.

please email us for a quotation on larger items. Shipping fees vary widely depending on weight, size, and destination.

 

Returns Policy

Our Return & Refund Policy provides detailed information about options and procedures for returning your order.

Returns Policy

60 day returns

Fast delivery

Returns, Cancellation and Substitutions

If, for any reason you feel unhappy and unsatisfied with your purchase, or simply no longer want the requested goods, we offer you a 60-day money back guarantee.

The guarantee is only applicable under two conditions though:

  • The items in question must be in a new and unused condition
  • The items must be complete with all packaging as it was during delivery and the packaging must be undamaged. Please securely package the product you wish to return within an outer box. Do not write or place shipping labels or stickers on the manufacturer’s packaging.

 

In case you want to return the purchased goods for a refund, you must adhere to the preset refund protocols.

 

First, you must inform us about your intentions through writing via sales@stealthbirding.com or via post. Second, we must receive and accept your request for refund before you return the goods. After the request has been received, accepted and authorized, you must deliver the goods no longer than 60 working after the original purchase date. The cost of the items in question will be refunded upon confirmation that it meets requirements stipulated in our returns policy.

 

In case you want to exchange your purchase order with another product, you must write to us through the address provided below or through email to sales@stealthbirding.com. Before returning the goods for exchange, we must receive and approve your exchange request.

 

Our prices often cover postage on the original order. Nonetheless, the company reserves the right to charge (at cost) for sending the exchanged item to the client.

 

During transit of the returned goods, the customer assumes full responsibility until received by us. The customer is expected to exercise diligence and reasonable care when returning the goods to avoid the risk of damage. It is highly recommended that you use a signed for tracked delivery service when returning the goods. We also advice you obtain proof of postage. It is also recommended that a customer uses a service with full insurance cover for the value of goods in transit to avoid losses in the event of accidents or other unforeseen events.

 

Upon receiving and accepting the returned goods, we promise to refund the cost of the items in question to the original purchasing account or card within three business days. Importantly, our refund procedure is fast when compared with the legal period of 30 days.

I have a faulty product, what do I do?

If you believe you have a fault, first, turn to the troubleshooting section of the manual to find out whether you can find a solution. Through our experience, we have discovered that the majority of problems can be solved just by referring to this section. If you fail to find a workable solution, contact us so we can discuss the problem and make arrangements for return.

 

Whenever a fault occurs within the first 60 days of purchase, you will have a choice of either a refund or a replacement.

 

In cases the fault occurs within the stipulated warranty period but after the first 60 days, you have the option of requesting for the faulty product to be repaired. In this situation, we will send the item away for repair. In the situation when the repair is unsuccessful, you will receive a replacement.

 

NOTE: In all cases, we reserve the right to inspect the products and confirm the fault. In cases where no fault is discovered, the product will be returned to you.

Return address

Stealth Birding

176 Hungate Street

Aylsham

Norfolk

NR11 6JZ

Returns Policy

60 day returns

Fast delivery

Returns, Cancellation and Substitutions

If, for any reason you feel unhappy and unsatisfied with your purchase, or simply no longer want the requested goods, we offer you a 60-day money back guarantee.

The guarantee is only applicable under two conditions though:

  • The items in question must be in a new and unused condition
  • The items must be complete with all packaging as it was during delivery and the packaging must be undamaged. Please securely package the product you wish to return within an outer box. Do not write or place shipping labels or stickers on the manufacturer’s packaging.

 

In case you want to return the purchased goods for a refund, you must adhere to the preset refund protocols.

 

First, you must inform us about your intentions through writing via sales@stealthbirding.com or via post. Second, we must receive and accept your request for refund before you return the goods. After the request has been received, accepted and authorized, you must deliver the goods no longer than 60 working after the original purchase date. The cost of the items in question will be refunded upon confirmation that it meets requirements stipulated in our returns policy.

 

In case you want to exchange your purchase order with another product, you must write to us through the address provided below or through email to sales@stealthbirding.com. Before returning the goods for exchange, we must receive and approve your exchange request.

 

Our prices often cover postage on the original order. Nonetheless, the company reserves the right to charge (at cost) for sending the exchanged item to the client.

 

During transit of the returned goods, the customer assumes full responsibility until received by us. The customer is expected to exercise diligence and reasonable care when returning the goods to avoid the risk of damage. It is highly recommended that you use a signed for tracked delivery service when returning the goods. We also advice you obtain proof of postage. It is also recommended that a customer uses a service with full insurance cover for the value of goods in transit to avoid losses in the event of accidents or other unforeseen events.

 

Upon receiving and accepting the returned goods, we promise to refund the cost of the items in question to the original purchasing account or card within three business days. Importantly, our refund procedure is fast when compared with the legal period of 30 days.

I have a faulty product, what do I do?

If you believe you have a fault, first, turn to the troubleshooting section of the manual to find out whether you can find a solution. Through our experience, we have discovered that the majority of problems can be solved just by referring to this section. If you fail to find a workable solution, contact us so we can discuss the problem and make arrangements for return.

 

Whenever a fault occurs within the first 60 days of purchase, you will have a choice of either a refund or a replacement.

 

In cases the fault occurs within the stipulated warranty period but after the first 60 days, you have the option of requesting for the faulty product to be repaired. In this situation, we will send the item away for repair. In the situation when the repair is unsuccessful, you will receive a replacement.

 

NOTE: In all cases, we reserve the right to inspect the products and confirm the fault. In cases where no fault is discovered, the product will be returned to you.

Return address

Stealth Birding

176 Hungate Street

Aylsham

Norfolk

NR11 6JZ

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