With the internet so accessible these days, sadly a good ID book is often overlooked for, in my opinion, an easier option to identifying birds. It’s all too easy to grab a photo and ask on a Facebook Group, “can anyone help with this?” and whilst I understand this is probably the changing face of Bird ID, there are still some fantastic guides available and lets face it, who doesn’t like a new book on their shelf!

With the Autumn migration season upon us, we have chosen our Top 5 books that will assist you with identifying birds or wet your appetite with some of the rare and scare birds we look forward to finding!

  1. We start with a new publication, Flight Identification of European Passerines and Selected Landbirds, a superb book aimed at assisting the observer with identifying birds flying overhead, a must for those interested in ‘Viz Migging’, the watching of visible migration….READ MORE
  2. Wet your appetite for the upcoming Scilly or Shetland Season with the Collins BTO Guide to Rare Birds. Brush up your identification of our rarest visitors, then get out and find your own!……READ MORE






3. An oldie but a still a goodie, ‘Waders of Europe, Asia and North America’ is a fantastic book for identifying waders in the field. Very handy in paperback format, superbly illustrated with very helpful ‘in flight’ section…READ MORE
4. If you ever get confused with confusion species, this is the book for you! This book compares those difficult similar species like Bar and Black-tailed Godwits, Green and Common Sandpipers, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff…READ MORE
5. Finally, our ‘go to’ bird guide for all British Birds! Easily the best photographic guide on sale currently in the UK in our opinion and one we always reccommend to clients on our tours…..READ MORE