Collins Bird Guide, Second edition edition (7 Jan 2010)

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This field guide has become a classic, with its well written descriptions and illustrations that are beautiful as well as informative. It is a good introduction for anyone you might want to turn onto bird watching, as well as an invaluable guide for experienced birders. 

The text is a little crammed, and you might need a magnifying glass for some of the text if your eyesight is not as good as it was! The book is designed to be taken on holiday, rather than sitting on a coffee table, so it has to be compact, and it will enrich the holiday of anyone who uses it.