The Crossley Guide has something for everyone. I would suggest this book is an absolute must for beginners or novice birders. I can think of no better format that I have seen that caters for this audience. The species are set out in an order that immediately aids comparison between similar species and most are shown in flight and in all plumages.---Paul Freestone, Cornwall Birding
The Crossley ID Guide: Britain and Ireland is an impressive and significant contribution to the range of bird identification guides available for the British Isles. Given the development of apps and the availability of pocket guides it is perhaps most valuable not in the field, although Crossley clearly intends it for this purpose, but as a handy home vade mecum to be consulted on return from a birding foray to verify sightings. It is also eminently suited to browsing prior to venturing out and as a 'training' aid for new birders. These features also recommend it for library use--any UK public library that needs to strengthen or just enhance its bird watching collection is recommended to purchase, both for the reference and lending shelves.---Tony Chalcraft, Reference Reviews-- "Gadget Girl Reviews"
[The Crossley ID Guide series focuses] on maximising your chances of correctly identifying species by ramping up the number and variety of species images within the guide and placing these images within typical habitats. . . . Each beautiful plate is painstakingly filled with images of hundreds of individual species in different settings or from different angles to help recreate how you might encounter it.---Kate Jones, New Scientist
[A] revolutionary new bird book.---Stephen Moss, Guardian
[T]his book is aimed at beginning and intermediate birders. However if you are an experienced US birder but have never birded Great Britain or Ireland, this book is also for you.---Frederic H. Brock, Wildlife Activist-- "Birding Ecosse"
[T]his is a solid field guide that expands how we use and arrange photographs of birds in a field guide format. . . . [M]ost birders will discover that this is yet another useful reference on bird identification that will complement other field guides in their library.---Stephen Dinsmore, Iowa Bird Life-- "Biggest Twitch"
A noteworthy, excellent addition to the European bird guide lists.---Donna Schulman, 10,000 Birds-- "Birding Ecosse"
A thoroughly excellent book. If you are wondering what Christmas present to buy for the British birder who has every field guide there is, look no further!---David Bakewell, Dig Deep blog-- "Surfbirds.com"
Although clearly directed at the more novice birdwatchers amongst us, I see much merit and use for this within the more experienced members of the community--well worth keeping a copy in the car and well worthy of perusal. Overall, a thoroughly recommended purchase.---Lee G R Evans, UK400ClubRareBirdAlert-- "Biggest Twitch"
Anyone reading my review will be aware just how highly I rate the Crossley Guide.---John Hague, Drunk Birder Blog-- "Birding Ecosse"
Richard Crossley is an internationally acclaimed birder and photographer and the award-winning author of The Crossley ID Guide series (Princeton/Crossley Books), which has been recognized for its pioneering approach to bird identification. He is also a coauthor of The Shorebird Guide, the cofounder of the Pledge to Fledge global birding initiative, and he is working on multiple birding projects involving mixed media. Dominic Couzens is one of Britain's best-known wildlife writers. He contributes regularly to Bird Watching and BBC Wildlife magazines, and he is also a professional field-trip guide. His books include The Secret Lives of Garden Birds, Top 100 Birding Sites of the World, and Extreme Birds.