If you have a smartphone, it likely doubles as many things: a map, a taxi-summoning device, a podcast-player, all sorts, but, can it help you separate a turdus merula and a turdus torquatus at twenty paces? Does it double as an intricately watercoloured and amusingly captioned British bird-spotting guide? I’d wager not. But it could, if you were the proud reader of Jotting and Spotting Guide: Our British Birds. It brings forth bullfinches and blackcaps, delineates dippers and dartford warblers, and magnifies mallards and moorhens. With Matt Sewell’s crisp and faithful watercolours, be aviary-averse no more. You can even zoom in to pick out a particular detail, be it the tufty cap of the waxwing or the formidable stare of the jackdaw, and without resorting to the traditional print method of bringing the book closer to your face.
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