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Birds of Northern Europe

By NatureGuides Ltd.

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A high-quality digital field guide, with bird names in 15 languages, covering 352 species of birds regularly seen in Northern Europe. This list covers all except rarer vagrants and includes every bird likely to be seen by the vast majority of birdwatchers in the region throughout the year. Countries covered include Britain, Ireland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Holland (The Netherlands), Belgium, Germany, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Luxembourg and Northern France. Comprehensive information is provided including: multiple annotated illustrations by leading artists showing the full range of plumages including rarer races and variations, beautiful still photographs for many species; songs and calls, maps showing distribution in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East and the full detailed text accounts from the Concise edition of Birds of the Western Palearctic (THE standard reference work originally published by Oxford University Press). Perfect for more experienced birders who will appreciate the comprehensive and professional ornithological content in this App.

• fully compatible with iPad using the full resolution of its larger screen
• species names translated into 13 languages plus International English and US English
• includes audio recordings of both songs and calls (which can be played on iPhone and iPod touch built-in speakers)
• annotated illustrations by top bird artists including Ian Lewington, Alan Harris, Mike Langman and DIM Wallace
• superb portrait photographs for many species
• definitive text accounts from the Concise edition of Birds of the Western Palearctic
• information on typical behaviour, identification and plumage variations
• many images showing nests, eggs and flight shots
• detailed distribution maps both for the whole Western Palearctic region
• quick search by species name or part of name
• organise bird names alphabetically or by family, with collapsible headings
• intuitive navigation uses gestures and flip-to-horizontal mode
• pinch zooming for visual assets

Species and family names can be in any of the following languages, and changed at any time: Català, Dansk, Deutsch, English, English (International), English (US), Español, Français, Italiano, Nederlands, Norsk, Português, Suomi, Svenska, русский язык (Russian). Note that the species text accounts, assets captions and illustration annotations are in English only.

Produced and published by NatureGuides Ltd, the UK's leading developer of natural history software. Please visit to see the wide range of birding services and products that we offer. NatureGuides has been established for more than 15 years and is staffed entirely by people who are birders themselves. We publish reference guides for every level, from beginners to professional ornithologists. The content and design of this app for Northern European birds draws on this wealth of expertise. Please see our other apps in the iTunes store.

• To hear the songs, calls and commentaries, make sure your iPhone isn't switched to silent, and that the volume is turned up sufficiently.

What's New in Version 2.0.0

• Completely new design provides improves navigation.
• Compare mode allows side-by-side comparison of any species. A curated Similar Species list helps to compare the most confusable species.
• Secondary names allow species names to be viewed in two user-chosen languages.
• Illustrations have been digitally enhanced and are at higher resolution than previous versions.
• Star feature allows a species to be added to Favourites list.


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Customer Reviews

I don't know what people expect

It's hard to see why everyone doesn't give this five stars. I have at least £1000 pounds worth of bird books at home because there is no perfect guide or one reference that covers all aspects. The BWP is as close as it gets but I can't take that into the field with me. This is as close as you can get and on top of that I can hear calls too; no book can do that. I have to ask those that think this is expensive if they have ever bought a book before. If you are looking at this app you surely already have your bins, scope, goretex everything, etc. What's 15 quid on top of that to get the equivalent of £200 worth of reference books that can't go out of date, plus a box set of bird call CDs, all in a pocket-sized format (smaller than any of my field guides) that you don't have to re-wrap in parcel tape every other trip to stop it disintegrating. This is a bargain!

Great update thanks.


This was going to get an absolute slating, but I've just discovered how to change the language from its ridiculous American default setting (Birds of Northern Europe, for heaven's sake) to English. Go into settings; language; primary language "English" and all is well with the world again. It could do with the return of the alphabetically arranged scroll bar and it does have a tendency to freeze, but at least I don't have to remember how to spell grey, I mean gray and not to introduce searches with 'Eurasian' or 'European'. And I no longer feel the need to demand my money back for an app that no longer represents the birds I expect it to.


This is a big improvement on the old version which I used a lot anyway. It's a shame the names are American with no acknowledgement of the different names we use in England. We call loons divers, bank swallow is a sand martin and barn swallow is just a swallow. I've always found it annoying that searches can miss out birds in a group, if you put in warbler you won't get Chiffchaff or white throat which are also warblers, same thing with finches. I suppose the comparison feature deals with that. Despite the niggles it is still a great app.

Birds of Northern Europe
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • £20.49
  • Category: Reference
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.0.0
  • Size: 823 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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