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by Belinda Stewart-Cox and Gerald Cubitt
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Although not specifically about birds, this book covers many of the commonly visited bird watching sites around Thailand and contains numerous beautiful photographs of flora and fauna from around the country. The fact that Gerald Cubitt, the photographer, is given joint authorship points to the strength of this publication; the quality of the pictures. However, this publication is much more than a coffee table book, although indeed it would be an excellent addition to any coffe table, with a structured approach to imparting information about notable wildlife sites region by region. This makes for interesting reading, particularly if one is planning a trip to Thailand and this book is a good tool to deciding which areas to visit for not only birds but for other wildlife highlights too.

What really sets this book apart from others that rely heavily on their visual impact is the fact that it contains a large introductory section covering various aspects of Thailand's geography, climate and habitat types.

This section of the book does well in giving the reader a lot of background information upon which to build a picture of the natural heritage of Thailand. The history of the fledgling environmental movement in Thailand is also given and it does a particularly good job of outlining the problems surrounding wildlife conservation in the region.

This book is too large to be carried around on abirding trip, but then it was never designed to be. Instead, this book is an excellent one to buy before travelling to Thailand in order to familiarise oneself with the regions, habitats and species that may be experienced. Equally, this publication makes an excellent souvenir to read in order to bring back fond memories well after returning home and of course is a beautiful addition to anyone's library due to the quality of the photographs. 
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