Birds of Britain Pocket Guide 4+

A handy guide to British birds

Spiny Software Ltd

Designed for iPad

    • #36 in Reference
    • 4.8 • 599 Ratings
    • £2.49



Our apps are British-made, by British naturalists - we know our stuff! Fantastic photos, songs, calls, distribution maps and detailed information for over 200 birds - all the common and best known birds in Britain arranged by family or alphabetically. The specially written bird notes cover the appearance, habitat, diet, lifespan, nesting habits, rarity status, and distribution in Britain, as well as interesting facts.

The photo-based Bird Finder will quickly identify a mystery bird, then you can mark it as seen, add your own photos, and make a note about it. Automatically note the current date, time, latitude, longitude and Grid Reference. The app includes iCloud syncing, so that if you have more than one device (iPhone, iPod or iPad) your sightings will automatically synchronise.

"I don't say this often, but you guys should charge more for this neat little piece of work! I almost feel guilty now, for the price!" - AppStore review

Great features! This is the ONLY budget British bird app with the following features:
• A photo-based BIRD FINDER based on appearance, habitat, location, date and more
• Carefully selected photos of MALES, FEMALES and JUVENILES, to show the main features
• Labelled photos of KEY FEATURES
• A HISTORY feature to make it easy to go back to the last bird you looked at
• Select the birds for the area WHERE YOU LIVE
• European distribution maps for EVERY BIRD
• A BACK-UP system so you can save your data
• iCLOUD syncing to synchronise your sightings across your devices

The Pocket Birds app includes birds that are likely to be seen without making a special trip, plus well-known species. Want more? For the full works, look for Birds of Britain Pro: A Field Guide.

What’s New

Version 2.3.0

Updated to run correctly on all current devices.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
599 Ratings

599 Ratings

Graeme69 ,

Really good app

Quite impressed with this app. Easy to navigate and enough info to ID many British birds and common migrant species. Good pics, sounds and info about each bird, locations, habits and genus.
Had a minor problem after downloading and had response and sound advice within the hour. Customer service of this quality is rare these days so very well done

LardElvis ,

Okay but....

Firstly, there are some great things about this app that others don't offer such as the ability to record sitings and compare different characteristics to confirm a species.

However, I would not recommend this app to a serious twitcher. For a start there are only two or three photographs for each species and little to help with identifying juveniles or distinguishing features from similar species. Secondly, and probably a fundamental problem, is that many species are missing. For example, there are no wood larks, Cirl buntings or bar tailed godwits to name three.

There are much better apps out there in my opinion if you want a really good bird identification app.

Developer Response ,

This Pocket Birds app is designed to be an easy-to-use guide to common British birds (those that are seen in Britain without making a special trip) plus well-known species. It is a cut-down version of our larger and more expensive Birds of Britain Pro app. The Pro app is intended for more serious birders and includes all the birds you mention plus many more.

Gazzab6 ,

Some birds not listed

When I first purchased this app I thought it was fantastic however, lately when I’ve been out and tried to ID a bird, the bird has not been listed in the app, i.e., Great Egret and Twite which are both reasonably well known in the UK which is very disappointing so now I’m thinking of purchasing an alternative app so I don’t miss out on a positive ID. Sometimes a quick ID is needed while the bird is in front of you. Waiting until getting and home to Google normally means the characteristics of the bird have been lost from memory.

App Privacy

The developer, Spiny Software Ltd, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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