James Lowen 


I am increasingly being sent material (books, apps etc) to review, so this is where I collect those verdicts - in case they are of interest to anyone! Click the underlined text to read the review.


March 2021: All the birds of the worldby Josep del Hoyo (in Neotropical Birding 28)

March 2021: Illustrated checklist of the mammals of the world by Conor Burgin et al. (in Neotropical Birding 28)

March 2021: Aves do Sudeste do Brasilby Daniel Mello et al. (in Neotropical Birding 28)

November 2020: Britain's Orchidsby Sean Cole and Mike Waller

August 2020:Lynx illustrated checklist to the mammals of the Southern Cone (in Neotropical Birding 27)

February 2020: Atlas of the breeding birds of Chile by Red de Ornitologicos de Chile (in Neotropical Birding 26)

November 2019: Through the animal kingdom by Derek Harvey and Charlotte Pepper (in BBC Wildlife)

August 2019: Birds of Chile: a photo guide by Steve Howell and Fabrice Schmitt (in Neotropical Birding)

August 2019: Les oiseaux de Guyane by Tanguy Deville (in Neotropical Birding)

June 2019: The big book of birdsby Yuval Zommer (in BBC Wildlife)

Feb 2019: We build our homes by Laura Knowles (in BBC Wildlife)

Oct 2018: El Quesar de Gamoneu, hotel in Picos de Europa, Spain

Sep 2018: Ten reasons to love a lion/penguin by Catharine Barr and Hannah Clulow (in BBC Wildlife)

​Jun 2018: Wildlife of Madeira and the Canary Islands by John Bowler

May 2018: Orchid Summer by Jon Dunn and The Orchid Hunterby Leif Bersweden 

April 2018: A new Neotropical companion by John Kricher (in Neotropical Birding 22)

​April 2018: The birds of the Falkland Islands by Robin Woods (in Neotropical Birding 22).

April 2018: Wildlife of Ecuador by Andres Vasquez Noboa (in Neotropical Birding 22)

April 2018: Birds new to science by David Brewer (in Neotropical Birding 22)

April 2018: Sloths: life in the slow lane by Rebecca Cliffe & Suzi Eszterhas (in BBC Wildlife)

February 2018: Rainforests in 30 seconds (in BBC Wildlife)

April 2017: Wildlife on your doorstep by Mark Ward
March 2017: Birds of northern South America (smartphone app).

Feb 2017: Canon 1D X mark II.

Feb 2017: Field guide to the moths of Great Britain and Ireland, 3rd ed, by Paul Waring & Martin Townsend.

Nov 2016: reviews of three lodges (Septimo Paraiso, Mashpi & Maquipucuna) in north-west Ecuador.

August 2016: Field guide to the birds of Suriname by Arie L Spaans et al.

March 2016: Birds of the Serra dos Orgaos by Daniel Mello et al.

Feb 2016: Crossbill Guides: Canary Islands II