1936 1st edition. Quarto (186 x 260mm). Ppvi,146,ill. Colour frontispiece and b/w illustrations by Peter Scott, top edge gilt, other edges rough-cut. Green cloth, spine titled in gilt. No. 69 of "an autographed edition limited to 550 copies for sale", signed by author and illustrator.
Hilton Young "has written of his hobby of bird watching, mostly in the Kennet Valley and on the surrounding downland .. .. [he] writes with a disarming modesty that cannot conceal his considerable knowledge, and with a charm that will make the book a companion on the shelf with Gilbert White, Hudson, and Grey of Fallodon. His step-son, Peter Scott, has already won fame by his wildfowling pictures. He shows himself here as acute an observer of the humbler birds of our hedgerows and fields."