Where to Watch Birds in Britain and Europe. By John Gooders. Andre Deutsch, London, 1970. 299 pages; 25 black-and-white photographs; 27 sketch maps. 45s. In this successor to Where to Watch Birds (1967), whose scope was conrlned to Britain and Ireland, John Gooders has extended his net to the rest of Europe outside Russia. For each country a selection of outstanding or typical localities is given, with brief notes on the terrain and the most characteristic birds followed by lists of the species of most interest according to season. Brief notes on access, sometimes accompanied by maps, conclude each account. I must confess that I view with grave suspicion books of this kind, which tend to channel an ever-increasing number of bird-watchers into a decreasing number of good localities for birds. This is especially so when they provide additional incentives for conducted tours, the conduct and reputation of which are not always above criticism. The advent and behaviour of one such party has led to the appearance of notices on a number of local gates saying 'Private. No bird-watchers'. Obviously, if the land is private and no permit has been obtained, no landowner can be blamed for this, but it is a sad reflection on bird-watchers that the last words should be necessary. Increasing public interest is undoubtedly essential for wide-scale protective measures to be effective, but it has its dangers too and it is to be hoped that readers of Mr Gooders's book will have some care not only
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