The massive declines in most farmland bird species that have occurred since the 1970s have not been conspicuously reversed in recent years, despite the wide uptake of agri-environment measures by farmers. This is the conclusion one would draw from the Breeding Bird Survey and other national monitoring schemes run by the BTO. But what about the situation at a more local scale?

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For those familiar with the broad issues concerning farmland birds and with Ian Newton’s previous books, I could get away with a very short review – ‘exactly what you would expect from the title and this author’ is the executive summary…

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Only recently have wildlife cruises traversed some of the most inhospitable coasts, seas and islands of Arctic Russia. This book is a fascinating narrative that takes you through the recently opened Northeast Passage, which is now briefly navigable during the Arctic summer…

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This is the second volume in a planned series of five that will eventually cover the whole of Brazil. The first volume appeared in 2010 and covered the Pantanal and Cerrado regions of Central Brazil. Given the gap of six years many began to doubt the viability of the project. While I am pleased to discover that it remains viable, it is not clear how long we will have to wait for the remaining volumes. This volume covers 927 bird species that occur in just the south-eastern Atlantic Forest region, which is a real biodiversity hotspot with 140 endemic and 105 near-endemic bird species…

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This is the second edition of a book that first appeared in paperback in 2009. Now with an additional 100 pages, this is an excellent guide to this southernmost region of mainland Portugal…

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During October 2016 two Great White Egrets were present at Holkham Lake in north Norfolk and we visited the lake just after first light on 8th and 9th October to try to observe the birds and photograph their behaviour…

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This paper summarises the taxonomic history, identification, status and distribution of ‘Azorean Yellow-legged Gull’…

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This report presents data on scarce passerine migrants recorded in Britain during 2015. The inexorable rise of the Yellow-browed Warbler continued, and it was also a record year for Siberian Chiffchaff and Great Grey Shrike…

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British Birds November 2017, summary of contents

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This book represents an extensively detailed checklist of particular use to the growing group of birders who keep a Western Palearctic list…

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