Excluding accounts that appeared as parts of more general works (such as the Victoria County History series), around 40 county avifaunas appeared in book form from the midpoint of Queen Victoria’s reign in 1866 to the end of the Edwardian era in 1910. That Shropshire was not among this great wave of local avifaunas was due to the untimely death, from cirrhosis of the liver on 1st July 1892, of William Beckwith…

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I am pleased to say that Hetty Saunders’ book does not disappoint, and is required reading for anyone interested in Baker, his book, and story-telling around nature themes…

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British Birds and the British Trust for Ornithology announce the winner of the award for Best Local Bird Atlas 2007–17. All local atlases and avifaunas published since November 2007 were eligible for consideration for this award…

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A first-calendar-year male Chestnut Bunting rutila was discovered on Papa Westray, Orkney, on 19th October 2015…

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The latest full survey of breeding Cirl Buntings Emberiza cirlus in the UK, in 2016, recorded an estimated 1,079 territories in 186 occupied tetrads. The UK population is still largely confined to south Devon but there is now a self-sustaining population of 65 pairs in south Cornwall…

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Adult Northern Gannets from Bempton Cliffs, Yorkshire, were fitted with satellite tags to investigate their ranging behaviour during chick-rearing and early post-breeding periods…

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British Birds March 2018: summary of contents

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By Tim Birkhead If you’ve ever been birding in South America, you’ll know how difficult certain groups, such as the woodcreepers (Dendrocolaptinae) for example, are to identify. Without a local guide you’d…

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The style of the Crossley Guides will now be familiar to many birders on this side of the Atlantic: a large-format (in this case with pages around 185 x 245 mm) softback with full-page, composite illustrations comprising many different photographic images of birds superimposed on an appropriate background scene. ‘Painting by pixels’, as Richard Crossley calls it…

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This large-format volume covers 44 species of waders, or shorebirds, that occur regularly in Europe plus a further 38 species from North America and Asia that have occurred as scarce visitors or vagrants. Extensive introductory material discusses various aspects of the life history of these birds but the bulk of the book is made up of the individual species accounts, which are lavishly illustrated with numerous high-quality images…

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