It is just five years since I reviewed the first edition of this book and I decided it was ‘…a superb work of ornithological scholarship which will surely become the standard point of first reference for years to come’. This new edition undoubtedly merits exactly the same judgement…

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Tim Cleeves is assured of a prominent place in the history of British ornithology thanks to an enigmatic shorebird. But his central role in the folklore of British birding was guaranteed long before he found the Druridge Bay curlew in May 1998…

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This book explores the eventful life of one of the great Victorian collectors and the often-elite communities within which he operated. Henry Dresser was born in 1838…

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The recent BB paper on IUCN threat assessments was an interesting and thought-provoking read, although I struggled to see how the results would be especially useful for bird conservation, despite assertions to the contrary. We seem to be awash with ever more refined and complex assessments of the status and conservation priority of birds (and other species)…

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Having grown up on the Wirral peninsula and begun my birding career there I was excited to lay my hands on this new book…

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Following changes made to the roles of the directors and trustees in the management of British Birds, the trustees have decided to enhance the role of the BB Trust and its charitable activities. The Trust now welcomes donations to help fund its grants, or to fund specific projects…

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The Farne Islands represent one of Britain’s most accessible and awe-inspiring nature reserves with spectacular seabird colonies and large Grey Seal nurseries…

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A Red-footed Booby was found on the beach at St Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex, on 4th September 2016. This is the first record of Red-footed Booby for Britain…

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A strikingly pale colour morph of the Mute Swan, commonly called the Polish swan, was first described over 170 years ago…

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British Birds January 2018: summary of contents

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