Book reviews

If, like me, you love to watch Hen Harriers Circus cyaneus, then you are not in a minority. In fact, I have yet to meet a birdwatcher who does not enjoy seeing them hunting or skydancing in search of a mate. Perhaps the same is true for other birds of prey too, but right now, for many people, the Hen Harrier has become the chief flag-carrier for persecuted raptors in Britain…

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This is a fun book in which Bill takes a look back at the various gardens he has watched birds in, from the time he was a small boy…

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While I was pondering on what to write about this book, a female Sparrowhawk carried off the cock Blackbird whose visits to our garden I had been enjoying for weeks. The Blackbird had been a bit of a wimp when it came to seeing off the male from next door, but when it came to proclaiming himself and his patch, he was a virtuoso in song. His voice, I thought, was something I would really miss in the spring evenings…

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Club members and friends celebrate 50 species from the Bristol and district area in this publication…

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Falcons

Book reviews // 05.08.2017

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A new New Naturalist volume involving birds is almost always a joy and this book is no exception…

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As the title implies, this is a detailed account of one man’s dedication to his local patch in Cornwall…

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Eastern Poland has attracted many birders from the UK over the last two decades, tempted by a great selection of birds and relatively cheap accommodation. There are now direct flights to Warsaw from 13 UK airports, so getting there is straightforward as well. This is the nearest airport to the main birding sites featured here; the distance of around 120 km can be covered by car in three hours…

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This booklet gives a brief and thorough account of the Peregrine Falcons breeding on St Michael and All Angels Church in Exeter, Devon…

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Advances in digital photography and printing technology are continually raising the bar when it comes to wildlife books based on photographs. This new volume is an excellent example, presenting a simply stunning collection of images of the Common Cuckoo and its many hosts…

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For most ringers, there are two guides that live near-permanently within arm’s reach: ‘Svensson’ (Identification Guide to European Passerines, 1992) and ‘Baker’ (Identification Guide to European Non-Passerines, 1993). Both guides have stood the test of time but a lot has changed since they were published…

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