Book reviews

The biodiversity of oceanic islands has always attracted interest, especially from an evolutionary point of view. But with the exception of some flagship species, most aspects of natural history remain poorly understood, or accessible only through academic publications. This new book represents one of the best compilations of less well-known elements of the flora and fauna of the Canary Islands…

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One evening in September 1990, scientists from Cambridge University were out looking for nightjars in Ethiopia’s Nechisar National Park. In the road, they found a squashed bird, of which the wing was the only salvageable part. They packed it into a collection bag and, the following morning, had a proper look at it…

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he scope of Devon Bird Atlas 2007–2013, like so many of the current crop of county atlases, differs from the first in that it includes distribution maps for both the breeding season and the winter months. The fieldwork was carried out over six years…

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This tetrad atlas is another that follows on from the publication of Bird Atlas 2007–11. It is the second atlas for the county; the Fife Bird Atlas (see Brit. Birds 97: 203), covering 1991–99, was the first atlas to record distributions in the breeding season and also year-round…

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Dick Forsman was already fascinated by raptors at the age of six – sketching them in chalk on the pavements of Helsinki. In the years that followed he became the best-known raptor expert in Europe, and respected worldwide for his detailed knowledge of identification, in particular his understanding of the various stages of moult. This book is a collection of photographs taken by him in his quest to find and photograph all the raptors of the Western Palearctic.
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I came to this book as an infrequent reader of memoirs and perhaps with no great enthusiasm, encouraged to take it on because of the intriguing title and the overwhelmingly favourable reviews already penned…

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Ian Carter, one of the judges for British Birds, summed up the winning book – The Birds of Spurn by Andy Roadhouse – as ‘… a hugely impressive volume, combining a comprehensive and well-organised text with a superb assemblage of artwork and photographs…

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Sacred Ibis

Book reviews // 11.01.2017

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Britain has a long tradition of clerical or ordained naturalists, stretching from medieval times to the present day, and a particularly distinguished example is Canon Henry Baker Tristram…

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Eagles

Book reviews // 05.01.2017

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This is the latest slimline volume in the RSPB ‘spotlight’ series, which seeks to illuminate some of our most popular and high-profile birds and mammals. It is lavishly illustrated with one or more colour photographs on almost every page…

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Starting with the beautiful drake King Eider on the cover, this guide is liberally illustrated with a wide variety of mainly high-quality photographs of the iconic birds of the region…

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