Book reviews

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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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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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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Having previously seen the ‘Flight Lines’ art on display at the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) exhibition, I was excited to see the artwork again in this book, which I had assumed was going to be the exhibition ‘catalogue’. What I found, however, was a whole lot more…

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It’s not too difficult to guess how this is going to go, given the title and the author. This book is not complicated to review: it is a medium-format book where artist Lars Jonsson shares his thoughts as he describes, in paint and words, 60 species of bird found around his Swedish home in winter…

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In my mind, any attempt to highlight the current plight of seabirds is a good thing. This book aims to do just that by exploring the beauty of seabirds and by combining knowledge revealed by traditional and modern science with extracts from mythology and poetry, in which seabirds have long captured the human imagination…

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This is a low-budget book – in paperback, with a page size only just greater than A5 and a centrally bound eight-page section of colour photographs of habitats – but it is fantastic! The author and publisher have produced a high-quality successor to the county avifauna produced by John Barnes in 1997…

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This is the most comprehensive reference list of the birds of the Falkland Islands published to date. It is the latest addition to the BOC Checklist Series (formerly the BOU Checklists) and describes the Falklands status, distribution and the current taxonomy of 259 species, comprising the 205 species confirmed on the archipelago plus 54 for which records are considered unconfirmed…

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This latest, and perhaps final, offering in the Best Birdwatching Sites series features the largest (and some might say best) county in England: Yorkshire. Within its extensive boundaries are some of the best-loved and well-known birding sites in Britain…

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Sadly I never met Frank Jarvis, although I was well aware of his excellent artwork, the images of birds clearly being based on careful observation and field sketches. In all he kept no fewer than 26 field diaries and this book is based on just two of them. The subtitle of the book is ‘The private Diaries of a Passionate Birdwatcher’ and covers Scotland in 1985-86 and Norfolk from 1986 to 1993.

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