Rare Birds in Britain and Ireland. By J. T. R. Sharrock and E. M. Sharrock. T. & A. D. Poyser, Berkhamsted, 1976. 336 pages; 221 vignettes; many maps and diagrams. £6.00.

This is a companion book to Dr J. T. R. Sharrock's Scarce Migrant Birds in Britain and Ireland (1974), but, whereas that book displayed and discussed at length the record patterns of some 24 species, the present work analyses more than 8,000 records of over 220 species. The authors have presented a very complete picture of the occurrence of rare birds in Britain and Ireland, particularly for the 15-year period 1958-72, which is dealt with in great detail, and provide ready information to answer questions of the 'When?', 'Where?' and 'How many?' variety. 

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