Birds of the Cotswolds
A New Breeding Atlas
Edited by Iain Main, Dave Pearce, and Tim Hutton
Maps and diagrams Tables Preface 1. Introduction 2. The landscape and bird habitats of the Cotswolds 3. Schematic bird habitat maps 4. Subjective impressions of bird population changes in the Cotswolds since the 1983-87 survey 5. The survey in outline 6. Main species accounts 7. Brief species accounts 8. The survey in detail 9. Compatibility with the 1983-87 survey Appendix A. Species league table Appendix B. Gazetteer Appendix C. Distribution of records by tetrad Acknowledgements Further reading and references Index of species
The book is pleasantly designed, with coloured maps; photographs replace the drawings of the earlier work.
British Ornithologists' Union
...a model to which other local avifaunas should aspire.
Recent local atlases have all tended to be of a very high quality, but this one stands out for the sheer level of professionalism and clarity. A beautifully presented atlas covering a beautiful part of the country.
County and regional bird atlases are a really underrated tool for any birdwatcher, and this is a very fine example. For any birder in this outstandingly beautiful area, this is a must, for leisurely browsing as well as more systematic fact-checking.
Liverpool University Press has published this glossy, 234-pages, £25 hardback that details the numbers and distribution patterns of the various species of birds in the Cotswolds.
This is an essential purchase for anyone with an interest in the area. I would also recommend it highly to collectors of British avifaunas and atlases as it is an attractive, up-to-date and authoritative work which represents good value for money at the price.
Birding World 23 (2); 87-88
Size: 248 x 172 mm
Publication: June 15, 2009