The Birds of Nottinghamshire

BookThe Birds of Nottinghamshire

The Birds of Nottinghamshire


November 29th, 2019

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The last comprehensive review of Nottinghamshire’s birds was produced more than four decades ago. Much has changed since then, and a new avifauna is long overdue. This book draws together historic reports from the nineteenth century, records from the files of the county bird club (Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers), and data from national and regional surveys and monitoring programmes. The resulting account presents an overview of the present state of the county’s birdlife, set against a context of environmental and climatic change. The gravel pits in the Trent and Idle Valleys form major corridors for birds moving across Britain and Nottinghamshire has attracted more than its share of national rarities. These include Britain’s first Egyptian Nightjar and Lesser Yellowlegs in the nineteenth century, Bufflehead, Redhead, Cedar Waxwing and breeding Black-winged Stilts in the twentieth century, and a memorable nesting attempt by European Bee-eaters in 2017. The woods and heaths of Sherwood lying in the middle of the county also provide a haven for an array of iconic species including European Nightjar, Eurasian Woodcock, Honeybuzzard and Hawfinch. This book describes the past and present status of the 334 species that have been recorded in Nottinghamshire up to 2018. Lavishly illustrated with photographs taken within the county, and sketches from the internationally recognised artist Michael Warren, it is intended to be an authoritative reference to the birds of Nottinghamshire.

'Overall this is an excellent book and highly recommended to all birders in the broader Midlands and to collectors of avifaunas.'
Mark Holling, British Birds

Author Information

Nick Crouch, Chairman of Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers. Jason Reece, Vice-chairman of Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers. Bernie Ellis, former Chairman of Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers. Chris du Feu, member of Treswell Wood IPM Group. David Parkin, Emeritus Professor at the University of Nottingham.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page6
Imprint Page7
Species sponsorship12
A history of bird recording in Nottinghamshire15
A description of Nottinghamshire and its bird habitats34
Species accounts68
Additional records 2014–2018582
Appendix: Additional and contentious species589