The Breeding Birds of North Wales
Edited by Ian M. Spence, Anne Brenchley, Rhion Pritchard, and Geoff Gibbs
Anne Brenchley is the BTO’s Regional Representative for Clwyd East.
Geoff Gibbs is the BTO's Regional Representative for Caernarfon.
Ian M. Spence is Secretary of the Welsh Ornithological Society.
Rhion Pritchard is editor of the Welsh Bird Report and author of 'Birds of Meirionnydd' (2012).
Foreword by Iolo Williams
Abbreviations and acronyms
Why produce this Atlas?
The project area
Background to the project
Our approach to an Atlas
Volunteers - training and motivation
Other sources of data
Funding the project
Habitats, landscape and land use
North Wales - a portrait
Physical geography and geology
Weather patterns during the Atlas period
Principal land cover types and their associated bird species
Estuaries (including floodplain grazing marsh), sand dunes and saltmarsh
Coast cliffs including offshore islands
Rocky shores and coastal shingle
Farmland and boundary features - hedges, walls, ditches and tracks
Lowland neutral and calcareous semi-natural grasslands and heathland (including maritime heath)
Lowland wetlands (raised bog, fens and reedbeds)
Lakes, reservoirs and ponds
Rivers and streams
Wet and riparian woodlands
Ffridd including scrub and Bracken
Montane, moorland, blanket bog and upland dry acid grassland
Residential areas including gardens
Industrial and postindustrial habitats including quarries
Major changes in bird habitats from the time of Forrest to the present day
1800 to 1900
1900 to the 1940s
1940s to 1970s
1970s to 1980s
1990s to the present day
Distribution patterns and species richness - implications for conservation
Overall species richness - bird biodiversity hotspots
Biodiversity planning and its relevance for birds
Biodiversity planning in Wales
The population status of birds in Wales
Which were the most widespread breeding species?
Distribution patterns of specific groups of species
Raptors and owls
Comparison with the 1968-72 and 1988-91 national Atlases
Species no longer breeding in North Wales (since 1968-72 and 1988-91)
Recent colonists in North Wales
Species that may return to North Wales and potential colonists
Birds seen in the breeding season that did not breed
How we achieved our results
Future conservation measures
Lessons learned from this project that should be considered for any future, similar survey
Planning before fieldwork begins
During the fieldwork period
Introduction to the species accounts
Breeding status and Welsh conservation status
Historical information about species
Vice-county names within the text
The main map
The small maps at 10km level
Population trend graphs
The individual species accounts
Species classified as Category E by the BOU
Sources of data
Preparation of data
Numbers of records
Contributors of records
Organising the text
Scientific names of non-bird species
Index of bird species
[An] exemplary work of citizen science.
Mark Cocker The New Statesman
The atlas is richly illustrated with beautiful photos and summaries written in Welsh. The introductory chapters are also in 2 languages. This shows the linguistic pride of the Welsh. The Breeding Birds of North Wales meets even the highest expectations.
A landmark publication.
Welsh Daily Post
It’s quite a big book and quite a thick book. … The contents look good – clear maps, some beautiful photographs, understandable tables and a few graphs. ...This is a book to take with you to a Desert Island because it is fascinating, and because part of its size is dictated by having some dual-language parts, so as well as learning the birds of North Wales you could try and learn Welsh through bird distributions.
Mary Avery Sunday Book Review
Size: 290 x 210 mm
Publication: October 1, 2013