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Two Revised Helm ‘Where to Watch’ Guides

Ireland and South East England

Where to Watch Birds in Kent, Surrey and Sussex by Don Taylor, Jeffrey Wheatley and Paul James | 432 pages, 35 line illus, 54 maps | Christopher Helm | Softcover | Edition 5 | 2009 | RRP: £18.99 | NHBS Price: £16.14 | 9781408105856

The southeastern corner of England is a densely populated region but one which holds many rich bird habitats. For example, on the south coast of East Sussex and Kent there are undisturbed shingle beaches supporting nationally important tern colonies, and inland there are Surrey heaths, important for many nationally scarce species like Dartford Warbler and Woodlark. In north Kent there is a network of important sites along the Swale estuary, which are of great importance for passage and wintering waders and wildfowl. These counties also often attract large numbers of passage migrants, including vagrant rarities from the continent.

This guide explores the best birding sites in Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Several new sites have been added to this revised and updated fifth edition. Each site is described in terms of habitat, species, access and timing and the volume is illustrated throughout with line drawings and maps of each site. The manual seeks to enable birders to plan productive trips at any time of the year.

Of course, these new editions owe a lot to their rivals in as much as Helm has taken to producing them in a much more attractive format reminiscent of the excellent guides from Buckingham Press. They are jam packed with information and this one tries hard to give better access details for disabled birders, although mention of its website would have been appreciated. Where to Watch Birds in Ireland by Paul Milne and Clive Hutchinson | 336 pages, b/w illus, maps | Christopher Helm | Softcover | Edition 2 | 2010 | RRP: £18.99 | NHBS Price: £16.14 | 9781408105214

This new edition covers the best birdwatching sites in Ireland. In a format familiar to readers of this popular series, each site is considered in terms of 'Habitat', Access' and 'Birds', allowing birders of all levels to plan successful birding trips anywhere in Ireland, and to maximise the chances of getting the best out of each site and each region.

The book includes up-to-date, detailed maps and attractive line drawings. This book has been extensively revised, with several new sites added for this edition, together with information on disabled access for most sites.It is a sad fact that such guides do need updating every decade as some sites disappear or are adversely affected by population pressure, pollution or urban sprawl. On the plus side occasionally new conservation status is granted and some sites become managed by professional conservationists, although, sometimes, not to the linking of birders who are not just interested in breeding birds but want to see patches of habitat conserved that attract rarity.


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Where to Watch Birds in Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Where to Watch Birds in Ireland