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Birds Illustrated lives again

Friday, August 15 is the official launch date for Britain`s newest bird magazine - a high quality quarterly subscription-only publication called Birds Illustrated. It is being published by Buckingham Press, the company owned by Hilary and David Cromack that produces the highly regarded Birdwatchers` Yearbook & Diary each year.Birds Illustrated originally appeared in the early 1990s and its mix of essay-length articles, top quality artwork and outstanding bird photography quickly won an enthusiastic audience of between 10,000 and 12,500 readers. Sad to say, these numbers were not sufficiently high for Emap Active, the country`s second largest publisher of consumer magazines, to continue producing the title, and it folded after two and a half years.Editor David Cromack said: It was heart-breaking to see the title close and I`ve always harboured the dream of bringing it back to life. We have received tremendous encouragement from writers, photographers and artists and I feel the first issue of Birds Illustrated more than lives up to the high standards of the original.Our goal is to produce the world`s most beautiful bird magazine with a high proportion of original art and outstanding photography. In Issue 1 there are some marvellous paintings from Lars Jonsson and Chris Rose and the articles by Kenny Taylor on St Kilda, Nick Garbutt on the birds of Madagascar and Darren Rees on the work of Lars Jonsson are truly outstanding.We also have Malcolm Ogilvie writing about grebes, Nicholas Hammond on the development of wildlife art and Neil Glenn on the joys of autumn birding in Cornwall. I`m also delighted to be able to show the work of a talented young French bird photographer, Erwan Balanca.A full-price four issue annual subscription costs ?20, but for a limited time there is an introductory offer price of just ?15.80. Cheques, made payable to Buckingham Press, should be sent to Birds Illustrated Subscriptions, 55 Thorpe Park Road, Peterborough PE3 6LJ or call the Credit Card Hotline on 01733 561 739.There will be a Fatbirder review as soon as I receive a copy of this magazine but for now I wish it well ? I for one think there is room in the market for a magazine concentrating on high quality images and first class writing.

4th July 2014