Important Bird Areas in India – Priority sites for conservation
Important Bird Areas in India – Priority sites for conservation Compiled & edited by M Zafar-ul Islam and Asad R Rahmani published by IBCN: Bombay Natural History Society in conjunction with OUP, BirdLife & others ISBN: 0195673336
This really is a wonderful and remarkable piece of work – its huge at over a thousand pages in A4 format so is a weighty tome in just about every sense. It must have been a massive undertaking coordinating of several hundred contributors [I see several friends amongst them] and covering every state in India and many parks, reserves and un-dedicated areas of land that ought to be brought into conservation.
Just like the Indian sub-continent itself it covers such diversity of climate, habitat, topography and avifauna that its sheer scope is breathtaking.
Everyone who has had the privilege to visit India will dip into these pages and I would be very surprised if their prize birding corner is not mentioned in detail with good maps, pictures and comprehensive text detailing the conservation priorities and vulnerable species… which, of course, reflect the richness of the experience any visiting birder will enjoy.
This is, of course, a work which every Indian birder would want to own – not least so they can join in the pressure to conserve IBAs armed with the facts contained therein. Moreover, those of us who have been birding and fallen in love with India will want to pour over its pages searching for the next place we want to visit.
Of course, its worth goes far beyond that – it is a snapshot of avifaunal threat and aspirations; a doomsday book for Indian birds which will be the bedrock of campaigns and conservation efforts for decades. Everyone involved should be congratulated on their effort and the extraordinary scope of the project and its results, right down to the quality of graphics and print!
Created: 02nd Dec 2005