The Birdwatchers Yearbook 2003 from Buckingham Press in association with Swarovski Optics ISBN 0953384055 - price £15 direct from the publisher post free: Buckingham Press, Freepost ANG30007, 55 Thorpe Park Road, Peterborough PE3 6BR – cheques payable to Buckingham Press. Mention this review before 31st Jan 2003 and pay £13.50p including P&P!
As the publishers puff says Going from strength to strength… in its 23rd year of publication I wondered if it was and then cast my mind back 10 years to when I started buying it and I have to concur.
Like very many people I take the Yearbook for granted and am not surprise by the high quality of accuracy and the extent of the content but in truth I should be. I of all people know how hard it is to keep an informational source up to date when one relies on hundreds of individual correspondents to supply information. I checked their County Recorder entries against mine on Fatbirder`s county pages and found them to be virtually identical. I had missed a few updates, and so have they but they have the excuse of hard copy and cannot, as I do, go on updating information daily.
So I took a fresh look at this superb resource and was impressed by what is in there. I suppose I have looked for what I want, rather than look to see what is there before, so cannot guarantee that what is new to me is new to the Yearbook but I suspect this year`s edition is even more comprehensive than usual. Did they always have a tide table? Was there always a chart for sunrise and sunset? I don1t recall a list of speakers before? What I do know is that there was always a great deal of information about birding organisations throughout the world as I have plundered its pages to ensure relevant info on Fatbirder [I invite them to plunder my pages in the same way].
There are definitely more
birding areas covered this time and I am pretty sure that the British List with space to record your own sightings is new
As it happens, it matters not one whit what is new and what is not – the truth is that this is a sort of Filofax for birders and second only to a good fieldguide as an essential birding book!
Created: 4th Dec 2002