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A Field Guide to Monitoring Nests

Highly recommended

A Field Guide to Monitoring Nests By James Ferguson-Lees, Richard Castell and Dave Leech 272 pages, colour photos throughout | Softcover | 2011 | BTO | ISBN 9781906204792

What the publisher says:

Intended as an aid to those involved in monitoring nests for research and conservation purposes. Written and illustrated by experts, this richly illustrated guide contains a wealth of information for 146 British and Irish species, together with introductory sections on nest-monitoring techniques, nest identification, legislation, the BTO Nest Record Scheme and nest-finding skills.

Its combination of concise notes and quick-reference facts and figures, together with expert advice and chapters on the basics, makes it an ideal field companion for both beginners and experienced nest recorders.

Each species account covers:

- Where the species breeds, with a UK distribution map and details on typical habitat and nest sites.
- Seasonality of breeding, with a timetable of when most birds are on eggs and chicks.
- Identification of eggs and young, with photographs.
- Species-specific nest finding methods and considerations.The Fatbirder View

This is an excellent compact handbook essential to those monitoring nesting birds. As a manual for professionals and volunteers alike I am sure this will prove to be an indispensable tool… however, there are many of us who will find it a terrific reference to add to the shelves. These days when only idiots collect eggs youngsters do not grow up recognizing the nests of birds or even likely nesting sites except fot the most obvious species nesting n or on our houses or in prominent holes in trees. Even those of us old enough to have acquired that knowledge half a century ago many will have forgotten the difference between a nest of a song thrush and a blackbird or between a robin and a wren so it will come in handy when winter reveals old nests in bushes or the cleaning of gutters and loft spaces reveals a nest or two, not to say the egg shells deposited by tidy parent birds that get you to wondering. Highly recommended!

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