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Best Birdwatching Sites: Dorset

…another pat on the publisher’s back

Best Birdwatching Sites: Dorset By Neil Gartshore | Buckingham Press | Softcover | 2011 | 248 pages | colour maps | b/w illustrations | tables | ISBN: 9780956987600

What the Publisher Says:

Dorset is among the top six birding counties in Britain with 417 species on the bird list and a formidable reputation for rarities and large numbers of migrants each year. Armed with this book you’ll be guided around established hotspots such as Portland, Arne and the Studland Peninsula, as well as many less wellknown areas away from the coast.

Other features are:
Birding tips, based on the author’s own experiences, to ensure you get the best from each site.
Reliable and up-to-date bird information.
Detailed maps and helpful directions to each site.
Advice on public transport and accessibility issues.
Checklist of Dorset birds and a month-by-month guide to what birds to expect.
Seawatching advice.The Author

Neil Gartshore is the perfect guide to a magical county which offers year-round birding excitement. He spent 15 years as an RSPB staff member on the Arne reserve and now works as a freelance bird surveyor, leads birding tours in Dorset and further afield and runs Calluna Books, who specialise in buying and selling out-of-print natural history books.

Fatbirder View

Its no secret that I am a fan of Buckingham Press’s series of ‘Where to Watch’ guides. Judged away from all other guides they are excellent, but put them along side others and they always stood taller. The gap has closed for one primary reason – other guides look more and more like these… and the imitation really is the highest praise one can give. I for one will be pleased if and when the others draw alongside and grasp the essentials of what today’s globe-trotting and unpretentious birders want… good, accurate, relevant information and maps well and attractively presented. Yet another pat on the publisher’s back, and to Hilary’s graphic skills.

It happens that Dorset was a county I spent a lot of time in during the 1990s and early naughties and I know many of the sites mentioned, some very well indeed. In fact there are a couple here where in my days I never saw another birder, clearly this has changed or is about to. The coverage is not just wide but as deep as the format allows so my congratulations extend to the author too. If I were a year-lister in Dorset or even an occasional visitor to the area I’d be hoping Santa pops a copy in my stocking!

Fatbirder

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