The Birds of Herefordshire 2007-2012

An Atlas of Their Breeding and Wintering Distributions

The Birds of Herefordshire 2007-2012 – An Atlas of Their Breeding and Wintering Distributions by Mervyn Davies | Peter Eldridge | Chris Robinson | Nick Smith | Gerald Wells | Liverpool University Press | Hardback | October 2014 | ISBN: 9781781381267

The Publisher’s View: The Birds of Herefordshire 2007-2012 is the first systematic assessment of the breeding and wintering distribution and abundance of the bird species of the county of Herefordshire. It is the culmination of a project, undertaken over a period of ten years, by the Herefordshire Ornithological Club (HOC). The Club, founded in 1950, has carried out many surveys and published annual reports, but never an undertaking as large as a county Bird Atlas.

The opportunity provided by the initiation of the British Trust for Ornithology’s ambitious Bird Atlas 2007-11, published in 2013, gave the invaluable stimulus and collaborative framework for HOC to embark on the task. Fieldwork, conducted over the five years 2007-12 amassed a volume of data from a total of 545 tetrads (2-km squares) surveyed across the county. Observations by HOC members and numerous other birders contributed nearly a quarter of a million records to combined BTO and HOC datasets.

The Birds of Herefordshire 2007-2012 presents 215 species accounts and includes 348 distribution and abundance maps with colour plates of many species. Together with supporting chapters, The Birds of Herefordshire 2007-2012 provides a unique benchmark of the current status of the birds of Herefordshire, which will not only expand our understanding but form the basis of future monitoring of the county’s bird populations. It will also be of value for research, conservation and, indeed, to all interested bodies working to maintain the well being of Herefordshire birdlife.

Other Views:

The Authors: All authors are members of the Herefordshire Ornithological Society.

Fatbirder View:I don’t feel qualified to say much about The Birds of Herefordshire 2007-2012 I don’t know the county… but just flicking through the pages makes me want to change that. Many of the breeding birds there are ones I am lucky to see on passage… but in terms of its rural landscape it is very similar to my county so is very like a western version if you take out the lack of a coast. What I can say is that this is a very nicely produced book with good quality photos and clear attractive graphics as well as, of course, a wealth of information about the county’s birds. No self-respecting birders resident to Herefordshire’ on its borders or a regular visitor would be without a copy!

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