From its long coastline, with cliffs and islands that bustle with breeding seabirds in the summer, to its open moorland that hold some of the most southerly Curlews and Black Grouse, Wales packs a lot of birds into a small area. It is significant for its populations of Chough, Hawfinch and Pied Flycatcher, and its Manx Shearwaters are of global importance. And it has played an important role in the study of migration, as Skokholm was the first bird observatory in Britain.
It is almost 30 years since the first avifauna was published for all of Wales and much has changed. Knowledge of the status of many species has increased thanks to improved monitoring and a greater number of birdwatchers, and we have a better understanding of how humans have affected Wales’ birds, particularly the twin challenges of land-use and climate change. The Birds of Wales synthesises the new information and sets it in context of each species’ history in Wales. It tells the stories of all the birds that have been recorded here, whether common or rare, and looks forward, anticipating what may occur in the coming decades.
It will have an essential place on the bookshelf of everyone with an interest in birds in Wales and should be on the desk or in the rucksack of everyone who influences what happens to the nation’s land and seas. It is a once-in-a-generation state of Wales’ birds.
'[The Birds of Wales] is already proving to be an invaluable reference for information on species ecology and demography in Wales... It is beautifully illustrated with a scattering of photographs generously donated by a number of photographers.'Callum Macgregor, British Trust for Ornithology
'[The Birds of Wales] is certainly a very weighty tome, worthy of a place on any birdwatcher's bookshelf... The authors deserve huge congratulation on producing this impressive publication. The amount of research that has gone in to the work is staggering.'Alan Rosney, Glanmorgan Bird Club
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