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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Yorkshire Birdwatching Sites - a review

Yorkshire Birdwatching Sites - a review

The guide commences with a section entitled 'Your Birding Year', which suggests the best sites to visit each month (with an explanation of why one should visit at that time) - the best starting point for anyone planning a birding trip.
The book gives in-depth coverage of well known sites like Spurn and Malham Cove, but the authors have also sought out easily overlooked sites such as Castle Howard and Nostell Priory.
Eighty eight sites are identified across 340 pages - each one includes the following details:
Target birds and the likelihood of seeing them (as a percentage);
Other possible species (Spurn runs to two pages!);
A detailed map of the site;
How to get there includes SatNav and GPS details;
A guided walk.
The back of the book has an index of target birds, so that, if one is looking for a particular bird, the appropriate site can be identified. The Yorkshire Naturalists' Union's 'Yorkshire Bird List' (as of January 2017) is also included.
The previous Yorkshire birding book - written by John Mather - was published in 2008 and a lot has changed since then. This guide is bang up-to-date.
The style is chatty and informal - with the author often referring to his own experiences when visiting sites - making the book accessible to all birders, from beginner to enthusiast.
Members of our group can order a copy of this book for just £17.95, a saving of £2.00 on the full price (please quote 'Airedale and Bradford RSPB Local Group'). Send a cheque (payable to Buckingham Press Ltd) to: BBS Yorkshire Offer, Buckingham Press Ltd, 55 Thorp Park Road, Peterborough PE3 6LJ.