Birds Of Surrey


by Jeffery Wheatley

A comprehensive account of their status, distribution and history, based on many years of research and fieldwork. This is a County Avifauna which is superbly produced and illustrated, and all the features that you would expect to see in such a publication have been included. It is anticipated that this book will become a standard work of reference.

THE WRITER - Jeffery Wheatley is the County Recorder of Surrey Bird Club and his published work includes the Surrey section of the series "Where to Watch Birds". He brings the same readable style to this major work which benefits from the consistency of a one-writer approach. This is evident in the Species Accounts which, in addition to vignettes and breeding distribution maps, are illuminated by fascinating historical facts. Following the landmark avifaunas of Bucknill (1900) and Parr (1972), the writer sets out not only to include details of the rapid growth of information since then, but also to place Surrey birds in geographical time.

THE PRINCIPAL ARTIST - John Davis is a member of the Society of Wildlife Artists and his work has illustrated many wildlife publications. A detail from his evocative painting of a Honey Buzzard at Thursley appears on the front of the dust jacket.

Contents include:

· The systematic list and species accounts. (This is the core of the avifauna and is both full and authoritative with the added dimension of an historical background.)

· Breeding distribution maps.

· Analysis of breeding surveys.

· Population estimates.

· Charts and histograms.

· Ground and aerial photographs.

· Vignettes, paintings and line drawings.

Background Chapters:

· Climate

· History

· Geology

· Personalities

· Other Societies

· Habitats and the effects of human intervention.

HABITAT - THE KEY

Although an inland county, Surrey has a wide range of habitats from large reservoir groups to lowland heath. This diversity sustains a rich and varied bird life and the development of this landscape is explored by the author. The text is supported by atmospheric and habitat focused paintings by John Davis, together with photographs of a range of sites.

The landscape mosaic.

· Important reservoir groups at Walton and Spelthorne.

· Significant areas of prime heathland with further sites under restoration.

· The Thames and tributary rivers.

· The chalk downland and scrub of the North Downs.

· Gravel pits and sewage farms.

· Lakes and farmland.

· The urban sprawl.

The imprint of man is clearly evident in the county landscape which, like many southern counties, is in a sense largely artificial. The book examines the change in land use and its effect on birds, beginning with the clearance of the wealden woodland.

 

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