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The Birdwatcher's Yearbook edited by Neil Gartshore  ~  Best Birdwatching Sites in Dorset by Neil Gartshore

The Birdwatcher's Yearbook 2018

Edited by Neil Gartshore
Published by Calluna Books


The Birdwatcher's Yearbook has been the essential work of reference for British birdwatchers since first published in 1981.

Whatever you need to know, you'll find it in The Yearbook.


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Colour: Mono & 2-colour
Number of Pages: 328 
Size:  148 x 210mm (A5) 
Cover Price: £19.50

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Contents include:

> Special features including 'Eastern Bulgaria', 'The African Bird Club - 25 years on' & 'Best Bird Books of the Year'

> Birding events diary for 2018

> Birding diary & monthly bird note pages

> The latest checklists for British birds, butterflies & dragonflies
> Fully updated guide to 370 UK bird & nature reserves

> Contact details for county, national & international birding groups

> Directories of wildlife lecturers/photographers, artists, art galleries & trade outlets of interest to birdwatchers
> Tide table information from January 2018 to April 2019 to help you get the best from your coastal bird trips

> Weekly sunrise & sunset times for London, Manchester & Edinburgh for 2018

Review:  Fatbirder website

Every year for many years I have reviewed the Birdwatcher’s Yearbook and recommended it as an essential companion to any British birder. So, is it any different this year? Well, it is evolving under its new ownership – the excellent look and feel and layout is only very gradually changing and this edition has a mature feel too it preserving everything that was excellent and adding a slightly different stamp. All the information is at hand for those times when the internet isn’t and I’m sure there will be many birders out their whose copies get dog-eared and tatty from being chucked in the car so you can quickly check tide times or sunset before ending your birding day out.

This year there is even an article by me about access for all… so I’d recommend it of course, but then I have every year without any ego trips. I’ve said this before too, but non-birding partners will get brownie points if they slip this volume into their spouse’s Christmas stocking! Its hard to imagine anything having even half as much value in such a small package.

Notices & Updates

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Best Birdwatching Sites: Dorset
Written by Neil Gartshore
Published by Buckingham Press


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Colour: 2-colour throughout 
Key Features: 65 areas covered 
Number of Pages: 248 
Size: 148 x 210mm (A5) 
Cover Price: £17.95 
Other features include:

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


BTO website ...there are othersite guides available to the county, but this one is particularly accessible, handily sized, with really clear maps and site descriptions.


Kevin Lane (British Birds) ...this book provides a wealth of birding-related information about the county and would I’m sure prove invaluable for both holidaying birders and day visitors to this popular county. Even though, as a resident of Dorset, I’m familiar with the majority of the sites treated, reading this book has given me a few ideas of new locations to try out in the coming year.

Fatbirder website’s 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 alongside others and they always stand taller with good, accurate, relevant information and with maps well and attractively presented.

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 where, in my day, I never saw another birder, clearly this has changed or is about to. The coverage is not just wide but is as deep as the format allows so my congratulations extend to the author. 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!