A new atlas of 1,300 maps shows the patterns of distribution, abundance and change among 296 bird species in Britain and Ireland. The Bird Atlas 2007-11 is a partnership between British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), Scottish Ornithologists’ Club and Birdwatch Ireland and involved the work of more than 40,000 volunteers over four years. BTO used the local data to assemble a national picture of bird populations that will be used to inform conservation policy. From tree sparrows to Egyptian geese – every species tells a story of change
The numbers of red kite have increased by 1971%, fuelled by reintroduction projects in last 20 years. Results show that over the last 40 years, the British breeding areas for 74 bird species (37%) have expanded beyond their previously known range, while the range has shrunk for 72 species (37%) and remained the same for 47 species (24%) – Photograph: Drew Buckley/Rex Features
This review was written by Jessica Aldred for the Guardian.
Bird Atlas 2007-11 would be a great Christmas gift for all birders – now available for purchase on-line via Amazon.