in Cheshire and Wirral: a breeding and wintering atlas, by
David Norman on behalf of CAWOS, was published by Liverpool University Press in November
The Atlas has now been published as a special website
which is free for anyone to view and explore by following this
Lavishly illustrated with 300 pictures by local photographers and artists, this colour Atlas provides full accounts of 186 species, with briefer treatments for a further 31. More than 500 maps show the birds distribution in the two seasons as well as the difference between seasons and the spectacular gains and losses in breeding status over the last twenty years. For the first time at county level, this Atlas also includes figures for the breeding populations of 65 of the most numerous species, 35 of which also feature abundance maps. In a further innovation for a project of this nature, observers recorded details of the birds habitats, greatly increasing its overall conservation value.
"Wherever one dips into this publication, there are gems to be found... It gives unprecedented understanding of the regions birds." Ian Newton, Chairman RSPB
290 x 210mm, 704pp, 300 colour illustrations and line drawings, 500 maps.
The book was launched at a reception at Ness Gardens on 10 November: