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
Anthony Cond, the LUP's Managing Director, has agreed to a new price of £14+£5 p&p for CAWOS members buying the
last remaining copies of the Atlas. Please send your name, address and other contact details, quoting 'CAWOS
OFFER', together with a cheque for £19.00 (£14 plus p&p) payable to Turpin to: Liverpool University Press,
4 Cambridge Street, Liverpool. L69 7ZU.
Cheshire and Wirral provides a wide
range of habitats for birds, from the internationally important estuaries of the Dee and
Mersey in the west to the high moors of the Peak District National Park in the east.
During 2004 to 2007 more than 350 volunteers spent over 50,000 hours surveying each 2 x 2
km tetrad in Cheshire and Wirral, recording every bird species in the breeding season and
in winter. This Atlas reveals dramatic changes since the countys first
breeding bird Atlas of 1978-84, and also for the first time shows the detailed
distribution of the wintering species.
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:
Anthony Cond, Commissioning Editor, welcomed the publication on behalf of Liverpool
Brian Dyke, CAWOS Chairman, described the society and the
background to the Atlas.
David Norman, author and leader of the Atlas project, thanked
the fieldworkers and other participants.
CAWOS presented David with a magnificent olive ash bowl in
appreciation for his work.
The guests enjoyed their first look at the book: