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Books about Cheshire birds and birdwatching in Cheshire

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Features of the Meres and Mosses of Shropshire, Cheshire and Staffordshire

Pete Boardman, Joan Daniels

Field Studies Council

2012

A 12 page, fold-out, laminated guide to the wildlife of the Meres and Mosses of Shropshire, Cheshire and Staffordshire.

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Marches

Andrew Allott

New Naturalist 118

Collins

2011

"The borderland between England and Wales has long been a region of contention. Its distinctive geography, wedged roughly between Welsh mountains and English river beds has not only isolated this rural, sparsely-populated slice of land, but created a unique identity. Stretching along the bordering counties with England Cheshire, Shropshire and Herefordshire the Welsh Marches are made up of a mixture of mountains and moorlands, farms and wooded river valleys. The natural history of the region is like most parts of the British Isles inextricably linked to the activities of man across many thousands of years. Andrew Allott brings together a wealth of material in the latest New Naturalist volume, much of which is published here for the first time. Presenting the first large-scale survey of this unique part of the country, he offers a complete natural history of the area, covering the hills, fossils, ice ages, meres, mosses, forests, streams and rivers, whilst also focusing on man's impact on the region, the changing wildlife, the impact of agriculture and the consequences of past and present industrial action."

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Birds In Cheshire And Wirral: A Breeding and Wintering Atlas

David Norman

Liverpool University Press

2008

"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 2x2 km tetrad in Cheshire and Wirral, recording every bird species in the breeding season and in winter. This Atlas reveals dramatic changes since the county's 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."

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Where to Watch Birds: North West England

Allan Conlin, Dr J P Cullen, Pete Marsh, Tristan Reid, Chris Sharpe, Judith Smith, Stephen Williams

Christopher Helm

2008

"A guide to the best birding sites in the north western counties of Cumbria, Lancashire and Cheshire. This area holds some of the finest upland sites in England, as well as some superb wetlands including Morecambe Bay which holds the largest wader roost in the country. The western coast of Northern England has a good record for attracting Nearctic vagrants, and the Lake District is the only place in England where Golden Eagles breed. The guide explores the best birding sites in the area, and several new sites have been added to this revised and updated third edition. Each site is described in terms of habitat, species, access and timing, and the volume is illustrated throughout with line drawings and maps of each site. This book seeks to enable birders plan productive trips at any time of the year."

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Hilbre: Island in the Dee Estuary

Margaret Sixsmith

Countywise Ltd

2006

"This title presents a comprehensive record of Hilbre Island in the Dee Estuary, illustrated with color photographs. Margaret Sixsmith presents a detailed look at the history, geology and nature of Hilbre, and a stunning look at its amazing landscape."

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Reed Warblers at Rostherne Mere: Working Today for Nature Tomorrow

M. Calvert

English Nature

2005

"An account of 30 year study of reed warblers at Rostherne Mere National Nature Reserve (NNR) undertaken by voluntary warden Malcolm Calvert."

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Where to Watch Birds: Cumbria, Lancashire & Cheshire

Jonathan Guest, Malcolm Hutchinson

Christopher Helm

1997

"A guide to Cumbria, Lancashire and Cheshire - counties which boast some of the most varied bird habitats in Britain. For this second edition new sites have been added, the maps have been redrawn and the information has been updated."

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Birds In Cheshire And Wirral: A Breeding and Wintering Atlas

J.P. Guest, D. Elphick, J.S.A. Hunter, D. Norman

Cheshire & Wirral Ornithological Society

1992

"163 species are covered in the standard tetrad format of most modern atlases."

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Where to Watch Birds: Cumbria, Lancashire & Cheshire

Jonathan Guest, Malcolm Hutchinson

Christopher Helm

1992

"Cumbria, Lancashire and Cheshire boast some of the most varied habitats in Britain from the mountains of the Lake District to the green plains of Cheshire. The region also has four bird-rich estuaries which are of international importance. The authors have divided this guide into eight regions covering 66 sites. As with other volumes in this series, each site is described under the headings of habitat, access, timing and calendar giving the visitor all the information required to make the most of each trip. Jonathan Guest is a former bird recorder and editor of the Cheshire Bird Report and is joint editor of A Breeding Atlas of Cheshire and Wirral. Malcolm Hutcheson also wrote Cumbrian Birds."

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Where to Watch Birds: Cumbria, Lancashire & Cheshire

Ron Freethy, Jonathan Guest

Christopher Helm

1988

"This guide is a general introduction to the climate and wildlife of Lancashire, Cumbria and Cheshire, followed by a systematic list of the many birdwatching localities, with a map for each site and a calendar summarizing the arrival and departure dates of migrants. Essential information is given on habitat, species, timing and access for each site, aiming to provide a comprehensive survey of each locality."

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Hilbre: The Cheshire Island: Its History and Natural History

Editor: J.D. Crags

Liverpool University Press

1983

"This is the first book entirely devoted to a study of the Hilbre islands, which are situated about one mile from the extreme north-western corner of the Wirral Peninsula. These tidal islands have been famous among bird watchers for many years, during which time the ringing and continuous recording of birds has provided much valuable data about migration patterns. The Hilbre nature reserve is also of great importance to anyone carrying out serious research in the fields of botany and zoology, with its unique species of marine algae and spiders, and the particularly interesting grey seals. All of the contributors to this volume are specialists in their field, and have been engaged in research on Hilbre for many years; much of the data contained in their essays is based on research carried out especially for this publication. This comprehensive account of the human and natural history of the islands, richly illustrated with line drawings and photographs, will be of importance to all natural historians and will also be of considerable interest to many general readers."

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Hilbre: The Island in a Wilderness

Valerie McFarland, Barry Barnacal & John Craggs

Deeside Publications

1983

" A description of the birds, wildlife and history of this small island in the Dee Estuary in Cheshire."

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The Birds Of Cheshire

T. Hedley Bell

John Sherratt & Son

1962

Black and white photographs and one fold-out plate and one fold-out map. Reprinted with a supplement in 1967.

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A Bird-Watcher In Cheshire

Arnold Whitworth Boyd

Illustrations: Roland Green

Royal Society For The Protection Of Birds

1947

One of a series of short booklets about birdwatching in English counties.

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The Feathered Folk Of An Estuary

Guy Farrar

Country Life

1938

A description of the birdlife of the Dee Estuary.

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The Vertebrate Fauna Of Cheshire And Liverpool Bay

T.A. Coward, C. Oldham, James Johnstone, John A. Dockery

Volume I: The Mammals And Birds Of Cheshire

Volume II: The Dee As A Wildfowl Resort / The Reptiles And Amphibians Of Cheshire / The Fishes Of Cheshire And Liverpool Bay

Witherby & Co

1910

Preface:

"In the ten years which have elapsed since the Birds of Cheshire was written, much has been added to our knowledge of the county avifauna. Birds are only a portion of our vertebrate fauna, and the present work is an attempt to give an historical and distributional account of the vertebrate inhabitants of Cheshire, by which is implied an area geographical rather than political. The natural boundary of the county formed by the River Dee encloses many square miles of marshland which politically belong to Flint, and the sea area is extended beyond the actual territorial waters, and includes the shallow-water portion of Liverpool Bay and the whole of the estuaries of the Dee and Mersey. In describing the Mammals, Birds, Reptiles and Batrachians I have had the assistance of my old friend and collaborator Charles Oldham. Neither he nor I possessed any knowledge of the Fishes, but I am fortunate in having induced James Johnstone to undertake this group, a task for which his intimate practical knowledge of our local fisheries made him eminently fitted. The chapter on the Dee as a Wildfowl Resort, contributed by John A. Dockray, is the outcome of his long and varied experiences of wildfowling in the estuary. The illustrations, with a few exceptions, are from photographs taken by Thomas Baddeley, who has spared neither time nor trouble to obtain them. In the belief that a detailed description of the fauna of a definite area has scientific value, I submit these volumes to the public."
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The Birds Of Cheshire

T.A. Coward and C. Oldham

Sherratt & Hughes

1900

Preface:

"There is no need nowadays to apologise for the publication of a County Fauna. The value of local lists to naturalists is so generally recognised, that it is a matter of surprise that no comprehensive account of the Cheshire Birds has hitherto been compiled. As no one has come forward to fill up the gap, and place Cheshire on a level with neighbouring counties in this respect, we venture to submit this work to the public. Our object has been to critically consider the lists of previous authors, who have dealt with portions of the county only, and the records which have appeared from time to time in magazines and other publications. We have been able to supplement these with information communicated to us by many correspondents, and with matter from our own notebooks. We have purposely omitted technical descriptions of plumage, and general observations on habits, which may be found in any reliable textbook, and have endeavoured to express ourselves as concisely and in as simple language as possible."
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