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The Birds of Gwent

Flora / Fauna

Series: County Avifaunas

By: WA Venables, AD Baker, RM Clarke, C Jones, JMS Lewis and SJ Tyler

416 pages, line drawings, 32 pages of colour photos, distribution maps

Christopher Helm

Hardback | Apr 2008 | #167901 | ISBN-13: 9780713676334
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About this book

The County Avifauna series provides detailed information on the range and status of bird species at county level. Each title includes a breakdown of rarity records, and there are introductory sections describing the area's ecology, climate, ornithological history and conservation record, as well as a gazeteer of the best sites to visit.

Gwent contains a wide range of habitats in a relatively small area, including estuarine wetland in the south, valleys in the west, and uplands in the north, with heavily wooded areas in the Usk and Wye valleys. Major sites include the Newport Wetlands, which attracts visitors from throughout Wales and the west of England to its wet grassland, saline lagoons and freshwater reedbeds. Other important sites include Peterstone Wentlooge (along the Severn Estuary west of Newport) and Llandegfedd Reservoir.

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This book is the collaborative work of 10 senior members of the Gwent Ornithological Society. Lead author Andrew Baker is the Chairman of the GOS, while other contributors include three former editors of the Gwent Bird Report (plus the current editor), the County Recorder, the co-authors of earlier avifaunas, and Stephanie Tyler, author of The Dippers (Poyser).

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