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The Natural History of Cape Clear Island

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Series: Poyser Monographs Volume: 2

By: JTR Sharrock and Robert Gillmor

208 pages, B/w illus

T & AD Poyser Ltd (A & C Black)

Paperback | Dec 2000 | #134625
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Clearance price: £4.50 £17.99 (Save £13.49) $6/€5 approx
Hardback | Apr 2011 | #188219 | ISBN-13: 9781408137659
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About this book

Cape Clear Island, the most southerly point of Ireland apart from the nearby Fastnet Rock, has been the site of a bird observatary since 1959. This account of the island, its flora and fauna, its inhabitants and history, is weighted in favour of the birds but this is, perhaps, inevitable since the island offers so much of exceptional ornithological interest. Even so, a glance at the book's contents will show the wide range covered - from Killer Whales to the rare Kerry Slug and the Lusitanian flora that south-west Ireland shares with Iberia. Anyone with a general interest in natural history will find chapters an a variety of topics, each written by an acknowledged expert.

The authors' enthusiasm for their subjects is always apparent; some sections are light-hearted but scientific accuracy is always maintained. For the bird-watcher the book, like the island, is rich in fascinating material - not least the detailed list of species (accampanied by many maps and a unique set of more than 130 histograms), sections on sea-watching and seabird studies, and an account of the ornithological year. The observatory has made important contributions to migration studies and, although it is perhaps best known as a vantage point for the study of some of Europe's largest sea bird movements, the island also receives many rarities and vagrants, from Asia and America as well as Europe.

Digital reprint of a book first published in 1973.


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