230 pages, colour photos, colour maps
This guide details 110 sites in and around Berlin with detailed information on access, habitat and species. It contains colour maps and photographs throughout, and a calendar with seasonal highlights. There are suggested itineraries and recommendations on where to stay in this exciting but under-recognised region, as well as tips on finding sought-after specialities such as lesser spotted eagle, great bustard, little crake, thrush nightingale, river warbler, red-breasted flycatcher and rosefinch, and the best sites for seeing thousands of wintering geese, or the autumn crane migration.
"Best 'Where to watch birds' I have seen"
"Beautifully produced birding guide"
- Birding World
"Excellent site and species sumnnaries"
- Birdwatch Magazine
"Well-researched and cleare guide"
"Nicely produced book"
- British Birds
"The right level of detail
- Dutch Birding
"A very good guide"
- Klaus Witt (Berlin) in Fatbirder
"Practical and very pleasing layout"
"This is a highly detailed and beautifully produced birding site guide covering 110 sites in the Berlin/Brandenburg area of eastern Germany. The colour maps are particularly well-drawn and attractive. This book puts many other site guides to shame!"
- Steve Gantlett, Birding World 25(12), January 2013.
"Brandenburg is one of the 16 federal states of Germany. Bordering Poland, it surrounds the national capital of Berlin, which is also a federal state in its own right. The combined surface area of over 30,000 km2 means that it is about 50% larger than Wales but is almost totally flat. It has a rich diversity of birds, some of which are rare in the UK and much of Europe. With over 3,000 lakes, this is a region where large numbers of wintering geese can be found, and in the right months you can connect with thousands of migrating Common Cranes Grus grus as well. In all seasons there are plenty of raptors, and this is where you can see the last remaining population of the Great Bustard Otus tarda in northern Europe. Other local specialities include lesser spotted eagle Aquila pomarina, little crake Porzana parva, river warbler Locustella fluviatilis, thrush nightingale Luscinia luscinia, red-breasted flycatcher Ficedula parva and common rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus.
With a wealth of cheap flights from the UK to both of Berlin’s airports, and a journey time of around two hours, it is surprising that more birders do not visit the area. As Roger White suggests, the reason is probably the dearth of information in English that could direct birders to the best locations. This guide details 110 sites and divides them into eight regions, including 31 in Berlin itself. For each region there are numerous maps, each of which covers several sites. I did find myself getting slightly confused by the use of numbers to indicate options within each site (so sites 1 and 2 appear on map 1, but are numbered 1 to 5, while site 3 appears on map 2 but is numbered 1 and 2). So I do recommend getting to know this book before you arrive in Germany, perhaps using Google Earth to allow you to ‘explore’ it in some detail. Personally, I like to work out GPS co-ordinates for parking spots and secluded locations, and had these been included in the book I think it would have helped a great deal.
Hints about accommodation and useful websites are given for each region, together with details of access by car or public transport. There are many photographs showing the habitats and main features. A list of about 250 regular species is provided with English, German and scientific names. The main index allows quick reference to find sites for your target species. This is a nicely produced book, which will certainly help anyone who decides to watch birds in this surprisingly rich area of eastern Germany."
- Keith Betton, www.britishbirds.co.uk, 13-08-2012
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