Popular among both birders and the wider public, these elegant birds are among the best-studied waterfowl in the world. In Bewick's Swan, Eileen Rees tells the story of these birds in rich detail. Rees discusses population and distribution, breeding biology, wintering behaviour, food and feeding ecology, taxonomy and phylogeny, migration, and conservation. Personal recollections weave through the narrative. The result is a fascinating and highly readable monograph, showcasing one of the flagship species of wetland conservation.
Based at Martin Mere Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust reserve in Lancashire, Eileen Rees has studied the biology of Bewick's Swan for almost 30 years. A wildfowl expert of international renown, Eileen is Programme Manager for UK Waterbird Conservation, part of the WWT.
Eileen Rees shares her passion for swans in this authorative, learned and yet highly readable personal account. Birdtours.co.uk (29th August 2006) "All you need to know about one of our loveliest winter visitors." BBC Wildlife (July 2006) " there can be few better qualified, for the task of writing this book." Birdwatch (October 2006) ' covers all aspects of the bird's biology, social behaviour, migration and conservation issues in great depth, but the material always remains readable.' Birds Illustrated (Winter 2006) 'This authoritative book is a mine of information for anyone interested in finding out more about this species, the wildest of the wild swans.' BTO News (November-December 2006)