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Bird Atlas 2007-11: The Breeding and Wintering Birds of Britain and Ireland

Distribution Atlas

By: Dawn Balmer(Author), Simon Gillings(Author), Brian Caffrey(Author), Bob Swann(Author), Iain Downie(Author), Rob Fuller(Author)

720 pages, colour photos, colour illustrations, colour distribution maps, colour tables

British Trust for Ornithology

Hardback | Nov 2013 | #207225 | ISBN-13: 9781908581280
Availability: In stock
NHBS Price: £69.99 $92/€80 approx

About this book

Have the latest scientific findings about distribution and change at your fingertips, including chapters telling the atlas story and highlighting the factors influencing our changing bird fauna. Bird Atlas 2007-11 is the most complete and comprehensive overview of bird distribution and change in Britain and Ireland, and contains over 1300 novel maps of distribution, abundance and change, giving an assessment of the status of 296 regular breeding and wintering species. The Bird Atlas 2007-11 has been compiled from over 19 million records collected by over 40,000 volunteer surveyors through timed visits, roving records and other sources, over four summers and winters. A total of 261 breeding species were recorded in Britain and 165 in Ireland. Wren, Swallow, Blackbird and Robin are among the 10 most widespread breeding species in both islands.

In the wake of this nation-wide project a large number of  breeding atlases of individual counties have been published, an overview of which can be found in this NHBS-curated list.

Watch the BTO video below to find out more about the making of this book:


"[...] If I were to have only one book on my bookshelves, it would be this one. [...]"
– Mark Holling,, 19-02-2014

"Nowhere else on earth is as well known in terms of bird distribution and populations thanks to the astonishing effort of accomplished volunteers and the BTO".
– Chris Packham, BTO Vice-President

" [...] the magnificent new atlas of British and Irish birds is the most riveting bird book produced in Britain for years".
– Mike McCarthy, The Independent

"Buy it! Read it! And think about what it shows of the ornithological reality of the UK and Ireland".
– Mark Avery, Nature Conservationist

"The most important British and Irish bird book for two decades"
– Andy Clements, Director of BTO

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