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Birds in Counties, published in 2000, is an ornithological bibliography for the counties of England, Wales and Scotland, and for the Isle of Man. The first supplement contained corrections and additions, and a new section on the Channel Islands. The second supplement added further corrections and updates to the end of 2008, and extended coverage to the counties of Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.
This third supplement makes further additions, and provides a full indec to authors and local journals throughout the work.
The original book, with its supplements, is an essential reference work for libraries and collectors, and for all those interested in the rich diversity of local ornithology in the United Kingdom and in Ireland.
David Ballance was born in Hertfordshire in 1934. He was educated at Oundle School and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, Where he read English and was President of the Bird Club. From 1959 to 1996 he taught at Chigwell School, in Essex, where he was Head of English from 1976. Since 1945 he has had a base in Somerset, and he has lived at Minehead since his retirement.
He is a Past President of the Somerset Ornithological Society, and has been an Editor of its report, Somerset Birds, since 1963. He has written extensively on the ornithology of the county, including A History of the Birds of Somerset (2006), and is one of the authors of the recent Somerset Bird Atlas. He has also written a history of Chigwell School. Since 1996, he has made twenty voyages in search of seabirds throughout the world.
For many years he has collected county and local omithologies, an interest which led him to compile Birds in Counties.