The Sheffield area lies on the boundary of upland and lowland Britain and contains a diversity of habitats which is reflected in the great variety of its birdlife.
Breeding Birds of the Sheffield Area including the North-East Peak District analyses the results of the Sheffield Bird Study Group's breeding Atlas survey carried out during 2003-08, and considers the changes that have taken place since the original survey in 1975-80 to provide a fascinating and up-to-date picture of the region's breeding avifauna.
The new Atlas is written by a team of local ornithologists, includes many colour photographs, maps and figures, as well as being superbly illustrated by local artists Richard Dale, Paul Leonard and Ray Scally.
The New Atlas also contains:
- A Foreword by Professor Tim Birkhead - Professor of Behavioural Ecology at the University of Sheffield, award-winning author and Fellow of the Royal Society
- An introduction to the Sheffield area and its principal bird communities
- A summary of Sheffield's current land use and the impact of recent habitat changes on Sheffield's birds
- An up-to-date analysis of current weather trends and the effects of climate change on Sheffield's birds
- A systematic account of all 135 species recorded during the latest SBSG breeding Atlas survey carried out during 2003-08
- Breeding distribution maps for virtually all species, showing the current distribution across the area and providing comparisons with the previous breeding Atlas carried out during 1975-80
- A summary of the changing nature of Sheffield's breeding birds and what the future may hold in the SBSG recording area
- A full checklist of birds recorded in the SBSG recording area
"a scholarly work [...] analyses of species are thorough and painstaking, placing the results firmly in a national context, ingenious maps designed to show both distribution and change."
– David Ballance, Ibis
"an exemplar that amateur passion for wildlife recording [...] .. an illustrious tradition [...] .detailed species accounts that are this book's cardinal virtue [...] ..For anyone interested in birds in the Sheffield area the book is an absolute must".
– Mark Cocker
– BTO News, May-June 2014
"The editors and the Sheffield Bird Study Group are to be congratulated. This excellent book will be of wide interest, both to local birdwatchers and to all interested in the wildlife of Sheffield – an often underrated city surrounded by one of the most diverse range of bird habitats in England."'
– British Birds