389 pages, 20 colour plates, 158 line drawings, 555 maps
The Manx Bird Atlas project was established to undertake the first comprehensive survey of all bird species to be found on the Island of Man during both the winter and summer. During the five-year programme of work professional ornithologists surveyed the entire Island using new and innovative survey techniques. The survey, which ran from 1998 to 2003, is the most detailed of its kind ever undertaken in Europe. Such methods have generated data that provides distribution and abundance information for 150 species.
Beautiful hand-drawn illustrations and full colour maps sit alongside the survey in this landmark publication. Whether you are an amateur or professional ornithologist, or simply interested in the natural beauty of the Isle of Man, this long-awaited book provides a fascinating account of the Island's bird life.
The special edition of Manx Bird Atlas is casebound and in a slipcase.
"Beautiful hand-drawn illustrations and full colour maps sit alongside the survey in this landmark publication. Whether you are an amateur or professional ornithologist, or simply interested in the natural beauty of the Isle of Man, this long-awaited book provides a fascinating account of the Island's bird life. There is little doubt that this project is fast becoming a world leader among bird monitoring and survey work of this kind."
– Dr David Gibbons, Head of the Conservation Science Unit of the RSPB
"The finished book is a fascinating treasure trove of the distribution and population levels for 150 species"
- Wednesday Week
"With the first print run already sold out before the official launch date in mid-August, this weighty tome comes highly recommended. [...] This is a truly innovative and groundbreaking publication. This book can be reviewed in just one worked – FANTASTIC [...]"
- Scottish Bird News
"One of the latest to be published is the impressive Manx Bird Atlas. This weighty volume is the result of five years surveying [...] is a fascinating treasure trove of distribution and population levels for 150 species. [...] a pleasure to read and the accompanying illustrations are on the whole excellent. [...] offers readers a fascinating insight into the overall picture of our neighbours' avian landscape."
- The Visitor Wednesday 20070912
Preface - Dr D. W Gibbons Abbreviations Frequently cited references Introduction - Chris Sharpe The Isle of Man - Dr J. Patrick Cullen Climate of the Isle of Man- Brian Rae Historical background and methods - Chris Sharpe Interpreting the species accounts - Chris Sharpe Main species accounts - Chris Sharpe Species richness, avian density and birds of conservation concern - Chris Sharpe Appendices A Other species recorded B 1km squares and reference name C Gazetteer of local place names referred to D Summary of breeding and wintering populations E Names of plants mentioned in the text F Names of birds mentiooned in the text G Names of other animals mentioned in the text H Manx bird list References Acknowledgements Index of birds
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Chris Sharpe is Project Manager of the Manx Bird Atlas.