Hampshire has a rich ornithological history which can be traced back to the late 18th century when Gilbert White wrote The Natural History of Selborne. John Clark, former County Recorder, has researched the records of rare birds from White’s time to the present day. Many unpublished accounts of the discovery of rarities are included, as well as several amusing anecdotes. An unrivalled collection of photos is included, complemented by a unique series of paintings and sketches of Hampshire rarities as seen through artist Dan Powell’s eyes.
The book includes:
- A brief history of rare bird recording in Hampshire.
- A detailed systematic list including many previously unpublished accounts of the discovery of rarities and an analysis of the occurrences of all but the rarest species.
- An unrivalled collection of photos of Hampshire rarities.
- A unique series of paintings and sketches by Dan Powell.
- Appendices listing escapes, ‘the ones that got away’, ship-assisted birds, historic records from parts of Hampshire now in Dorset and non-proven records.