As a result of its unique position on the east coast, Norfolk is arguably the premier county for birds in Britain. Its diversity of habitats attracts and shelters a wide range of breeding species, and its coastline facing the North Sea ensures a wealth of migrant visitors. Norfolk probably also attracts more visiting birdwatchers than any other county.
This is a reprint of the standard avifauna of the county of Norfolk, originally published in 1999. It has been written by a team of almost forty experts from within the county, and includes many of the evocative and atmospheric passages from earlier works, as well as presenting all relevant records up to the end of 1998. Introductory chapters cover the history of ornithology in Norfolk and its birding personalities; conservation; ringing; migration; and geography. The bulk of the book comprises the systematic list which comprehensively details the status and distribution of every species recorded in Norfolk.
Thirty two colour plates of habitats and birds complement the text, and the systematic section includes many vignettes by Richard Richardson and a selection of artists resident in Norfolk.
The authors collectively have more than a century of birding experiencein Norfolk, and have all been actively involved in the localconservation organisations and in the production of the Norfolk BirdReport for many years. Michael Seago died in 1999, the other authorsall live in Norfolk.