An illustrated account of summer visits by a group of naturalists from England 2012-15, with checklists of the bird and butterfly species recorded. The group included the authors, prolific natural history writer Peter Marren and a couple of other ex-English Nature stalwarts (Neil Hailey, Steve Berry and Bernard Booth), plus bird photographer Richard Price. The book contains day-by-day accounts of where they went and what they saw. It includes a commentary on the places they visited, including accommodation, local people and appreciation of the different countries and their landscapes and culture.
Who are we? 2
Where did we go? 4
Day-by-day account 5-18
Impressions of the country 19-20
Day-by-day account 21-36
Impressions of the country 36
Greece and Macedonia 2014
Day-by-day account 37-56
Impressions of the countries 57
Hungary and Slovakia 2015
Day-by-day account 58-82
Impressions of the countries 83
Appendices with scientific names (English names are used in text)
Checklist of birds seen 85-95
Checklist of butterflies seen 96-101
List of photos and photographers 104
This informative and engaging book chronicles the experiences of a group of experienced naturalists as they travel through six Eastern European countries, recording the impressive variety of flora and fauna they encounter. The text is enhanced by the quality of the numerous photographs, and their observations are summarised, country by country, in a useful checklist at the back of the book. The books great appeal is the way it combines knowledgeable descriptions of the wildlife and landscape with a very readable travelogue. This includes candid descriptions of their accommodation and entertaining accounts of the incidents and encounters they enjoyed and endured along the way. Consequently, as well as being valuable to fellow naturalists, the book would also prove enjoyable for the casual reader. It would provide excellent guidance and inspiration for those tempted to follow in their footsteps on similar excursions and I would thoroughly recommend it.
David Withrington senior adviser on rivers and fresh waters for the Nature Conservancy Council/English Nature/Natural England 1974-2009; also an expert on European butterflies and speaks Russian and French.
Paul Raven head of Conservation and Ecology at the Environment Agency 1996-2011; co-author of Rivers.