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Wildlife Adventures in Eastern Europe: Estonia, Bulgaria, Greece and Macedonia, Hungary and Slovakia – An Illustrated Account of Summer Visits by a Group of Naturalists from England

World / ChecklistBiography / Memoir

By: David KJ Withrington(Author), Paul Raven(Author), Richard Price(Illustrator)

104 pages, 360 colour photos

Withrington & Raven (privately published)

1 customer review
Paperback | Mar 2017 | #234824
Availability: In stock
NHBS Price: £12.50 $17/€14 approx

About this book

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.


Introduction   1
Who are we?   2
Where did we go?   4

Estonia 2012
      Day-by-day account   5-18
      Impressions of the country   19-20

Bulgaria 2013
      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

Reviews (1)

By Peter 10 May 2018 Written for Paperback

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.

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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.

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