Starling feeding young Charlie Fleming

Swallows in the nest © Fiona Freshney

Devon Bird AtlasBuy in our Shop or send a cheque to our Treasurer

It’s been 27 years since the last Devon Tetrad Atlas (Sitters 1988) and it has taken eight years to collect the data, do all the analyses and write the texts for the new Atlas, which will be on sale in November!

It’s taken over a thousand volunteers, members and non-members, ten thousand hours counting and surveying all the birds breeding and wintering in Devon’s 1800 plus tetrads (2k x 2k squares).  Our new Atlas includes accounts of 480 species and subspecies as well as sections on Devon’s habitats, methodology and coverage. To put it together took another five thousand hours for validators, data analysts, map-makers, authors, editors and proof readers. Further countless hours of checking, publication design, typesetting and print management have turned it into the stunning Atlas of illustrations, maps and text that will inform conservationists, members, pupils in our schools and students in local Universities of the birds of the county. Its reference value will endure for twenty years and more. 

It will tell of the new breeding species since 1988, those that have seriously declined or gone, and those that have prospered and will, for the first time ever, include maps of the birds which spend the winter with us in Devon. 

The Atlas includes all the breeding and wintering birds in the county and will document the distribution changes that have affected breeding species since Sitters’ Breeding Birds of Devon was published in 1988. It is no exaggeration to say that this is set to be the most important publication about birds in the county for decades.  There are some winners, birds that have appeared and started breeding like Little Egret.  Some have increased in numbers such as Goosander and Goshawk. But there are many more losers. What has happened to our Lapwings, Skylarks, Curlews and Cuckoos?  The Atlas will be the foundation for much of the future conservation work in the county. It will provide the solid evidence needed to help us monitor and reverse the declining fortunes of many of our most important species. It is the must-have book for anyone interested in the birds of Devon.

Lastly, we must not forget our wonderful photographers, most of them members, who have submitted some stunning photos of species and habitats which bring alive our new Atlas and make it a spectacular book to enjoy.

Make sure you get your copy at the special offer price £40 + p&p or take advantage of the opportunity to additionally obtain a copy of Tyler’s Birds of Devon with the Atlas for £50 + p&p.  Buy online from our Shop or send your request and details together with a cheque to the Treasurer, Roger Little, Pendragon, Cornworthy, Totnes, TQ9 7ES.

The Mid Devon Advertiser has been running a competition to win a copy of the Atlas – see here.