Raptors: A Field Guide For Surveys And Monitoring (with CD of Raptor Calls: Britain and Ireland)
- Jon Hardey, Humphrey Crick, Chris Wernham, Helen Riley, Brian Etheridge, and Des Thompson
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
This is the Third Edition of the extremely popular and bestselling field guide to surveys and monitoring of raptors. This book aims to promote best practice for fieldwork, drawing on the knowledge and experience of more than 300 raptor specialists, especially members of the Raptor Study Groups. Incorporating new information and feedback from raptor fieldworkers on the second edition, it covers all birds of prey (diurnal raptors and owls) which occur regularly in Britain and Ireland.
At a time when many raptors in Britain and Ireland are recovering from low populations in the mid to late 20th Century, or earlier, there are increasing demands for high quality information on numbers, distribution and population trends of birds of prey. As with earlier editions, this book is written for people who watch, survey and monitor raptors. It is hoped that it will provide a starting point for anyone wanting to begin a raptor study, and indeed that it will help inspire a new generation of raptor ecologists.
Introductory sections provide a history of raptor monitoring, background to survey techniques and design, and advice on good practice for fieldcraft. Detailed descriptions of survey methods for individual species follow, supplemented by photographic identification guides for raptor feathers and illustrations of the growth of raptor chicks for a range of species. There is an updated section on population estimates for raptors in Britain and Ireland, contacts for organisations involved in raptor monitoring, and examples of data recording forms. The accompanying CD describes the use of raptor calls to aid species identification and interpret behaviour.
This highly successful and authoritative guide has been written and edited by a team from the Scottish Raptor Monitoring Group. It has been funded by Scottish Natural Heritage, with assistance from the other Statutory Conservation Agencies in Britain and Ireland, as well as non-government bodies concerned with birds of prey.
Makes important contributions to the understanding of the ecology and conservation of raptors
Written by experienced raptor specialists and ecologists
CD of key raptor calls
55 feather photographs
Reviews of earlier editions:
"People studying raptors should find this book indispensable" Professor Ian Newton FRS
"This "how-to" book should be bought and read by all new and not-so-new practitioners in the field" Keith Bildstein
"One of the great strengths of the book is the wide input from raptor ecologists throughout Britain and Ireland, so that the text not only summarises what is known from the literature but also includes knowledge gained from long hours in the field" British Birds, April 2007, Ian Carter
"This excellent manual will facilitate the standardization of research techniques and ensure that the collection of data for ongoing and new projects meets the highest possible standards. Overall, I find the balance between breadth and detail superb." IBIS, July 2007, Christian Rutz
"The publishers deserve to be congratulated on creating a thoroughly useful publication...if you'd like to see more raptors and understand their lifestyles, you should buy it." Birdwatch, July 2007
"This excellent field guide is aimed at people who watch, survey or monitor birds of prey. It provides detailed descriptions of survey methods for all 21 species of raptors and owls that occur regularly in Britain and Ireland, along with another five species that occur irregularly. At such it covers almost half of the 56 species of raptors and owls in Europe, 55% of which are considered to be in unfavourable conservation status at European level, and 10 of which are globally threatened or near-threatened. I highly recommend it." World Birdwatch, September 2007, Ian Burfield
|Size||245 x 154 mm||Price||£18.90
(£18.99 inc. VAT)
|Format||Paperback||Published||15 Nov 2013|
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