Thursday, 17 September 2009

Review – David NORMAN – “Birds in Cheshire and Wirral”

Publ: 2008
Pensby Library
ISBN: 978-1-84631-152-9
Genre: Non-fiction - Birds, natural history
Pages: 654p
Seen in a bookshop and ordered from the library
Rating: ***** ***

What led you to pick up this book?
I’m interested in natural history, birds and the local area – this combines all three and includes maps showing the various tetrads in which each bird species has been recorded.

What did you like most about the book?

Checking which bird species could be found in my immediate area. The photos and text were fascinating though I have to confess to only skimming the text. This is really a book to keep on your bookshelves for reference.

Was there anything you didn't like about the book?

Not somnething I didn't like but something I would have preferred - Many amateurs like myself are more interested in the divisions over time – i.e. over the years – rather than between winter and summer but I appreciate a comprehensive work like this is probably designed for the more serious birder than I am.

Thoughts on the book jacket / cover
A very pleasant painting by David Quinn.

Would I recommend it?
Yes. It’s suitable for all folk interested in birds in the Cheshire area. It can be used as a comprehensive guide or for a simple flick through looking at the more interesting species.

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