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The Birds of Holy Island and Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve by Ian Kerr

Arguably Holy Island and the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve are by far the top birdwatching spots in North East England and this book provides a comprehensive account of the birds to be found there every season. Published in 2016.

Cover of The Birds of Holy Island, copyright Nature Guides.

Arguably Holy Island and the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve are by far the top birdwatching spots in North East England and this book provides a comprehensive account of the birds to be found there every season. This book is a new and enlarged edition of The Birds of Holy Island & Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve, originally published in 2003.

The new edition, in an expanded format with extra information and the classified list covering well over 300 species as been fully updated plus, more anecdotes and double the original number of colour pages featuring beautiful colour photographs of species in the area. Some of the new topics include how 19th century naturalists shot small birds, many still in the region’s museums, without damaging them and how locals used Goldcrests to clear their cottages of spiders and flies before fly paper or sprays were invented.

For anyone planning to visit Holy Island with an interest in its wild birds then this book will be an invaluable guide to help appreciate the unique landscape, its special places and the profusion of rare birds that makes the area such a magnet for ornithologists. It is written by a local expert who states in the introduction that he is always delighted to hear from visiting birdwatchers and welcomes any additional information as new species are always turning up!

 

This book is available to view in the Society library on the 2nd floor of the Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle. Members of the Natural History Society of Northumbria are able to borrow this book from the library.