BIRDS OF THE NENE WASHES

Bird Watching (UK) - - Gear - Jonathan P Tay­lor

JP Tay­lor, SB, £10

Reg­u­lar read­ers will know that our own Mike Wee­don, and the whole BW team, have en­joyed many great days of bird­watch­ing at the large ex­panse of wet­land and meadow east of Peter­bor­ough, much of it owned and man­aged by the RSPB, known as the Nene Washes. The ex­ten­sive site is the last con­sis­tent refuge of breed­ing Black-tailed God­wits in the coun­try, and has a sig­nif­i­cant low­land breed­ing pop­u­la­tion of waders such as Snipe. Re­cently, it has also be­come one of the best places to watch Cranes in the coun­try. But it is also an im­por­tant win­ter­ing ground for wild­fowl and more and has great po­ten­tial for draw­ing pas­sage birds. And the open rough grass­land is at­trac­tive to a range of rap­tors and owls. In ad­di­tion to a thor­ough his­tory of the site and its man­age­ment, this book does a great job of pro­vid­ing a sys­tem­atic, species by species anal­y­sis of what's been seen there, as well as a gen­eral in­tro­duc­tion to the habi­tats, flora and fauna of the area, and is well il­lus­trated with graphs, line draw­ings and colour pho­tog­ra­phy. Au­thor Jonathan Tay­lor was a war­den on the washes for 20 years, so has as good a knowl­edge of the area as any­one!

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