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The Birdwatcher's Yearbook 2021 - lecturers listing offer
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New publication from Calluna Books
The Birdwatcher's Yearbook 2020 - stocks running low
Looking for a gift?
Autumn 2020 birdwatching break (September - Tarifa, Spain)
Spring 2021 birdwatching breaks (Lesvos / Southern Spain)


41st edition of The Birdwatcher's Yearbook (2021) - lecturer's listing

Work will soon begin on the 2021 edition of 'The Birdwatcher's Yearbook'. Do you give talks and/or offer a photographic service?

Why not have a listing in 'Yearbook'?  There is a small charge that includes a copy of the Yearbook - contact us for further details.



We are continuing to take orders and processing them ready for delivery. We usually fulfil orders by Royal Mail (via a Post Office counter in a local shop or by dropping off at our local sorting office) or by courier (dropping off at a local collection point or by courier collection). We will aim to get parcels to RM or the courier within two or three working days. Deliveries by RM/couriers are generally within the usual timescales but please allow extra time under the current circumstances.

We are able to take payments by bank transfer, by paypal or by card over the phone. We can also still take cheques.



      NEW PUBLICATION from Calluna Books


     Avifaunas, Atlases & Authors:

        A Personal View of Local Ornithology in the United Kingdom, from the Earliest Times to 2019


     ISBN 13:  978-0-9933477-5-7

     Author: David Ballance

     Size in mm: H297 plus W230 x spine 28mm (inc. wiro-binding)

     Pages: 346

     Weight: 1320gms

     Binding: Wiro-bound paperback

     Country of Manufacture: printed & bound in the UK

     Age, A or C: Adult

     Publication Date: 22nd February 2020

     RRP: £25.00 + postage


Written by the author of Birds in Counties (2000), the book contains an account of the development of local ornithology, conforming with current recording areas, and including biographical details of authors. There is also a critical discussion of county atlases; an updated bibliography of local books and pamphlets; and listings of national and local journals.



    40th edition of The Birdwatcher's Yearbook (2020)

    STOCKS RUNNING LOW - get your copy now

    Order your copy now for £18.00 (inc 2nd class postage, RRP = £20.00 + postage).

    Click on 'The Birdwatcher's Yearbook' tab above for details/to order a copy.


Are you looking for a gift for a birthday, anniversary or christmas or just as a special treat?

What do you get the person who has everything... what about a day (or half-day) out bird/wildlife watching in Dorset?

We can supply a 'voucher' that will include an example of an itinerary, a bird checklist and a covering letter to give on the special day.

We will then contact the recipient to arrange a convienient date to go out.

 Northern Wheatear




Southern Damselfly

Lulworth Skipper



Looking for an Autumn 2020 birdwatching break?

Join Neil on a Birdfinders tour to Tarifa, Southern Spain from 13th to 19th September. Although the tour will concentrate on raptor migration as birds leave Europe for their African wintering grounds there will be an opportunity to see a variety of other species found in the area at this time of year. From Raptor Watching Viewpoints we should see hundreds, or even thousands, of birds of prey making their way across the Strait of Gibraltar including Booted and Short-toed Eagles, Black Kite, Honey-buzzard, Eurasian Griffon and Egyptian Vultures as well as Black and White Storks. We'll visit different habitats to look for Greater Flamingo, Black-shouldered Kite, White-headed Duck, Slender-billed and Audouin's Gulls, Little Swift, Eurasian Hoopoe, Calandra Lark and anything else that may be on the move.

For further information, to see a past trip report, or to make a booking visit:

Strait of Gibraltar (looking towards Morocco)

Black Kite

Black Stork

Western Swamphen & Glossy Ibis

Black-shouldered Kite

Egrets following the plough (la Janda)


Looking for an Spring 2021 birdwatching break?

Join Neil on a Birdfinders tour to Lesvos (28 April-5th May/tbc) or Southern Spain: Coto Donana/Extremadura (11th-18th May/tbc).

The Lesvos tour coincides with the peak migration season when may species arrive to breed on the island or pass through on the way to their breeding grounds. The island also holds a number of specialities including Isabelline Wheatear, Kruper's Nuthatch, Ruppell's Warbler and Cinereous Bunting. Other birds we should see include Long-legged Buzzard, Red-footed Falcon, Little Crake, White-winged Tern, European Scop's Owl, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Collared Flycatcher, Sombre Tit, Eastern Olivaceous Warbler, Black-headed Bunting plus herons/egrets, waders and a good chance of a few rarities.

Southern Spain is one of Europe's birding highlights and this tour visits the Coto Donana area and Extremadura. We concentrate on wetland birds in the Coto Donana - highlights here include White-headed Duck, Western Swamphen, Greater Flamingo plus various herons, egrets, waders, gulls and terns and Little Swift. In contrast, the area around Trujillo holds Little and Great Bustards, Bonelli's and Spanish Eagles, European Roller, Great Spotted Cuckoo and White-rumped Swift.

For further information, to see a past trip report, or to register an interest visit:



~~~~~LESVOS, GREECE~~~~~

Long-legged Buzzard

Scop's Owl

Red-backed Shrike

Rufous Bush-robin

Kalloni Saltpans

Black-headed Bunting

Lesvos poppyfield

Ruppell's Warbler

Little Bittern

Small friendly groups


White Stork


Purple Heron

El Rocio, Coto Donana

Great Reed Warbler

Lesser Short-toed Lark

Trujillo (main square), Extremadura

Sardinian Warbler

Egyptian Vulture


Eurasian Griffon

Vulture watching at Monfrague