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London Bird Atlas

London Bird Atlas Cover

 

Where can I buy the London Bird Atlas?

The London Bird Atlas has a recommended retail price of £39.99 and is available to buy from online book retailers, such as NHBS: www.nhbs.com/the-london-bird-atlas-book.

The LNHS can supply copies of The London Bird Atlas to members only at a special price of £30 (including UK postage & packaging) until 31st January 2018. Check out issue 247 of the LNHS Newsletter (Nov 2017) for more details.

Quick facts

Readable accounts of 188 species with informative graphs and tables. The majority (144) of the species accounts receives a generous two pages. Forty two species receive a full page and two species receive three pages.

Photographs for each of the 188 species which are given full accounts.

A total of 502 maps including breeding and winter distribution maps and relative abundance maps.

Design-oriented layout led by a professional publisher.

The third atlas for London's birds and will become the new benchmark. Because of space limitations in the printed Atlas, supplements are being produced of some families not included in it, for posting on the LNHS website. The first of these is on Parrots.

Thanks to John Beaufoy Publishing, joint publishers of The London Bird Atlas, for kindly providing design style sheets for these supplements - www.johnbeaufoy.com


RRP £39.99. Published November 2017.

280 x 215 mm (nearly A4 size). 416 Pages.

Hard cover with dust jacket.

The London Bird Atlas will be a benchmark publication for its scientific content although the species accounts will be written with the lay reader in mind. In addition to scientists and conservationists, the book’s target audience will be keen birders and wildlife enthusiasts, many of whom take regular wildlife holidays.

The London Bird Atlas is a joint publication between London Natural History Society and specialist natural history publisher John Beaufoy Publishing. The book will balance strong visual design with science.

Given its target audience, the LNHS has opened the book for advertising support as this benefits advertisers, the members and provides a sustainable funding model for the society’s long tradition of producing high quality publications. 

What is in the London Bird Atlas?

LBA p358
  • The book has introductory chapters setting out the changes that have occurred since the production of bird atlases began in the London area, especially since the last one, and a general summary of the birdlife and habitats of the London area.
  • The atlas uses 2 km squares i.e. 25 tetrads in each 10km square. This is a total of 856 tetrads in the LNHS area. Distribution maps are produced at higher levels of resolution than the National Atlas (Balmer et al 2013) which records on 10km square grids.
  • The atlas compares the current breeding distribution (2008-13), with the distribution approximately 20 years ago (1988-94), and with distribution approximately 40 years ago (1968-72).
  • This is the first atlas of London’s birds which includes relative abundance maps, both during the breeding season and the winter, based on Timed Counts in each tetrad for selected species. Nearly 100% coverage of tetrads was achieved for the selected species for the Timed Counts.LBA p359
  • The atlas’s winter distribution maps cover the winters from 2007/08 to 2012/13. This is the first time the distribution has been recorded at this scale in winter in the London area.
  • The London Bird Atlas covers 27 breeding visitors, 50 winter visitors and 106 which breed and winter in the London area, and 5 which formerly bred in the area but no longer do so, making a total of 188 species of birds.
  • It has 130 breeding distribution maps and 158 winter distribution maps, as well as breeding abundance maps, winter abundance maps and change maps.Introductory chapters setting out the changes that have occurred since the production of atlases began in the London area, especially since the last one, and a general summary of the bird life/habitats of the London area.

A selection of sample species accounts can be viewed by clicking in the images to the right.


Background

November 1st 2007 saw the start of an exciting new project nationwide, with the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) beginning a new Atlas project to monitor the distribution of the UK’s birds in both winter and the breeding season. The fieldwork for the national Atlas was completed in 2011 and the results were published in 2013.

The LNHS have completed two previous Atlases in London – both in the breeding season at the same time as the previous national Atlases (1968-72 & 1988-94). The findings of the last Atlas were written up in ‘The Breeding Birds of the London Area’ (LNHS, 2002 edited by Jan Hewlett).

 

Supporters

Given its target audience, the LNHS sought advertising support as this benefits advertisers, the members and provides a sustainable funding model for the society’s long tradition of producing high quality publications.

The London Natural History Society is very pleased to have the following supporters for the London Bird Atlas. 

Principal Supporters

Ampersand Travel  

 

Advertising Supporters

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