It might be a heavyweight tome, but like its subjects, sales of the Birds of Gloucestershire are flying.
The publishers of the most comprehensive survey of the county’s avian life, The University of Liverpool Press, have sold out of the first printing of the book, 1,000 copies.
And they are now rushing to print more in time to have them on sale at the Slimbridge Festival of Birds this weekend at the WWT reserve.
The book was edited by expert birders Gordon Kirk and John Phillips, who pulled together the contributions of more than 200 volunteers who surveyed the entire county, square mile by square mile.
Mr Kirk, who is the county representative for the British Trust for Ornithology, said “John and I are delighted that the book is selling so well. A huge team of people were involved in producing it, so it is great to know that their efforts are being seen and appreciated by so many people.”
And Jenny Howard, Sales and Marketing Director at Liverpool University Press, said: “The Birds of Gloucestershire was launched as recently as November so we had no hesitation in ordering a reprint to satisfy demand – it is a stunning book and we have had fantastic feedback about it - it has been described as ‘a triumph’, ‘magnificent’ and ‘vastly impressive’.”
Mr Kirk and Mr Philips will be signing copies and talking about the book at Slimbridge in the main visitor centre on Saturday at 10am.
It includes illustrations by some of the best wildlife artists in the county, including the late Sir Peter Scott, the founder of The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust. The book also features a foreword by Prince Charles.
Veronica Chrisp, General Manager at the Wetland centre said “The Birds of Gloucestershire is packed with useful information and beautifully illustrated, so it comes as no surprise it has been so popular. We are delighted that Gordon and John will be speaking about the Book at the Festival of Birds and pleased that more copies are winging their way to use in time.”
Entry to the WWT Slimbridge Festival of Birds, featuring demonstrations and talks, is free to members of the Trust. For visitors, tickets, including a special e-ticket for both days at £13, an £8 saving, on two individual day tickets are available at wwt.org.uk/slimbridge.
The Birds of Gloucestershire has 452 pages and costs £45, and should be available again soon in bookshops and online.