A guide to the birds of Gloucestershire has officially flown the nest, following its launch on Saturday.
The most comprehensive book ever written about the county’s birds, The Birds of Gloucestershire, was launched at Gloucestershire Wildlife Trusts’ AGM with co-author Gordon Kirk giving a talk.
Over 200 volunteers have surveyed every corner of the county, walking a total of more than 10,000 miles in the process.
The book includes information about migrants, rarities, historical records and the development of bird watching in the county.
Every kind of bird that has been recorded here is included – an amazing 330 species in total.
“This is a massive achievement by a huge team of volunteers, supported by all the wildlife organisations in the county, so it is great to see it all coming to fruition,” said Gordon Kirk, county representative for the British Trust for Ornithology and the organiser for the whole project.
“Gloucestershire has a really wide range of habitats, and this reflected in the variety of birds that live here – we hope there will be something in this book for anyone with an interest in the county’s wildlife.”
The foreword to the book has been written by HRH the Prince of Wales, is illustrated with drawings by some of the best bird artists in the country, including the late Sir Peter Scott and has photographs throughout, all taken by local birdwatchers.
The artwork is currently displayed at Nature in Art in Twigworth until December 15.