Birds of Chew Valley Lake: Ecology, History, Tales


Birds of Chew Valley Lake: Ecology, History, Tales Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Keith Vinicombe & John Rossetti Pages: 468 Illustrations and other contents: over 350 photos and illustrations ISBN: 9781527263680 Categories: , Tag:

Birds of Chew Valley Lake: Ecology, History, Tales, provides a unique opportunity to study this newly created man-made habitat over the last 70 Years.  It describes the Chew Valley before the lake, and the exceptional archaeological excavations and discoveries made during construction, as well as the celebrations of its opening by the young Queen and Prince Philip in 1956.

Beautifully illustrated with 26 original paintings by Ray Scally as well as over 70 line-drawings and plates by the late Laurel Tucker, many of which are previously unpublished. There are also excellent photographs by local photographers, old black-and-white shots and over 400 graphs and charts.

This beautiful new book about this wonderful lake is aimed not only at Birdwatchers, but also at many people, local and from elsewhere, with an interest in nature, wildlife, history, ecology. It has been printed by Swallowtail Print of Norfolk.

“Quirky features abound with ‘Memorable birding moments and tales’, cartoons, even a poem (‘Swifts’ by Dick Senior) and it is this joy of birding at Chew which infuses the book. Keith and John are to be congratulated on a book that repays repeated browsing and raises the bar once again for any subsequent accounts of birding sites in the UK.” Adrian Pitches, British Birds

Weight1.75 kg


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"This is quite a book. Packed with information and beautifully illustrated with fine photographs, well-presented tables and graphs and with Laurel Tucker’s artwork. There are stories and opinions as well as facts and figures." Mark Avery ~"The overall feel of the book is enhanced by Laurel Tucker's sketches, Ray Scally's specially commissioned paintings (I particularly like his 'Redstart in a snowstorm') and some fine photography. While several naturalists make major contributions, it is Keith Vinicombe's imprint that is most firmly stamped on the book. For many, he is 'Mr Chew' and a glance through the systematic list shows the initials 'KEV' after many of the rare and scarce records. Apart from the comprehensive site list, complete with trend graphs for many species, the book has chapters on the ecology of the lake and surrounding terrestrial habitats, the story of its ringing station, and the lake's history and other non-birding leisure pursuits." Tim Harris, Bird Guides ~"For most of us the familiar is taken for granted; Chew Valley Lake is, of course, familiar to all of us but just how well do we really know it? Thankfully, there is no longer any excuse with the publication of Keith Vinicombe’s Birds of Chew Valley Lake. Keith has been studying and recording birds at CVL for nearly 60 years and this book is a celebration of not only the birds, but CVL’s diverse habitat, flora and fauna, and more." Ken Carruthers, former chairman of sponsor ‘Bristol Ornithological Club’ ~ 

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