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by Ray Scally as well as over 70 line-drawings and plates by the late Laurel Tucker, many of which are previously unpublished.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