'The Complete Field Guide to Ireland's Birds' describes and identifies over 420 species of birds, as well as detailing their voice and diet, their preferred habitat and status and displaying the latest distribution maps.
In 1990, having spent over thirty years living overseas, Damien Enright returned to Ireland with his family and settled in West Cork. He has since become established in the first rank of Irish nature writers. This beautifully written book, The Kindness of Place, celebrates twenty years in West Cork and follows his acclaimed book, A Place Near Heaven.
Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned wildlife watcher, this book will help you to broaden your enjoyment of your hobby and explore wildlife in a range of different habitats and environments. You'll learn a host of techniques including observing without disturbing, different ways of recording what you see, including note-taking, sketching and photography, filming and sound recording, as well as how to organise and report what you've seen. Finally, there's plenty of information on how you can give something back to the natural environment through safeguarding your local area's wildlife and involvement with conservation.
The Heartwarming Memoir of Eric Dempsey, Ireland’s Most Loved Birdwatcher
Author: Eric Dempsey
Publisher: Gill & Macmillan Ltd
Eric Dempsey is mad about birds. In fact, they have changed his whole life. Having once been gainfully employed by a semi-state company in a secure, pensionable job, he gave it all up to dedicate his life to birdwatching. In this remarkable memoir, Eric tells us of his love of nature from his earliest days and how it has influenced him throughout his life, inspiring many adventures. In doing so, he provides a snapshot of growing up in Dublin in the ’60s and ’70s. Peppered with stories that are both hilarious and poignant, such as instructing his parents not to die in autumn (it’s the best time for birdwatching) and going on safari to fulfil the dream of a friend who had passed away, this book will make you laugh, cry, and everything in between. Some people spend all their lives dreaming of following their passion; Eric Dempsey’s memoir reveals a life all the more rewarding for doing so.
Irish Birds describes and illustrates 160 of the most frequently occurring birds in Ireland. Specially designed for people with a general interest in birds, the species have been carefully selected to include those that the non-specialist birdwatcher is most likely to see. Birds are grouped together according to where they are most likely to be seen, and essential identification characteristics are given for each species, along with clear illustrations. There are notes on distribution, numbers and migration for each species, and a "places to visit" section details 74 of the best sites in Ireland for birdwatching.
Ireland's Wildlife Year is a superbly illustrated survey of the four seasons in the Irish natural environment. It traces the development of plants and trees, the movements of birds and animals and the changing face of the Irish landscape over one calendar year. There is nothing understated about the seasonal changes in Ireland. This book, driven by the stunning nature photography of Billy Clarke, Eric Dempsey and Carsten Krieger, tracks those changes as they affect plants, trees and shrubs, bird and animal life, the general landscape and the natural environment. Contributors are outstanding experts in their fields. Eric Dempsey writes about birds; Declan Doogue about flora; and Professor Tom Hayden of UCD about fauna.