Saturday, 21 October 2017

Birdwatcher's Yearbook 2018 edition... NOW AVAILABLE

'The Birdwatcher's Yearbook 2018'
(RRP £19.50) £17.00 incl. 2nd class postage (£17.50 1st)
Trade enquiries welcomed

2018 edition is now available 

Saturday, 9 September 2017

A Selection of Books offered at half the marked prices...

The following books contain a bookplate stuck in by the previous owner asking for the books to be donated to the BTO. In the end the books were purchased by us from the Lancashire Wildlife Trust who had received them when the owner died.

The books are being offered at half the marked price (+ postage) - contact us via the contact page.

Asher,J et al Millenium Atlas of Butterflies in Brit & Ire. (2001) rep F/VG bookplate 40.00
Beolens,B/Watkins,M Whose Bird? 2003 pbk VG+  bookplate 15.00
Birkhead,M/Perrins,C The Mute Swan.  1986 VG/VG bookplate 12.00
Bishop,B Cley Marsh and its Birds. 1983 VG/VG bookplate 15.00
Blakers,M et al The Atlas of Australian Birds. 1984 hbk VG bookplate 20.00
Bright,M The Private Life of Birds. 1993 VG/VG bookplate 10.00
Burton,JF Birds and Climate Change. 1995 VG/VG bookplate 10.00
Catchpole,C/Slater,P Bird Song: biological themes and variations. 1995 VG/VG bookplate 30.00
Chandler,D/Couzens,D 100 Birds to See Before You Die. 2008 F/F bookplate 10.00
Clark,JM/Eyre,JA Birds of Hampshire. 1993 VG/VG bookplate 20.00
Couzens,D Extreme Birds from the fastest to the smartest. 2008 F/F bookplate 15.00
Dixon,TS The Birds of Riverview. 1980 VG/VG bookplate 10.00
Dunning,JS South American Birds: a photo aid to ID. 1987 VG pbk bookplate 25.00
Elphick,J ed Atlas of Bird Migration. 1996 F/F bookplate 10.00
Fuller,RJ Bird Life of Woodland & Forest. 1995 VG/VG bookplate 30.00
Gore,MJ/Won,P The Birds of Korea. 1971 VG/repaired dw, minor loss ow G bookplate 50.00
Hume,R Birds by Character: a Field Guide to Jizz Id. 1990 VG/VG bookplate 15.00
Hume,R Life with Birds: reflections of a naturalist. 2005 VG/VG bookplate 10.00
Hume,R/Pearson,B Seabirds. 1993 F/F Hamlyn Bird Behaviour Guides. bookplate 12.00
James,P ed Birds of Sussex. 1996 VG/VG bookplate 25.00
Lack,P/Ferguson,D The Birds of Buckinghamshire. 1993 VG/VG bookplate 15.00
McCarthy,M Say Goodbye to the Cuckoo. 2009 F/F bookplate 10.00
Mearns,B&R Biographies for Birdwatchers. 1988 VG/VG bookplate 40.00
Morris,R/Smith,H Wild South: saving NZ endangered birds. 1988 pbk VG bookplate 10.00
O'Connor/Shrubb Farming and Birds. 1990 pbk ed VG bookplate 10.00
Oddie,B Birdwatching with Bill Oddie. 1988 VG/G+ bookplate 10.00
Pemberton,J ed Who's Who in Ornithology. 1997 VG/VG bookplate 20.00
Sibley/Monroe Distribution & Taxonomy of Birds of World. 1990 VG/VG bookplate 30.00
Sielmann,H My Year With the Woodpeckers. 1959 VG/G+ BC ed bookplate 10.00
Snow,D   Birds, Discovery & Conservation. 1992 VG/VG 100yrs of BOC b'plate 10.00
Standley,P et al The Birds of Berkshire. 1996 VG/VG bookplate 12.00
Tucker,GM et al Birds in Europe: their conservation status. 1994 pbk VG bookplate 10.00
Turner,AK The Swallow. 1994 VG Hamlyn Species Guide bookplate 10.00
Voous,KH Owls of the Northern Hemisphere. 1988 VG/VG bookplate 40.00
Wallace,I Beguiled by Birds. 2004 F/F bookplate 25.00
Walters,M A Concise History of Ornithology. 2003 F/F bookplate 20.00
Waterhouse,M The Strange Death of Birdsong. 2004 pbk VG bookplate 10.00
Wells,MG World Bird Species Checklist. 1998 VG/VG bookplate 10.00
Wood,S Birds of Essex. 2007 F/F bookplate 30.00
Wyllie,I The Cuckoo. 1981 VG/VG bookplate 10.00
Yaminshina,Y Birds in Japan. 1961 VG/VG bookplate 18.00

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Birthday, Christmas, Anniversary or a treat... looking for a gift?

What do you get someone who has everything?

Why not book a day's bird watching out and about in Dorset?

We can supply a 'voucher' with some information and a bird checklist to give as a gift on the special day. After the gift has been given we will contact the recipient/s and arrange a convenient day to go out.

Check out the 'Dorset Guiding' page or contact us for more information.

also available:

'The Birdwatcher's Yearbook 2018'
(RRP £19.50) £17.00 incl. postage
Trade enquiries welcomed

A signed copy of the
'Best Birdwatching Sites: Dorset'
(RRP £17.95) £16.50 incl. postage

Go to the Yearbook page on the website to order online or contact us via the ordering page

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Lesvos... next tour, April/May 2018

Looking for a spring birding break in 2018?

Join Neil on a Birdfinders tour to the Greek island of Lesvos to look for the island's specialities and passing spring migrants, 28 April-5th May 2018.

For further information and previous tour reports visit:

Birding on Lesvos

Little Bittern
Cinereous Bunting

Poppy Fields, Lesvos
Eurasian Scop's Owl

Kruper's Nuthatch

Ruppell's Warbler

Spain (Coto Donana/Extremadura)... next tour, May 2018

Looking for a spring birding break in 2018?

Join Neil on a Birdfinders tour to Southern Spain to look for the wetland and steppe/ mountain specialities of Coto Donana & Extremadura, 10th-17th May 2018.

For further information, previous tour reports or to book places visit:

Coto Donana: El Rocio
Extremadura: Trujillo
Extremadura: Pena Rock, Monfrague National Park

Cinereous Vulture
Purple Heron
Cattle Egret

Lesser Short-toed Lark
Eurasian Griffons
Sardinian Warbler

Spain, Tarifa area... next tour September 2018

Looking for an autumn birding break?

Join Neil on a Birdfinders tour to Southern Spain to look for birds in the Tarifa area, overlooking the Strait of Gibraltar, 13th-19th September 2018. While the tour will concentrate on raptor migration as birds leave Europe for Africa there will be plenty of opportunities to find a good selection of other species.

For further information, previous tour reports or to book places visit:

Short-toed Eagle, expected in good numbers on this tour

Wildlife lecturers/photographers: entries for The Birdwatcher's Yearbook... 2019 edition

Do you give talks/lectures?

Would you like to have an entry in the 39th edition of The Birdwatcher's Yearbook 2019

If you offer talks to groups why not take out a listing in the 'Directory of Wildlife Lecturers, Photographers & Artists' section. The cost of a listing is £20.00 (which includes a copy of the Yearbook) 

Space is limited so please contact us for further details at 

cover of the 2018 edition

Monday, 21 August 2017

Bird Fair 18-19-20 August 2017

...that's it until 2018 (17th-19th August)

Dates for the 2017 Bird Fair
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th August 


Visiting the 2017 Bird Fair?

Calluna Books will be in Marquee 6, on Stand 13.

We will be taking along a wide selection of natural history books from our stock including many items at reduced prices.

If you would like to view any of our stock at the fair please contact us beforehand and we will bring them along for you to view - no obligation to buy.


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Calluna Books - about our logo

After the business name of Calluna Books was chosen it was easy to come up with a logo. The association of the Dartford Warbler with heathlands made it an obvious choice.

The illustration of the Dartford Warbler was drawn and engraved by G.E. Lodge and printed in the first book dedicated to Dorset's bird life. The Rev. J C Mansel-Pleydell's "The Birds of Dorsetshire: a contribution to the natural history of the county" was published in 1887.

Of the Dartford Warbler, Mansel-Pleydell ended with the words................
"..........and it is doubtful whether we shall any longer see our heaths enlivened by this active little bird" (comments made after the severe winter of 1886-87).

They survived, but were almost wiped out again as recently as the early 1960s after another series of bad winters left only 11 known pairs remaining in Britain by 1964 (including two pairs on the Arne peninsula near Wareham). Happily their numbers have now risen substantially and they have moved out of their core breeding range of Purbeck and the New Forest to many parts of southern Britain.

Dartford Warbler, May 2014. The New Forest © ng