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