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An Atlas of the Birds of NSW & the ACT

A Review of Volume 3

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Volume 3, which is still in production, should be available in February 2020.  The Volume will contain up to 800 pages and cover resident, migrant and introduced species from the Eastern Spinebill to the Common Greenfinch, details of several birds now considered to be NSW regulars and of the Lord Howe Island endemic or near-endemic species and a comprehensive listing of all verifiable records of those birds that are known to be vagrants to NSW.

This will be the final volume of what has been an undeniably mammoth task – thanks to the contributions by members of ~6 million data entries and to the authors who have dedicated days, months and years of their lives with dedication for its fruition.

By way of recognition that the information in this Atlas is not available in Field Guides or similar publications, Volume 2 received the Whitley Award for Best Zoological Resource.  The data-set is the longest ongoing set collected with consistent methodology in NSW and users can have confidence that the observed trends are real.

For each species, there are maps, graphs and tables summarising the reported distribution, breeding distribution, seasonal and historic range changes, together with monthly breeding records and monthly and annual reporting rates. The text provides a summary of what is known about the occurrence, distribution, breeding biology, movements, history and current status of each species.

The authors have analysed an extensive quantitative data-set to identify trends which should prove invaluable in developing environmental policy to minimise future planning impacts, aid more cost-effective research, conservation and management programs and provide a baseline against which future changes and the effectiveness of conservation measures can be evaluated.

Sir David Attenborough – two letters on receiving copies of Vol 1 And Vol 2: 28 February 2019: “Dear Richard Cooper ,.. I greatly admire the scholarship and fieldwork on which it must be based’’. And on 7 March 2019: “I have now had a chance to read something of your astonishing publication…and I congratulate you unreservedly on this great achievement’’.

For a list of species in Vol. 3 coming soon

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When published , Volume 3 will deal with the remaining resident, introduced and migrant species, all vagrants, extinct species and those of doubtful provenance.

There will also be a section on the birds of the Lord Howe group.

For each bird details include maps, graphs, tables and text on current distribution, breeding, seasonal and historical change and assessment of current status.

This information aims to provide provides a better understanding of the status and needs of each species and where to best concentrate conservation management efforts.

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The pre-publishing offer is current until stocks arrive.

The principal aims of the NSW Bird Atlassers (NSWBA) are to determine the distribution of birds in NSW, monitor their status and promote better public understanding of birds.

An Atlas of the Birds of NSW & the ACT presents the results of long-term data collection and analysis as a baseline against which future changes and the effectiveness of conservation measures can be evaluated and affirms the need to continue the work of the NSWBA.

An Atlas of the Birds of NSW & the ACT is a comprehensive inventory and distributional analysis on the species of birds occurring within NSW, the ACT and the western Tasman Sea. For each species we summarize what is known about the occurrence, distribution, breeding biology, movements, history and current status.

The NSW Bird Atlassers is supported by a dedicated band of supporters concerned for the welfare of all birds