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The Following Reports are available from the Northern Isles of Scotland:
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Scotland reports from:  
Mainland Scotland Including Speyside, Tours of Scotland, Moray, Ardnamurchan.....
The Northern Isles (This page) Shetland, Orkney, Fair Isle
The Hebrides Inner Hebrides, Outer Hebrides

Fair Isle

Discovering Life on Fair Isle 27th May - 3rd June 2001

  • Our journey to Fair Isle felt like a foreign trip, involving as it did, several flights, with a stop-over each way on Shetland. Arriving at Sumburgh airport in the afternoon, we took a drive and stroll up to Sumburgh Head and the lighthouse. The head gave us our first taste of a seabird city, teeming with bird life from at least thirteen different species....Chris Hall reports

Fair Isle Autumn 1998

  • Mark Prestwood, Fair Isle regular, describes his experiences on this lonely Shetland outpost. Storm Petrel ringing, plants, moths and of course, rare birds.

Fair Isle Autumn 1999

  • Mark Prestwood's return visit in 1999

The Orkneys

The Orkneys 24th May to 1st June 2003

  • Marwick Head and adjacent rocky shore gave an excellent introduction to the birds of Orkney. Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Turnstones in smart tortoiseshell breeding plumage foraged among the shoreline seaweed, with Rock Pipit and Wheatear dashing energetically around the clifftops, stacked with layer upon layer of Guillemots, Kittiwakes and Fulmars, interspersed with occasional Razorbills, Puffins and Rock Doves...Chris Hall reports

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Some Useful bird books for the Northern Isles of Scotland:
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Where to Watch Birds in Scotland
Mike Madders: Buy from or

  • Scotland has my favourite birding in the whole of the UK. This book, now updated, contains more than 140 key sites and numerous additional sites accompanied by maps and line drawings. It concludes with an up-to-date list of local birds Recorders and reports, useful addresses and a code of conduct for birdwatchers. The guide has become indispensable for anyone birdwatching in Scotland.

Collins Guide to Scottish Birds
Valerie Thom, Norman Arlott (Illustrator): Buy from or

  • Aimed at both the birdwatching market and at tourists visiting Scotland, this guide describes all the species commonly found in this country. Each section has an introduction describing the habitat illustrated with colour photographs, followed by a guide section describing all the birds found in that habitat. Each bird is illustrated in full colour. The text is written for beginners as well as to inform keener birdwatchers. The end of the book has a "places to go" section arranged by area (Highland, Western Isles, south-west, etc): it details over 70 of the best sites for birdwatching, describing how to get to them and what to expect to see once you are there.

RSPB Handbook of Scottish Birds
Peter Holden et al: Buy from or

  • Over 250 species are covered in detail with a page per species. The species accounts include concise information on identification, voice, habits, habitat, food, breeding ecology, seasonal movements, population and conservation. Detailed maps have been specially created to show distribution when breeding, wintering or on migration. Superb colour illustrations from some of the world's leading artists have been integrated into the text for easy reference.

Days with the Golden Eagle
Seton Gordon: Buy from or

  • I really like this book and it truly stands the test of time. First published in 1927, Seton Gordon's narrative is vivid and so evocative of the Scottish mountains and glens that I can almost believe that I am there. Seton follows the lives of a pair of Golden Eagle and their two young, Cain and Abel, by close observation of the nest. His fascinating "highland stories" of Eagles around Scotland are a joy to read. Also available direct from Whittles Publishing.

Where to Watch Birds in Britain
Simon Harrap, Nigel Redman: Buy from or

  • A superb and well researched update of the original book. Lots of new sites have been added. The experts have been consulted. An indispensible guide to British twitcher or foreign visitor. All the key sites are covered, usually with good maps complete with a season by season guide of what to see where.

The Complete Guide to the Birdlife of Britain & Europe
Rob Hume, Peter Hayman (Illustrator): Buy from

  • This is quite simply the best illustrated guide to Europe's birds that I have seen. Every bird is pictured at least five times (and sometimes twenty times) in varying poses within its habitat. Seeing the birds in context, really gives this book the edge.
    More than a field guide, the book is coffee table size, and certainly deserves to be in the collection of every serious bird watcher.

Recommended travel books for Scotland:

Lonely Planet Scotland (Lonely Planet Country & Regional Guides)
Neil Wilson, A. Murphy: Buy from or

  • The Scottish Highlands are one of Europe's last great wildernesses, with a wealth of mountains, lakes, rivers, moors and dramatic coastal scenery. This guide to the country has separate chapters detailing the historic Highlands, and provides information on climbing, fishing, golf and walking.


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