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'Over twenty years ago, when I first became interested in the impacts of climate change on wild plants and animals, the literature was limited and the field wide open. Now it is very hard to keep up. This marvellous book is exactly what I need to feel on top of the subject once more, and needs to be read not just by ornithologists, but by all ecologists struggling to understand and predict the impacts of climate change on the living world. The authors are two world-leaders on the impacts of climate change on birds. The text summarises the effects of climate change that have already happened, seeks to predict what we can expect in the future, and considers what conservation biologists can do to mitigate its effects. The coverage is comprehensive, and skilfully distils a large and complicated literature into a compelling … narrative.' John Lawton, Chairman, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and Vice-President, RSPB

'Climate change is emerging as the biggest threat to nature worldwide and one of the most challenging to understand and address. This book synthesises the state of knowledge on these issues for birds: the best-known wildlife group, and one that can provide insights and solutions for biodiversity more generally. The chapters go beyond the well-documented effects of climate change on phenology to consider the impacts on demography and distributions, and the knock-on effects for ecological communities. Most useful for the conservation community are the chapters synthesising approaches to safeguarding species and important sites under a changing climate, including consideration of the impacts of mitigation measures. Through combining an exhaustive review of the scientific literature, novel insights, helpful summaries, informative graphics and accessible language, this book will be the first one I turn to when wanting to find out more about climate change impacts on birds and the implications for conservation.' Stuart Butchart, Head of Science, BirdLife International

'Ongoing climate change has already had substantial impacts on the natural world. In birds, it affects the timing of their breeding and migrations, their numbers and distribution patterns. This book provides the most thorough and detailed review of this rapidly expanding research area yet published, and discusses various conservation measures that can be taken to mitigate the increasing impacts of climate change. This book provides not only a thorough review of the main known impacts of climate change on bird populations, but also fresh analyses of the wealth of data now available from around the world. It also provides detailed assessments of measures that might be taken to help birds through this period of dramatic environmental change. The authors ably synthesise known information regarding birds and climate change, undertake new analyses of the data, and assess the conservation measures that might be taken to minimise the effects on bird populations.' Ian Newton, Emeritus Fellow, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

'The science is well-explained and if you want to understand how climate change is already affecting birds, and how it will in future, as well as how scientists study these matters, then [this] is a book for you.' Mark Avery, former Conservation Director, RSPB

'Pearce-Higgins and Green have produced one of the best written textbooks that I have ever encountered … an invaluable resource for both scientific and lay audiences on the observed and projected impacts of climate change on our avifauna, and how these impacts can be reduced by appropriate adaptation and mitigation. This excellent book is highly recommended.' British Trust for Ornithology (bto.org)

'Birds and Climate Change offers readers a thorough review of knowledge on the impacts of climate change on bird populations, distributions, and conservation, drawing on a wide range of historical and up-to-date sources … the book is an excellent source for all professional ornithologists and graduate students embarking on work in avian demography, distribution, communities, and conservation, particularly because future research needs are also well and logically developed. Overall, we found this book to be the most thorough and detailed review to date on the impacts of climate change on free-living species and, though focused exclusively on birds, [it] should be appealing to a wide range of readers, from amateurs to academics.' Journal of Field Ornithology

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Providing a single source of information for students, scientists, practitioners and policy-makers, this is a critical review of the impacts of climate change on global bird populations. The authors review the potential for future impacts and consider how conservationists should respond to these threats.

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