This volume looks set to become the best modern reference for anyone wishing to know about the rich history of the British avifauna...It is both readable and engaging. (Birdwatch
This book is well furnished with tables and distribution maps...i did learn much from it. (Scottish Birds
Far and away the most comprehensive set of records to date. A fascinating book. (British Trust for Ornithology News
The book is well produced and...should form part of any serious ornithologist's library. (British Ornithologists' Union
...this volume looks set to become the best modern reference for anyone wishing to know about the rich history of the British avifauna...it is both readable and engaging (Birdwatch Magazine
About the Author
Derek Yalden retired from Manchester University after 40 years of teaching vertebrate zoology in September 2005. He is the author/co-author of over 200 scientific publications. He has worked on birds and mammals in the Peak District, including long-term population studies of Common Sand pipers and Golden Plovers, and on the mammals of Ethiopia, with two species - Leptopelis yaldeni
(tree-frog) and Desmomys yaldeni
(rat) - named in his honour. His interest in the history of the British fauna dates back to undergraduate lectures on Pleistocene mammals, summarised in reviews, papers, and The History of British Mammals
(1999). Derek is currently the President of the Mammal Society, and was Editor of their publication 'Mammal Review' for 22 years.
Umberto Albarella is based in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Sheffield. He specialises in the study of animal bones (zooarchaeology), but his research is wide-ranging and strongly oriented towards the integration of different aspects of archaeology.