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Good account spoiled by inaccuracies
on 16 December 2014
I too was there (for some of the time), which was really what attracted me to this book in the first place - a large dose of nostalgia for the "good old days" before mobile phones, pagers and digital photography when portable CB radios were the "must have" technology for birding Scilly in the autumn! An enjoyable trip down Memory Lane, bringing back for me recollections of some of the "characters" sadly no longer with us - birders and boatmen alike.
However.... as in so many cases these days, the book was spoiled for me by sloppy proof-reading (and/or reliance on a spell-checker which recognises spelling but not context and thus selects the wrong word.) While I appreciate this was the author's first visit to Scilly, I feel it would have been polite to ensure that he checked the accuracy of his descriptions: for example (p28), the Garrison Arch is NOT the Sally Port - that is a pedestrian-only access between the houses above Porthcressa; Tresco has Old Grimsby and New Grimsby, NOT 'Great' and 'Little'! Such inaccuracies are careless to say the least and insulting to the (mostly) birder-welcoming Scillonians and their truly stunning archipelago.