RESOURCES: Britain's Birds

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Science  05 Aug 2005:
Vol. 309, Issue 5736, pp. 857
DOI: 10.1126/science.309.5736.857b

BirdFacts, a new guide from the British Trust for Ornithology, profiles 258 species that frequent or breed in the British Isles, such as the European coot (Fulica atra). The species accounts are crammed with ecological, anatomical, and conservation data. You'll find results from recent surveys of British and European populations and summaries of long-term trends in the species' numbers. The European coot, for instance, has been slowly increasing in Britain. Distribution maps compare censuses from the 1970s and 1990s and highlight range changes. Although it focuses on Britain, BirdFacts will prove useful for non-U.K. users because many of the species also inhabit Europe and North America.

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