This book summarises the findings of Seabird 2000, a major national initiative to census all the breeding seabirds in Britain and Ireland which incorporates the work of over 400 individuals counting seabird numbers at coastal and inland sites over 15 years. There is an account for each breeding species, with text by a specialist author discussing distributional characteristics and changes. There are 2 maps per species - one pinpointing each breeding colony, and another expressing expansion, decline, extinction and new colonisation. The British Isles are of global importance for breeding seabirds - over 4 million pairs from 25 species breed here, including almost all of the world's Manx Shearwaters and Northern Gannets. This is a readable and comprehensive distillation of the most exhaustive and detailed survey of seabird numbers in Britain ever conducted. It will be a fascinating read for all birders and an essential resource for everyone involved in the conservation of the marine environment.
Dr P. Ian Mitchell is a senior research officer with the Joint Nature Conservation Committee. Dr Stephen Newton is employed by Birdwatch Ireland as a research biologist. Dr Norman Ratcliffe and Dr Timothy Dunn are biologists working for the RSPB.