The Complete Guide to Irelands Birds

The Complete Guide to Ireland’s Birds was published in 1993 and quickly established itself as the best and most comprehensive such guide ever produced. It was a best seller.

What made it unique was that it covered all species recorded in Ireland to that date, and did so using an original layout including birds in typical poses as well as standard identification plates. It included the most up to date distribution maps and full descriptions of males, females, immatures, voice, diet and preferred habitat of 312 species. It also had brief descriptions of over 100 rare species.

All these features are retained in the new edition. The principal changes concern the Irish bird population itself. Some species, such as the Corn Bunting, have become extinct while others, such as the Little Egret, are now well established. There have been falls in both Skylark and Lapwing populations and distribution while Corncrakes are re-establishing a breeding population in areas where they have been extinct for almost forty years. In addition, many species have been seen in Ireland for the first time since 1993. The new edition of the Complete Guide reflects these additional species, thus maintaining its coverage of all species recorded in Ireland to date. This completely updated edition will confirm Dempsey and O’Clery’s work as the outstanding guide to Irish birds.

The Complete Guide to Ireland’s Birds has jst won a WorldTwitch Book Award for Best Bird Book - Europe. see WorldTwitch >>

Other books by Eric Dempsey The Pocket Guide to the Common Birds of Ireland

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Publication Date

September 2002




Hardback, 276 pages

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Gill Books


246 x 196 mm


By Eric Dempsey By Michael O'Clery



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Eric Dempsey has published widely throughout the world and is internationally known as one of Ireland’s leading ornithologists. He broadcasts frequently on RTÉ1 on Derek Mooney’s popular ‘Mooney Goes Wild’ show and is a features writer for the wildlife magazine Wild Ireland.

Artist Michael O’Clery is established as one of Ireland’s best known wildlife artists with paintings and illustrations appearing regularly in a variety of books and journals worldwide. His work is now in prestigious private collections in Ireland, Europe, Australia and the United States.

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