July has seen us with our nose to the grindstone working on an exciting project for the Andalucía Bird Society. Working alongside the Society’s inhouse designer and webmaster Pieter Verheij, we have completed the task of creating a booklet (44 pages) entitled ‘Birds of Andalucia a revised and updated checklist’. The concept was simple enough, but the information required exhaustive research into all birds that do or have occurred in the region and then to provide the status of each bird i.e., resident, summer, or winter visitor, migrant or even a vagrant occurring very rarely here. The result is an attractive and handy book of reference for all with an interest in our birds and it also deals with the advantages of being a member of the Society and delves briefly into the work the Society does in the fields of conservation, preservation, and animal welfare. We are hoping to make this available to all members as a free publication, but we also hope to make copies available for the general public at a nominal cost.
At the moment we are waiting for the costs of printing and mailing before final Committee approval can give the go ahead. We will keep members informed and hopefully can confirm everything in a future newsletter to members.