|Birds on the Spurn Peninsula|
Ralph Chislett Assisted by G.H Ainsworth
An ornithological classic,written by a master of the genre.The bird observatory at Spurn point in Yorkshire was founded in 1945,the third to be established in Britain,and two years ahead of Fair Isle.Ralph Chislett,regarded by many as 'The Father of modern Yorkshire ornithology',was the leader of a small group of pioneering ornithologists who set up,and subsequently ran the observatory in property originally leased from the war department.
He acted as chairman of the observatory's Management Committee for the first twenty years of its existence,and this is his own fascinating account,written in his inimitable style,of trials and tribulations,successes and failures and the exciting birds of the first ten years or so of their work.
Part 1 was published in 1958,but quickly went out of print and has remained a very scarce item on the second hand market.The handwritten manuscript for Part 2,completed by Chislett shortly before his death in 1964,has lain neglected for thirty years until its rediscovery in 1992.At long last,and as the author originally intended,the two parts are now united into one volume.Part 1 is reproduced in facsimile form,and Part 2 is printed in a matching format.In addition to the original species accounts,there are updates on the ornithological and environmental changes that have taken place at Spurn in the thirty years since Chislett's time,together with early photographs of the Spurn landscape and some of the personalities who contributed to this Golden Decade of Yorkshire ornithology....(inside front cover)
Hardback;216pp.1996 Peregrine books.Mint in protective d/w.Cover illustration 'Waders on the Humber shore'George R Edwards,1950.B/w photos,fold out map,tables.