This is the first publication dedicated exclusively to the birds of Skye. Originally published in 2005, an updated 2nd edition was published in 2009. The current 3rd edition was published in March 2019. It has already proven to be a valuable source of reference not just to those who live on the island, but to the many tourists and other visitors who come to the area each year.
Based on reports which have been collected over the last 125 years, the book analyses all of these records and provides a systematic list of species, their status and distribution. There are additional chapters on habitats, conservation issues, and historical figures such as the Rev. Hugh Macpherson of Glendale, and Seton Gordon, who in different ways, were extremely influential in the development of knowledge of the area.
Skye Birds is written and compiled by Bob McMillan who has been interested in birds for over 60 years and who formerly acted as a local representative for the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and was also an office bearer with the Scottish Raptor Study Groups and helps to produce the annual Highland Bird Report. Bob now lives in Breakish, Skye.