Skye Birds: An illustrated guide to the birds of Skye and where to find them


by R.L. McMillan

‘It is a surprise that…[this] is the first publication dedicated exclusively to [Skye’s] birds. For some reason the island of Skye has been regarded as a birdwatching backwater important for Golden Eagles, White tailed Eagles and not much more. Despite this undeserved reputation a total of 260 species have been recorded, with 14 of those ‘red listed’ as of high conservation concern…another innovation has been the inclusion of Gaelic names for some birds. While this is not uncommon in a few other books, the addition of some regional Gaelic names is very unusual and very welcome’ – Ray Collier, The Guardian

Paperback: 195 pages

Publisher: R. McMillan, 2005 (new edit. 2019)

Language: English

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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.

Additional information

Dimensions 14.8 × 1.1 × 21 cm

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