My wife, Jayne, had ordered this book for me as a Christmas present, but with a few problems at the printing stage, it has only just arrived. Was it worth the wait? What do you think? At nearly 400 pages, and over 300 individual species accounts, this amazing piece of work is absolutely brilliant. The book contains everything you need to know about "birds and birding in Derbyshire", from historical records, right through to the most recent addition to the "Derbyshire List" (Western Bonelli's Warbler in 2011).
As you can imagine the first thing I did when I opened the book was look for references of Linacre Reservoirs! Obviously, at a county level Linacre isn't the most important area, but it does get quite a few mentions including a brief outline of the key species on p.30 and a very nice reference to "our" owl-box-nesting Mandarin Ducks on page 91.(see here for details and a picture of the eggs).
Hope you've enjoyed this little review, and if you fancy getting hold of a copy, follow this link to the Derbyshire Ornithological Society's website.