Abuko Nature Reserve

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A Birdwatchers Guide to the GambiaA Birdwatchers Guide to the Gambia
The Gambia comprises a long,narrow strip of land, about 50KM across at its widest point and just over 300KM long, bordered to the west by the Atlantic Ocean and otherwise completely surrounded by Senegal.
The Gambia River, which divides the country into two, is tidal inland for about 200KM and this explains the abundance of mangroves, which cover almost 30 per cent of the total land area.White Mangroves grow, above the normal high tide level where pneumatophers (breathing roots) can be seen sticking up above the mud.
Prion Birdwatchers' Guide to the Gambia
Rod Ward
Introductory chapters give information on pre-tour planning, travel, where to stay, climate and clothing, health, maps and when to go. The bulk of the book details key sites, with notes on accommodation, birding strategy, birds and other wildlife, with a map. There are also brief notes on additional sites, and full species checklist.
Abuko Nature Reserve

Abuko Nature Reserve

Rectangular in shape and only 105ha in size, Abuko Nature Reserve is not only the smallest protected area in The Gambia, but also probably the smallest on the African Continent. Yet it is packed with easy to see wildlife including western red colobus and callithrix monkeys, crocodiles, antelopes and spectacular birds and butterflies. As well as the Darwin Field Station, the reserve plays host to several photo-hides, which look out over water pools and forest, thus allowing close up views of some of the animals and birds that make Abuko Nature Reserve such a special place.
The excellent marked trails lead through the riverine forest on both sides of the Lamin Stream.

Species List For Abuko Nature reserveSpecies List For Abuko Nature reserve
The reserve features the famous ‘Crocodile Pool’ (above) and a series of hides (including photographic hides which should be booked in advance) Toilets and refreshments are also available.
Click here for a list of species seen at the reserve

Field Guide to the Birds of the Gambia and SenegalField Guide to the Birds of the Gambia and Senegal
A Field Guide to the Birds of the Gambia and Senegal
Clive Barlow, Tony Disley, Tim Wacher
This field guide covers the area of the Gambia, a country which is very popular with a large number of birders. The Gambia shelters many migrants from the Western Palearctic, from September to April, as well as having a significant list of resident West African birds. The guide also covers Senegal, which almost entirely surrounds The Gambia. The colour plates depict 570 species - virtually every species recorded in The Gambia - and the text covers every species on the Senegambian list, as well as a few which are likely to turn up in the future. In total, over 660 species are described in the book.
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Birds of West Africa

Birds of West Africa

Nik Borrow and Ron Demey
"West Africa is among the last of the world's great birding regions to have its avifauna described and illustrated in an authoritative guide.Now,with Birds of Western Africa,the job has been done to the highest of standards-this is a must have for anyone with an interest in the birds of the region,or indeed the continent." DOMINIC MITCHELL,BIRDWATCH

Birds of Western Africa is a major new guide covering the birds of all western African countries,from Mauritania and Senegal east to Chad and Central African Republic,and south to Gabon and Congo.No other field guide covers this region exclusively and in such comprehensive depth.The book describes 1283 species,representing the entire avifauna of the region.There are 147 original colour plates,all painted by the same illustrator;comprising over 3000 figures and depicting every species described.The detailed species accounts cover identification criteria,including differences between similar species,voice,behaviour,habitat,distribution and status.Both the author and the illustrator have gained extensive field experience over many years in western Africa,and their knowledge and expertise shines through in this outstanding guide to one of the world's most exciting birding destinations.

Hardback; 241 x 166 mm. 816pp. 147 colour plates.Over 1100 maps.Click here for ordering information.....

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