In 1980, Maggie H. Dunn produced the first bird report for the Arran Natural History Society. It was five pages long, cost 25p and had contributions from forty-five people who recorded one hundred and forty-one species, including King Eider, Roseate Tern, Red-backed Shrike and nine churring Nightjars, none of which appear in the latest annual report. There has been a bird report every year since then. The complete collection of annual reports is available for access from the archivists at the Isle of Arran Heritage Museum.
In 2014, Maggie H. Dunn was one of over three hundred contributors who submitted over nine and a half thousand records on one hundred and sixty species including one that never been recorded on Arran before. This latest bird report is sixty-four pages long including four in full-colour plus full-colour covers. It costs £5.00.
The Arran Bird Report 2014 is a "must" for anyone interested in the birds of Arran. It includes information on all species seen on Arran, a month by month summary of what was around last year, the impact of weather on birds, information on ringed birds and reports on some of Arran's bird projects. The uniqueness of Arran is reflected throughout the report, including the number of UK protected birds that share our island with us, as well as the differences between here and the adjacent mainland.
Make sure you get your copy.
Only a limited number have been produced.This latest version of the annual bird report is now available from shops and other outlets throughout the island for the bargain price of £5.00 or directly from Alan and Jill Hollick of High Kildonan firstname.lastname@example.org