The London area has a fantastic range of bird species, from the rare Black Redstart to the humble Feral Pigeon and the exotic Ring-necked Parakeet. Published jointly with The London Natural History Society, this atlas contains records of 200 species that were observed in the region, covering an area within 20 miles (or approximately 32km) of St Paul's Cathedral. The atlas documents the breeding and wintering distribution of the birds in the area and identifies changes in distribution since the previous two breeding atlases of the London area, in 1968-72 and 1988-94. A full introduction describes the methodology and this is followed by illustrated species accounts, each with up to five maps covering breeding distribution; breeding abundance; breeding change; winter distribution and winter abundance.
Ian Woodward is from Chingford in north-east London and has lived in this area for most of his life. In 2005, he became the Regional Representative for the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) in north London, organising BTO surveys in the area and working closely with the London Natural History Society (LNHS). Ian has worked for the BTO as a Research Officer since 2014 and became an LNHS Council Representative in 2015.
Richard Arnold originates from north London but is now firmly settled in the south. He is the Regional Representative for the British Trust for Ornithology in south London and a professional ecological consultant at Thomson Ecology. He served on the council of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) and helped develop CIEEM's guidelines on ecological impact assessment.
Neil Smith trained as an ecologist, with an emphasis on botany and habitat surveying, and in doing so, developed an interest in the use of geographical information systems (GIS) in conservation and ecology. Neil currently works as a professional GIS consultant at Thomson Ecology. Neil managed the dataset and produced all the maps for The London Bird Atlas.