The Breeding Birds of North-East Scotland

The Breeding Birds of North-East Scotland


From left – right: Ptarmigan © Ed Duthie, Ptarmigan nest © Stuart Rae, Ptarmigan chick © Paul Bingham

Last few copies remaining – order your copy now!

The Breeding Birds of North-East Scotland was published in September 2011 and has been very well received. Sales have progressed rapidly and we now only have about 20 copies left. Order now via NHBS or arrange local collection as below. Price £19.99.


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The atlas price is £19.99


Please click here to download an order form only if you are able to collect either in Aberdeen or from Waterston House:

Recent large increases in postal charges mean that we are not realistically able to send copies through the post ourselves. Instead, please order from NHBS:

Here the price per copy is £19.99 and delivery charges are very low.


Also best to order from NHBS as above.

About the Atlas…

North-East Scotland is very important for breeding birds, holding over one-fifth of the UK population of Scottish Crossbill, Parrot Crossbill, Ptarmigan, Dotterel, Crested Tit, Snow Bunting and Goldeneye and more than a third of Scotland’s Sandwich Terns, Goshawks, Tree Sparrows and Corn Buntings.

This new breeding bird atlas presents the results of five years of survey work in Moray, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City and includes almost half of the Cairngorms National Park. It maps the distributions of all breeding birds during 2002-06, and as the first repeated local breeding bird atlas for any area in Scotland, makes comparisons with earlier atlases, both local (1981-84) and national (1968-72 and 1988-91). Where possible, information on breeding birds has been updated to 2009.

ne-scotland-atlas-sampleThe maps use the familiar 2x2km ‘tetrad’ and the 2,340 surveyed make this the largest of its kind ever undertaken, covering almost 4% of the UK land area and 11% of Scotland. Species accounts have been written by sixty local authors, and many photographers from North-East Scotland contributed a wide range of images illustrating breeding activity, a distinctive feature of this atlas.

For each species, its habitat, breeding biology, local breeding status and distribution are summarised. An estimate of breeding population is provided, along with evidence for changes in distribution and numbers. The geography and habitat context in which our breeding birds are found is described in some detail, as are the main influences on their distribution and trends in numbers – issues that are critical to bird conservation.

The atlas, with a foreword by Adam Watson, is 528 pages in length and full colour throughout.

The Breeding Birds of North-East Scotland costs £25 plus p&p, but there is no postage charge if you can collect from Aberdeen, Elgin, or Waterston House. Please see the order form for further details, or email us.

Collection update: December 2015

Copies can be pre-arranged for collection at:

Aberdeen: RSPB Regional Office, 10 Albyn Terrace, Aberdeen AB10 1YP (tel 01224 624824; office hours 9am to 5.15 Monday to Friday).

Edinburgh: SOC Headquarters, Waterston House, Aberlady, East Lothian EH32 0PY (tel 01875 871330; office hours 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday).

If you pre-order an atlas from one of these addresses, please telephone to check on collection arrangements after a week or so from your order date – the order will be ready for collection by then.

Ian Francis, Martin Cook and Harry Scott


Useful links

Find out more about the North East Scotland recording area and the Moray and Nairn recording area.

Visit North-East Scotland branch page