The following publications can be ordered from David Sowerbutts, 9 Prebends Field, Gilesgate Moor, Durham City, DH1 1HH.

Cheques – payable to Durham Bird Club – should be sent with order. Please also provide an e-mail address in case of query, for instance regarding delivery arrangements.

Note that we are not yet able to offer online payment facilities because of the limited number of orders we receive.


The Birds of Durham; edited by Keith Bowey and Mark Newsome.
vi, 1014 pages plus 64 pages of colour photographs; 56 black-and-white photographs and numerous line drawings in text. Hardback. ISBN: 978-1-874701-03-3. June 2012


This landmark publication, the first comprehensive review of the birds of County Durham for sixty years, includes accounts of the 386 species recorded in the area from Tyne to Tees up to the end of 2011 as well as chapters on Durham geography – landscape, habitats, climate and birdlife, a short environmental history of the county, the study of birds in County Durham, a short history of Durham ornithology and the development of the Durham bird list. Publication was made possible with the aid of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Reviews of the book have been published –

  • Review by John Clark in British birds
  • Review by Tom Cadwallender for British Trust for Ornithology
  • Review by David Ballance in Ibis

Original published at £30, the price is now reduced to a bargain £10 plus carriage*

Members of the Natural History Society of Northumbria are encouraged to place their orders through the Society, which holds stock of the publication.

The book is also available at £15.00 – on a “click-and-collect” basis – from the Durham Wildlife Trust centres at Rainton Meadows and Low Barns

*The carriage options available in the U.K. are

  • Royal Mail Parcelforce express48 – £13.14
  • Courier service (requires signature on receipt) – £7.61
  • In some cases, in the area between Tyne and Tees, it may be possible to arrange hand delivery free of charge – please enquire
  • For delivery options outside the U.K. please enquire

A Summer Atlas of the Breeding Birds of County Durham; edited by Stephen Westerberg and Keith Bowey.
[4], iv, 187 pages. Softcover. ISBN: 978-1-874701-02-6. 2000


Based on fieldwork carried out for the B.T.O.’s 1989-92 atlas and on records produced by members of the Club and others, it contains over 180 pages of text, maps and illustrations, and provides a wealth of information on the status of birds in the county during the breeding season. Introductory chapters deal with habitat, geomorphology, weather and birdlife of the county.

Out of print. Please enquire about availability of secondhand copies