This review covers 25 years (1986-2012)of counts from the Varese Province in Northern Italy. The review is written in Italian and has been prepared by Fabio Saporetti and Monica Carabella from the Gruppo Insubrico di Ornitologia (www.gruppoinsubrico.it).
The volume is divided into several parts: beginning with the history of the censuses of waterfowl in Europe and then in Italy, and provides an overview of surveyed provincial water bodies and their importance for birds in winter. 48 species are treated, from 10 families. Each species has its own "card" full of information about distribution, conservation status and population estimates in Europe, Italy and Lombardy, down to the level of the winter observations in the province of Varese . The discussion of the species is accompanied by a chart showing changes during the period 1986-2010, where data allows.
The period under review has made it possible to assess the changes in wintering populations : for example, the increase of the Common Merganser (the species illustrated on the cover of review) and the "appearance" and increase of species such as the grey heron, now common even in winter, or the decrease of the Red-necked Grebe and Common Pochard. Each species is illustrated by at least one photograph in the wild, thanks to the generosity of a dozen photographers who have offered their shots.
The printing of the notebook (on recycled paper 100% natural) was assisted by the Province of Varese (Sector Policies for Agriculture and Wildlife Management - Commerce) and the LIPU (Italian League for Bird Protection).
The review is available on request. Please send an email to:
monica.carabella @ edibios. com specifying the address of the applicant, and donate at least 10 euro (including shipping costs) by bank transfer to the non-profit organization:
Group Insubric of Ornithology- I BAN: IT13A0569650240000020568X10
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