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'Tit-bits from Temperley' - Durham Bird Club

'Tit-bits from Temperley' - Durham Bird Club

'Tit-bits from Temperley' - Durham Bird

Tit-bits from Temperley The Birds of Durham Heritage Project ‘Bringing the wildlife of the past, to the people of tomorrow’ ‘Tit-bits from Temperley’ Introduction 2011 marks sixty years since the publication of George Temperley‟s ground-breaking ‘A History of the Birds of Durham’, in 1951. Amongst natural historians of the north east region, his book bears that rare accolade, it does not go by its title, it is known simply as „Temperley‟. At the time of publication, Temperley's work was at the „cutting edge‟ of documenting the natural heritage of the area and, in part, for his efforts on this work, George W. Temperley (GWT) was awarded the British Trust for Ornithology's highest award, the Bernard Tucker medal. George Temperley (on the far left), birdwatching with colleagues, meeting the challenges posed before the advent of tripods for telescopes. Image courtesy of Joan Proudlock and the NHSN The ‘Titbits’ These snippets of information are all drawn or distilled from Temperley‟s work, which was published in the Transactions of the Natural History Society of Northumberland, Durham and Newcastle upon Tyne (now the Natural History Society of Northumbria, the NHSN). The „titbits‟ are not whole species accounts but have been chosen to illustrate either particularly interesting stories or to highlight changes in status or distribution since the mid-20 th century period of Temperley‟s authorship, or from his research into earlier times. The sequence of titbits here is presented in the order in which they appear in A History of the Birds of County Durham with little or in most cases, no, modern contextualisation. In many respects these extracts provide a „taster‟ for the fuller, more authoritative texts presented in the book itself. Any reader captivated by the historical perspectives detailed in these snippets will find very much more to be

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