Welcome to the Birds of the Hull Area website

This website contains the full text of the Birds of Hull Area book, which documented the birdlife in and around the city of Kingston-upon-Hull, in East Yorkshire, up to the new Millennium. Birds of the Hull Area was originally published in 2002 by Kingston Press with a print run of 500. Those copies quickly sold out, but the demise of the publisher meant that a second print run was never forthcoming. The climate for publishing small books is fairly hostile these days, so a second and updated print edition is getting less likely. As such, the book has not been readily available for the past decade and that doesn't look likely to change soon.
 
So, to mark 10 years since publication, I am making almost all of the content of the book freely available in these pages. The panel on the left contains headings of the species groups and links to the individual species entries. The Recording area page outlines the extent of the area covered in the book. It is also important to bear in mind that the information is now 10 years old, and so is getting increasingly out of date. For instance, several new species have been recorded in/around the city since the book was published (Red-rumped Swallow, Ring-necked Duck), some have been lost as breeding species (probably Willow Tit and Corn Bunting) and others gained (Peregrine falcon), and others that were very rare only a decade ago are now regular (Little Egret, Avocet).
 
Important copyright info: copyright of all content in these pages still lies with the author of the book and this website (that be me!). Please feel free to use any text from the species pages under 'fair usage' copyright rules (acknowledged quotes are fine, but no cutting and pasting of entire entries please, especially for commercial usage). If you reproduce any of the content elsewhere, please reference the book as the source: Broughton, Richard K (2002) Birds of the Hull Area. Kingston Press. Hull, UK.
 
However, the aim of putting the information up here for free is so that people can use it, hopefully for enjoyment, reference or conservation purposes. If you have any queries about using the content, then drop me a line at the email address on this page. Generally, as long as nobody tries to make money out of it I'll probably be more than happy for you to use it however you like. 
 
I may get round to making this site a bit more swish and better-looking in the future, perhaps using a proper scan of the actual book, and may also develop and update the content as an ongoing online resource at some point. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the pages. If nothing else, they're a snapshot of the birdlife of a post-industrial city in northern England at the beginning of the 21st Century.