Tucker, J. & Tucker, P. (2017)

Beckwith’s Birds of Nineteenth Century Shropshire

Holbrook Design, Oxford

During the construction of the website The Historical Ornithology of Shropshire (Tucker 2012) it became apparent that William E Beckwith was probably the major force in Shropshire’s ornithology in the nineteenth century.

His occasional short notes in the naturalists’ journals of the time and his latter major work on species accounts published consecutively in the Transactions of the Shropshire Natural History and Philosophical Society were building into what he planned to publish as a ‘Birds of Shropshire’, probably around 1902. However he died, suddenly, in July 1892, aged only 47.

The book begins with an introduction to William Beckwith’s life and works and then presents all his published works in chronological order, ending with his account of the Black Grouse, written shortly before his death on 1 July 1892. The book was written and compiled by me and designed by my brother Peter.

The entire text can be consulted online in The Historical Ornithology of Shropshire (Histo) at 2017

Copies are available from the author.