For exactly 100 years, there was no English-language guide to the birds of Luxembourg. Hardly surprising – why should there be? After all, Luxembourg is a trilingual country, and English isn’t one of those languages. But things are changing quickly.
English has, over recent decades, become the world’s lingua franca; and a growing number of Luxembourg’s resident and working population depend on English as a medium of communication and information.
So, Luxembourg’s leading nature conservation NGO, natur&ëmwelt has marked the trend in its centenary year by bringing out an English edition of its bestselling series of nature guides. The brand-new The Birds of Luxembourg (authors: Patric Lorgé. Ed. Melchior) is a companion volume to the original Vögel Luxemburgs and Les Oiseaux du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg, and a stablemate to the very similar German and French guides to Luxembourg’s mammals (authors: Laurent Schley, Jan Herr).
The Birds of Luxembourg is a 276-page treasure trove of information on every aspect of Luxembourg’s remarkably rich bird life. Starting with descriptive texts and stunning photos (almost all by local nature photographers) detailing the country’s 180 commonest species, one per page and arranged by habitat type, the text moves effortlessly through ‘rarities’ and ‘escapes’ to ‘accidentals and vagrants’, ending up with an extraordinarily detailed checklist of every bird species (335 of them!) ever recorded in Luxembourg.
This book really does have something for everyone, from the garden bird enthusiast to the most exacting and committed birder. There is information on breeding/migratory behaviour, population numbers and protection status. The lively text is in English, with the names of all the common species also given in French, German, Luxembourgish and Latin. This is a must for anyone living locally or visiting and with an interest, however fleeting, in Luxembourg and its bird life.
You can buy the book for €30 (Christmas offer of 25€) at the House of Nature shop in Kockelscheuer, at Biodiversum in Remerschen, or at all bookshops. You can also order your copy for home delivery by transferring €33 (Christmas offer of 28 €, including postage and packing) to natur&ëmwelt account CCPL LU50 1111 0511 3112 0000. Don’t forget to include your name and postal address.
Contact for orders:
5, route de Luxembourg
Tel: 29 04 04 315
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