This nicely produced site guide and checklist will prove an invaluable addition to the 'armoury' of any birder planning to visit Botswana. Four hundred and thirty species are covered in the detailed checklist (50 pages, or half of the guide), while other chapters detail the vegetation, geography, geology, climate and habitat changes within the study area, as well as providing references, a gazetteer, directions to profitable birdwatching locales and an explanation of the map references used in the guide. Visiting birders may appreciate more detailed maps of the area in any forthcoming editions, but this is a largely exemplary introduction to the avifauna of a relatively small area. Well done Stephanie and Wendy!
Birds in the Gaborone area and where to find them
S. J. Tyler and W. D. Borello. Illustrations by J. Viner and M. Lane-Jones. 1998. 100 pp, 32 colour photographs and several line and colour drawings. Botswana Bird Club, P O Box 71, Gaborone, Botswana. P75. Also available from African Bird Club Sales for UK£12 including post & packing.