This is the most comprehensive and up-to-date guide to birding sites in The Gambia, not just the areas around the tourist hotels at the coast but also at many sites further afield and upriver.
Dave Gosney writes:
‘Until now, birders visiting The Gambia have been using Rod Ward’s ‘Birdwatchers’ Guide to The Gambia’ as their bible to help them plan their trip. It’s a great book but is now 18 years old and concentrates heavily on the areas around the tourist hotels. But there are other areas in the Gambia that are much more productive (and attractive) so I’ve written a new guide to show how much better the birding can be if you leave the tourists behind. If you don’t get this book you are likely to miss out on some of the best birding that The Gambia can offer’
Banjul and the Bund Road, The Old Cape Road and Camaloo Corner, Kotu creek and pools, Fajara Golf Course, Casino Cycle track and Atlantic Road, Senegambia and Bijilo Woods, Brufut Woods, Tanji, Farakunku pools and Lodge walks, Tujereng ‘Woods’, Footsteps Lodge to Sanyang Pools, Marakissa, Kartong Sand Mine and Bird Observatory, Abuko Woods, Pirang, Makasutu, Mandina Ba and Farasuto forest, Faraba Banta Bush track, Jinack island, Tendaba, Kiang West, Soma wetlands and Kampanti, North Bank including Ka-urr. Panchang and the waterholes, South Bank from Brikama Ba to Bansang including Kunkilling, Jakhaly rice fields, MacCarthy Island including Bird Safari Camp.
Compared to other publications covering the same area, this one:
•Covers a greater range of sites, especially those away from the tourist hotels
•Is more up-to-date, based on trips made up to 2011
•Provides exceptionally detailed maps - so you can easily find your way around
•Includes GPS co-ordinates to help you find the right turnings, parking spaces or viewing points
•Highlights the best areas only - and summarises the key attraction in the first paragraph so you can easily decide whether to read on or bother to visit the site
•Has a map on the inside cover which serves as an index so you can easily find any site in the book
•Is light and portable