9th December

The future of the PBO Bookshop
In the last few years we've received so many donations of book collections that we've simply run out of space to accommodate them - in the shop it's become a case of not being able to see the books for the boxes - and a review of the basis under which the bookshop operates has becoming a pressing matter. Our trustees have taken the decision to gradually end the sale of all secondhand books: from 31st December we will no longer accept donations of secondhand books and no longer hold any stock for sale on a commission basis; existing stock of donated secondhand books will be disposed of as quickly as possible and thereafter we'll focus on the sale of new books and merchandise. We are very grateful to everyone who's donated secondhand books in the past - takings from the shop have made a significant contribution to our financial wellbeing for many years; however, it does appear from dwindling secondhand takings that interest in book collecting is not what it once was and that the time has come for a change in direction. Please be assured that undercutting the online retailers remains a strong motivation when it comes to our pricing of new books and this will continue to be the case!

Portland Bill Red-throated Diver 3w, Common Scoter 3etc, Redwing 1, Black Redstart 1, Chiffchaff 1, Brambling 1.

Blacknor Black Redstart 1.

Ferrybridge Goldeneye 1, Short-eared Owl 1.

This winter's vole bonanza has been great news for the Southwell Barn Owls © Pete Saunders:

A winter wader trio: Turnstone at Bill and Bar-tailed Godwit and Dunlins at Ferrybridge © Roy Norris: