June 2016

Histo derives from a personal desire (of JT) for easy access to published material about the birds of Shropshire for use in personal researches. I have a long-held interest in historical ecology in general and in the history of birds in particular and it was in 2008 that I began by scanning all the SOS Annual Bird Reports. With the invaluable work of Peter creating and maintaining the website all the information subsequently gathered is available in Histo, a unique county resource. The website remains the joint venture of my brother Peter and I – he on keys at the control of the website, me doing the research and admin processing new material. I must thank Peter for his continued dedicated work; without his support the material would languish solely on my home computer. The SOS kindly continues to cover many of the basic costs.

If you are new to this site you should have a look at the User Guide to be found on the Historical Resources pages.

Histo has expanded hugely since its inception and its move online in 2012. Most notably, over the past two years during research for and drafting of texts for Birds of Shropshire (due to be published in spring 2017), besides using Histo for their texts, the team of authors found a lot of new material. Thus during early 2016 after two years of relative inactivity online, Histo has been checked, adjusted and greatly expanded. There are more than 170 new items (total over 1,000) and the Species Index has expanded to over 13,000. Please have a look at Latest Developments for further details and our acknowledgements to the people to whom we owe our gratitude.

Histo is available as a link from the Shropshire Ornithological Society (SOS) web site and direct at lanius.org.uk/sos. JT maintains the sole paper copy which currently occupies twenty-one lever-arch files and will revert to the SOS’s library when JT is no longer able to maintain it, or it will pass to a successor willing to keep the system going.

The menu The Historical Record lists All Historical Documents where all the material is located.

The Historical Resources menu gives access to a range of useful items including the

Citations of this work should read: 
Tucker, J.J. & Tucker P.G. (2012) The Historical Ornithology of Shropshire. http://www.lanius.org.uk/sos/

John & Peter Tucker June 2016