This chapbook series started during a time when our movement was restricted to 5 km from home. Here, on the suburban coast of south County Dublin, two thirds of that area is offshore.
Wild birds abound on the coastal margins of the sprawling city. The mix of wet habitats attracts many pelagic species. The range of urban to rural terrains suits many passerines. Over 154 bird species have been recorded in the twenty year history of the annual Dublin Bird Race. The event is usually won by a team that sights over 100 species in ten hours.
Some birds become so familiar that we recognise individuals. The Grey Heron to us is Edwina, seen most mornings when we walk the pier in Dún Laoghaire.
The conservation status of bird species is conveyed with a traffic light system. It seems that some of these birds may become locally extinct in our lifetime.
Coastal Birds is the ninth chapbook or photozine in a series of 12 being published monthly in 2021. The initial aim of the chapbooks was to promote mindfulness during the restrictions of the pandemic. The books illustrate the restrictions though a series of images collected from within the restricted space I have been able to roam with camera in South County Dublin, a five kilometre radius from our home.
The copies of Coastal Birds for subscribers went directly into the postal sorting office this afternoon. The chapbooks are printed on recycled paper and we’re still trying to work out how to use sustainable inks.
The Bracket Books chapbooks are available for online purchase through FabHappy and TheUpliftKit but perhaps the best thing is to enquire here. They’re being issued by the calendar month, each edition limited to 200 copies, each copy uniquely numbered and posted at the end of each month. Price per copy is 10 plus postage. Where you live determines if that’s 10 USD or 10 Euro or 10 Sterling. Subscribe for 12 editions for 100 of your USD, Euro or Sterling choice and we’ll gladly cover the postage.
You can also subscribe for the full set of 12 chapbooks for 100 currency units of any one of these currencies. That’s two issues for free. And wait, there’s more. For the full, one year subscription, I’ll even throw in the P+P, an additional saving of no less than €13.20. Once the 200 copies of each edition are gone, they really are gone.