Invitation for orders of the new book
"Die Vogelwelt der Insel Helgoland" ("The birds of the Island of Helgoland"):

After several years of preparation, the new book on the birds of Helgoland is now available:

Jochen Dierschke, Volker Dierschke, Kathrin Hüppop,
Ommo Hüppop & Klaas Felix Jachmann (2011):

Die Vogelwelt der Insel Helgoland. OAG Helgoland, Helgoland.
Format 20 x 25 cm, 505 figures, 615 photographs, 157 maps, 630 pages, 55,- €.
ISBN 978-3-00-035437-3

The book is now ready for delivery, the price includes package and postage within Germany, for deliveries outside Germany the actual postage cost is added to the bill.
To receive the book now, please order directly via the OAG Helgoland:

The book will be distributed by our distribution partner “Missing Link”, who will also provide an invoice and receive the payment. Your address will be forwarded to “Missing Link” exclusively for the purpose of the delivery of the Helgoland book.

For sample previews, please check the following links:


Birdlife on Helgoland has systematically been observed and investigated since the 1840s. This book summarizes the data and research results from this 170-year-period.

The introductory chapters describe the habitats, the history of ornithological research, breeding birds, bird migration, as well as winter visitors and rarities, and they are fully illustrated with - sometimes historical - photographs. Furthermore, the methods of data collection and analyses are explained in detail. The occurrence of all 426 species recorded on Helgoland is reviewed on up to four pages per species. Information is given on status, subspecies, breeding, migration, habitat and food, trends in numbers and factors affecting local mortality. The results from Helgoland are discussed in a broader and often international context for common species as well as for rarities. For all species with more than ten records the phenology and often also the trend in numbers (for rarities from 1840-2009!) are illustrated in histograms. For some species figures for roosting and for nocturnal and diurnal migration are provided. Maps show all recovery sites of birds ringed on and ringing sites of birds found on Helgoland, respectively. For almost every species at least one picture is included, and all photographs have either been taken on Helgoland or show the actual skin of a bird that had been collected on the island.

53 species with presumed or proven origin from captivity are treated in a separate chapter. Other sections concern all reports of rare birds on Helgoland not accepted by the Helgoland rarities committee (HAK), a list of bird names in Helgolandic language, references (24 pages) and a trilingual index (English, scientific, German).

The end-paper contains a map of Helgoland with all locally used sitenames and a quick-reference-guide to abbreviations, graphs and maps.

The text is in German, but every chapter and all species accounts are supplemented by an extensive English summary. The Methods Chapter is completely bilingual to facilitate the use of the book by foreign readers.