Books and Photographs from The Sparroworks Wildlife Co.

A small number of guide books and photographs by Richard Gregson are available for FREE download from this site. You will find links below.

The author is a biologist with extensive knowledge of the subjects and locations covered. If you have questions or comments please email to

Each Book is available in PDF format that you can choose to read on a computer, on a smartphone or tablet or which you can print out.

Photographs are offered as moderately high resolution .jpeg files ready for printing up to around 8″x 6″ size or to use on a website, Facebook page etc as they are. If you want a file to print larger than that please get in touch and I can provide really high resolution versions on request in return for a small charity donation. The versions you will see on the website are somewhat compressed to aid speed of loading, the downloadable versions are more detailed.

Copyright ©

All publications are made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada (CC BY-NC-ND 2.5 CA) License … which really just means that you are very welcome to share and use these publications, but for non-commercial purposes only and you may not quote from them without notifying the author and giving attribution. Please give attribution as appropriate.

We do ask that if a friend is interested in having their own copy you do not share yours with them but please refer them to this page – we don’t collect names and addresses but we like to know how many copies are in the wild as a measure of interest in the topics covered.

Photograph – Early Morning on the River at Baie-D’Urfé

A photograph looking downriver towards distant Montreal from the riverside in Baie-D’Urfé, Quebec.

Photograph – Sunset on the River at Baie-D’Urfé

A photograph looking downriver towards distant Montreal from the riverside in Baie-D’Urfé, Quebec as the sun sets behind the viewer.

Photograph – Winter Night at Baie-D’Urfé Town Hall

The Town Hall of Baie-D’Urfé on a cold winter night in December, all illuminated for the mid-winter celebrations.

Birding in the Morgan Arboretum

A guide to the extensive trails in Canada’s largest arboretum and to the almost 200 species of birds that have been recorded there has been written for both casual visitors and novice birders as well as for experienced birders.

Many cities have more green space than does Montreal, but few have anything so close to the city centre that is on the scale of the Morgan Arboretum in which to wander and get close to the natural world.

A Walk in the Forest

Learn as you Walk – A Self-Guided Walk on the MAIN (Orange and Canada150 (White) Trails of the MORGAN ARBORETUM with an introduction to many other trails in the forest.

Learn about the trees, flowers and wildlife you pass along the way.

Includes access to an optional free app for your smartphone that shows you when to pause and look round at the features described in this guide.

Birding on the West Island

The West Island of Montreal holds the largest areas of green space and forest in the region, quite extensive shoreline and is surprisingly wildlife rich. In any one year, with a little e?ort and a touch of fortune, a birder might easily see in excess of 150 species of birds on the West Island and conceivably 200 or more. Not at all bad for a well populated peri-urban and suburban part of a major city.

This guide has been written to concentrate on just the West Island plus a few immediately adjacent birding sites. The reader can print o? individual trip-specific pages as required.