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 as a PDF format that you can read on a computer, on a smartphone or tablet or which you can print out. We simply ask that if a friend is interested in having their own copy you do not share yours with them but 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.

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.

West Island Wildlife “Webzine”

An occasional webzine – which is to say a few pages that you can read as a downloadable PDF file or you can ‘flip’ though the pages in your browser. This is an experimental venture with the intention of introducing readers to the surprisingly varied wildlife and native plants to be found on the West Island of Montreal.

The latest edition can be viewed here

West Island Wildlife #2:

West Island Wildlife – copies of the available editions can be viewed at, or downloaded from, the links to the right:

Edition #2
Winter 2020/2021

West Island Wildlife #2:

Edition #1
Fall 2020

West Island Wildlife – #1

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.

This is a FREE image in a print quality downloadable file. Note that this image is for personal, non-commercial use only and is subject to copyright protection as noted at the top of this page.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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