Page last updated on 21 June 2019

This web page is posted online to provide an email contact for Kent Yeti, also known as Bryan Benn! whilst I work on and eventually publish my book, 'Short-eared Owls, an extensive study of Short-eared Owls in Britain'.

The page is also being used to give a preview of parts of that book that have already been completed.

Before the book information, a link to a very simple web page I wrote about AVOCETS on Oare Marshes in 2011.

Now to the information about my forthcoming book about Short-eared Owls in Britain.

I now have an almost complete draft book which is going through sub-edit, design and copy edit. It is more than 400 pages in a little under A4 size; Crown Quarto, 189 mm x 246 mm portrait style. It currently comprises 110,000 words and includes 339 photos: including 53 full page size and 14 double width across two pages. It also includes 30 tables, nine diagrams, seven charts and five maps.

I expect to sell it at around 30 per copy; that price will represent about one third, or less, of the full cost to me of producing each copy. My study throughout Britain over more than eight years (so far), and over 8,650 hours in the field (of which almost 3,300 hours are meaningful observations of the owls), has always been undertaken with the overriding priority of giving the fullest possible coverage to these wonderful owls.

It has 11 chapters, five appendices and the only area still to be done; the index (I have started work on this now), which cannot be fully completed until I have drawn a line under any more updating. I have a life long hate of extensive appendices, so in my book a lot of tabular information is in the body of the book alongside the relevant photos and text. The five actual appendices are limited to naming the locations I have been to in Britain (66 so far); how I have worked in my study to eliminate any distubance to the owls in my watching and photography; the methods I have used to count the large over-wintering roosts on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent; those who have helped me in this study; and, finally, a list of books, documents and published studies that I have referred to.

Currently nine chapters have now been through edit and design. Chapter 10 is in the final stages of design and edit, and Chapter 11, the last in the book, is fully drafted, but needs a few photos added to cover recent visits to Derbyshire, an area that was previously missing from the book.The result of those visits to Derbyshire (more planned soon), along with an attempt to breed by the owls on my local reserve at Elmley NNR on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent, mean some additions will also be made to the long completed Breeding chapter. But I do not envisage them taking too long to do, and then get through design and edit.

I hope to have the book ready for printing sometime in winter 2019/2020. I am very keen to get it printed in Britain, but don't know how long it will take to find a printer who can print it to the high standard I want. That certainly includes being able to correctly reproduce the large number of photos, which range from very, very low light, through to bright sunshine. Sunbject to that, I hope to publish quite early in 2020.

For distribution of the book when published, I have a provisional agreement with a well known, relevant conservation trust, for them to be the main distributor. Some copies may also be available locally in Kent via organisations who have assisted in my study.

As planned, my study of Short-eared Owls continues, and I will continue to update the draft book until it is almost due for a final edit before printing. I fully intend to continue my study after it is published. And with my local Isle of Sheppey roost having peaked this winter at 26 Short-eared Owls, a new high for me, and with signs that very limited, regular breeding may have possibly re-started on that island, there could be plenty of activity around for me to continue observing.

Bryan Benn, (aka Kentyeti Cantium Gigantanthropus), 21 June 2019.

Copyright of the entire content of this web site, including the photos and book content reproduced below, belongs to Bryan Benn. To reinforce that, the copyright notice already inside the front of the book is reproduced below. That applies equally here to all the book content reproduced below.

Photo of book copyright

Below are some screen grabs of parts of the book which, apart from the draft cover (see note below), have already been designed by my excellent professional designer. All are very low resolution copies Some are due to have minor changes made to them, including page numbers where these have been recently changed.

First, a low resolution copy of my latest idea of the book cover. The right hand side (front cover), is just me attempting to re-create something my designer did, somewhat better than this, a while ago. The rest of it is just me let loose on Photoshop Elements! My designer probably won't start work on the actual cover until she has designed virtually all of the book. I plan for the actual cover to be laminated/fixed onto the hard cover, and not just placed around the cover as a dust sheet is. I much prefer that. So there will not be lots about me inside the flap of a dust jacket, as appears in some books. There is enough about why I wrote the book in the Foreword. I want the focus to be on the owls, and not on me.

Photo of suggested cover

And now the pages that have been through the design process. All are very low resolution copies of the first two pages of the frontpiece, the full contents page, and just the first two pages of some of the chapters.

Photo of first two pages of the Frontpiece

Photo of Index

Photo of first two pages of Description chapter

Photo of first two pages of Location and Movement chapter

Photo of first two pages of Habitat chapter

Photo of first two pages of Hearing chapter

Photo of first two pages of Vision chapter

Photo of first two pages of Voice chapter

FOOD and HUNTING Below is a very low resolution copy of just two pages from within Chapter 7, Food and Hunting.

Photo of two pages from within the Food and Hunting chapter

BREEDING Below is a very low resolution copy of just two pages from within Chapter 8, Breeding.

Photo of two pages from within the Breeding chapter

Below is a very low resolution copy of the first two pages of Daily Life chapter.

Photo of first two pages of Daily Life chapter