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Feasting, Fowling and Feathers

Feasting, Fowling and Feathers

A History of the Exploitation of Wild Birds

  • Author: Michael Shrubb
  • Publisher: A&C Black
  • ISBN: 1408160064
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 320
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he way wild birds have been exploited over the centuries forms the focus of this remarkable new book by Michael Shrubb. It looks at the use of birds as food, for feathers and skins, for eggs, as cage birds, as specimens and for hunting, focusing on Britain, northern Europe and the North Atlantic. Never before has a book brought the huge amount of information on these topics in the academic literature together under one cover. Introductory chapters on what was taken, when, why and its impact are followed by a number of sections looking in detail at important bird groups. Along with discussions of broader themes of exploitation, the book is packed with amazing facts. For example, we learn ? why Grey Herons were so important in medieval falconry ? why the Black Death was good news for bustards ? why Napoleon is to blame for the scarcity of Quail in Britain today ? when tame plover stew was all the rage The book concludes with discussions of the cage bird and plumage trades, both now consigned to the annals of history, in Britain at any rate. As well as summarising and condensing the material into a readable and entertaining account, Shrubb goes back to the original sources. This has allowed him to shed new and surprising light on the biogeography of a number of British birds.

The Lapwing

The Lapwing

  • Author: Michael Shrubb
  • Publisher: A&C Black
  • ISBN: 1408108984
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 240
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With its striking green-black and white plumage and distinctive pee-wit call, the Lapwing is one of Britain's best-known birds. Lapwings depend on agricultural land to breed and are considered a barometer of the health of this habitat; the population has crashed over recent decades, partly due to changes in farming practices. In winter, Lapwings switch to coastal areas and to wetlands, including those in suburban areas, where large, noisy flocks can gather. Michael Shrubb's The Lapwing is a concise yet authoritative monograph of this popular species; a thorough review of Lapwing biology contains sections on population dynamics, feeding ecology, habitat use, migration, and conservation; there is an impressively detailed review of our current understanding of breeding biology, plus discussion of some other species in the genus. The Lapwing is a superb addition to the Poyser list. Of interest to both amateur naturalists, who will enjoy insights into the birds' lives, and to academics, who will appreciate the broad overview of current research, this title will remain the definitive work on the species for many years to come.

Ecology and Conservation of Forest Birds

Ecology and Conservation of Forest Birds

  • Author: Grzegorz Mikusiński,Jean-Michel Roberge,Robert J. Fuller
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1108574637
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: N.A
  • View: 1992
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Ecology and Conservation of Forest Birds is a unique review of current understanding of the relationships between forest birds and their changing environments. Large ecological changes are being driven by forest management, climate change, introduced pests and pathogens, abiotic disturbances, and overbrowsing. Many forest bird species have suffered population declines, with the situation being particularly severe for birds dependent on attributes such as dead wood, old trees and structurally complex forests. With a focus on the non-tropical parts of the Northern Hemisphere, the text addresses the fundamental evolutionary and ecological aspects of forest birds using original data analyses and synthesising reviews. The characteristics of bird assemblages and their habitats in different European forest types are explored, together with the macroecological patterns of bird diversity and conservation issues. The book provides a valuable reference for ecologists, ornithologists, conservation professionals, forest industry employees, and those interested in birds and nature.

The Teal

The Teal

  • Author: Matthieu Guillemain,Johan Elmberg
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 1472908511
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 304
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Small, noisy and colourful, the Teal is a familiar duck throughout the wetlands and waterways Europe and Asia. Once hunted extensively for the pot, its numbers have recovered and it is now one of our commonest species of waterfowl. A flagship species for wetland conservation, the Teal is also an excellent model species for ecological research, and this forms the spine of this new Poyser monograph. The Teal looks at distribution and trends in numbers, foraging ecology, breeding behaviour), population dynamics, management and conservation of teal, looking at both the Eurasian Common Teal and its North American equivalent, the Green-winged Teal (which until relatively recently was considered to be the same species). The book provides a scientifically robust account on which wetland managers, research scientists and the ornithological community may rely, with wider implicatons for the conservation and management of other waterfowl, and for ecological research in general.

Weather and Bird Behaviour

Weather and Bird Behaviour

  • Author: Norman Elkins
  • Publisher: A&C Black
  • ISBN: 1408128225
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 276
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This classic Poyser title, now in its third revised edition, discusses in depth the various ways in which weather conditions influence bird behaviour. Weather conditions affect food and water availability, decisions about when and how to migrate, timing and success of reproduction, flight style, and physical comfort. Birds display many adaptations in form and behaviour that help them to cope with changing weather conditions, and this fascinating book uses a great variety of examples to explore the subject in depth. The text is enhanced throughout with evocative line drawings, there are many useful tables and figures, and there is also an 8pp colour photograph section.

Trees

Trees

Their Natural History

  • Author: Peter A. Thomas
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 0521133580
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 408
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An updated and revised edition providing an introduction to all aspects of tree biology and ecology.

The Bird Collectors

The Bird Collectors

  • Author: Barbara Mearns,Richard Mearns
  • Publisher: Christopher Helm Publishers, Incorporated
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 472
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An overview of the field covers the collection and preservation of specimens and the history of ornithological collecting while touching upon the lives of noted collectors

Red Data Birds in Britain

Red Data Birds in Britain

  • Author: L.A Batten,C.J Bibby,P. Clement,G.D Elliott,R.F Porter
  • Publisher: A&C Black
  • ISBN: 1408137755
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 360
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The various Red Data Books prepared by the IUCN and ICBP have set the standards for recognizing birds close to or at risk of extinction worldwide. This book, by focusing on vulnerable species living in or visiting Britain, sets out to define the British situation and to clearly establish both the importance of British populations and our own responsibilities for contributing to bird conservation. Compiled by an editorial team drawn from the Nature Conservancy Council and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, it identifies 117 species that demand our care and attention. Obviously it includes species that breed in or visit Britain in small numbers and whose populations are threatened by natural or man-made circumstances. However, it also deals with birds that are common or numerous but which, due to their localized distribution worldwide, have the greater part of their European populations in British sites. Each of the species accounts provides up-to-date information on current populations, basic ecology, threats to the species and the legal protection and conservation measures now in force. General chapters deal with the state of Britain's various habitats, legal matters and conservation action for the future. This book should mean that no-one, whether ornithologist, land manager or bureaucrat, can plead ignorance when future land-use changes or management decisions threaten an endangered, vulnerable or important bird species. Illustrated by Ian Willis

The Diversity of Amphibians and Reptiles

The Diversity of Amphibians and Reptiles

An Introduction

  • Author: John L. Cloudsley-Thompson
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN: 3642600050
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 254
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An introduction to the evolution and adaptation of amphibians and reptiles, bridging the gulf between the plethora of 'popular' books and the more advanced texts directed towards the needs of specialist research workers, thus making it accessible to advanced students worldwide. It explains basic principles in non-technical terms, and covers the adaptive responses to natural selection which have engendered the diversity of forms that exist in the fossil record and are found in the world today. The book also includes the extinct forms such as dinosaurs, ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs, and concludes with a dsicussion of relationships with mankind and the preservation of diversity. XXXXXXX Neuer Text This title is an introduction to the evolution and adaptation of amphibians and reptiles, which is accessible to a wide range of readers. Basic principles are explained in non-technical terms, and the adaptive responses to natural selection which have engendered the diversity of forms that exist in the fossil record and that are found in the world today are covered. In the concluding chapter, the relationship between mankind and the preservation of diversity is discussed.

Family Names and Their Story

Family Names and Their Story

  • Author: S. Baring-Gould
  • Publisher: Palala Press
  • ISBN: 9781379007401
  • Category: History
  • Page: 452
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This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. As a reproduction of a historical artifact, this work may contain missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

Finches and Sparrows

Finches and Sparrows

  • Author: Peter Clement
  • Publisher: A&C Black
  • ISBN: 1408135302
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 512
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This is a guide to true" finches and sparrows illustrating all the species, many races and most sex and age variations, with almost 950 portraits. The maps accompanying the illustrations show breeding and wintering ranges for all species. Although the guide is not primarily intended for cagebird enthusiasts, it will also be useful for those wishing to know more about the species encountered in captivity."

Britain's Birds

Britain's Birds

An Identification Guide to the Birds of Britain and Ireland

  • Author: Rob Hume,Robert Still,Andy Swash,Hugh Harrop,David Tipling
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • ISBN: 0691158894
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 560
  • View: 5355
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Britain's Birds will be enjoyed, valued and constantly referred to by all bird watchers—whether beginner, experienced or professional. This is the most comprehensive, up-to-date and practical bird book of modern times, featuring an unrivalled selection of photographs that show all the plumages you are likely to see. Focusing on identification, and containing maps, facts and figures on numbers and distributions, this breakthrough publication was devised by a team of lifelong birdwatchers, all with many years' experience of showing people birds and producing user-friendly field guides. Comprehensive coverage of every bird recorded in Britain and Ireland The only photographic guide to show all plumages likely to be encountered More than 3,200 superb colour photographs carefully selected to show key identification features Many photographs of individual rare birds identified in Britain and Ireland Simple steps to help you find and identify any bird you see Pages designed to allow easy and accurate comparison Latest information on status, population, distribution and conservation designations Distribution maps featuring summer, winter and resident ranges, plus details of migration routes to and from Britain and Ireland

Mastering Oracle PL/SQL

Mastering Oracle PL/SQL

Practical Solutions

  • Author: Christopher Beck,Joel Kallman,Chaim Katz,David C. Knox,Connor McDonald
  • Publisher: Apress
  • ISBN: 1430207027
  • Category: Computers
  • Page: 648
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If you have mastered the fundamentals of the PL/SQL language and are now looking for an in-depth, practical guide to solving real problems with PL/SQL stored procedures, then this is the book for you.

The Helm Guide to Bird Identification

The Helm Guide to Bird Identification

  • Author: Keith Vinicombe,Alan Harris,Laurel Tucker
  • Publisher: A&C Black
  • ISBN: 1408130351
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 400
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An essential field guide companion covering species pairs or groups that are difficult to identify.

Avian survivors

Avian survivors

The History and Biogeography of Palearctic Birds

  • Author: Clive Finlayson
  • Publisher: A&C Black
  • ISBN: 1408137321
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 320
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The impacts of global warming are of concern to all of us. The potential responses of birds to climate change have come increasingly to the fore, and are of particular interest to the ornithological community. Are birds sensitive to climate change and how will they react to a world of global warming? These are the key issues to be explored in this book, with particular reference to Western Palearctic birds. Climate changes that have affected the region in the last two million years will be explored, drawing on published data on fossil birds. A major part of the book will be devoted to the distribution of Western Palearctic birds in relation to bioclimate. The final section of the book looks at migration and the relationship of the Western Palearctic to Africa.

Hallelujah Trombone!

Hallelujah Trombone!

The Story of Henry Fillmore

  • Author: Paul E. Bierley
  • Publisher: Grupo Editorial Norma
  • ISBN: 9780825849664
  • Category: Composers
  • Page: 156
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Bird Feathers

Bird Feathers

A Guide to North American Species

  • Author: S. David Scott,Casey McFarland
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • ISBN: 9780811742177
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 368
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Over 400 photos of representative feathers from 379 species.

The Robin

The Robin

A Biography

  • Author: Stephen Moss
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 1473546109
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 208
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Selected as a Book of the Year 2017 in The Times 'There is no doubt that Moss’s book, with its charming cover and quaint illustrations, will make it into many a stocking this year' The Times No other bird is quite so ever-present and familiar, so embedded in our culture, as the robin. With more than six million breeding pairs, the robin is second only to the wren as Britain’s most common bird. It seems to live its life alongside us, in every month and season of the year. But how much do we really know about this bird? In The Robin Stephen Moss records a year of observing the robin both close to home and in the field to shed light on the hidden life of this apparently familiar bird. We follow its lifecycle from the time it enters the world as an egg, through its time as a nestling and juvenile, to the adult bird; via courtship, song, breeding, feeding, migration – and ultimately, death. At the same time we trace the robin's relationship with us: how did this particular bird – one of more than 300 species in its huge and diverse family – find its way so deeply and permanently into our nation’s heart and its social and cultural history? It’s a story that tells us as much about ourselves as it does about the robin itself.

The Snowy Owl

The Snowy Owl

  • Author: Eugene Potapov,Richard Sale
  • Publisher: A&C Black
  • ISBN: 1408172178
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 304
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The Snowy Owl - possibly the world's sexiest bird - needs little introduction. This massive white owl breeds throughout the Arctic, wherever there are voles or lemmings to hunt, from Scandinavia through northern Russia to Canada and Greenland. Southerly movements in winter see North American birds travel as far south as the northern United States, while infrequent vagrants on the Shetlands and other northern isles are a magnet for birders. The Snowy Owl gives this popular bird the full Poyser treatment, with sections on morphology, distribution, palaeontology and evolution, habitat, breeding, diet, population dynamics, movements, interspecific relationships and conservation, supported by some fabulous photography. A major strength is the availability to the authors of Russian literature, which is generally out of reach for Western scientists.

The Barnacle Goose

The Barnacle Goose

  • Author: Jeffrey M. Black,Jouke Prop,Kjell Larsson
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 1472919726
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 288
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The Barnacle Goose, a distinctive, handsome black-and-white bird, gets its name from a mediaeval myth that the birds hatched from barnacles – how else to explain their sudden appearance each autumn in northern Britain? We now know, of course, that the birds migrate from Arctic Russia, Norway and Svalbard to winter throughout northern Europe. This book represents a culmination of more than 25 years of Barnacle Goose research. It represents the story of one of Europe's most celebrated long-term behavioral studies, detailing the lives of these social and sociable birds. Chapters include sections on pair formation and bonding, family and population dynamics, brood parasitism, food and feeding, size and shape in different populations, life cycle, survivorship, dispersal, migration, and conservation, with particular regard to climate change. It is a rigorous and thorough examination of the lives of these birds, in fine Poyser tradition.