Peter Bircham looks at the history of British ornithology from 1066 to the mid-1970s, exploring along the way the first bird book written, the compilation of the original British lists, various notable collectors, the first studies of migration, significant changes to the classification of species, through to the birth of the British Ornithologists' Union in 1858 and what our current understanding of ornithology in Britain means to us today. This extremely authoritative and engrossing account packed full of fascinating stories, journal notations and poem extracts should hold great appeal to the wider birding community as well as the established New Naturalist audience.
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Peter Bircham currently works in the Department of Pharmacology, University of Cambridge, and is also a part-time tutor in ornithology. He has researched and published two books and numerous academic papers.Review:
'Bircham has found for himself a distinctive ecological niche by dwelling on the evolving science, rather than ornithology as social process or field activity ! he has produced a thorough and valuable contribution to the field' Mark Cocker, The Guardian 'A very good reference book and a fascinating read.' BTO News 'This book has set a benchmark for future histories on this subject, though I'm guessing that there won't be many books that come along in the near future that offer a serious alternative to this extremely well-balanced and studious work.' Birdwatch A 'well-researched and fascinating book ! Bircham has done a fine job.' BBC Wildlife Magazine 'A joy to read ! scholars will be using it for many years to come.' British Birds
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Book Description Collins, 2007. Book Condition: New. 482, colour photos. . PB. NEW. . Published price £25.00. A complete history of birdwatching in Britain. . Bookseller Inventory # 13441
Book Description HarperCollins UK, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0007199708
Book Description HarperCollins UK, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0007199708