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Birds, Scythes and Combines

Birds, Scythes and Combines
A History of Birds and Agricultural Change

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  • Date Published: August 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521814638

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  • Despite the scale of change in agricultural methods in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, farmland birds were little affected, with many benefiting from the appearance of extensive new resources. This book is an historical account of the impact of changes in farming methods on the bird populations of British farmland over the past 250 years. A comparison with modern experience shows significant differences, with the more recent changes in grassland management, herbicide use and harvesting methods leading to a loss of diversity in farmland and, consequently, resulting in steep declines in bird numbers.

    • Unique in bringing together a quarter century's information on changes in agricultural practices and bird populations
    • Written by an unrivalled expert on farming and birds
    • Sheds light on the reasons for the recent decline in bird numbers
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...a well-researched book, providing an unparalleled source of information on changes in both farming practice and bird distribution in a single, concise volume. The historical perspective is particularly novel and very welcome. Those engaged in farmland bird research and lovers of the countryside will find this a fascinating and essential read." The Quarterly Review of Biology

    "This important account is one that is sorely needed for the North American continent." Indiana Audubon Quarterly

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2003
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521814638
    • length: 384 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The agricultural background
    2. The farmland birds
    3. Arable farming systems: high farming and before
    4. Enclosure
    5. Some thoughts on hedges
    6. Drainage
    7. Weeds, weeding and pesticides
    8. Arable farming systems: after 1945
    9. Grassland and stock
    10. Winter food resources
    11. Labour, machines and buildings
    12. Exploitation
    13. Conclusions
    Appendix 1
    Appendix 2
    Bibliography and references

  • Author

    Michael Shrubb

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