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    DescriptionSince time immemorial mankind has taken it upon himself to wage war against nature - against those species of birds and mammals which he believes conflict with his livelihood. This remarkable book is about that war of attrition against the native mammals and birds of England and Wales from the middle ages to the present day. There is widespread knowledge about the huge declines in popular species such as song birds, farmland birds, otters, and pine martens, however, there is less understanding about the deep-rooted causes of these losses, or about the complex relationship between mankind and these species. Roger Lovegrove has undertaken years of unique research: by searching through parish records of 'vermin' trapped, hunted, and killed over the generations, he has revealed an unprecedentedly accurate and detailed picture of the history of a nation's wildlife, and of the often devastating impact and extinction that we have forced on our ecology. Consisting of species-by-species accounts, accompanied by beautiful, specially-commissioned illustrations, this book outlines the history - and often the future too - of a wealth of wildlife species, from badgers, bears and beavers, to wolves, kingfishers, the golden eagle and the humble house sparrow. The geographical scope is British, but the subject will be of interest to conservationists around the world because of the unique historical material that will be included. The topic has enormous relevance today, as public concern about the environment rises, and controversies rage about hunting, wildlife management and reintroduction of ancient species.

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    Silent Fields
    The Long Decline of a Nation's Wildlife
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Roger Lovegrove
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 165 mm
    Height: 241 mm
    Thickness: 39 mm
    Weight: 780 g
    ISBN 13: 9780198520719
    ISBN 10: 0198520719

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S8.9T
    BIC E4L: ENV
    BIC subject category V2: RNKH, RNC
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    BIC subject category V2: PSVS
    B&T General Subject: 560
    BIC subject category V2: WNC
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: NA
    Libri: I-NA
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16750
    BISAC V2.8: NAT037000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    DC22: 333.9541370941
    LC subject heading: , , , ,
    DC22: 333.95413709, 333.95/41370941
    LC classification: SK505 .L58 2007
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: WNC, PSV, RNC, RNKH
    Illustrations note
    40 specially commissioned b&w drawings of wildlife
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    29 March 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Roger Lovegrove, OBE, was Director of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Wales, until his retirement in 1997. He currently serves on a number of governmental environmental advisory committees. He is the author and contributor to numerous books on birds and wildlife, including the Collins Field Notebook and The Birdwatcher's Diary and has regularly appeared on television and radio. He was awarded an OBE in 1997 for services to wildlife conservation.
    Review quote
    This book provides rich reference material. Shooting and Conservation [An] important survey of British fauna. Kathryn Bradley-Hole, Country Life. Astonishing...magisterial survey. Kathryn Bradley-Hole, Country Life Fascinating to dip into, immediately accessible for reference - essential for your bookshelf. Who Do You Think You Are? A rousing call to action. Andrew Motion, Observer Books of the Year ...excellent book... Robin Page, Shooting Times and Country Magazine ...fascinating... TLS Fascinating. Birds [A] thought provoking and carefully researched book. Country Life Silent Fields was the book that Lovegrove was born to write. His storytelling ability...shines through. Peter Ranscombe, The Scotsman (Critique) An amazing picture..."Ground-breaking" is a much-overused word, but Lovegrove's sweeping and meticulous research is for once genuinely that, endlessly fascinating as well as being elegantly written. Michael McCarthy, The Independent (Review) [An] excellent book. Fergus Collins, Focus The book is much more than a lament for abandoned nests and empty burrows...Silent Fields is a marvellously detailed, hedge-skimming history of rural Britain with all its moral contradictions and complexities. Richard Girling, Sunday Times Fascinating. Sunday Telegraph It's all fascinating stuff. Jeremy Hobson, Countryman's Weekly A fascinating and exhaustive study...Wide-ranging and meticulously researched, Silent Fields is undoubtedly an instant classic - a treasure trove of information about our ancestors' attitudes and their behaviour towards the realm of nature. Mark Cocker, BBC Wildlife Magazine [A] fascinating book...Silent Fields provides a remarkable analysis of the social history of wildlife and our changing attitudes to it...a scholarly yet readable account. Tim Birkhead, Times Higher Education Supplement
    Table of contents
    Introduction ; 1. Lost animals: early eliminations by Man ; 2. The social background to persecution ; 3. To kill a Rat or catch a Kite: methods of control ; 4. Killing in Scotland ; 5. In on the Act - searching the record ; 6. Birds - individual species accounts ; (species accounts from the osprey to the kingfisher and house sparrow) ; 7. Mammals - individual species accounts ; (covering species from the hedgehog and badger to the wild cat and pine marten) ; 8. Local patterns of persecution: England and Wales ; 9. The return of the natives ; 10. Modern control - legal and illegal ; 11. Vermin control and wildlife management: where next? ; App. 1 Summary table of vermin payments extracted from churchwardens' documents ; App. 2 Scientific names of species mentioned in the text ; References ; Index