Birds of Islay

Birds of Islay

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Islay is the most southerly island of the Hebrides lying 24 kilometres from Kintyre on mainland Britain, across the approaches to the Sound of Jura. It has an area of 615 square kilometres. For this book, the author presents a collation of facts about the birds and some ways in which they interact with human aspirations. The main part of this book is based on the ornithological records accumulated by C.Gordon Booth from 1968 to 1985. Accounts of the occurrence of both regular and vagrant birds seen here together with migration, the history of habitats and the problems of conservation in association with the island community are also discussed.
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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 140 x 220mm | 300g
  • Helm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747008035
  • 9780747008033

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An introduction to Islay and its birds - Islay's "top ten" birdwatching localities; history and habitats on Islay - from the Ice Age to the present, drainage improvements in the 19th century, woodlands and afforestation, farming on sporting estates, inland lochs, coastal habitats, waters southeast of Islay; birds and man on Islay - the Barnacle Goose (branta leucopsis), farming and the RSPB reserve, the Greenland White-Fronted Goose (anser albifrons flavirostris) and peatlands, the Chough (pyrrhocorrax pyrrocharax) and livestock farming, the Corncrake (crex crex) and silage, the hen Harrier (circus cyaneus) and afforestation, moorland birds and muirburn practice, marine pollution and the Loch Indaal incident, the pollution of watercourses, ferrets and ground nesting birds, herring gulls and food poisoning, poisoned baits and non-target species, the disturbance of birds; introduction to species accounts. Appendices: the legal status of Islay's regular birds, code of conduct for birdwatchers.
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