Birds in Wales

Birds in Wales

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The rugged contryside of Wales has long been a destination for successive generations of naturalists, ornithologists, zoologists and, latterly, birdwatchers. Since the pioneering days of Willoughby and Ray, Pennant and Edward Llwyd, a growing number of intrepid travellers have recorded the wildlife and other natural riches of the mountains and coastlines of Wales. Despite these beginnings and the more recent 20th century vogue for birdwatching, no volume on the birds of Wales has been produced until now to serve the increasing need for scientifically valid information for conservation purposes. In the years that have passed since the first naturalista visited Wales, changes of unimaginable scale have taken place in the Welsh countinside which have had equally dramatic impacts on the native bird communities. A succession of bird species have either been eliminated deliberately by the hand of man - mainly birds of prev - or have been dispossessed by changes in land use, the spread of industrialization, urbanization and pollution, trends which continue today to the increasing detriment of even some of our most familiar countryside birds.
Much fine habitat to colonize Wales and add to the magic of its countryside. This volume sets out for the first time the historical and current status of all the bird species found in Wales together with their present distribution.
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  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • Academic Press Inc
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • references, index
  • 0856610690
  • 9780856610691

Table of contents

The Welsh Counties - Administrative Boundaries. Myth and History. Sources and References. Principal Sites Mentioned in Species Accounts. Physical Characteristics and Bird Habitats. Bird Recording in Wales. The Impact of Agriculture on Birds. Birds Offshore. Background to Species Accounts. The Species Accounts. Appendices: Scientific Names of Species Mentioned in Text. List of Statutory and Non-Statutory Sites of Especial Significance for Birds and Initials used in the Text. List of Acronyms and Initials used in the Text. Escapes and Species which have not been Admitted to the British and Irish List.
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