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Grouse The Natural History of British and Irish Species (Collins New Naturalist Number 107)
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With less than twenty species worldwide and only four British and Irish species, the grouse is surprisingly well-known. Its habitats are diverse and relatively remote – ranging from deep forests, through open moorland, to Scotland’s highest peaks.
‘Grouse: The Natural History of British and Irish Species’ covers four of the most emblematic species of our upland regions. Collectively they have the most fascinating life histories of any bird group, individually they have their own stories to tell: the ptarmigan is a resident of our highest mountain areas, the black grouse is famous for its extraordinary mating displays, the capercaillie is one of our largest birds and the red grouse, whilst no-longer one of the few British endemics, is one of the most heavily researched species. All four face similar problems, including habitat loss, predators, pests, disease and food shortage. This is compounded by issues of managed animal populations and controversy surrounding the commercial worth of grouse.
This volume in the New Naturalist series, written by two of the world's leading grouse specialists, offers a fascinating insight into the natural history and biology of these birds, including aspects of their behaviour, the historical relevance of their names, the reasons behind population fluctuations and international conservation efforts.
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Buchbeschreibung Collins, 2008. Soft cover. Zustand: New. 1st Edition. Bestandsnummer des Verkäufers 032263
Buchbeschreibung HarperCollins, 2008. Paperback. Zustand: New. New Naturalist Library No. 107. Grouse and their habitats are of much interest to hunters and game-dog enthusiasts, and to the many others involved in outdoor recreation. However, grouse are also of great value in their own right as a beautiful part of nature. Recent research regarding government policies has clarified old problems and controversies, which makes this new study on British grouse timely, if not essential. Adam Watson and Robert Moss offer some insight into the natural history and biology of British grouse species, ranging from aspects of behaviour and historical relevance of their names to population fluctuations and conservation efforts. Color photographs. Bestandsnummer des Verkäufers 12894
Buchbeschreibung Collins, 2008. Zustand: New. 544, colour photos. . PB. NEW. . The grouse species of Britain and Ireland. . Bestandsnummer des Verkäufers 13436