By: Ian Wallace
272 pages, 170 photos, 182 col illus
Over its long history, the study of birds has undergone dramatic changes in ideology and methodology, as the technological expertise available has grown and our understanding and appreciation of natural systems and the natural world has evolved. Birdwatching is no longer the preserve of "men of science", but is a hugely popular hobby among the general public. The mainstream birdwatching magazines are increasingly tackling complex issues such as phylogeny and speciation as well as publishing extremely sophisticated identification articles and raising the profile of great birdwatching destinations around the world. Ian Wallace's account of the history of birdwatching in Britain is interspersed with numerous anecdotes and illustrations and will appeal to everyone with any interest in birds and birdwatching in Britain.
For newcomers, the best advice is to seek out a copy of Beguiled By Birds, his history of British birdwatching that is greatly enhanced by numerous personal anecdotes and historical photographs. Ian's writing is sure to make you think a bit harder and maybe contribute a little more to modern ornithology. David Cromack Bird Watching (Feb 2006) 'a colourful celebration of ornithological history' Birding World "It is, as anyone who knows the author would expect, a wonderfully personal and idiosyncratic work For this unique and fascinating book, we should be truly grateful." Stephen Moss British Ornithologists Union (2006)
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