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London's Natural History (Facsimile Edition)

MonographOut of Print

Series: New Naturalist Series Volume: 3

By: Richard Sidney Richmond Fitter

Harper Collins

Hardback | Jun 2008 [2008 reprint] | #173613 | ISBN-13: 9780007278503
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This facsimile reprint is identical in every way to the original first edition.

Richard Fitter provided the first comprehensive history of a great human community in terms of the animals and plants it has displaced, changed, moved and removed, introduced, conserved, lost or forgotten. In selecting London as an area for such study, Mr.Fitter, himself a Londoner, took the world's largest aggregation of human beings living in a single community and in many ways the most interesting perhaps of all regions of the British Isles, and showed how the spread of man's activities affected the plants and animals in them, destroying some, creating others.

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b.1913. Writer and editor of natural history books, author of London's Natural History (1945) and contributor to birds of the London Area (1957). Founder, in Britain, of the modern illustrated field guide with 'a genius for compression'. The most influential urban naturalist since W.H. Hudson. Active with wife Maisie on many conservation bodies, most notably the Flora and Fauna Preservation Society (secretary 1964-81). Author of over two doxen books on all aspects of British, European and world natural history, best known for his Collins pocket and field guides. Friendly and well-liked all-round naturalist, lifetime devoted to observing 'wild and human life'.

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