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Bird Life of Mountain and Upland

Series: Cambridge Bird Life Series

By: Derek Ratcliffe

256 pages, 24 b/w illus, 68 figures, 4 tables

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Aug 2010 | #185644 | ISBN-13: 9780521142595
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Hardback | Jan 1991 | #7107 | ISBN: 0521331234
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About this book

Written for the amateur ornithologist, this book describes the bird life of the various upland regions of the British Isles from an ecological standpoint. It relates distribution and abundance to the various environmental influences of climate, topography, geology, soil type and human land use. The text describes the fauna and natural history of the key species of each habitat type - sheepwalks, grouse moors, deer forests, flows (peat bogs), maritime hills and high tops.

First published in 1990.

Review of the hardback: 'Everyone who loves our wild places will enjoy Bird Life of Mountain and Upland ... Buy this book and start lobbying for a secure future for Britain's wilderness.' New Scientist Review of the hardback: '... a cut above the average bird book ... a source of valuable insights into bird ecology and conservaton.' Nature Review of the hardback: ' a really first class book ... This is excellent value for money and will undoubtedly remain the standard work on the ecology of Britain's upland birds for many years to come, and as such is an absolute must for everyone interested in avian ecology.' Country-Side


Preface; Introduction; 1. The birds and their habitat; 2. The sheep-walks; 3. The grouse moors; 4. The deer forests; 5. The flows; 6. The maritime hills; 7. The high tops; 8. Geographical aspects of the upland bird fauna; 9. Conservation of upland birds; Appendix; References; Index.

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