All Shops

Go to British Wildlife

6 issues per year 84 pages per issue Subscription only

British Wildlife is the leading natural history magazine in the UK, providing essential reading for both enthusiast and professional naturalists and wildlife conservationists. Published six times a year, British Wildlife bridges the gap between popular writing and scientific literature through a combination of long-form articles, regular columns and reports, book reviews and letters.

Subscriptions from £25 per year

Conservation Land Management

4 issues per year 44 pages per issue Subscription only

Conservation Land Management (CLM) is a quarterly magazine that is widely regarded as essential reading for all who are involved in land management for nature conservation, across the British Isles. CLM includes long-form articles, events listings, publication reviews, new product information and updates, reports of conferences and letters.

Subscriptions from £18 per year
Academic & Professional Books  Mammals  Insectivores to Ungulates  Rabbits, Pikas & Hares (Lagomorpha)

Myxomatosis: A History of Pest Control and the Rabbit

By: Peter WJ Bartrip
Publisher: IB Tauris
Myxomatosis: A History of Pest Control and the Rabbit
Click to have a closer look
Select version
  • Myxomatosis: A History of Pest Control and the Rabbit ISBN: 9781845115722 Hardback Jul 2008 Usually dispatched within 6 days
Selected version: £59.50
About this book Customer reviews Related titles

About this book

Myxomatosis, a viral disease of the European wild rabbit, reached
Britain in 1953. Within a year it had killed tens of millions of rabbits from Kent to the Shetlands. Winston Churchill, the Archbishop of York and members of the public raised on the tales of Beatrix Potter were appalled, deploring the loss of a cheap nutritional foodstuff. Many farmers, on the other hand, welcomed the demise of a serious agricultural pest and deliberately spread the disease. The government resisted appeals to legislate against the deliberate spreading of the disease until passing the 1954 Pests Act, as a result by 1955 some 90% of the UK rabbit population had been wiped out. Britain's myxomatosis outbreak has hitherto attracted little historical attention.

In the first book dedicated to this subject, Peter Bartrip examines how the disease reached and spread in the UK. He argues that it was not the government who was responsible, as many thought at the time, but for the first time Bartrip names the individual who may have deliberately brought myxomatosis from France. Bartrip tracks the response of government and other interested parties and considers the impact of rabbit de-population on agriculture and the natural environment. The cultural significance of this disease raises topical and controversial issues which are important if we are to learn lessons from more recent animal disease epidemics such as foot and mouth, BSE and H5N1 avian influenza.

Customer Reviews

By: Peter WJ Bartrip
Publisher: IB Tauris
Media reviews
'well-argued. brilliantly researched and thoroughly revisionist.' - Professor Steven King, Director of the Centre for Health, Medicine and Society, Oxford Brookes University.

'an important contribution to the history of animal disease and the reactions to it, official and popular, but should also finda wider readership among those with interests in animal rights; the history of the English countryside; the history of environmentalism; and the history of the British civil service.' - Professor John Stewart, Department of History, Oxford Brookes University.
Current promotions
Backlist BargainsThe Mammal SocietyOrder your free copy of our 2018 equipment catalogueBritish Wildlife