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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: William Collins (29 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007527985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007527984
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 15 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ian Newton is an ornithologist and applied scientist, and a leading expert on bird ecology and biogeography, specialising in finches, waterfowl and birds of prey, especially the sparrowhawk. He graduated from Bristol University and gained his doctorate in finch behaviour at Oxford, followed by research on bullfinch damage in orchards. He joined the NERC in 1967, initially studying population ecology of geese and finches, followed by the impact of pesticides on birds of prey. He has written two previous New Naturalist volumes, 'Finches'(1972) and 'Bird Migration' (2010).

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Praise for Ian Newton’s previous New Naturalist Bird Migration:

‘Truly outstanding – the product of a lifelong inquiry into the annual travels of birds.’ Guardian

‘The New Naturalist series strikes gold with this insight into ultimate avian journeys.’ BBC Wildlife

‘… a work of authority.’ The Daily Telegraph

About the Author

Ian Newton is an ornithologist and applied scientist, and a leading expert on bird ecology and biogeography, specialising in finches, waterfowl and birds of prey, especially the sparrowhawk. He graduated from Bristol University and gained his doctorate in finch behaviour at Oxford, followed by research on bullfinch damage in orchards. He joined the NERC in 1967, initially studying population ecology of geese and finches, followed by the impact of pesticides on birds of prey. He has written two previous New Naturalist volumes, Finches (1972) and Bird Migration (2010).


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mia on 9 Feb 2014
Format: Hardcover
Prof Ian Newton FRS has been described as the UK's greatest living ornithologist and there is nothing in this book to dent that assessment.

In his clear and precise way, Ian Newton explains the factors that affect, determine and regulate bird population levels. There are plenty of examples which illustrate the general principles.

As Ian writes - much of our understanding of animal population regulation is based on studies of birds although the principles are much more widely applicable.

This is not the easiest of reads, but that's because compensatory mortality and density dependence are not the easiest of subjects. Ian provides the most accessible account of those difficult subjects that the birdwatcher eager to understand whether sparrowhawks are wiping out songbirds, for example, is likely to find (and, they aren't - see page 165).

The fact that bird populations go up and down but often within quite narrow limits compared with what might be possible is such a commonplace of our lives that we tend not to realise that it is as interesting as it really is. A pair of Blue Tits can lay 10 eggs and rear all the young successfully so why aren't we knee-deep in Blue Tits (pecking at our ankles and shins) after a few years? Thank heavens for disease, predators, cold winter nights, interspecific competition, lack of nesting sites and winter food shortages I say!As Blue Tit numbers increase then some of these mortality factors bite harder and if Blue Tit populations decline then they bite less hard (on average) - that's population regulation through density dependence. And you only die once - if the Sparrowhawk gets you then the winter food shortage can't - in fact, your death has made life a tiny bit easier for everyone else when the food bottleneck arrives.
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By Mike Edwards on 17 July 2014
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Clear and comprehensive account of the author's and of other scientists' work on the subject.Up there with the best of NN. The paperback edition is well produced and even for such a thick book shouldn't cause problems. Highly recommended.
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By Ruth on 3 Nov 2014
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Arrived quickly and brand new as advertised
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By maurice flavell on 1 Sep 2014
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very informative book, good read
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Very good book.
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