Mr. D. Barker

Helpful votes received on reviews: 86% (110 of 128)


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A Message from Martha: The Extinction of the Passe&hellip by Mark Avery
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I am struggling with Mark Avery’s book and his attempt to engage readers with his cause.
First of all no illustrations of the extinct passenger pigeon save Cary Ackroyd’s flocking representations on the dust wrapper. No distribution maps of the birds former range in North America. So anyone new to the story of the demise of this elegant bird has to work hard. Therefore we have lots of text of varying fonts and an overuse of brackets by the author.
I have a number of books on the passenger pigeon including A.W. Schorger’s The Passenger Pigeon and Joel Greenberg’s A Feathered River Across the Sky. The latter while grim at times reading the accounts of the slaughter does have some… Read more
Badgerlands: The Twilight World of Britain's Most &hellip by Patrick Barkham
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scapegoat Badger, 4 Nov 2013
It took me quite a while to read Patrick Barkham's book Badgerlands not because it is a bad book but the chapters on the cruelty, persecution and culling inflicted on badgers was upsetting and just made me put it down and try again in a few days. There are uplifting chapters on the descriptions of people being badger watchers and feeders. I am also glad that Mr. Barkham has at last been able to engage with badgers and his descriptions are also uplifting.
One professional reviewer describes Barkham's last chapter as superb. I agree. I was wondering if I was really going to get anything from the book because as an ecologist I was hopefully waiting for a positive dénouement… Read more
Bee (Animal) by Claire Preston
Bee (Animal) by Claire Preston
The objective of this series of "Animal" by Reaktion Books is
"To explore the historical significance and impact on humans of a wide range of animals, each book in the series takes a different animal and examines its role in history around the world. The importance of mythology, religion and science are described as is the history of food, the trade in animals and their products, pets, exhibition, film and photography, and their roles in the artistic and literary imagination." Bee does exactly this and offers a very much condensed version of Eva Crane's huge and expensive tome "The World History of Beekeeping and Honey Hunting". One reviewer states that varroa and Colony Collapse… Read more

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