Mr. D. Barker

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Badgerlands: The Twilight World of Britain's Most &hellip by Patrick Barkham
18 of 18 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
Scotland (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 119&hellip by Peter Friend
33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
This is the second new Naturalist volume written by Peter Friend (see Amazon reviews for Southern England: The Geology and Scenery of Lowland England. I would quote Mr. May from his review of Southern England "There is also the opportunity, I feel, for a future author to develop further the influence of geology beyond just basic physical landscape, to demonstrate how geology is also a key determinant of different types of habitat and ecosystem, and species distribution (biogeography)."
"Scotland" for me is a disappointing book, albeit it is well written and has excellent photographs and maps. The claim of the Editors of New Naturalist is "That the aim of this series is to interest the… Read more

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