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Telling it like it is.,
This review is from: Strange Death of British Birdsong (Landmark Countryside Collection) (Hardcover)
Despite what another reviewer has written (a farmer, perhaps?) this is a very good book indeed, charting the catastrophic decline in many British bird species over the past fifty years. And it simply isn't true to say, either, that this is a book that one might have bought in 1956 (I was sixteen then, and a keen amateur birder) since the rot really set in in the early 1960s, and was announced by Rachel Carson's apocalyptic book `Silent Spring'. And although the information may indeed be available on the Internet to those diligent enough to search for it, the value of this book is that it collates that information for those of us who don't have the time to do so. Beautifully illustrated too: bravo, Mr Waterhouse! Can we now have a similar book charting the decline of other British flora and fauna over the same period (hares down 50%, water voles by 95%, and when I was a nipper sand lizards were a common enough sight too). Buy it, and grieve.
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