Grouse: The Natural History of British and Irish Species Hardcover – 1 Sep 2008
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About the Author
Aged 13, Adam Watson saw his first ptarmigan on a lone climb to Derry Cairngorm in 1943 and began to record numbers, and in the winter of 1951/2 studied them there for an honours degree at Aberdeen University. He has studied black grouse, capercaillie and Irish red grouse, and accompanied ecologists on their fieldwork in Iceland, Norway and Alaska.
Robert Moss graduated in honours biochemistry at University College London. He showed a keen interest in chemical aspects of the work on red grouse and has worked on red grouse, and also on ptarmigan, black grouse and capercaillie in Scotland. Abroad, he has studied Icelandic ptarmigan, and rock, willow and white-tailed ptarmigan, during a year based at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks.
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This is the 107th New Naturalist title to have appeared since the series started in 1945 and it is also one of the largest volumes. It deals exclusively with the four grouse species to be found in the British Isles: Red Grouse Lagopus lagopus (although referred to in the book as Willow Ptarmigan when non-UK populations are discussed), Ptarmigan Lagopus mutus, Black Grouse Tetrao tetrix and Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus.
An introductory chapter introduces the family and another discusses the nomenclature used. It also reveals some of the more bizarre names that have been awarded to these species over the years.Read more ›