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By Michael Shrubb

he method wild birds were exploited over the centuries types the point of interest of this extraordinary new booklet by means of Michael Shrubb. It appears to be like on the use of birds as nutrients, for feathers and skins, for eggs, as cage birds, as specimens and for searching, concentrating on Britain, northern Europe and the North Atlantic. by no means prior to has a ebook introduced the large volume of details on those subject matters within the educational literature jointly less than one cover.

Introductory chapters on what was once taken, while, why and its impression are by means of a few sections taking a look intimately at vital poultry teams. in addition to discussions of broader issues of exploitation, the ebook is filled with awesome proof. for instance, we research

• why gray Herons have been so very important in medieval falconry
• why the Black demise was once excellent news for bustards
• why Napoleon is to blame for the shortage of Quail in Britain today
• while tame plover stew was once the entire rage

The publication concludes with discussions of the cage poultry and plumage trades, either now consigned to the annals of heritage, in Britain at any fee. in addition to summarising and condensing the fabric right into a readable and pleasing account, Shrubb is going again to the unique resources. This has allowed him to shed new and wonderful mild at the biogeography of a few British birds.

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