Silent Fields: The long decline of a nation's wildlife
This book describes the war of attrition waged against the native mammals and birds of England and Wales from the Middle Ages to the present day. Roger Lovegrove has undertaken years of unique research: by searching through parish records of 'vermin' trapped, hunted, and killed over the generations, he has revealed an unprecedentedly accurate and detailed picture of the history of a nation's wildlife, and of the often devastating impact and extinction that we have forced on our ecology. Consisting of species-by-species accounts, accompanied by specially-commissioned illustrations, the book outlines the history - and often the future prospects too - of a wealth of wildlife species, from badgers, bears and beavers, to wolves, kingfishers, the golden eagle and the humble house sparrow.
The topic has enormous relevance today and will be the subject of interest to conservationists around the world.
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