The History of British Birds

Paperback | December 15, 2009

byDerek Yalden, Umberto Albarella

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The History of British Birds reviews our knowledge of avifaunal history over the last 15,000 years, setting it in its wider historical and European context. The authors, one an ornithologist the other an archaeologist, integrate a wealth of archaeological data to illuminate and enliven thestory, indicating the extent to which climatic, agricultural, and social changes have affected the avifauna. They discuss its present balance, as well as predicting possible future changes. It is a popular misconception that bird bones are rarely preserved (compared with mammals), and cannot be reliably identified when they are found. The book explores both of these contentions, armed with a database of 9,000 records of birds that have been identified on archaeological sites. Most arein England, but sites elsewhere in Great Britain, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Isles are included. Britain's most numerous bird is also the most widespread in the archaeological record, but some of the more charismatic species also have a rich historical pedigree. For example, we can say quite a lot about the history of the Crane, Red Kite, White-tailed Eagle, and Great Auk. The history of manyintroduced domestic species can also be illuminated. Even so, there remain uncertainties, posed by difficulties of dating or identification, the vagaries of the archaeological record or the ecological specialities of the birds themselves. These issues are highlighted, thus posing research questionsfor others to answer. And the commonest British bird, then and now? Buy the book and read on...

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The History of British Birds reviews our knowledge of avifaunal history over the last 15,000 years, setting it in its wider historical and European context. The authors, one an ornithologist the other an archaeologist, integrate a wealth of archaeological data to illuminate and enliven thestory, indicating the extent to which climatic,...

Derek Yalden retired from Manchester University after 40 years of teaching vertebrate zoology in September 2005. He is the author/co-author of over 200 scientific publications. He has worked on birds and mammals in the Peak District, including long-term population studies of Common Sand pipers and Golden Plovers, and on the mammals of...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.45 × 6.61 × 0.01 inPublished:December 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199581169

ISBN - 13:9780199581160

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Bird in the Hand....2. The Early History of Birds in Britain and Europe3. Coming in from the Cold4. Farmland and Fenland5. Veni, Vidi, Vici6. Monks, Monarchs and Mysteries7. From Elizabeth to Victoria8. Now and HereafterAppendix - An annotated historical list of British birdsReferencesIndex

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"...this volume looks set to become the best modern reference for anyone wishing to know about the rich history of the British avifauna...it is both readable and engaging" --Birdwatch Magazine