The Peregrine Falcon

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A&C Black, 30 jun. 2010 - 488 páginas
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The first edition of The Peregrine Falcon was widely recognised as a classic of its kind, documenting not only the species' biology but also the sad tale of its decline due to the impact of pesticides. This extensively revised and enlarged second edition takes full account of important new developments in the story of this bird during the intervening 12 years. It reports one of the few notable successes in wildlife conservation: the full restoration of British and Irish Peregrine populations, and their appreciable recovery in other countries where numbers had also been greatly reduced by the impact of organochlorine pesticides. The pattern of increase in Britain has been extremely varied, from districts where numbers are now far higher than at any time in recorded history, to others where the bird is now at its lowest ebb. The examination of the reasons for these differences helps us to understand the most recent developments in the Peregrine saga. Particular attention has been paid to the recent major advances in our knowledge of Peregrine biology, such as its movements, population turnover, food and nesting habits. Many of the tables and figures have been revised and brought up to date so that this volume, like its predecessor, is once again by far the most detailed and readable reference on this most evocative of birds. Donald Watson's colour paintings, monochrome washes and line drawings, and the original photographs, illustrate the book as before. Cover illustration by Donald Watson
 

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Derek Ratcliffe grew up in Carlisle and began watching Ravens in the Lake- land fells while still a schoolboy. He later explored the Southern Uplands, Snowdonia and the Highlands, and developed a particular enthusiasm for the wildlife of the mountains and moorlands. In 1956, he joined the staff of the Nature Conservancy in Scotland, and worked for several years on the survey of vegetation in the Scottish Highlands and Islands. After this, Derek became involved in monitoring of the British Peregrine population and in the Monks Wood studies of the effects of organochlorine insecticides on birds of prey. In the late 1960s, he was responsible for the compilation of A Nature Conservation Review, an inventory of the most important terrestrial and freshwater sites in Britain for biological conservation. When the Nature Conservancy was set up anew in 1974, he became Chief Scientist and remained in his post until retirement in 1989. Although Ravens have always had to be largely a spare-time interest, he has managed to be in their nesting haunts in the spring of every year from 1945 onwards, and continues to enlarge his knowledge of their ways in the company of fellow Raven enthusiasts. He enjoys the freedom of retirement to pursue field work and to write about wildlife and its conservation.

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