Donald Watson's narrative soars like a sky-dancing harrier throughout this book. Read it, and be taken back to a simpler age of nature conservation by a true master of the art.
Author: Donald Watson
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
An acknowledged classic of narrative nature-writing, Donald Watson's The Hen Harrier was the culmination of a lifetime's study of this beautiful upland bird. A gentle, warm and wonderfully written book, The Hen Harrier stems from an age of 'amateur' conservation, from the pen of a man who cared deeply about birds and their habitats, especially of the Scottish borders where he conducted much of his research and painting. The book was among the last of a dying breed; it would be thirty years or more before writing on our natural history would again reach the heights of accessibility to nature-lovers exemplified by Donald Watson and his peers. The book starts with Watson setting down more or less everything known about harriers – which at that time often consisted of information sent by letter to the author, rather than published in a journal – before moving on to the story of Watson's years studying nests in the south-west of Scotland. With a foreword by conservation champion Mark Avery, this edition of Watson's greatest work is particularly timely. The conflict between grouse-shooting interests, which has overseen the virtual extinction of the harrier as a breeding bird in England through illegal persecution, and an increasingly vocal conservationist lobby is the number one conservation issue in Britain today. Donald Watson's narrative soars like a sky-dancing harrier throughout this book. Read it, and be taken back to a simpler age of nature conservation by a true master of the art.
had taken a nest of three hen harrier chicks and reared them in captivity – exactly what John Latham had suggested. One died, but eventually the remaining two moulted into adult plumage, a grey male and a female – a ringtail.
Author: David Cobham
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
The story of the short life and tragic death of Bowland Beth – an English Hen Harrier – which dramatically highlights the major issues in UK conservation.
dislike the Hen Harrier. There is nothing accidental about it. People stamp on the eggs knowing what they are doing, knowing that it is illegal and wanting to do it. The chicks have been kicked and trampled to death so that when x-rayed ...
Author: Mark Avery
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Driven grouse shooting, where flocks of Red Grouse are chased by lines of beaters so that they fly over lines of 'guns' that shoot the fast-flying birds, is a peculiarly British fieldsport. It is also peculiarly British in that it is deeply rooted in the British class system. This multi-million pound business dominates the hills of the north of England – the Pennines, the North Yorkshire Moors, the Cheviots – and throughout Scotland. Grouse shooting is big business. VERY big business And backed by powerful, wealthy lobbying groups, its tendrils run throughout British society. Inglorious makes the case for banning driven grouse shooting. The facts and arguments are presented fairly but the author, Mark Avery, states from the start why he has, after many years of soul-searching, come down in favour of an outright ban. There is too much illegal killing of wildlife, such as Buzzards, Golden Eagles, and, most egregiously of all, Hen Harriers; and, as a land use, it wrecks the ecology of the hills. However, grouse shooting is economically important, and it is a great British tradition. All of these, and other points of view, are given fair and detailed treatment and analysis – and the author talks to a range of people on different sides of the debate. The book also sets out Avery's campaign with Chris Packham to gain support for the proposal to ban grouse shooting, culminating in 'Hen Harrier Day', timed to coincide with the 'Glorious' 12th. Ever-controversial, Mark Avery is guaranteed to stir up a debate about fieldsports, the countryside and big business in a book that all British conservationists will want to read.
Release on 2012-10-18 | by Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Environmental Audit Committee
By the end of the 19th century the hen harrier had been lost from mainland Britain , with a small population surviving on the Western Isles and on Orkney . After the Second World War , the hen harrier recolonised the British mainland ...
Author: Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Environmental Audit Committee
Publisher: The Stationery Office
Wildlife legislation has become so complex that prosecutions fail and even specialist enforcement professionals struggle to implement it effectively. Hundreds of birds of prey have been deliberately poisoned with substances such as carbofuran that have no legal use and the Government could easily make possession an offence. The lack of sentencing guidelines on wildlife offences means that some offenders are being neither punished nor deterred in the courts. The CPS is also failing to train its prosecutors to handle complex wildlife cases. Furthermore, the inflexible implementation in UK law of international agreements covering the trafficking of endangered species squanders limited resources. The Government has maintained funding for specialist wildlife crime investigation and enforcement, but this is provided on an ad hoc basis, reducing operational effectiveness. Funding provided to monitor wildlife crime on the internet was too short-term to attract a suitably qualified individual to fill the post. In 2004, the Committee called for a new database to record all wildlife crime but this has still not been introduced. Internationally, this report also examines how the rhino, tiger and elephant are being driven to extinction by growing demand for illegal wildlife products in south-east Asia and China. The Government needs to exert robust diplomatic pressure in favour of the development and enforcement of wildlife law at the next CITES meeting in March 2013. In particular, the Government should focus attention on the damaging effect of 'one-off' sales of impounded ivory, which has been found to actually fuel demand for ivory products, and seek an unequivocal international ban on all forms of ivory trade.
Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus 1. INTRODUCTION Hen harriers breed mainly in the north and west of Great Britain , in Ireland and on the Isle of Man ( Gibbons et al . , 1993 ; Sim et al . 2001 ; Norriss et al . , 2002 ) .
Right up to the end of his life he was working on a new edition of Donald Watson's book The Hen Harrier and also on a chart that would be an aid in the identification of the contents of Hen Harrier pellets.
Author: David Cobham
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Britain is home to fifteen species of breeding birds of prey, from the hedgerow-hopping Sparrowhawk to the breathtaking White-tailed Eagle. In this handsomely illustrated book, acclaimed British filmmaker and naturalist David Cobham offers unique and deeply personal insights into Britain's birds of prey and how they are faring today. He delves into the history of these magnificent birds and talks in depth with the scientists and conservationists who are striving to safeguard them. In doing so, he profiles the writers, poets and filmmakers who have done so much to change the public's perception of birds of prey. There are success stories—five birds of prey that were extinct have become reestablished with viable populations—but persecution is still rife. Featuring drawings by famed wildlife artist Bruce Pearson, this book reveals why we must cherish and celebrate our birds of prey, and why we neglect them at our peril.
Release on 1892 | by William Samuel Mitchell D'Urban
We have frequently met the Hen - Harrier on Dartmoor ; and in North Devon it used not to be uncommon on the Braunton Burrows and about the Barnstaple river , but young birds of the year were more often seen than adults .
One challenging conservation issue in the UK is the conflict between the conservation of hen harriers and the ... Some of the results included: 4 Outline the arguments for and against continued protection of hen harrier populations.
Author: Glenn Toole
Publisher: Oxford University Press - Children
Please note this title is suitable for any student studying: Exam Board: AQA Level: A Level Year 2 Subject: Biology First teaching: September 2015 First exams: June 2017 Fully revised and updated for the new 2015 specifications, written and checked by curriculum and specification experts, this Student Book supports and extends students through the new course while delivering the breadth, depth, and skills needed to succeed in the new A Levels and beyond. Covers all the content required for the second year of AQA Biology A Level studies.
Observations on the mating system and breeding success of Marsh Harriers in coastal south - eastern Australia . Corella 7 , 109–113 . Baker - Gabb , D. J. ( 1984 ) . The evolution of tree - nesting and the origin of the Spotted Harrier ...
Author: Robert E. Simmons
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
Harriers are a charismatic group of birds of prey with a worldwide distribution that have long fascinated bird watchers and scientists. Here for the first time the biology of the world's harriers is treated within one cover, in readily accessible language. There are detailed comparisons ofnorthern and southern species, descriptions of mating systems and population dynamics life histories, and insights into the selection pressures shaping the birds' life histories. The author addresses such questions as how females choose partners against their apparent self- interest, how theyadjust to prevailing circumstances to produce the optimal clutch size, and what underlies variations in size dimorphism and copulation patterns. New information resulting from a DNA examination of the group reveals three new harrier species and allows construction of a new phylogeny of theharriers. The book is brought to life by fine original line drawings of these impressive birds by the author's twin brother. It will be a treat for all raptor biologists, amateur raptophiles, and behavioural ecologists interested in temperate-tropical comparisons.