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By Valerie M. Thom

This impressively finished learn and evaluate of the birds in Scotland by way of Valerie Thom, editor of Scottish Birds and past-President of the Scottish Ornithologists' membership, should be stated to stick with on the place the distinguished volumes of The Birds of Scotland (1953), by way of Dr Baxter and leave out Rintoul, left off. It does greater than that, besides the fact that, for the reason that not just has there been a profound elevate in ornithological assurance and knowledge (as mirrored within the species accounts), there have additionally been nice alterations in habitat and surroundings because the days of Baxter & Rintoul. those features shape the topics of the 10 initial chapters reviewing the Scottish scene this present day when it comes to habitat, conservation, birdwatching and the alterations in species prestige and distribution.The species bills, the spine of the ebook, evaluation the interval 1950-83 yet contain, the place achievable, documents of rarities and information of counts as much as the spring of 1985; there also are short summaries of previous facts in response to the researches of Baxter & Rintoul. In all, 497 species are dealt with.The texts of significant species debts are complemented by means of 173 distribution maps and lots of tables of proper facts, and there are 129 species drawings via a staff of artists lower than the editorship of Donald Watson, who additionally contributes bankruptcy head items and different drawings. a bit of photos illustrates the various habitats average of Scotland this day. There are, extra, appendices and an intensive bibliography.The publication is of significant and seen curiosity to all birdwatchers in Scotland however it could be of distinct worth, too, to the various millions of birdwatching viewers from in different places in those islands and from nations abroad.The Scottish Ornithologists' membership, for whom the ebook is released, and all whose files and researches made the author's paintings attainable, have cause to be pleased with Valerie Thom's success. The book's clients should be indebted to all of them for this complete and crucial advisor to birds in Scotland.

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I 6: Farmland The period since the end of World War II has seen the most rapid and widespread changes ever experienced in British agriculture . These have involved not only the muchpublicised use of pesticides and removal of hedges but also a big increase in fertiliser use and the abandonm ent oftraditional practices which had been little altered for generations or even centuries. Productivity per acre, in terms of both crops and livestock, and capital investment in buildings and machinery have increased greatly, while the labour force has declined by c60%.

Until quite recently physical difficulties, associated with inaccessibility and low potential productivity, have protected most upland bogs from development for commercial purposes. Peat-cutting for domestic fuel has altered the surface form and vegetation of some areas, especially on the islands, but such influences have generally been only local in their impact and the great expanses of blanket bog have remained virtuallyundisturbed. This situation is now changing. Powerful modern equipment has made it possible to drain many such areas well enough to permit afforestation with wettolerant species, while in other areas peat extraction on a commercial scale is already taking place or has been proposed - and is likely to be followed by reclamation for agricultural use.

It was during the period when great concentrations of geese spent weeks or even months within a relatively small area, gleaning the stubbles and potato fields then moving onto grass, that farmers became most concerned about the extent to which they might be competing with domestic stock - a slightly ironic situation since it was the farmers' change in cropping practice which had led to the problem. Now, in the mid 1980s, there is a swing towards autumn sowing of barley (in the past, wheat was the only cereal regularly sown in autumn), which not only means that the crop is likely to be harvested earlier and with less grain loss but also that the stubble is available to birds for only a brief period before ploughing.

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