Bird Life of Woodland and Forest

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Woodlands offer birds an extremely wide range of habitats. In this book, the variation in bird life in woodlands, and the factors that influence bird numbers and distributions are examined. What birds are found in which habitats? What effect does forestry and woodland management have? How can we enhance bird populations by habitat management? Are bird numbers and distributions in natural and managed forests different - and if so, why? The gamut of British woodland is covered, from ancient coppice and wood-pasture...

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Overview

Woodlands offer birds an extremely wide range of habitats. In this book, the variation in bird life in woodlands, and the factors that influence bird numbers and distributions are examined. What birds are found in which habitats? What effect does forestry and woodland management have? How can we enhance bird populations by habitat management? Are bird numbers and distributions in natural and managed forests different - and if so, why? The gamut of British woodland is covered, from ancient coppice and wood-pasture in the lowlands, to recently-planted conifer forests in the uplands, and comparisons are drawn with mainland Europe and North America. The book discusses the effects of factors such as increased deer numbers, air-pollution and new wood creation on lowland farms, all of which are changing the face of our woodlands today. This book is a must for all those interested in woodlands, and the birds which live in them.

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'This is the book about woodland birds I have been waiting for ... Rob Fuller is to be congratulated on a new synthesis brimming with stimulating conclusions and ideas. This book should take its place ... as part of the new generation of thinking about woodland ecology.' Colin Tubbs, Journal of Applied Ecology

' ... thoroughly recommended for those already interested in birds and woods, as well as for those taking their first steps through the trees with their binoculars.' Biologist

'The book is profusely illustrated throughout, and Chris Rose's carefully chosen and evocative line drawings are a delight. For anyone interested in the bird life of wooded habitats - whether one's primary interest is the wood or its birds - this book is a gold-mine of information and a source of many fascinating questions still to ponder.' Quarterly Journal of Forestry

'This book is a good and informative read for anyone interested in birds, or woods, or in the British landscape in general ...' Trends in Ecology and Evolution

'This clearly written book gives a thorough overview of the ecology of woodland birds and includes summaries of the excellent research the author has done in over two decades of work for the British Trust for Ornithology.' Martin Warren, Butterfly Conservation

'Highly instructive account of birds in trees and scrub, with glimpses of the ancient greenwood; excellent example of how survey information can be woven into real natural history.' Bird Watching

'Rob Fuller writes with affection and knowledge about woods and their birds ... Settling down in front of a log fire with this book would provide a good few evenings of pleasure and plenty of food for thought.' Mark Avery, Ibis

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521543477
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2003
  • Series: Bird Life Series
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; 1. Britain's woodland environment; 2. Historical and European perspectives; 3. How birds use woodland; 4. Abundance and distribution of woodland birds; 5. Scrub; 6. Broadleaved high forest and coppice; 7. Upland woods and wood-pasture; 8. Coniferous woodland; 9. Woodland in a changing countryside; Appendix 1. Species of birds using woodland, forest and scrub habitats in Britain: their habitats, nest sites, food and feeding sites; Appendix 2. Woodland and scrub bird species breeding in mainland Europe, but not in Britain: a summary of their distribution, breeding habitats and nest sites; Appendix 3. Glossary; Appendix 4. Latin names of birds, other animals and plants of woodland; References.

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