Birds, Scythes and Combines: A History of Birds and Agricultural Change

Birds, Scythes and Combines: A History of Birds and Agricultural Change

by Michael Shrubb
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521814634

ISBN-13: 9780521814638

Pub. Date: 06/01/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Despite the scale of change in agricultural methods in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, farmland birds were little affected, with many benefiting from the appearance of extensive new resources. This book is an historical account of the impact of changes in farming methods on the bird populations of British farmland over the past 250 years. A comparison

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Overview

Despite the scale of change in agricultural methods in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, farmland birds were little affected, with many benefiting from the appearance of extensive new resources. This book is an historical account of the impact of changes in farming methods on the bird populations of British farmland over the past 250 years. A comparison with modern experience shows significant differences, with the more recent changes in grassland management, herbicide use and harvesting methods leading to a loss of diversity in farmland and, consequently, resulting in steep declines in bird numbers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521814638
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/01/2003
Pages:
382
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Acknowledgements; 1. The agricultural background; 2. The farmland birds; 3. Arable farming systems: high farming and before; 4. Enclosure; 5. Some thoughts on hedges; 6. Drainage; 7. Weeds, weeding and pesticides; 8. Arable farming systems: after 1945; 9. Grassland and stock; 10. Winter food resources; 11. Labour, machines and buildings; 12. Exploitation; 13. Conclusions; Appendix 1; Appendix 2; Bibliography and references; Index.

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