The Strange Death of British Birdsong
This book examines the fluctuating fortunes of 137 species of birds. Many are birds of farmland in all its guises, from rich intensively cultivated arable land to the sheep grazed upland moors. Yet it is the loss of songbirds that people notice more than anything else. This title evokes the impact of the songbirds demise, the loss of the skylark from countryside areas where they used to be abundant, or the song thrush from rural and suburban gardens. It also points to the mystery of some of these fluctuations but detailed research has revealed many of the underlying causes. Essays on each bird are accompanied by a colour wood engraving of the birds and their eggs.