A Sparrowhawk's Lament: How British Breeding Birds of Prey Are Faring
This title offers unique and deeply personal insights into Britain's birds of prey and how they are faring today. The author delves into the history of these marvellous birds and talks in depth with the scientists and conservationists who are striving to safeguard them. He profiles the writers, poets, and filmmakers who have done so much to change the public's perception of birds of prey. However, although there are success stories, persecution is still rife, so much so that one bird of prey, the Hen Harrier, became extinct in England as a breeding bird in 2013.
- ISBN: 9780691157641
- Author(s): David Cobham, Bruce Pearson
- Foreword: Chris Packham
- Stock Code: 1157641
- Format: Hardback
- Illustrations: Black & white illustrations
- Pages: 256
- Published: 2014
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The book traces Conor Jameson's travels in search of the Goshawk, a magnificent yet rarely seen (in Britain at least) raptor. Each episode of the narrative arises from personal experience, investigation, and the unearthing ofinformation from research, exploration and conversations.The journey takes him from an encounter with a stuffed Goshawk in a glass case, through travels into supposed Goshawk territories in Britain, to Berlin - where he finds the bird at ease in the city.
Why, he wants to know, is the bird so rarely seen in Britain? He explores the politics of birdwatching, the sport of falconry and the impact of persecution on the recent history of the bird in Britain and travels the length of Britain, through central Europe and the USA in search of answers to the goshawk mystery. Throughout his journey he is inspired by the writings of T H White who told of his attempts to tame a Goshawk in his much-loved book. It's a gripping tale on the trail of a most mysterious and charismatic bird.