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Feasting, Fowling and Feathers; A History of the Exploitation of Wild Birds

by Michael Shrubb

Feasting, Fowling and Feathers; A History of the Exploitation of Wild Birds
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Description

The way wild birds have been exploited over the centuries forms the focus of this title. It looks at the use of birds as food, for feathers and skins, for eggs, as cage birds, as specimens and for hunting, focusing on Britain, northern Europe and the North Atlantic Introductory chapters on what was taken, when, why and its impact are followed by a number of sections looking in detail at important bird groups. Along with discussions of broader themes of exploitation, the book is packed with amazing facts. For example, we learn why Grey Herons were so important in medieval falconry, why the Black Death was good news for bustards, why Napoleon is to blame for the scarcity of Quail in Britain today and when tame plover stew was all the rage. Concludes with discussions of the cage bird and plumage trades, both now consigned to the annals of history, in Britain at any rate. As well as summarising and condensing the material into a readable and entertaining account, the author goes back to the original sources. This has allowed him to shed new and surprising light on the biogeography of a number of British birds. The way wild birds have been exploited over the centuries forms the focus of this title. It looks at the use of birds as food, for feathers and skins, for eggs, as cage birds, as specimens and for hunting, focusing on Britain, northern Europe and the North Atlantic.

Details

  • ISBN: 9781408159903
  • Author(s): Michael Shrubb
  • Stock Code: 8159903
  • Format: Hardback
  • Illustrations: Colour photographs, Colour illustrations, B/W photographs, B/W illustrations, B/W maps
  • Pages: 256
  • Published: 2013
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