A fascinating and highly readable monograph, showcasing one of the flagship species of wetland conservation in Britain to superb effect.
The arrival of thousands of Bewick's Swans from their Arctic
breeding grounds to lakes and wetlands throughout northern and eastern
Britain is an unforgettable sight. Popular among both birders and the
wider public, these elegant birds are among the best-studied waterfowl
in the world. Beginning with the work of the late Sir Peter Scott in
the 1950s, Britain's Bewick's have been the subject of intensive
behavioural study, while their population ecology has provided a
similar focus for research. In Bewick's Swan, Eileen Rees tells
the story of these birds in rich detail. Rees discusses their biology
in full, with sections on population and distribution, breeding
biology, wintering behaviour, food and feeding ecology, taxonomy and
phylogeny, migration, and conservation; much original research is
included, and there is frequent reference to the Bewick's sibling
subspecies, the Tundra Swan of North America. Personal recollections
from a lifetime of study weave through the narrative, which is
illuminated by Dafila Scott's evocative illustrations.
"The leading monograph of the year, by a long way." British Birds, Feb 2007
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- Bloomsbury Publishing, January 2010
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