By David Cabot
New Naturalist Wildfowl presents a much-anticipated assessment of the attention-grabbing birds that experience turn into icons of our diminishing desert areas.
Wildfowl – swans, ducks and geese – were the topic of poetry, fables, folklore and tune, and a resource of proposal to writers, artists, historians and naturalists alike. traditionally, they've got featured prominently in our nutrition – extra lately they've got turn into the main largely domesticated staff of birds. Wildfowl were scientifically studied extra intensively than the other workforce of birds and have been one of many first teams to spotlight extra common problems with conservation. Their prestige because the most well liked crew of birds is underlined by way of the luck of the unique Wildfowl belief (now the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust).
David Cabot has been captivated with wildfowl for almost sixty years. during this seminal new paintings, he discusses the fifty six species of wildfowl which were recorded both in a typical nation, or which were brought and now keep self-sustaining populations in Britain and eire. He specializes in their social behaviour, feeding ecology and inhabitants dynamics, and particularly their seasonal migration styles. He additionally explores the evolution and historical past of wildfowl and our lengthy courting with them, via renowned mythology and legends, which proceed to fascinate us with a feeling of poser and awe.