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Farming and Birds - Raymond J. O'Connor

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Published: 21st May 1990
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This attractively illustrated book reviews the effects of agricultural development on bird populations in Britain. Examining modern farmland as a bird habitat, it explains the changes, both in habitat structure and in available resources, that have occurred as a result of mechanisation and use of agrochemicals. Farmland bird communities are described, and their composition related to farm structure and land use. Based extensively on empirical data extracted from the British Trust for Ornithology"s Common Bird Census and from nest histories recorded in the BTO"S Nest Record Scheme, the book presents an important analysis of the position of agricultural bird populations under modern farming systems. Particular examination has been made of the impact of changing methods, rotations and crops, which have been underestimated in the past. Resulting from the co-operation between a professional ornithologist and a working cereal farmer, this book provides an objective and informed view of the impact of British agriculture on bird populations.

Preface
The historical background to modern agriculture
The farmland bird community
Farmland as a nesting habitat
Food and feeding behaviour
Modern agriculture: the consequences of specialisation
Farm structure and bird habitats
The effects of hedges and hedgerow loss on farmland birds
the impact of farming practice on birds
Pesticides and pollution
Crop protection, shooting and persecution
The outlook for farming and birds
Appendices
References
Glossary
Index.
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521389730
ISBN-10: 0521389739
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 21st May 1990
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.73
Weight (kg): 0.45