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The Balance of Nature, and Modern Conditions of Cultivation: A Practical Manual of Animal Foes and Friends, for the Country Gentleman, the Farmer, the Forester, the Gardener, and the Sportsman

Nature volume 81, page 5 (01 July 1909) | Download Citation



IN his preface the author, who appears to have had a very large experience in trapping vermin, states that the only natural-history works he has consulted are “Wood's Natural History” and “The Popular Encyclopaedia.” All we can say is the more's the pity, for had he undertaken a somewhat wider and more modern course of reading we might have been spared such out-of-date statements as that the hedge hog is a member of the same family as the one which includes the mole and the shrewmouse, or that there are two British species of dormice and also of water-shrews. Such errors, are possibly excusable in a writer who is not a zoologist; but what can be said of a so-called sportsman or outdoor naturalist who states that only tame red deer are hunted in England, and that wild roebuck are unknown south of Scotland?

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