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Nature volume 85, pages 407408 (26 January 1911) | Download Citation



IN producing yet another book on the birds of Great Britain1 the editor points out that one result of the growing interest taken during recent years in the study of ornithology is a considerable addition to our knowledge of the habits of British birds; that as no comprehensive British work on the subject has appeared since those of Yarrell (revised by Newton and Saunders) and. Seebohm, this knowledge is only available by searching through a large and scattered literature; that the new edition of the Naumanns' work leaves unrecorded many of the observations on the habits of our birds that have been made in our own and other countries, and that there is therefore place for a work that, will bring together from every source, foreign and native, all the available information of any importance concerning the habits of British birds. To do this, and to do it in a form interesting alike to the student of animal life and the general reader, is the chief object of the present undertaking. This is to say the least an ambitious project. In carrying it out the editor will have the assistance of the following writers, J. L. Bonhote, William Farren, the Rev. F. C. R. Jourdain, W. P. Pycraft, Edmund Selous, A. Landsborough Thomson, and Miss Emma L. Turner, who have been left to arrange and treat the matter within each section of a chapter written by them “in the way best suited to his style and temperament, thus avoiding cut-and-dried uniformity with its resulting aridity.”


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    "The British Bird-Book. An Account of all the Birds. Nests and Eggs found in the British Isles". Edited by . Vol. i., pp. xviii + 156: vol. ii., pp. 140. (London and Edinburgh: T. C. and E. C. Jack, 1910.) Price 10s. 6d. net.

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