Habits and Characters of British Wild Animals


    THERE are several trustworthy and readily available books on British mammals, such as Lydekker's and Sir H. H. Johnston's, not to speak of the expensive volumes of Millais and others, but there is a distinctiveness in Mr. Mortimer Batten's studies which makes them welcome. They have a broad basis of personal observation, they give prominence to habits, and they try to get at the character of the creatures. The book is written in excellent style; it smacks of the open country, and it is packed with interesting information without being overloaded. The very artistic illustrations by Mr. Warwick Reynolds appeal to us as revealing the temperament of the animals portrayed and also as pictures, e.g. the charming coloured frontispiece of roe-deer jumping up at rowan berries.

    Habits and Characters of British Wild Animals.

    By H. Mortimer Batten. Pp. 346. (London and Edinburgh: W. and R. Chambers, Ltd., 1920.) 21s. net.

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    Habits and Characters of British Wild Animals . Nature 107, 547–548 (1921). https://doi.org/10.1038/107547a0

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