BELIEVING that there is a lack of knowledge throughout the country about the laws concerning the protectior net wild birds, and especially the predatory biros, the British Field Sports Society has prepared a useful guide to show clearly the protection which the law affords them county by county. The book contains a clear description of each species, including measurements, range and habits, and in many cases drawings are included of the birds both settled and on the wing. It is also indicated which species, in the Society's opinion, are harmful and which are not. In the first category are those birds which, by reason of their numbers or habits, do very considerable damage not only to game birds, but also to song birds. Examples of these are the jay, magpie and sparrow-hawk. In the second category are those predatory birds such as harriers, kites and buzzards which, either because of their habits or their rarity, do little or no damage to the game preserver or the agriculturist. The booklet also includes tables showing the protection afforded county by county according to the Wild Birds Protection Acts. The handbook may be obtained from the British Field Sports Society, 51 Victoria Street, London, S.W.1, price 3s.
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Predatory Birds of Great Britain. Nature 164, 821 (1949). https://doi.org/10.1038/164821b0