Fauna Britannica: The Practical Guide to Wild & Domestic Creatures of Britain

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A practical encyclopedia of animals, birds, fish, reptiles, and insects, both wild and domestic. It also provides a historic survey of when and how species were introduced and died out, and how they have flourished or declined. There are essays on their interaction with man, from outright exploitation to over-production. Social history, folklore, and legend are included to give the most magisterial survey of Britain's fauna.

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Masterfully written, rich in anecdote and illustration, this lavish, large–format volume is an authoritative survey of the most common animals, birds, fish, reptiles, and insects found in Britain and Ireland. Covering when and how species were introduced and died out, as well as how they have flourished or declined, Fauna Britannica also documents how attitudes to animals have changed over the centuries. Combining social history and folklore with scientific authority, and featuring 250 color photos and works of art, this is an enthralling encyclopedia of Britain’s creatures, then and now.

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Duff Hart-Davis is a writer and journalist celebrated particularly for his books and colums on the countryside. He was literary editor and assistant editor of the SUNDAY TELEGRAPH and has been country columnist for THE INDEPENDENT since 1986. He lives and farms in Gloucestershire.

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