Grouse (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 107)

Grouse (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 107)

Adam Watson

With lower than twenty species all over the world and in basic terms 4 British and Irish species, the grouse is strangely famous. Its habitats are diversified and comparatively distant – starting from deep forests, via open moorland, to Scotland’s optimum peaks.

‘Grouse: The traditional heritage of British and Irish Species’ covers 4 of the main emblematic species of our upland areas. jointly they've got the main attention-grabbing existence histories of any fowl team, separately they've got their very own tales to inform: the ptarmigan is a resident of our maximum mountain parts, the black grouse is legendary for its impressive mating screens, the capercaillie is considered one of our greatest birds and the crimson grouse, when no-longer one of many few British endemics, is without doubt one of the such a lot seriously researched species. All 4 face comparable difficulties, together with habitat loss, predators, pests, disorder and meals scarcity. this can be compounded through problems with controlled animal populations and controversy surrounding the economic worthy of grouse.

This quantity within the New Naturalist sequence, written via of the world's prime grouse experts, deals a desirable perception into the ordinary heritage and biology of those birds, together with elements in their behaviour, the historic relevance in their names, the explanations at the back of inhabitants fluctuations and foreign conservation efforts.

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