Birds, scythes and combines: a history of birds and agricultural change.

Birds, scythes and combines: a history of birds and agricultural change. Michael Shrubb.
Birds, scythes and combines: a history of birds and agricultural change.
Birds, scythes and combines: a history of birds and agricultural change.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. Quarto, dustwrapper, text illustrations, black and white photographs, maps.

This book provides an historical account of the impact of changes in farming methods on the bird populations of British farmland over the past 250 years. Despite the scale of change in agricultural methods in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, farmland birds were little affected, with many benefiting from the appearance of extensive new resources. Comparison with modern experience shows sharp differences, with changes in grassland management, in herbicide use and in harvesting methods leading to a loss of diversity in farmland and consequently steep declines in bird numbers.

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