Birds, Scythes and Combines: A History of Birds and Agricultural Change

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 7/19/2012
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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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. This book is an historical account of the impact of changes in farming methods on the bird populations of British farmland over the past 250 years. A comparison with modern experience shows significant differences, with the more recent changes in grassland management, herbicide use and harvesting methods leading to a loss of diversity in farmland and, consequently, resulting in steep declines in bird numbers.

Table of Contents

The agricultural background
The farmland birds
Arable farming systems: high farming and before
Some thoughts on hedges
Weeds, weeding and pesticides
Arable farming systems: after 1945
Grassland and stock
Winter food resources
Labour, machines and buildings
Bibliography and references
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