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Sunday e-book evaluate – The Hen Harrier’s Yr by Ian Carter and Dan Powell – Mark Avery


A e-book about one among my favorite chicken species – the superb, the attractive, the persecuted Hen Harrier.  This quantity takes the identical strategy because the authors’ earlier The Pink Kite’s Yr and is a month by month account of what Hen Harriers are doing and what’s typically achieved to them. Interleaved amongst the month-to-month accounts are chapters on Historical past and Standing in Britain, Battle on Grouse Moors, Threats and Survival and The Wider Image.

That is an exploration and introduction to the ecology of the species and does that job very nicely. You’ll be taught concerning the breeding season, food plan, actions and longevity of this species. In case you are well-versed within the controversial features of the chicken’s life (eg brood-meddling, unlawful persecution, a lowland reintroduction) then you definately’ll discover that these are touched upon in a lightweight however clear manner, however they’re facet points to the primary story which is concerning the chicken itself. Having mentioned that, there’s a lot in these pages to curiosity the newcomer to this chicken and those that are extra steeped in it. It’s an affectionate portrait of a beautiful species.

Dan Powell’s art work may be very enticing and fills lots of the pages. He’s rightly the co-author of the e-book and in addition to a visible feast of Hen Harrier photographs there are a lot of different upland species illustrated.

The duvet? A male Hen Harrier – what’s to not like? I’d give it 8/10.

The Hen Harrier’s Yr by Ian Carter and Dan Powell is printed by Pelagic.

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