Monday, July 28, 2014

Book Review: A Sparrowhawk's Lament

A Sparrowhawk's Lament focuses on the birds of Britain but also highlights issues that affect birds of prey on a much larger scale. From the shooting of these species to "protect" livestock to poisoning them from the use of pesticides, raptors all over the world face many threats.

This book takes an in-depth and entertaining look at each of the raptor species that occurs in Britain. Although it might seem like a dry topic, the author weaves his personal stories of his time observing each species into each species account as well as his time talking with those that have made the conservation and recovery of many of these species possible.

I found the author's focus on the use of nest cams and wildlife filming as ways to educate the public very interesting. With people having focused on persecuting raptors for so long, the education of the public about this species is critical to their long-term survival. I found myself agreeing with the author that nest cams and wildlife filming have done great work to convert people from a dislike of birds of prey to raptor enthusiasts.

No matter where you are in the world, this book will help you better understand the threats that birds of prey face and what can be done to save them.

Title: A Sparrowhawk's Lament: How British Breeding Birds of Prey Are Faring
Author: David Cobham with Illustrations by Bruce Pearson
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: June 25, 2014

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