Vanishing Birds: Part 7

Originally posted on Wildlife and Words:
This is the last post in this series, in which I have been comparing the fortunes of rare birds as they were in 1973 (from a book published then) with how they are now. Today I have selected from the book five birds from Australia and nearby islands to complete our tour of the world. If you would like… Continue reading Vanishing Birds: Part 7

Vanishing Birds: Part 6

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New Zealand is famous for its endemic wildlife and unusual animals, being an island with no major ground predators (until the arrival of man) many bird species have become flightless and large-bodied and have diverged from their mainland cousins. There are four bird species native to New Zealand that are included in my 70’s book ‘The World’s Vanishing Birds’… Continue reading Vanishing Birds: Part 6

Vanishing Birds – Part 4

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The next four species taken from my seventies information book ‘The World’s Vanishing Birds’ are all from the far east; China, Japan and Pacific islands. As usual I will be comparing how the book describes the species status with how they are faring today – the illustrations are rather nice too. Japanese Crested Ibis – The book states that in… Continue reading Vanishing Birds – Part 4

Vanishing Birds – Part 2

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In the first part of this series I introduced you to the 1970’s book ‘The World’s Vanishing Birds’ and proceeded to show how some of the African birds in the book are doing currently compared to when the book was published. This week I will show you a selection of the endangered Seychelles birds that are included in the… Continue reading Vanishing Birds – Part 2

Vanishing Birds – Part 1

Originally posted on Wildlife and Words:
I recently picked up a nice little secondhand book called ‘The World’s Vanishing Birds’ by Cyril Littlewood with illustrations by Denys Ovenden; it was published in 1972 and essentially lists 60 of the most endangered birds on Earth (as they were then). It makes for an interesting read and the illustrations are pretty good quality, there are some very… Continue reading Vanishing Birds – Part 1

The homogenizing of nature

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Homogenization means to make something ‘uniform or similar’, it is a concept with connotations of blandness and repetitiveness. It could easily be applied to Britain’s high-streets, which are increasingly becoming rows of identical big-name franchises – every town in the country is now guaranteed to contain a Costa. It is one of my greatest fears for the future that… Continue reading The homogenizing of nature