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British Game by Brian Seymour Vesey-Fitzgerald

By Brian Seymour Vesey-Fitzgerald

The purpose of this sequence is to curiosity the overall reader within the flora and fauna of england through recapturing the enquiring spirit of the previous naturalists, encouraging strange and unique advancements of forgotten or ignored elements of British typical historical past. Collins are overjoyed to announce the republication in facsimile type of the 1st versions of the first actual volumes within the New Naturalist Library. initially deliberate within the darkest days of global struggle II and primary released in 1945, this sequence is the longest operating nature sequence on this planet. it's a mirrored image of the standard of the authors and the books they wrote, that they're nonetheless wanted seventy three years later. The books may be exact in each option to the unique first variants, together with the long-lasting jackets by way of Clifford and Rosemary Ellis.

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The history of British Game is limited. If you are going to write a history of British Game you need not start before 1831, for the very simple reason that there was no legal game before that date. But very much the same creatures were pursued in Britain before then; have been pursued, I imagine, for just about as long as man has been in Britain. I am not writing a history of the pursuit of wild animals in Britain, so I do not propose to touch upon the methods of those who slung stones from slings or shot arrows from bows.

There is, for example, an Irish red grouse. But the red grouse has a very limited range. Originally it was confined to the British Isles and was found nowhere else in the world. That may not be true now. Some years ago a few were introduced into the Ardennes district of Belgium and the Eifel district of Western Germany, and after a year or two were reported to have settled down well. But it is by no means certain that they have survived, and for all practical purposes the red grouse may properly be regarded as a truly British bird.

The reason that the habit is not better known than it is is not far to seek. Few men spend much time on the moors during heavy snow. Do grouse migrate? It depends, I suppose, upon what you mean by migration. In very severe weather, as has already been said, some grouse do leave the highest ground for more clement districts. It is even probable that under such conditions the very “tops” are always deserted. In the exceptionally severe winter of 1894 they flocked to the turnip fields. MacPherson, in his volume in the Fur and Feather series, says: “When snow and sleet have driven them down from the hills they will then fly long distances.

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