Ireland's lost birds

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Four Courts Press, 1999 - History - 176 pages
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Ospreys, eagles, cranes ...all gone from the Irish skies.The cry of the bittern heard no more.And the corncrake in dramatic decline.How did it happen? How did we 'lose' some of our most spectacular birds, including half of our original quota of birds of prey?In this fascinating yet alarming book Gordon D'Arcy investigates the fate of Ireland's vanished birds and sets it in the wider context of wildlife losses in general, of environmental degradation and of depletion in heritage values. The twelve case studies which form the core of the book are followed by a discussion about what can be done to redress the balance.

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