THE HEN HAR­RIER

Bird Watching (UK) - - Gear -

Don­ald Wat­son Blooms­bury, HB, £18.99, you pay £15.99 when you quote BW-REV

This clas­sic ac­count of one man's life­time study of the rap­tor has been reis­sued with an ex­cel­lent in­tro­duc­tion by Mark Avery, at a time when the species' very sur­vival as an English breed­ing bird hangs in the bal­ance. Es­sen­tially it com­piles every bit of in­for­ma­tion about Hen Har­ri­ers that Wat­son could find, but it's an ac­ces­si­ble read with a com­pelling nar­ra­tive. As such, it's a pre­cur­sor of the 'new na­ture writ­ing' of re­cent years, and mod­ern au­thors couldn't find a bet­ter ex­em­plar. Read­ing it re­minds you what we stand to lose if the per­se­cu­tion of this bird is al­lowed to con­tinue – let it in­spire you to take ac­tion.

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