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History of Birdwatching in 100 Objects

History of Birdwatching in 100 Objects

Dominic Mitchell & David Callahan

Looks at 100 items that have profoundly shaped how people watched, studied and engaged with the avian world. Each item is on a double-page spread and contains around 500 word and an illustration. It includes the objects listed below as well as many more. The range of items is international and cross-cultural. Subjects include:

  • An Egyptian 'field guide' (early tomb decorations of birds, identifiable as species)
  • The first British bird guide (a 1676 publication that attempted to itemise all British birds known at the time)
  • The dodo held by the Natural History Museum
  • Systema Naturae by Carl Linnaeus (the first-ever system of scientific names in 1758, and still the international standard)
  • The shotgun
  • The book, The Natural History and Antiquities of Selbome by Gilbert White (1789)HMS Beagle (the ship on which Darwin made his ground-breaking discoveries)
  • Aluminium bird rings (used to record movement and longevity of individuals and species)

224 pages.

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