Pheasant by Julian Bhalerao
Horace Alexander (1889 to 1989) Birds and Binoculars

Horace Alexander (1889 to 1989) Birds and Binoculars

J Duncan Wood

Horace Alexander is best remembered amongst Quakers for his work as a peacemaker. This book deals with his other major interest, the study of birds, in which he was already engaged as a teenager at the beginning of the 20th century.

At that time ornithology was still in its collecting phase, concentrating on the study of dead birds in the museum. Those were the early days of the RSPB, whose members were opposed to science as it was then conducted. At the end of the 20th century ornithology has come out of the museum and into the field for the study of the living bird. Consequently, science and the RSPB are now close partners in the task of conservation. This is the story of that development and the part that Horace Alexander played in it. This book, illustrated by Robert Gillmor and Ian Wallace, is offered to the birdwatchers of the 21st century as a reminder of their inheritance from an earlier generation. 191 pages.

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