By GUY MOUNTFORT. Illustrated by E R I C HOSKING. (Hutchinson, London, 1958). 240 p a g e s ; 60 plates incorporating 130 photographs in monochrome and colour; line-drawings. 30s. O N E OF THE SYMPTOMS of the modern " o r n i t h o m a n i a " to which Mr. Mountfort refers in his preface has been the tendency of British bird-watchers to pursue birds abroad. Overcrowded in our own island, we are not far from being overcrowded at home as ornithologists. Consequently, the British list is being interpreted more and more as European, which in fact it is. Thus, foreign fields are more and more visited as readily as our own bird resorts. W i t h this development it is remarkable how little, comparatively, anyone has visited the bird-paradise of Andalusia, despite the fact that with it are associated such famous old names as Lord Lilford, Howard Saunders, Irby, Jourdain and Witherby. It is the more remarkable because of all Europe no region has had for so long such exciting, early accounts of the wealth of its wild life. Abel Chapman's Wild Spain and Verner's My Life among the Wild Birds in Spain ought long a g o to have inspired a close study of so rich an area. Perhaps today, when all the emphasis is on detailed study in the back garden, such books for the young are put under an interdict. It is true that they are the
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