By a Committee of the London Natural History Society (Chairman: R. C. Homes). (Collins, London, 1957). 305 pages, 40 photographs, 5 maps. 30s. O F THE MANY and varied ways in which man has stamped his history and methods of life upon the surface of the world the production of the great urban area of London is unique. Not only has this built-up area had perhaps many more bird-watchers than any other part of Britain, but there has been created for birds a wide ränge and variety of habitats that are reflected in the richness of the city's avifauna. F o r many years the London Natural History Society has kept watch over the area which lies within a radius of 20 miles from St. Paul's Cathedral and which reaches to W a r e in the north, Redhill in the south, Slough in the west and Tilbury in the east. Each year an annual report has been produced by the Society and, as the material accumulated and changes became apparent, it was decided to plan a book based on this wealth of information. This book is the happy result of the researches and deliberations" of a committee of the London Natural History Society under the chairmanship of Mr. Richard Homes. The period from 1900 was chosen because the Society's own records g o back to about that time, there were county avifaunas for Kent and Surrey published in the first decade of the Century and summaries on birds
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