GROUSE By Adam Watson and Robert Moss. Collins, New Naturalist 107, London, 2008. 529 pages; 199 colour photos; many diagrams. ISBN 978-0-00-715097-7. Hardback, £50.00. ISBN 978-0-00-715098-4. Paperback, £30.00. It was an interesting choice that the founders of British Birds made in 1907 when they decided upon the Red Grouse Lagopus lagopus, then considered the only bird endemic to Britain, as the emblem of the journal. That was a century ago and now we treat this bird as the British race of the wide-ranging Willow Grouse. But let's not forget that grouse are important. They have had a significant influence on land use in our uplands and they play an important role in the economies of many people in the countryside. They also stimulate passionate debates between conservationists and landowners ­ in fact, it is hard to think of another bird family of this small size that could warrant a book of this nature. Both authors are renowned experts in their field and have written important contributions on grouse ecology for this journal over the years including, in 1980, the unforgettable `Why are Capercaillie cocks so big?' (Brit. Birds 73: 440–447). 

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