By Mike Toms
Owls have continuously featured prominently within the mythology and folklore of quite a few cultures. those mysterious nocturnal creatures are considered symbols of knowledge, omens of loss of life, and bringers of prophecy. in reality, owls are one of many oldest species of vertebrate animal, with fossils relationship again 60 million years.
Owls were a resource of proposal to writers, artists, historians and naturalists alike. In a much-anticipated quantity on one in all Britain's so much attention-grabbing team of birds, Mike Toms attracts on a wealth of expertise and examine, offering a accomplished typical heritage of British owls.
The first a part of the ebook covers numerous elements of owl taxonomy, origins, anatomy, behaviour and ecology and appears around the British owl species, drawing comparisons and highlighting transformations. the second one half takes each one species in flip to supply a extra specific standpoint, fleshing out suitable conservation matters, behaviour and status.
Toms explores Britain's loved Barn Owl, Tawny Owl and Snowy Owl among a number of others. He makes use of the tremendous database and most up-to-date examine from his paintings with the British belief for Ornithology (BTO) to concentration rather at the specifics of owls' breeding ecology, their dispersal styles, vitamin, vocalisations, description, inhabitants adjustments and mortality. He addresses conservation concerns, adjustments in laws and strength adjustments within the prestige of 1 of Britain's so much iconic birds, delivering a desirable assessment of the biology and historical past of British owls.