argylesock says… Under the Tudor kings and queen, people were paid to kill wildlife classed as vermin. Those 16th century laws were repealed 200 years later but for some of the species which had been persecuted under those laws, populations still haven’t reached their former levels. Some of those are species we now value and conserve.
‘If men had wings and black feathers, few of them would ever be clever enough to be crows’
Henry Ward Beecher
Clergyman, wit and abolitionist
I’m incarcerated at home at the moment, having been laid low with a seasonal Yuletide dose of coughing and spluttering so I haven’t been out observing, photographing and recording. Consequently, this is an ‘armchair post’ using old photographs, and constructed in the warmth of my dining room.
It has been inspired by the superb book ‘Corvus‘ by Esther Woolfson which describes living with many different birds including a rook and a magpie. If you haven’t yet read ‘Corvus‘, insist on a copy as a stocking filler this Christmas. It’s a beautiful book and is beautifully observed and written, one of the best nature books I’ve ever read. It’s very informative, funny and thought provoking and has led me to ponder the enduring…
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