Very good condition with little to no wear. Small stain to first page otherwise internally clean and bright. No creasing to spine. The cover image on the book looks as though it has faded in the sun compared to the stock image used as it has a blue hue, however, this is consistent through to the inner flap so unsure if it is faded or not.
Game animals form a spectacular part of Britain's wildlife heritage. Predators of game, too, are exciting species, and the relationship between them and their prey has shifted as the complex web of species and habitats has changed. Man has been involved in this web for thousands of years, both by hunting game, and often attempting to reduce the numbers of predators which compete with him for a game harvest. In the Victorian era, at a time when countryside habitats were benign, a nation-wide infrastructure of gamekeepers brought with it intense predator control. This resulted in a heyday for many gamebird species, whose stocks since then have dwindled to such an extent that several are now the subject of Biodiversity Action Plans.
A Question of Balance addresses predator/prey relationships and puts forward a modern approach for game management. It sets out conservation plans that allow game to continue to be harvested from the British countryside following a philosophy of Conservation through Wise Use. At the same time it cherishes, and, in some cases, seeks to enhance the existing status of game predators too.
This volume is a serious contribution to the management of wildlife into the next century. It is produced by an organisation dedicated to basing its conservation ideas on thoroughly researched science. Aided by well-presented maps and figures and stunning illustration, the book explains the issues in a lucid narrative style, and will appeal to all those with an interest