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Department of History and Philosophy of Science

Cormorant postcard

Charles Waterton (1782-1865) possibly formed the first nature reserve and bird sanctuary when he built a nine foot wall round the grounds of his house, Walton Hall, in 1826. In the last section of volume one of Essays on natural history, chiefly ornithology Waterton describes the joys of his favourite pursuit (bird watching) and how he goes out amongst the birds when he needs to get away from the vexations of the world. In the second volume of the Essays there is a small section about the eradication of rooks in Scotland where he states how beneficial rooks are for the farmer and the countryside. Here we can see Waterton's section on the cormorant and the matching postcard.




       Essays on natural history; chiefly ornithology / Charles Waterton STORE 33:24-25


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