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  • Series: Natural History Narratives
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: A&C Black Trade (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408157608
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408157602
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.3 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,713,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Silent Spring Revisited is an enlightening read for anyone interested in wildlife conservation. It documents the history of environmentalism in Europe, but in so doing, reveals the heartbreak and fear, insight and hope, struggle and continued vigil of the many conservationists that uphold it as an ideal. The same could be said of Rachel Carson's book. I highly recommend reading both works of literature: begin with Carson's Silent Spring and follow with Jameson's Silent Spring Revisited to learn where we have gone in subsequent years." – Stacia Novy

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Conor Mark Jameson has written for The Guardian, BBC Wildlife, The Ecologist, Africa Geographic, NZ Wilderness, Birdwatch and Birdwatching magazines and has been a scriptwriter for the BBC Natural History Unit. He is a columnist and feature writer for Birds magazine, and has worked in conservation for 20 years, in the UK and abroad. He was born in Uganda to Irish parents, brought up in Scotland, and now lives in England. He lives in a village an hour north of London, with a garden that Google Earth indicates may be reverting to woodland.

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By H. Wenley on February 19, 2013
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I have not read Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring but I will be doing so now after having read this book.

Silent Spring Revisited gave me insights to the environmental history of the United Kingdom that I was totally unaware of and was very surprised to learn just how long it has taken for the UK Governments to start caring for their environment. I lived in England from 1972 until 1989, and had no knowledge of the efforts that environmentalists were putting into protecting the flora and fauna. What a tragedy the oil spills have been along the coastlines!

This book has opened up my eyes and made me even more aware that we as humans need to respect and care for our world.
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Format: Hardcover
In this book Conor Mark Jameson reflects on the impact Rachel Carson's ground breaking book Silent Spring had on his life and the effects on nature predicted by Carson. Given from an English standpoint and covering his life from the sixties to present day in the UK and Ireland and starting from his Ugandan birthplace, it is a stark reflection on the impact man is having on bird populations and their plummeting numbers. It also talks about the rise of the green movement and its impact on political parties and policies through this time.

Reflections of shrinking bird numbers are given from a personal standpoint from observations in his garden and local patch throughout his life but also from a global perspective of oilspills, urban development and neglect of the environment through pesticides. There are morsels of hope throughout the book on rebounding numbers in a few species and the joy at finding once thought disappeared species or the survival and increase of species released into their old stomping grounds and efforts of environmental groups trying to stop the slide to a silent spring.

This is a good read at times disturbing, at times uplifting but at all times a continued warning that if change on a large scale doesn't come soon we could end up with Rachel Carson's prediction of a silent spring.
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Format: Hardcover
This well researched book gives a detailed history of conservation over the last half century, including the author's own research into our lost birds. Yet it is much more than an account. It is brought to vivid life by the inspiring and sometimes poignant personal stories of the author who has spent his life championing birds nationally and internationally. The book is beautifully written with memorable descriptions: a dipper's song carried down a river; a frozen bird under a bridge; the bleak landscapes and destroyed hedgerows of East Anglia, which contrast sharply with the hedgerows of the author's neighbourhood, which as a parish councillor, he and other hedge laying volunteers have laid themselves. In my opinion Silent Spring Revisited is an important, well written book.
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