Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature by Linda Lear

By Linda Lear

Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, released in 1962, did greater than the other unmarried booklet to alert the area to the dangers of environmental poisoning and to encourage a strong social flow that will regulate the process American heritage. This definitive, sweeping biography indicates the origins of Carson's fierce commitment to ordinary science--and tells the dramatic tale of the way Carson, already a recognized nature author, turned a brillant if reluctant reformer. Drawing on unprecendented entry to resources and interviews, Lear masterfully explores the roots of Carson's robust connection to the flora and fauna, crafting a " advantageous portrait of the environmentalist as a human being" (Smithsonian).

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Enhance links between woodland and any known hibernation sites. Retain old trees in woodland to provide potential roost sites. Pipistrelle Distribution: Widespread Status: Common Summer roosts: Buildings (mainly houses), often in semi-urban areas The pipistrelle is the most common bat in the UK. Key feeding habitats include bankside habitats (particularly lakes, wide rivers and large ponds), parks, broadleaved woodland, hedges, tree lines, and beneath white lighting in towns and villages. Pipistrelles eat mainly flies, often those associated with freshwater habitats.

Brown long-eared bat Distribution: Widespread Status: Common Summer roosts: Houses, other buildings, trees and bat boxes Brown long-eared bats feed by taking insects, generally moths, directly from foliage or other surfaces. Their favoured foraging ground is deciduous woodland within 1-2 km of roost sites. Other feeding areas include coniferous woodland, wet woodland, small groups of trees, woodland edge, garden shrubs, bankside vegetation and parkland with scattered trees. Brown long-eared bats rarely cross open areas and follow hedgerows, tree lines and grassy banks when moving between roosts and foraging sites.

Hutson, A M, Mickleburgh, S P and Mitchell-Jones, A J (1995) Bats underground – a conservation code. The Bat Conservation Trust, London. Provides advice on the conservation of bats roosting in caves, mines and other underground sites. 42 Kirby, P (1992) Habitat management for invertebrates: A practical handbook. JNCC/RSPB, Sandy. Detailed information on how habitats can be managed to favour insect diversity and numbers. Mitchell-Jones, A J (1992) Focus on bats. English Nature, Peterborough. A summary of bat biology, roosting and hibernation, with more detailed advice on helping bats that roost in buildings.

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