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Polecats by Johnny Birks

Volume 5 in The British Natural History Collection, new series aimed at all those with an interest in the mammals and birds of Britain. Published in 2015.

Cover of polecats, copyright Whittet Books.

The British Natural History Collection is a new series aimed at all those with an interest in the mammals and birds of Britain. All of the books have been written by people who have first-hand knowledge of the species through their work or research.

Polecats is the latest volume in the series and was written by Johnny Birks who has been a lifelong fan of the weasel family since an eccentric aunt gave him his first ferret. The text is illustrated with drawings and cartoons by Anthony Griffiths, and features a gallery of images by wildlife photographer Richard Bowler.

Polecats were almost wiped out in this country and were probably one of our most hated mammal species a hundred years ago and that resulted in them having a very extensive decline but now they have made a remarkable comeback so now is the perfect time to pick up this book and learn more about their habits and habitats.

This book is available to view in the Society library on the 2nd floor of the Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle. Members of the Natural History Society of Northumbria are able to borrow this book from the library.