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  • Hedge-hogs abound in my gardens and fields.
    (Gilbert White)

  • The most insignificant insects and reptiles are of much more consequence, and have much more influence in the economy of nature, than the incurious are aware of and are mighty in their effect, from their minuteness, which renders them less an object of attention and from their numbers and fecundity.
    (Gilbert White)

  • You may depend on it that the bunting, emberiza miliaria, does not leave this country in the winter.
    (Gilbert White)

  • Freshwater supplies in the Middle East now are barely sufficient to maintain a quality standard of living.
    (Gilbert White)

  • We have had a very severe frost and deep snow this month. My thermometer was one day fourteen degrees and a half below the freezing point, within doors.
    (Gilbert White)


  • General Howe turned out some German wild boars and sows in his forests, to the great terror of the neighbourhood; and, at one time, a wild bull or buffalo: but the country rose upon them and destroyed them.
    (Gilbert White)

  • As the population in this region continues to grow and economic development increases, these countries must work together to ensure that ecosystems are preserved and adequate water supplies sustained.
    (Gilbert White)

  • I want to be better informed with regard to ichthyology.
    (Gilbert White)

  • It is, I find, in zoology as it is in botany: all nature is so full, that that district produces the greatest variety which is the most examined.
    (Gilbert White)

  • I have procured some of the mice mentioned in my former letters, a young one and a female with young, both of which I have preserved in brandy.
    (Gilbert White)

  • I make no doubt but there are three species of the willow-wrens two I know perfectly but have not been able yet to procure the third.
    (Gilbert White)

  • The parish I live in is a very abrupt, uneven country, full of hills and woods, and therefore full of birds.
    (Gilbert White)

  • Providence has been so indulgent to us as to allow of but one venomous reptile of the serpent kind in these kingdoms, and that is the viper.
    (Gilbert White)

  • Though large herds of deer do much harm to the neighbourhood, yet the injury to the morals of the people is of more moment than the loss of their crops.
    (Gilbert White)

  • The mention of hews put me in mind that there is a total failure of that wild fruit, so conducive to the support of many of the winged nation.
    (Gilbert White)


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