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Hedge-hogs abound in my gardens and fields.

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I want to be better informed with regard to ichthyology.

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The parish of Selborne, by taking in so much of the forest, is a vast district.

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The French, I think, in general, are strangely prolix in their natural history.

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Numbers of snipes breed every summer in some moory ground on the verge of this parish.

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I was much entertained last summer with a tame bat, which would take flies out of a person's hand.

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Bats drink on the wing, like swallows, by sipping the surface, as they play over pools and streams.

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You may depend on it that the bunting, emberiza miliaria, does not leave this country in the winter.

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

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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.

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