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Born in July 18, 1720 / Died in June 26, 1793 / United Kingdom / English

Quotes by 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.
I was much entertained last summer with a tame bat, which would take flies out of a person's hand.
I want to be better informed with regard to ichthyology.
You may depend on it that the bunting, emberiza miliaria, does not leave this country in the winter.
Numbers of snipes breed every summer in some moory ground on the verge of this parish.
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.
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.
Hedge-hogs abound in my gardens and fields.
The French, I think, in general, are strangely prolix in their natural history.
The parish I live in is a very abrupt, uneven country, full of hills and woods, and therefore full of birds.
Bats drink on the wing, like swallows, by sipping the surface, as they play over pools and streams.
The parish of Selborne, by taking in so much of the forest, is a vast district.