Britain's Birds

An Identification Guide to the Birds of Britain and Ireland

Author: Rob Hume,Robert Still,Andy Swash,Hugh Harrop,David Tipling

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691158894

Category: Nature

Page: 560

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Britain's Birds will be enjoyed, valued and constantly referred to by all bird watchers—whether beginner, experienced or professional. This is the most comprehensive, up-to-date and practical bird book of modern times, featuring an unrivalled selection of photographs that show all the plumages you are likely to see. Focusing on identification, and containing maps, facts and figures on numbers and distributions, this breakthrough publication was devised by a team of lifelong birdwatchers, all with many years' experience of showing people birds and producing user-friendly field guides. Comprehensive coverage of every bird recorded in Britain and Ireland The only photographic guide to show all plumages likely to be encountered More than 3,200 superb colour photographs carefully selected to show key identification features Many photographs of individual rare birds identified in Britain and Ireland Simple steps to help you find and identify any bird you see Pages designed to allow easy and accurate comparison Latest information on status, population, distribution and conservation designations Distribution maps featuring summer, winter and resident ranges, plus details of migration routes to and from Britain and Ireland

Britain’s Habitats

A Guide to the Wildlife Habitats of Britain and Ireland

Author: Sophie Lake,Durwyn Liley,Robert Still,Andy Swash

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400873193

Category: Nature

Page: 272

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A photographic guide to habitats, this lavishly illustrated book provides a comprehensive overview of the natural history and conservation landscape of Britain and Ireland. In essence a field guide, the book leads the reader through all the main habitat types, with information on their characteristics, extent, geographical variation, key species, cultural importance, origins and conservation. It aims to help visitors to the countryside recognize the habitats around them, understand how they have evolved and what makes them special, and imagine how they might change in the future. This book is the perfect companion for anyone travelling in Britain and Ireland, and essential reading for all wildlife enthusiasts, professional ecologists and landscape architects. Individual sections on all the main habitat types found in Britain and Ireland More than 680 evocative colour photographs, including images from around Britain and Ireland in all seasons Details and photographs of key species and features associated with the different habitats Up-to-date information—including maps—on the distribution, extent and importance of all habitat types Information on key nature conservation designations and different systems of habitat classification

Britain's Dragonflies

A Field Guide to the Damselflies and Dragonflies of Britain and Ireland - Fully Revised and Updated Third Edition

Author: Dave Smallshire,Andy Swash

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400851866

Category: Nature

Page: 224

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Britain's Dragonflies is the only comprehensive photographic field guide to the damselflies and dragonflies of Britain and Ireland. Written by two of Britain’s foremost experts, this fully revised and updated edition features hundreds of stunning images and identification charts covering all 56 resident, migrant and former breeding species, and seven potential vagrants. The book focuses on identification--both of adults and larvae--highlighting the key features. Detailed species profiles provide concise information on identification, distribution, flight periods, behaviour, habitat, status and conservation. Other sections cover biology; how to watch, photograph, record and monitor Dragonflies; conservation status and legislation; and introduced exotic species. This redesigned, updated and expanded edition features: Beautiful colour plates showing males, females, immatures and all colour forms for every species Over 450 stunning photographs and 550 illustrations Up-to-date species profiles and distribution maps Detailed, easy-to-use identification charts for adults and larvae

Britain's Hoverflies

A Field Guide, Revised and Updated Second Edition

Author: Stuart Ball,Roger Morris

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400866022

Category: Nature

Page: 312

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Britain's Hoverflies is a beautifully illustrated photographic field guide to the hoverflies of Britain, focusing on the species that can be most readily identified. It is the perfect companion for wildlife enthusiasts, professional ecologists and anyone else with an interest in this fascinating group of insects, and is designed to appeal to beginners and experts alike. Accessible, authoritative and easy to use, this book contains hundreds of remarkable photographs of the various life stages of those species that can be identified by eye or with a magnifying glass, with coverage of at least one representative from each of the British genera. It also features an essential guide to the hoverfly tribes. Detailed species accounts summarize the species' status, highlight the key identification features, provide notes on behaviour and habitat requirements and include flight-period charts and up-to-date distribution maps. Sections on hoverfly biology, where and when to look for hoverflies, legislation and conservation, photographing hoverflies, recording hoverflies and gardening for hoverflies are also included. This fully revised and updated second edition: Features more than 650 stunning colour photographs Provides detailed information for the 167 species that can be most readily identified, including at least one species from each of the 68 genera recorded in Britain Includes a complete list of the 283 hoverfly species recorded in Britain to date, with an indication of how difficult each is to identify

Whales and Dolphins of the European Atlantic

The Bay of Biscay, English Channel, Celtic Sea and Coastal SW Ireland

Author: Dylan Walker,Graeme Cresswell

Publisher: Dylan Walker

ISBN: 1903657318

Category: Nature

Page: 88

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Fully updated, with new images, revised artwork, and the latest distribution data, this comprehensive photographic guide to whales, dolphins, and porpoises now covers coastal southwest Ireland and the Celtic Sea as well as the English Channel and the Bay of Biscay. Designed for easy use at sea or when watching from land, it covers all 18 regularly seen species and the 13 rarities that have also been recorded. It includes details of status and behavior, as well as introductory sessions to help you get the most from your whale watching in the region. An introduction to cetaceans, the region, and information to help you get the most from your whale-watching experience Illustrated profiles of the 18 regularly occurring and 13 rare cetaceans of the region Annotated surfacing sequence illustrations and scaled comparison charts Superb photographs and illustrations showing the key features and highlighting comparisons between similar species Distribution maps based on the latest information Charts showing the best times of year to observe each species Full description of typical behavior and facets leading to identification Pocket-sized for convenient use on board or on land-based observatories

Arable Bryophytes

A Field Guide to the Mosses, Liverworts and Hornworts of Cultivated Land in Britain and Ireland

Author: Ron Porley

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781903657218

Category: Nature

Page: 140

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This book has been produced to highlight the conservation importance of the mosses, liverworts, and hornworts that are found on cultivated land. These plants may be tiny and unobtrusive, but close examination reveals their true beauty. The stunning photographs will surely inspire an increased level of interest in this relatively little-known group and enable even the novice bryologist to gain a better insight into the rich diversity of our bryophyte flora. An introduction to the mosses, liverworts, and hornworts associated with cultivated land Information on the 86 bryophytes found in arable fields Illustrated profiles of the 47 bryophytes most closely associated with arable farming, highlighting those included in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan Superb close-up photographs and illustrations showing the key features Distribution maps based on the latest available data An easy-to-use approach to the identification of this challenging group

Britain's Spiders

A Field Guide

Author: Lawrence Bee,Geoff Oxford,Helen Smith

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 140088506X

Category: Nature

Page: 480

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Britain’s Spiders is a photographic guide to all 37 of the British families, focussing on spiders that can be identified in the field. Illustrated with a remarkable collection of photographs, it is designed to be accessible to a wide audience, including those new to spider identification. This book pushes the boundaries of field identification for this challenging group by combining information on features that can be seen with the naked eye or a hand lens with additional evidence from webs, egg-sacs, behaviour, phenology, habitats and distributions. Individual accounts cover 395 of Britain’s approximately 670 species, with the limitations to field identification clearly explained. As the first photographic field guide to British spiders to be published since 1989, this book fills a major gap in the resources available to everyone with an interest in this fascinating, diverse and important group of animals. More than 700 stunning photographs Includes a guide to spider families, based on features recognisable in the field, focussing on body shape and other characteristics, as well as separate guides to webs and egg-sacs Detailed accounts highlight key identification tips for each genus and species, and include information on status, behaviour and habitats Features up-to-date distribution maps, and charts showing adult seasonality Introductory chapters explore the biology of spiders, and where, when and how to find them, including equipment needed in the field Contains a complete list of the spiders recorded in Britain, indicating the ease of identification as well as rarity and conservation status Provides information on how to record spiders and make your records count, and guidance on how to take your interest further

Wildlife of Madagascar

Author: Ken Behrens,Keith Barnes

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 140088067X

Category: Nature

Page: 344

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The Indian Ocean island of Madagascar is one of the world's great natural treasures and ecotourism destinations. Despite being an island, it is home to nearly an entire continent’s variety of species, from the famous lemurs to a profusion of bizarre and beautiful birds, reptiles and amphibians. Wildlife of Madagascar is a compact and beautifully illustrated photographic guide, and an essential companion for any visitor or resident. With an eye-catching design, authoritative and accessible text and easy-to-use format, it provides information on identification, distribution, habitat, behaviour, biology and conservation for all the mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and butterflies likely to be seen. The most comprehensive single-volume field guide to Madagascar’s wildlife Attractive layout features more than 900 stunning colour photographs Covers the mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and butterflies, and some of the other invertebrates and plants, most likely to be seen Provides key information about identification, distribution, habitat, behaviour and conservation Introductory sections provide background information on Madagascar and its unique environments

The World's Rarest Birds

Author: Erik Hirschfeld,Andy Swash,Robert Still

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400844908

Category: Nature

Page: 352

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This illustrated book vividly depicts the most endangered birds in the world and provides the latest information on the threats each species faces and the measures being taken to save them. Today, 571 bird species are classified as critically endangered or endangered, and a further four now exist only in captivity. This landmark book features stunning photographs of 500 of these species--the results of a prestigious international photographic competition organized specifically for this book. It also showcases paintings by acclaimed wildlife artist Tomasz Cofta of the 75 species for which no photos are known to exist. The World's Rarest Birds has introductory chapters that explain the threats to birds, the ways threat categories are applied, and the distinction between threat and rarity. The book is divided into seven regional sections--Europe and the Middle East; Africa and Madagascar; Asia; Australasia; Oceanic Islands; North America, Central America, and the Caribbean; and South America. Each section includes an illustrated directory to the bird species under threat there, and gives a concise description of distribution, status, population, key threats, and conservation needs. This one-of-a-kind book also provides coverage of 62 data-deficient species.

Britain's Sea Mammals

Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises, and Seals and Where to Find Them

Author: Jon Dunn,Robert Still,Hugh Harrop

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400844967

Category: Nature

Page: 128

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Britain's Sea Mammals is the essential field guide to all the sea mammals--whales, dolphins, porpoises, and seals--found in coastal Britain. The book features more than 100 stunning photographs and close to 40 detailed and beautiful illustrations of 34 species of sea mammals, paying special attention to the 14 species most readily seen and most likely to be encountered. Factoring in behavior and locations, introductory chapters look at sea mammal biology and ecology, and how, when, and where these creatures can be spotted. Species accounts highlight key identification characteristics and include information on status, habitat requirements, and distribution. Handy and informative, Britain's Sea Mammals is the ideal guide to sea mammal watching in the United Kingdom. The only guide that focuses on the 34 species of sea mammal recorded in Britain, particularly the 14 most readily seen species More than 100 photos and almost 40 illustrations highlight species, their behavior, and locations Introductory chapters explore how, when, and where to look for sea mammals Species accounts highlight key identification features, including information on status, habitat requirements, and distribution

Britain's Mammals

A Field Guide to the Mammals of Britain and Ireland

Author: Dominic Couzens,Jon Dunn,Andy Swash

Publisher: WILDGuides

ISBN: 9780691156972

Category: Nature

Page: 320

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Britain’s Mammals is a comprehensive and beautifully designed photographic field guide to all the mammals recorded in Britain and Ireland in recent times—including marine mammals, bats and introduced species. The book features hundreds of stunning photographs and incorporates invaluable tips and suggestions to help you track down and identify even the most difficult species. This easy-to-use book provides an introduction to the different types of mammal, and concise species accounts that include details of habitat, daily and yearly activity rhythms, feeding behaviour, sounds, breeding biology and general habits. It also contains descriptions of key field signs—including tracks, scats and nests—that give away the presence of mammals even when they are out of sight. In addition, guidance is provided on ways of studying and observing mammals—including small-mammal trapping, bat detecting and whale watching—as well as mammal conservation, the law and sources of further useful information. Handy and informative, this guide is the ideal companion for anyone interested in watching mammals in Britain and Ireland. Covers every species of mammal in Britain and Ireland Hundreds of superb colour photographs Descriptions of mammals as you are likely to see them Helpful tips for identifying tracks and other signs you may find in the field Advice on finding and watching mammals

Mosses, Liverworts, and Hornworts

Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan for Bryophytes

Author: IUCN/SSC Bryophyte Specialist Group

Publisher: World Conservation Union

ISBN: 2831704669

Category: Nature

Page: 106

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Bryophytes are of great importance in their ecosystems and for human well-being. They stabilize soil crust through colonization of bare grounds and rocks; they are essential in nutrient recycling, biomass production, and carbon fixing; they control water through an effective retention mechanism; and they have economic value as peat for fuel, horticulture, oil absorption, and as sources of a wide variety of chemical compounds. Bryophytes have long been used for medicinal purposes and provide a food source for reindeer, geese, ducks, sheep, musk-ox, lemmings, and other rodents. Threats include deforestation, cultivation of forests, reclamation of land, urbanization, roads, dam-building, mining, drainage of wetlands and over-grazing. This plan reviews the situation worldwide and proposes a variety of initiatives. It is aimed at those who work with and care about nature conservation, including governmental and non-governmental organizations as well as politicians and the general interested public.

Leaf Beetles

Author: Dave Hubble

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781784271503

Category: Nature

Page: 160

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Leaf beetles are one of the largest groups of beetles, with tens of thousands of species worldwide and around 280 in Britain. They belong mainly to the family Chrysomelidae, but also to two small closely related families, the Megalopodidae and Orsodacnidae. This book provides a comprehensive overview with detailed and accessible coverage of the natural history, ecology and biology of leaf beetles. Topics cover the life history of leaf beetles, biology, their environment, natural enemies and interactions with humans. There is a thorough discussion about identification of British species, including detail on the juvenile stages (eggs, larvae, pupae) and a concise key to adults. A chapter is dedicated to study techniques and materials. The book is illustrated throughout with colour photographs and line drawings. Leaf beetles is a vital resource for entomology students and educators, naturalists, nature conservationists, those involved in agriculture, horticulture and the management of stored produce.

Animals of the Serengeti

And Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Author: Adam Scott Kennedy,Vicki Kennedy

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400851386

Category: Nature

Page: 152

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Containing 146 stunning color photos, Animals of the Serengeti is a remarkable look at the mammals and reptiles most likely to be encountered in the world-famous Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. With an eye-catching layout, accessible text, and easy-to-use format, this detailed photographic guide includes 89 species of mammal and reptile. Useful "Top Tips"—shared by local Tanzanian guides that work in the region—provide visitors with insights into behavioral habits and how to locate specific animals. Filled with vivid anecdotes, Animals of the Serengeti will enable any safari traveler to identify the area's wildlife with ease. Covers the 89 species likely to be encountered in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area Features male and female variations Accessible text aimed at safari visitors of all levels

The Wild Flower Key

How to Identify Wild Flowers, Trees and Shrubs in Britain and Ireland

Author: Francis Rose,Clare O'Reilly

Publisher: Frederick Warne Publishers

ISBN: 9780723251750

Category: Shrubs

Page: 576

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This wild flower identification guide was first published in 1981 and is still widely accepted as the best of its kind for its combination of meticulous illustrations and the use of keys to aid recognition. For this new edition the Latin names have been revised in accordance with the current classification system. It is now published as the ideal book for the serious student of British and north-west European wild plants, providing a bridge between picture identification guides and the non-illustrated academic floras.

Antarctic Wildlife

A Visitor's Guide to the Wildlife of the Antarctic Peninsula, Drake Passage and Beagle Channel

Author: James Lowen

Publisher: WILDGuides

ISBN: 9781903657324

Category: Animals

Page: 240

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"A comprehensive photographic field guide that aims to help the visitors to this remarkable part of the world - beginner or expert - identify with confidence any bird or marine mammal they encounter during their journey from the tip of South America to the Great White Continent."--Back cover.

Birds and Animals of Australia's Top End

Darwin, Kakadu, Katherine, and Kununurra

Author: Nick Leseberg,Iain Campbell

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400866006

Category: Nature

Page: 272

View: 1982

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One of the most amazing and accessible wildlife-watching destinations on earth, the "Top End" of Australia's Northern Territory is home to incredible birds and animals—from gaudy Red-collared Lorikeets to sinister Estuarine Crocodiles and raucous Black Flying-foxes. With this lavishly illustrated photographic field guide, you will be able to identify the most common creatures and learn about their fascinating biology—from how Agile Wallaby mothers can pause their pregnancies to why Giant Frogs spend half the year buried underground in waterproof cocoons. The Top End stretches from the tropical city of Darwin in the north, to the savannas of Mataranka in the south, and southwest across the vast Victoria River escarpments to the Western Australian border. The region includes some of Australia's most popular and impressive tourist destinations, such as Kakadu, Litchfield, Nitmiluk, and Gregory national parks, and is visited by more than two hundred thousand tourists every year. An essential field guide for anyone visiting the Top End, this book will vastly enhance your appreciation of the region's remarkable wildlife. Features hundreds of stunning color photographs Includes concise information on identification and preferred habitat for each species Provides a summary of each species' life history, including interesting habits, and suggestions on where to see it Offers valuable tips on searching for wildlife in the Top End An essential guide for visitors to the Top End, from Darwin south to Katherine and Kununurra, including Kakadu, Litchfield, Nitmiluk and Gregory national parks