Saltmarsh

Author: Clive Chatters

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472942973

Category: Nature

Page: 384

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"Saltmarshes are often remote, inhospitable places, neither land nor sea, as hard to pin down as they are to navigate. In this saline odyssey, Clive Chatters has explored his favourite creeks, pools and mudflats to bring us an absorbing celebration of the ecology, biology, geology and history of this scarce and mysterious habitat. There are Tadpole Shrimps, and rare sedges, waders and Wild Celery – even inland saltmarshes – in this tour de force by a superb naturalist and writer." BRETT WESTWOOD Saltmarshes are among Britain's most diverse and dynamic landscapes. They abound around our shores but may also be found inland and at altitude – wherever water, salt and vegetation combine. The species they support range from extreme rarities of specialised habitats to the less demanding denizens of coastal wetlands. Here is a landscape of international importance for migratory birds, endemic plants and an exceptional variety of invertebrates. Clive Chatters has a lifetime's affinity with saltmarshes. In this fifth volume of the British Wildlife Collection, he celebrates their natural history and diversity, from the highly distinctive marshes in the Scottish Highlands to the urban remnants of the Thames estuary now engulfed within the capital. By examining the past of these complex habitats, we can gain an insight into how they have developed, and an understanding of their relationship with people. In addition to their exceptionally diverse natural history, saltmarshes are sources of food and medicine, they play a pivotal role in flood defence and carbon sequestration, and have inspired artistic endeavour. - Fully illustrated with over 250 colour photographs - Beautiful jacket artwork by Carry Akroyd
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Climate Change and British Wildlife

Author: Trevor Beebee

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472943198

Category: Nature

Page: 320

View: 1341

“Fascinating but frightening, compelling and concerning ... this book brings together all you need to know about how the climate is impacting wildlife.” CHRIS PACKHAM There is no escaping the fact that the British climate is changing, and our wildlife is changing with it. In this remarkable account, Trevor Beebee examines the story so far for our plant, fungi and animal species. Warmer and wetter winters, combined with longer summers, have worked to the advantage of plants such as the rare Lady Orchid, and a whole range of insects. The UK is also hosting new arrivals that come in on the wing. But there is adversity, too. Alpine plants and seabirds – particularly Kittiwakes – are suffering declines as our countryside warms. Given the evidence so far, can we predict what the future holds for our British ecosystems?
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Meadows

Author: George Peterken

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472954718

Category: Nature

Page: 432

View: 2863

Meadows, the second volume of a major new series of books on British natural history, provides one of the most wide-ranging and eloquent treatments of this most quintessential British habitat. Yet the flower-rich hay meadows that have inspired writers and artists for hundreds of years have almost disappeared from our countryside. In this exceptional work, George Peterken, one of our most respected ecologists, brings together years of research and discovery from his travels across Britain and Europe, as well as an understanding borne out of caring for his own meadows, to produce a book that will put this often misunderstood habitat back in the public's eye. Filled with beautiful images of meadows and their denizens, this is a book everyone with an interest in this iconic habitat will want to own.
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Mountain Flowers

Author: Michael Scott

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472935284

Category: Nature

Page: 320

View: 3724

"Mountain flowers are the most romantic in our flora, exquisite, enigmatic and, often, remote from human habitation. Michael Scott has not only seen them all but has roamed every part of the hill scenery of Britain and brings to his subject passion, learning and hands-on experience. This is field botany at its best, engrossing, exciting and full of wonder.?? PETER MARREN Britain's mountains and exposed sub-arctic regions of the far north are home to a remarkable range of specialist flowers, shrubs and ferns that are able to thrive on our islands thanks to a combination of conditions seldom found in mainland Europe. The peculiarities of their occurrence here, at unusually low altitudes for typically alpine species and uncommonly far south for arctic species, make their ecology especially intriguing. In this invigorating journey from the Lizard of Cornwall to Unst in Shetland, Michael Scott examines Britain's richest upland sites, bringing an important 21st-century perspective to our understanding of the flora along the way. Lavishly illustrated, Mountain Flowers has much to offer wild flower enthusiasts and botanists, including detailed profiles of over 150 of the plants most characteristic of our montane regions. It will prove an indispensable companion for hillwalkers and climbers wanting to learn more about the enigmatic species that are such an intrinsic part of the British mountain landscape. - Featuring over 150 mountain plants, with 20 extended profiles for the most enigmatic species - Illustrated with over 340 colour photographs of plants and their spectacular habitats - Jacket artwork by Carry Akroyd
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Saltmarsh Ecology

Author: Paul Adam

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521448239

Category: Science

Page: 461

View: 8669

A broad introduction to the ecology of the unique environment of the saltmarsh.
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Mushrooms

The natural and human world of British fungi

Author: Peter Marren

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472958500

Category: Nature

Page: 272

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Mushrooms, the first of a major new series of books on British natural history, provides a remarkable insight into the natural and human world of fungi. Peter Marren, in his inimitable, relaxed style, guides the reader through the extraordinary riches of this often overlooked group, from the amazing diversity of forms and lifestyles that populate the fungal landscape, to the pursuit of edible fungi for the pot, and the complexities of identification thrown up by our modern understanding of DNA. Throughout the book, the author tells a story rich in detail about how we have come to appreciate and, in some cases, fear the mushrooms and toadstools that are such an integral part of the changing seasons. Marren also provides a refreshingly candid view of our attempts to name species, the role of fungi in ecosystems, and our recent efforts to record and conserve them.
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Waders of Europe

Author: Lars Gejl

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 147294707X

Category: Nature

Page: 384

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Waders are spectacular members of our avifauna. They are especially prevalent along coasts and in wetlands during the spring and autumn migration periods, when members of several species may perform dramatic flocks that wheel and turn in flight. While waders are often particularly striking in summer plumage, identifying these birds outside the breeding season can be problematic for even the most confident of birdwatchers. Waders of Europe is the ultimate guide to wader identification, ecology and biology. Through outstanding photography and concise, detailed text, this book is indispensable for anyone interested in learning more about waders, and is an invaluable tool for identifying birds to species level in the field.
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The Saltmarsh Creation Handbook

A Project Manager's Guide to the Creation of Saltmarsh and Intertidal Mudflat

Author: Albert Nottage,Peter A. Robertson

Publisher: RSPB Management Guides

ISBN: N.A

Category: Constructed wetlands

Page: 128

View: 8389

Excellent new RSPB handbook, jointly published with the CharteredInstitution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).From the publisher's announcement:The handbook presents practical guidance on the restoration andcreation of coastal saltmarsh and associated intertidal mudflat tohelp those involved in the planning and delivery of such schemessuccessfully realise their goals. Following an introductoryoverview, the handbook covers issues arising in theproject-planning phase. Site selection, scheme design, formulationof management plans, funding considerations, the current legal andplanning context, the regulatory framework and the process ofenvironmental impact assessment are addressedThe handbook then describes the practical techniques availableto restore and create saltmarsh. It covers the engineeringoperations necessary to produce suitable site conditions and theestablishment techniques employed to optimise/enhance sitedevelopment. The case studies presented reflect the evolution ofthe approach from simple, small-scale, single function schemes tosophisticated, large-scale, multiple-function projects andillustrate how the practical techniques described have beenapplied to site-specific circumstances.Technical terminology has been kept to a minimum to make thetext accessible to the widest possible audience. Plates andfigures have been widely used to illustrate the subject matter andextensive reference has been made to other publications in thefield, relevant recent and on-going research projects and othersources of useful information.
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Rivers

A natural and not-so-natural history

Author: Paul Raven,Nigel Holmes

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472958527

Category: Nature

Page: 432

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Throughout British history rivers have been of profound economic, social and cultural importance – yet as we see with increasing frequency they have the potential to wreak great destruction. This book describes the natural and not-so-natural changes that have affected British rivers since the last ice age and looks at the many plants and animals that live along, above and within them. Detailed case studies of the Meon, Dee and Endrick illustrate the incredibly varied nature of our river ecosystems, and the natural and human factors that make each one different. Written by two widely respected river ecologists, the book looks not only at rivers as they were and are but also at how they can be managed and cared for. Full of interesting facts and stunning images, Rivers is essential reading for anyone professionally involved in rivers and for the naturalist, conservationist and layman alike. It is the one book you need to understand this singularly important and often contentious feature of the British landscape.
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The Blue Tit

Author: Martyn Stenning

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472937392

Category: Nature

Page: 320

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Sporting a mix of blue, yellow, white, green and black, the unmistakable Blue Tit reflects the colours of a planet affected by a burgeoning human population. Fortunately, Blue Tits are adapting well to modern humanity, taking advantage of our propensity to feed birds in our gardens and provide boxes for them to nest in. In turn, this feisty little species provides an excellent model for biological research. This book is the result of a personal quest by author Martyn Stenning to bring together a range of discoveries into one accessible volume. The Blue Tit begins by inviting readers into the intimate lives of these birds as they attempt to reproduce, describing the many challenges they face when rearing their offspring. The story moves on to the fluid state of Blue Tit classification across the native Palearctic range, before progressing into population structure, lifetime ecology and an exploration of factors that determine breeding success. It culminates with an in-depth look at research over the years, followed by a selection of personal anecdotes and an overview of Blue Tit appearances in folklore and poetry. This book provides a definitive record of the biology and ecology of one of our most popular, intelligent and charismatic birds.
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Curlew Moon

Author: Mary Colwell

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0008241066

Category: Nature

Page: 272

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‘Focuses a razor light on the plight of one of our most iconic birds. Inspirational!’ Tim Birkhead Curlews are Britain’s largest wading bird, known for their evocative calls which embody wild places; they provoke a range of emotions that many have expressed in poetry, art and music.
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Mires and Peatlands in Europe

Status, Distribution and Conservation

Author: Hans Joosten,Franziska Tanneberger,Asbjorn Moen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783510653836

Category: Bog conservation

Page: 780

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The European continent features an impressive variety of mires and peatlands. Polygon, palsa, and aapa mires, concentric and eccentric bogs, spring and percolation fens, coastal marshes, blanket bogs, saline fens, acid, alkaline, nutrient poor, nutrient rich: the peatlands of Europe represent unique ecosystem biodiversity and harbour a large treasure of flora and fauna typical of peat forming environments. Europe is also the continent with the longest history, the highest intensity, and the largest variety of peatland use, and as a consequence it has the highest proportion of degraded peatlands worldwide. Peatland science and technology developed in parallel to exploitation and it is therefore not surprising that almost all modern peatland terms and concepts originated and matured in Europe. Their massive degradation also kindled the desire to protect these beautiful landscapes, full of peculiar wildlife. In recent decades attention has widened to include additional vital ecosystem services that natural and restored peatlands provide. Already the first scientific book on peatlands (Schoockius 1658) contained a chapter on restoration. Yet, only now there is a rising awareness of the necessity to conserve and restore mires and peatlands in order to avoid adverse environmental and economic effects. This book provides - for the first time in history - a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of mires and peatlands in biogeographic Europe. Written by 134 authors, the book describes mire and peatland types, terms, extent, distribution, use, conservation, and restoration individually for each country and integrated for the entire continent. Complemented by a multitude of maps and photographs, the book offers an impressive and colourful journey, full of surprising historical context and fascinating details, while appreciating the core principles and unifying concepts of mire science.
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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
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Silent Summer

The State of Wildlife in Britain and Ireland

Author: Norman Maclean

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139788698

Category: Nature

Page: N.A

View: 8448

Over the past 20 years dramatic declines have taken place in UK insect populations. Eventually, such declines must have knock-on effects for other animals, especially high profile groups such as birds and mammals. This authoritative, yet accessible account details the current state of the wildlife in Britain and Ireland and offers an insight into the outlook for the future. Written by a team of the country's leading experts, it appraises the changes that have occurred in a wide range of wildlife species and their habitats and outlines urgent priorities for conservation. It includes chapters on each of the vertebrate and major invertebrate groups, with the insects covered in particular depth. Also considered are the factors that drive environmental change and the contribution at local and government level to national and international wildlife conservation. Essential reading for anyone who is interested in, and concerned about, UK wildlife.
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Woodland Development

A Long-term Study of Lady Park Wood

Author: George Peterken,Edward Mountford

Publisher: CABI

ISBN: 1780648650

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 302

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In 1944 Lady Park Wood (45 hectares of woodland in Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire, UK) was set aside indefinitely by the Forestry Commission so that ecologists could study how woodland develops naturally. Since then, in a unique long-term study, individual trees and shrubs have been recorded at intervals, accumulating a detailed record of more than 20,000 individual beech, sessile oak, ash, wych elm, small-leaved lime, large-leaved lime, birch, hazel, yew and other species. In the seven decades since the study started, the wood has changed; trees grew, died and regenerated, and drought, disease and other events shaped its destiny. Each tree and shrub species reacted in its own way to changes in the wood as a whole and to changes in the fortunes of its neighbours. Meanwhile, the wild fauna, flora and fungi also responded, leaving the wood richer in some groups but poorer in others. In this landmark book, beautifully illustrated throughout, George Peterken and Edward Mountford, summarise the ongoing results of the Lady Park Wood study, highlighting its unique place in nature conservation and its significance to ecology in general. It also builds on experience at Lady Park Wood and elsewhere to discuss in particular: the role and maintenance of long-term ecological studies; the concept and form of natural woodland; the role of minimum-intervention policies in woodland nature conservation; near-to-nature forestry; and the desirability and practicalities of re-wilding woodlands.
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Beetles (Collins New Naturalist Library)

Author: Richard Jones

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0008149518

Category: Nature

Page: 496

View: 1178

Beetles are arguably the most diverse organisms in the world, with nearly half a million beetle species described and catalogued in our museums, more than any other type of living thing. This astonishing species diversity is matched by a similar diversity in shape, form, size, life history, ecology, physiology and behaviour.
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A Natural History of Ladybird Beetles

Author: M. E. N. Majerus

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316798895

Category: Science

Page: N.A

View: 328

The Coccinellidae are a family of beetles, known variously as ladybirds or ladybugs. In Britain alone, some 46 species belong to the Coccinellidae family, although only 26 of these are recognisably ladybirds. Composed largely of Professor Michael Majerus' lifetime work, and updated by two leading experts in the field, this book reveals intriguing insights into ladybird biology from a global perspective. The popularity of this insect group has been captured through societal and cultural considerations, coupled with detailed descriptions of complex scientific processes, to provide a comprehensive and accessible overview of these charismatic insects. Bringing together many studies on ladybirds, this book has been organised into themes, ranging from anatomy and physiology to ecology and evolution. This book is suitable for interested amateur enthusiasts, and researchers involved with ladybirds, entomology and biological control.
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The wet grassland guide

managing floodplain and coastal wet grasslands for wildlife

Author: Jo Treweek,Royal Society for the Protection of Birds,Institute of Terrestrial Ecology

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780903138864

Category: Nature

Page: 254

View: 6592

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Ancient Woodland

Its History, Vegetation and Uses in England

Author: Oliver Rackham

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781897604274

Category: Forest management

Page: 584

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Greatly enlarged, expanded, and updated new edition of Dr Rackham's classic work on the history of trees and woodland in Britain
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Saltmarshes

Morphodynamics, Conservation and Engineering Significance

Author: J. R. L. Allen

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521418416

Category: Science

Page: 184

View: 580

Seven scientists present an overview of the effects on saltmarshes that are threatened by natural and human events.
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