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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A Summer of British Wildlife

Author: James Lowen

Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides

ISBN: 1784770094

Category: Wildlife watching

Page: 256

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Winner of the Travel Media Awards 'Travel Guide Book of the Year' award 2016. This original and colourful guide to British summer wildlife experiences is packaged into daily suggestions for what, when, where and how to see the best of British summer wildlife. For both the experienced wildlife tourist and the novice, the suggestions criss-cross England, Scotland and Wales, complete with inspiring itineraries, engaging descriptions, detailed directions and tips on how to find, identify and enjoy British animals, butterflies, birds and plants. Each entry gives an informative and inspiring suggestion focusing on up to four species, with full-colour photography and a helpful box covering practicalities such as grid references, useful websites, access arrangements to specific sites, flexibility details such as flight periods for butterflies or flowering weeks for orchids, and alternative sites to make viewing possible if you don't live near the suggested site but want to view the suggested species. From delicate orchids to gargantuan basking sharks, from seabird skyscrapers to ostentatious otters, this is the only guide of its type to offer full details of how to get the most out of British summer wildlife-watching.
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Britain's Butterflies

A Field Guide to the Butterflies of Britain and Ireland, Fully Revised and Updated Third Edition

Author: David Newland,Robert Still,Andy Swash,David Tomlinson

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400866014

Category: Nature

Page: 240

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Britain's Butterflies is a comprehensive and beautifully designed photographic field guide to the butterflies of Britain and Ireland. Containing hundreds of stunning colour photographs, this revised and updated edition provides the latest information on every species ever recorded. It covers in detail the identification of all 59 butterfly species that breed regularly, as well as four former breeders, 10 rare migrants and one species of unknown status. The easy-to-use format will enable butterfly-watchers—beginners or experts—to identify any species they encounter. Stunning colour plates show typical views of each butterfly species, including the various forms and aberrations Detailed species profiles cover adult identification; behaviour; habitat requirements; population and conservation; egg, caterpillar and chrysalis; and status and distribution, including up-to-date maps Photographs of egg, caterpillar and chrysalis for every breeding species Sections on biology, where to look for and how to identify butterflies and other essential information
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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
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Britain's Mammals

A Field Guide to the Mammals of Britain and Ireland

Author: Dominic Couzens,Andy Swash,Robert Still,Jon Dunn

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400866030

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 the wild in Britain and Ireland in recent times—including marine mammals, bats and introduced species that have bred. 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. Concise species accounts focus on identification and include up-to-date information on sounds, habitat, food, habits, breeding behaviour and population and status, as well as descriptions of key field signs—including tracks, droppings 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, legislation and further sources of useful information. Handy and informative, this guide is the ideal companion for anyone interested in watching mammals in Britain and Ireland. Comprehensive coverage of every mammal recorded in Britain and Ireland 500 superb colour photographs carefully selected to show key identification features Up-to-date distribution maps Detailed illustrations of tracks, dentition and other identification features Helpful tips for identifying tracks and other signs you may find in the field Latest information on status, population, distribution and conservation designations Advice on finding and watching mammals
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Practical Field Ecology

A Project Guide

Author: C. Philip Wheater,James R. Bell,Penny A. Cook

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470694289

Category: Science

Page: 362

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This book introduces experimental design and data analysis / interpretation as well as field monitoring skills for both plants and animals. Clearly structured throughout and written in a student-friendly manner, the main emphasis of the book concentrates on the techniques required to design a field based ecological survey and shows how to execute an appropriate sampling regime. The book evaluates appropriate methods, including the problems associated with various techniques and their inherent flaws (e.g. low sample sizes, large amount of field or laboratory work, high cost etc). This provides a resource base outlining details from the planning stage, into the field, guiding through sampling and finally through organism identification in the laboratory and computer based data analysis and interpretation. The text is divided into six distinct chapters. The first chapter covers planning, including health and safety together with information on a variety of statistical techniques for examining and analysing data. Following a chapter dealing with site characterisation and general aspects of species identification, subsequent chapters describe the techniques used to survey and census particular groups of organisms. The final chapter covers interpreting and presenting data and writing up the research. The emphasis here is on appropriate wording of interpretation and structure and content of the report.
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Britain's Day-flying Moths

A Field Guide to the Day-flying Moths of Britain and Ireland

Author: David Newland,Robert Still,Andy Swash

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400846900

Category: Nature

Page: 224

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This concise photographic field guide will help you identify any of the 100 or so day-flying moths found in Britain and Ireland. Combining stunning photographs, authoritative text, and an easy-to-use design, this book makes a perfect traveling companion--one that will increase your enjoyment of these colorful and intriguing creatures. Like butterflies, some moths fly regularly in sunshine, whereas others that usually fly only at night are readily disturbed from their resting places during the day. This guide describes all of these species, with at least one photograph of each in its natural, resting pose. The text includes a brief description of each moth, with details of its life history, where and when to look for it, its status, the food plants of its caterpillars, and its special features. Introductory sections cover many topics, including how to distinguish moths from butterflies; classification; life cycle and behavior; ecological importance; the impact of habitat and climate change; recording and monitoring; and conservation. Individual accounts for some 100 species Stunning photographs of every moth, as you see them Attractive, easy-to-use, and accessible design
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Wonderland

A Year of Britain's Wildlife, Day by Day

Author: Brett Westwood,Stephen Moss

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1473609259

Category: Nature

Page: 336

View: 2014

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A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'Vibrant, fascinating, poetic - a year in living things: all the things we love, all the things we wish we could, all the little things we step over and never know - the best of British wildlife from two superb naturalists and writers' CHRIS PACKHAM From blackbirds, beavers and beetles to tawny owls, natterjack toads and lemon slugs. Every day of the year, winter or summer, in every corner of the British Isles, there's plenty to see if you know where - and how - to look. From encounters with the curious black redstart, which winters on our rocky coasts, to the tiny green snowdrop shoots that are the first sign that spring might be round the corner. And from the blossom-time and dawn choruses of April and May into the abundant noisiness of summer, where days start with hawker dragonflies and drowsy bumblebees and end with glow-worms and ghost moths; to autumn when in the early morning mist of London's Richmond Park male red deer lock horns in competition for a mate. Nature is always full of surprises - whether it's the strange behaviour of clothes moths or the gruesome larder of the strike. Distilling two lifetimes' knowledge, expert insight and enthusiasm, award-winning authors and passionate naturalists Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss take us through the year, day by day, sharing the unexpected delights that we can experience in our skies, beaches, rivers, fields, forests and back gardens. There are all kinds of adventures waiting on your doorstep, any day of the year, all you need is Wonderland.
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Britain's Dragonflies

A Field Guide to the Damselflies and Dragonflies of Britain and Ireland

Author: David Smallshire,Andy Swash

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 208

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This is a comprehensive photographic field guide to the dragonflies and damselflies of Britain and Ireland. This completely revised second edition covers in detail the identification of all 56 species that have been recorded, as well as 7 potential vagrants. It aims to help the dragonfly-watcher--beginner or expert--to identify any species they encounter. Stunning color plates of all species--showing males, females, immatures, and color forms Innovative, beautifully detailed, and easy-to-use identification charts summarizing the key features of both adults and larvae Detailed species profiles covering adult identification, distribution (with up-to-date maps), flight periods, eggs and larvae, behavior, habitat requirements, status, and conservation Sections on biology, habitats, tips on how and where to watch dragonflies, and other useful information A guide on when and where to find each species A companion iPhone/iPad/iPod touch app is available for this guide
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