Sale! British and Irish Butterflies: An Island Perspective
British and Irish Butterflies: An Island Perspective
Islands are special places; they can be havens for unique plants and animals and refuges for wildlife. This book investigates the biogeography of butterfly species over the British islands, particularly the factors that influence their presence on the islands and that have made each island's butterfly fauna distinctive.

By: Roger LH Dennis(Author), Peter B Hardy(Author)

379 pages, 21 plates with colour photos; colour illustrations, tables

ISBN: 9781786395061 By clicking the Buy button you can purchase this book through the Natural History Book Shop and we will receive a small percentage towards our work.
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Islands are special places; they can be havens for unique plants and animals and refuges for wildlife. This book investigates the biogeography of butterfly species over the British islands, particularly the factors that influence their presence on the islands and that have made each island’s butterfly fauna distinctive.

By: Roger LH Dennis(Author), Peter B Hardy(Author)

379 pages, 21 plates with colour photos; colour illustrations, tables

ISBN: 9781786395061

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£74.99 £64.99 Buy from NHBS
Discover Butterflies in Britain
Discover Butterflies in Britain
  • Descriptions and photographs of 66 good places to find butterflies
  • Selection by site or species
  • Full color throughout, with stunning images of the 66 localities, and of all the British butterfly species
  • Illustrations on all pages
  • Historical information about dates of discovery of species and name changes over the years
  • At least 1 hotspot for every rare species
  • Gazetteer with an extended list of butterfly reserves
  • Bibliography and a full list of relevant Web sites

By: David E Newland(Author)

224 pages, colour photos, colour maps

ISBN: 1903657121 By clicking the Buy button you can purchase this book through the Natural History Book Shop and we will receive a small percentage towards our work.
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  • Descriptions and photographs of 66 good places to find butterflies
  • Selection by site or species
  • Full color throughout, with stunning images of the 66 localities, and of all the British butterfly species
  • Illustrations on all pages
  • Historical information about dates of discovery of species and name changes over the years
  • At least 1 hotspot for every rare species
  • Gazetteer with an extended list of butterfly reserves
  • Bibliography and a full list of relevant Web sites

By: David E Newland(Author)

224 pages, colour photos, colour maps

ISBN: 1903657121

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Handbook of the Marine Fauna of North-West Europe
Handbook of the Marine Fauna of North-West Europe
This authoritative guide enables accurate identification of the common components of the inshore benthic invertebrates of the British Isles and adjacent European coasts, as well as a substantial proportion of fish species. This new edition builds upon the strengths of the earlier work and is thoroughly revised throughout to incorporate advances in both the taxonomy and ecology of the organisms concerned.

By: Peter Joseph Hayward(Editor), John S Ryland(Editor)

785 pages, b/w line drawings, maps

ISBN: 9780199549450 By clicking the Buy button you can purchase this book through the Natural History Book Shop and we will receive a small percentage towards our work.
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This authoritative guide enables accurate identification of the common components of the inshore benthic invertebrates of the British Isles and adjacent European coasts, as well as a substantial proportion of fish species. This new edition builds upon the strengths of the earlier work and is thoroughly revised throughout to incorporate advances in both the taxonomy and ecology of the organisms concerned.

By: Peter Joseph Hayward(Editor), John S Ryland(Editor)

785 pages, b/w line drawings, maps

ISBN: 9780199549450

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Sale! Sea Squirts and Sponges of Britain and Ireland
Sea Squirts and Sponges of Britain and Ireland
Sea squirts and sponges are found in most seafloor habitats around the coasts of Britain and Ireland. Despite being the dominant life forms in many areas, these two groups of under-recorded marine animals are often confused with one another, and most divers and snorkellers can recognise and name very few species. In fact, around 500 species of Ascidiacea (sea squirts) and Porifera (sponges) have been described so far in British and Irish seas, corresponding to over 4% of the world's total.

By: Sarah Bowen(Author), Claire Goodwin(Author), David Kipling(Author), Bernard E Picton(Author)

200 pages, colour photos, colour illustrations, colour distribution maps

ISBN-13: 9780995567382
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Sea squirts and sponges are found in most seafloor habitats around the coasts of Britain and Ireland. Despite being the dominant life forms in many areas, these two groups of under-recorded marine animals are often confused with one another, and most divers and snorkellers can recognise and name very few species. In fact, around 500 species of Ascidiacea (sea squirts) and Porifera (sponges) have been described so far in British and Irish seas, corresponding to over 4% of the world’s total.

By: Sarah Bowen(Author), Claire Goodwin(Author), David Kipling(Author), Bernard E Picton(Author)

200 pages, colour photos, colour illustrations, colour distribution maps

ISBN-13: 9780995567382

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Seasearch Guide to Sea Anemones and Corals Of Britain and Ireland
Seasearch Guide to Sea Anemones and Corals Of Britain and Ireland
The waters around Britain and Ireland contain a huge variety of marine life and some of the brightest and most attractive are the sea anemones and corals, the Anthozoa. Anemones and corals can be found from rockpools to the deepest depths and in all habitats from rocky reefs to soft mud. A comprehensive guide to all known sea anemones and corals found in British and Irish inshore waters, this is an essential companion for divers, snorkelers, rockpoolers and students who want to identify and know more about the sea anemones and corals they find.

By: Chris Wood(Author)

160 pages, 200 colour photos, colour illustrations, colour distribution maps

ISBN: 9780957394636 By clicking the Buy button you can purchase this book through the Natural History Book Shop and we will receive a small percentage towards our work.
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The waters around Britain and Ireland contain a huge variety of marine life and some of the brightest and most attractive are the sea anemones and corals, the Anthozoa. Anemones and corals can be found from rockpools to the deepest depths and in all habitats from rocky reefs to soft mud.

A comprehensive guide to all known sea anemones and corals found in British and Irish inshore waters, this is an essential companion for divers, snorkelers, rockpoolers and students who want to identify and know more about the sea anemones and corals they find.

By: Chris Wood(Author)

160 pages, 200 colour photos, colour illustrations, colour distribution maps

ISBN: 9780957394636

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Sale! A Field Guide to Monitoring Nests
A Field Guide to Monitoring Nests
A Field Guide to Monitoring Nests is intended as an aid to those involved in monitoring nests for research and conservation purposes. Written and illustrated by experts, this richly illustrated guide contains a wealth of information for 146 British and Irish species, together with introductory sections on nest-monitoring techniques, nest identification, legislation, the BTO Nest Record Scheme and nest-finding skills. Its combination of concise notes and quick-reference facts and figures, together with expert advice and chapters on the basics, makes it an ideal field companion for both beginners and experienced nest recorders. Each species account covers: - Where the species breeds, with a UK distribution map and details on typical habitat and nest sites. - Seasonality of breeding, with a timetable of when most birds are on eggs and chicks. - Identification of eggs and young, with photographs. - Species-specific nest finding methods and considerations. "[...]the comprehensive information covered in this guide will be of interest even if you do not want to take part in nest recording. It may even help to change your mind!" - Ian Woodward, Birdwatch Magazine - September 2011

By: David Cromack(Author), Nick Baker(Foreword By)

162 pages, colour photos, colour illustrations, colour distribution maps

ISBN: 9781906204792 By clicking the Buy button you can purchase this book through the Natural History Book Shop and we will receive a small percentage towards our work.
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A Field Guide to Monitoring Nests is intended as an aid to those involved in monitoring nests for research and conservation purposes. Written and illustrated by experts, this richly illustrated guide contains a wealth of information for 146 British and Irish species, together with introductory sections on nest-monitoring techniques, nest identification, legislation, the BTO Nest Record Scheme and nest-finding skills.

Its combination of concise notes and quick-reference facts and figures, together with expert advice and chapters on the basics, makes it an ideal field companion for both beginners and experienced nest recorders.

Each species account covers:
– Where the species breeds, with a UK distribution map and details on typical habitat and nest sites.
– Seasonality of breeding, with a timetable of when most birds are on eggs and chicks.
– Identification of eggs and young, with photographs.
– Species-specific nest finding methods and considerations.

“[…]the comprehensive information covered in this guide will be of interest even if you do not want to take part in nest recording. It may even help to change your mind!”
– Ian Woodward, Birdwatch Magazine – September 2011

By: David Cromack(Author), Nick Baker(Foreword By)

162 pages, colour photos, colour illustrations, colour distribution maps

ISBN: 9781906204792

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Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland
Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland
Bees have long interested and fascinated man, and as a cornerstone in plant pollination they are an indispensable group of insects. Nevertheless, many species are declining, and efforts to help determine distributions and changes in abundance have so far been hampered by a serious lack of identification resources. This eagerly anticipated new entry in the highly acclaimed British Wildlife Field Guides series will lay bare the complexities of identification, and is caters both for people new to the bee world as well as to more experienced recorders who wish to identify every species accurately. It provides the most recent information on the identification, ecology, status and distribution of all 275 bee species in Britain, Ireland and the Channel Islands.

Series: Bloomsbury Wildlife Guides (formerly British Wildlife Field Guides)

By: Steven Falk(Author), Richard Lewington(Illustrator)

432 pages, 700+ colour photos, 1000+ colour & b/w illustrations, 234 colour distribution 

ISBN:  9781910389034 By clicking the Buy button you can purchase this book through the Natural History Book Shop and we will receive a small percentage towards our work.
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Bees have long interested and fascinated man, and as a cornerstone in plant pollination they are an indispensable group of insects. Nevertheless, many species are declining, and efforts to help determine distributions and changes in abundance have so far been hampered by a serious lack of identification resources. This eagerly anticipated new entry in the highly acclaimed British Wildlife Field Guides series will lay bare the complexities of identification, and is caters both for people new to the bee world as well as to more experienced recorders who wish to identify every species accurately. It provides the most recent information on the identification, ecology, status and distribution of all 275 bee species in Britain, Ireland and the Channel Islands.

Series: Bloomsbury Wildlife Guides (formerly British Wildlife Field Guides)

By: Steven Falk(Author), Richard Lewington(Illustrator)

432 pages, 700+ colour photos, 1000+ colour & b/w illustrations, 234 colour distribution 

ISBN:  9781910389034

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Handbook of the Bees of the British Isles (2-Volume Set)
Handbook of the Bees of the British Isles (2-Volume Set)
Handbook of the Bees of the British Isles provides a comprehensive and authoritative account of the current state of knowledge of the British bee fauna. As well as original work, it draws upon a wide range of sources and contributions which have provided distribution data, and both autecological and historical information. Distribution data and maps for all of Ireland – provided by the Irish National Diversity Centre, Dublin – are included. The bee fauna of the British Isles contains representatives of nearly all the bee superfamilies found worldwide. This two-volume handbook allowed the identification of the 270-plus bee species recorded including the small group of species reported from the Channel Islands but unknown from the rest of the British Isles. ISBN: 9780903874519
With photographic material of over 270 bee species shown in two volumes, this comprehensive handbook is a once-in-a-generation identification work to the British bee fauna

By: George R Else(Author), Mike Edwards(Author)

colour photos, b/w line drawings, distribution maps, includes DVD-ROM

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Handbook of the Bees of the British Isles provides a comprehensive and authoritative account of the current state of knowledge of the British bee fauna. As well as original work, it draws upon a wide range of sources and contributions which have provided distribution data, and both autecological and historical information. Distribution data and maps for all of Ireland – provided by the Irish National Diversity Centre, Dublin – are included.

The bee fauna of the British Isles contains representatives of nearly all the bee superfamilies found worldwide. This two-volume handbook allowed the identification of the 270-plus bee species recorded including the small group of species reported from the Channel Islands but unknown from the rest of the British Isles.

ISBN: 9780903874519

With photographic material of over 270 bee species shown in two volumes, this comprehensive handbook is a once-in-a-generation identification work to the British bee fauna

By: George R Else(Author), Mike Edwards(Author)

colour photos, b/w line drawings, distribution maps, includes DVD-ROM

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Handbook of Western Palearctic Birds: Passerines (2-Volume Set)
Handbook of Western Palearctic Birds: Passerines (2-Volume Set)
This unique and spectacular handbook is the most complete and comprehensive photographic guide to the passerines of the Western Palearctic. Written by two of the world's most respected ornithologists, Hadoram Shirihai and Lars Svensson, it contains the most up-to-date information available on bird identification covering all aspects of plumage, moult, ageing and sexing, with sections on voice and other identification criteria, and detailed taxonomic notes. The passerines are divided into two volumes, with the first covering larks, hirundines, pipits and wagtails, bulbuls, accentors, robins, chats, wheatears, thrushes, prinias and cisticolas, and warblers, and the second covering flycatchers, reedlings, tits, nuthatches, orioles and sunbirds, shrikes, corvids, finches and buntings, along with extreme vagrants. The exceptional text is backed up by a remarkable collection of more than 5,000 photographs, featuring a comprehensive range of plumages that illustrate every race and morph of each species in the region. This stunning handbook will be the definitive reference for the region for years to come - no birder's shelf will be complete without it. Please note that, in contrast what has been announced earlier, this set will not be available as individual volumes, only as a 2-volume set.
Eighteen years in the making, this outstanding work is available now

By: Hadoram Shirihai(Author), Lars Svensson(Author)

1271 pages, 5000+ colour photos, 400+ colour distribution mapsISBN: 9780713645712 By clicking the Buy button you can purchase this book through the Natural History Book Shop and we will receive a small percentage towards our work.
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This unique and spectacular handbook is the most complete and comprehensive photographic guide to the passerines of the Western Palearctic. Written by two of the world’s most respected ornithologists, Hadoram Shirihai and Lars Svensson, it contains the most up-to-date information available on bird identification covering all aspects of plumage, moult, ageing and sexing, with sections on voice and other identification criteria, and detailed taxonomic notes.

The passerines are divided into two volumes, with the first covering larks, hirundines, pipits and wagtails, bulbuls, accentors, robins, chats, wheatears, thrushes, prinias and cisticolas, and warblers, and the second covering flycatchers, reedlings, tits, nuthatches, orioles and sunbirds, shrikes, corvids, finches and buntings, along with extreme vagrants.

The exceptional text is backed up by a remarkable collection of more than 5,000 photographs, featuring a comprehensive range of plumages that illustrate every race and morph of each species in the region. This stunning handbook will be the definitive reference for the region for years to come – no birder’s shelf will be complete without it.

Please note that, in contrast what has been announced earlier, this set will not be available as individual volumes, only as a 2-volume set.

Eighteen years in the making, this outstanding work is available now

By: Hadoram Shirihai(Author), Lars Svensson(Author)

1271 pages, 5000+ colour photos, 400+ colour distribution mapsISBN: 9780713645712

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Lichens: An Illustrated Guide to the British and Irish Species
Lichens: An Illustrated Guide to the British and Irish Species
This book provides an invaluable guide to identifying the British and Irish species both for the amateur naturalist just starting to study lichens, and the more advanced lichenologist and it offers the environmentalist and ecologist a concise work of reference, compact enough to be used in the field.

By: Frank S Dobson(Author)

520 pages, colour photos, b/w line drawings, colour distribution maps

ISBN: 9780956529107 Paperback By clicking the Buy button you can purchase this book through the Natural History Book Shop and we will receive a small percentage towards our work.
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This book provides an invaluable guide to identifying the British and Irish species both for the amateur naturalist just starting to study lichens, and the more advanced lichenologist and it offers the environmentalist and ecologist a concise work of reference, compact enough to be used in the field.

By: Frank S Dobson(Author)

520 pages, colour photos, b/w line drawings, colour distribution maps

ISBN: 9780956529107

Paperback

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Nestboxes: Your Complete Guide
Nestboxes: Your Complete Guide
Building your own nestbox and watching a pair of birds raise a successful brood will bring pleasure to the whole family, and this book provides all you need to know to get started. Written by Dave Cromack and drawing on the BTO's expertise, this new book provides the perfect guide to building, erecting and monitoring nestboxes for a broad range of bird species. It includes: - Step-by-step illustrated instructions for constructing proven nestbox designs; - Profiles of garden bird species that regularly use nestboxes; - Box designs for less common garden visitors; - Practical advice on the best positions for your nestboxes; - How to protect nesting birds from cats and other predators; - The best materials and tools to use; - Tips on repairing and preserving nestboxes; - Advice on providing refuges for Hedgehogs and other garden animals.

By: David Cromack(Author), Nick Baker(Foreword By)

162 pages, colour photos, colour illustrations, colour distribution maps

ISBN: 9781908581846 By clicking the Buy button you can purchase this book through the Natural History Book Shop and we will receive a small percentage towards our work.
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Building your own nestbox and watching a pair of birds raise a successful brood will bring pleasure to the whole family, and this book provides all you need to know to get started. Written by Dave Cromack and drawing on the BTO’s expertise, this new book provides the perfect guide to building, erecting and monitoring nestboxes for a broad range of bird species.

It includes:
– Step-by-step illustrated instructions for constructing proven nestbox designs;
– Profiles of garden bird species that regularly use nestboxes;
– Box designs for less common garden visitors;
– Practical advice on the best positions for your nestboxes;
– How to protect nesting birds from cats and other predators;
– The best materials and tools to use;
– Tips on repairing and preserving nestboxes;
– Advice on providing refuges for Hedgehogs and other garden animals.

By: David Cromack(Author), Nick Baker(Foreword By)

162 pages, colour photos, colour illustrations, colour distribution maps

ISBN: 9781908581846

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Practical Management of Invasive Non-Native Weeds in Britain and Ireland
Practical Management of Invasive Non-Native Weeds in Britain and Ireland
Advice involves immediate 'rapid-response' actions to initiate containment along with preventative strategies, measures for control and monitoring requirements post-control. Practical Management of Invasive Non-Native Weeds in Britain and Ireland responds to the GB Non-Native Species Strategy and deals with over 40 species which have been selected from plants listed in Schedule 9 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) for the UK; invasive alien species of EU concern (as per EU IAS Regulation 1143/2014); and other noteworthy species of the urban environment, for example butterfly-bush (buddleia). Each species account includes: a brief description on ecology and identification with corresponding photographs; a distribution map for the British and Irish Isles; immediate actions that can be taken once identified; pathways of spread; lifespan; seed-production age; seed longevity; growth rate; a 'schematic' of the life-cycle aimed at assisting the determination of schedules for survey and treatment; prevention and rapid-response measures; tables of control, management and herbicide treatment linked to decision-making flow diagrams; waste-disposal requirements; re-vegetation post-management; and continued monitoring. Key references to published data and links to appropriate websites are also included.

By: Mark Fennell(Author), Laura Jones(Author), Max Wade(Author), Trevor Renals(Foreword By)

120 pages, 45 colour photos, colour illustrations, 36 colour distribution maps

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Advice involves immediate ‘rapid-response’ actions to initiate containment along with preventative strategies, measures for control and monitoring requirements post-control. Practical Management of Invasive Non-Native Weeds in Britain and Ireland responds to the GB Non-Native Species Strategy and deals with over 40 species which have been selected from plants listed in Schedule 9 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) for the UK; invasive alien species of EU concern (as per EU IAS Regulation 1143/2014); and other noteworthy species of the urban environment, for example butterfly-bush (buddleia). Each species account includes: a brief description on ecology and identification with corresponding photographs; a distribution map for the British and Irish Isles; immediate actions that can be taken once identified; pathways of spread; lifespan; seed-production age; seed longevity; growth rate; a ‘schematic’ of the life-cycle aimed at assisting the determination of schedules for survey and treatment; prevention and rapid-response measures; tables of control, management and herbicide treatment linked to decision-making flow diagrams; waste-disposal requirements; re-vegetation post-management; and continued monitoring. Key references to published data and links to appropriate websites are also included.

By: Mark Fennell(Author), Laura Jones(Author), Max Wade(Author), Trevor Renals(Foreword By)

120 pages, 45 colour photos, colour illustrations, 36 colour distribution maps

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Water Vole Conservation Handbook
Water Vole Conservation Handbook
Water voles are small burrowing rodents, which are associated with all kinds of water bodies. This handbook aims to improve the understanding and awareness of the requirements of water voles. Topics covered include: Life cycles; Habitat; Distribution; Causes for concern; Key points; Understanding water voles; Water vole surveys; Habitat management and advice; and Species management and advice.

By: Rob Strachan, Tom Moorhouse and Merryl Gelling

144 pages, colour photos, colour & b/w illustrations, tables

ISBN: 9780954637651 By clicking the Buy button you can purchase this book through the Natural History Book Shop and we will receive a small percentage towards our work.
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Water voles are small burrowing rodents, which are associated with all kinds of water bodies. This handbook aims to improve the understanding and awareness of the requirements of water voles. Topics covered include: Life cycles; Habitat; Distribution; Causes for concern; Key points; Understanding water voles; Water vole surveys; Habitat management and advice; and Species management and advice.

By: Rob Strachan, Tom Moorhouse and Merryl Gelling

144 pages, colour photos, colour & b/w illustrations, tables

ISBN: 9780954637651

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Sale! Britain’s Day-Flying Moths: A Field Guide to the Day-Flying Moths of Britain and Ireland
Britain’s Day-Flying Moths: A Field Guide to the Day-Flying Moths of Britain and Ireland
This concise photographic field guide will help you identify any of the 155 day-flying moths found in Britain and Ireland. Combining stunning photographs, authoritative text, and an easy-to-use design, Britain's Day-Flying Moths makes a perfect travelling companion – one that will increase your enjoyment of these colourful 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. Paperback ISBN: 9780691158327 By clicking the Buy button you can purchase this book through the Natural History Book Shop and we will receive a small percentage towards our work.
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This concise photographic field guide will help you identify any of the 155 day-flying moths found in Britain and Ireland. Combining stunning photographs, authoritative text, and an easy-to-use design, Britain’s Day-Flying Moths makes a perfect travelling companion – one that will increase your enjoyment of these colourful 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.

Paperback

ISBN: 9780691158327

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A Field Guide to Grasses, Sedges and Rushes
A Field Guide to Grasses, Sedges and Rushes
Are you overwhelmed by Agrostis? Confused by Carex? Jittery about your Juncus? This book aims to simplify the identification of this fascinating group of plants, using characters that are both easy to spot in the field and simple to remember. Over 100 species are described, focussing on key features of both their genus and species. Spiralbound By clicking the Buy button you can purchase this book through the Natural History Book Shop and we will receive a small percentage towards our work.
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Are you overwhelmed by Agrostis? Confused by Carex? Jittery about your Juncus?

This book aims to simplify the identification of this fascinating group of plants, using characters that are both easy to spot in the field and simple to remember. Over 100 species are described, focussing on key features of both their genus and species.

Spiralbound

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Sale! Beetles
Beetles
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. Beetles occur everywhere, and do everything. And yet they form a clearly discrete insect group, typically characterised by their attractively compact form, with flight wings folded neatly under smooth hard wing-cases. Almost anyone could recognise a beetle, indeed many are intimately associated with human society. Groups like ladybirds are familiar to us from a very young age. Large stag beetles and handsome chafers are celebrated for their imposing size and bright colours. The sacred scarabs of the ancient Egyptians were given iconic, if not god-like, status and even though the exact religious meanings may be fading after three millennia, their bewitching jewellery and monumental statuary inspire us still. ISBN: 9780008149529 By clicking the Buy button you can purchase this book through the Natural History Book Shop and we will receive a small percentage towards our work.
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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.

Beetles occur everywhere, and do everything. And yet they form a clearly discrete insect group, typically characterised by their attractively compact form, with flight wings folded neatly under smooth hard wing-cases. Almost anyone could recognise a beetle, indeed many are intimately associated with human society. Groups like ladybirds are familiar to us from a very young age. Large stag beetles and handsome chafers are celebrated for their imposing size and bright colours. The sacred scarabs of the ancient Egyptians were given iconic, if not god-like, status and even though the exact religious meanings may be fading after three millennia, their bewitching jewellery and monumental statuary inspire us still.

ISBN: 9780008149529

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£64.99 £52.99 Buy from NHBS
Sale! Britain’s Mammals: A Field Guide to the Mammals of Britain and Ireland
Britain’s Mammals: A Field Guide to the Mammals of Britain and Ireland
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. Britain's Mammals features hundreds of stunning photographs and incorporates invaluable tips and suggestions to help you track down and identify even the most difficult species. Paperback ISBN: 9780691156972 By clicking the Buy button you can purchase this book through the Natural History Book Shop and we will receive a small percentage towards our work.
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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. Britain’s Mammals features hundreds of stunning photographs and incorporates invaluable tips and suggestions to help you track down and identify even the most difficult species.

Paperback

ISBN: 9780691156972

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£17.95 £14.95 Buy from NHBS
Sale! Britain’s Spiders: A Field Guide
Britain’s Spiders: A Field Guide
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. Britain's Spiders 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. Paperback ISBN: 9780691165295 By clicking the Buy button you can purchase this book through the Natural History Book Shop and we will receive a small percentage towards our work.
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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. Britain’s Spiders 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.

Paperback

ISBN: 9780691165295

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Sale! Farming and Birds
Farming and Birds
Given the underlying topography, the scenery over most of Britain has been created largely by human activities. Over the centuries, landscapes have been continually modified as human needs and desires have changed. Each major change in land use has brought changes to the native plants and animals, continually altering the distribution and abundance of species. This is apparent from the changes in vegetation and animal populations that were documented in historical times, but even more so in those that have occurred since the Second World War. Hardback ISBN: 9780008147891 By clicking the Buy button you can purchase this book through the Natural History Book Shop and we will receive a small percentage towards our work.
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Given the underlying topography, the scenery over most of Britain has been created largely by human activities. Over the centuries, landscapes have been continually modified as human needs and desires have changed. Each major change in land use has brought changes to the native plants and animals, continually altering the distribution and abundance of species. This is apparent from the changes in vegetation and animal populations that were documented in historical times, but even more so in those that have occurred since the Second World War.

Hardback

ISBN: 9780008147891

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Sale! Field Guide to the Ladybirds of Britain and Ireland
Field Guide to the Ladybirds of Britain and Ireland
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Available for pre-order: Due Nov 2018
This brand new illustrated field guide covers all 47 species of ladybird occurring in Britain and Ireland in a handy and easy-to-use format. Twenty-six species are colourful and conspicuous and easily recognised as ladybirds; the remaining species are more challenging, but the clear illustrations and up-to-date text in Field Guide to the Ladybirds of Britain and Ireland will help to break down the identification barriers. Each species account includes a description of field characters, similar species, life-cycle, food source, habitat and distribution. The guide also coves natural enemies and community interactions, as well as potential new arrivals. Combined with Richard Lewington's peerless artwork, this is a book to treasure. ISBN: 9781472935687 By clicking the Buy button you can purchase this book through the Natural History Book Shop and we will receive a small percentage towards our work.
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Paperback 
Available for pre-order: Due Nov 2018

This brand new illustrated field guide covers all 47 species of ladybird occurring in Britain and Ireland in a handy and easy-to-use format. Twenty-six species are colourful and conspicuous and easily recognised as ladybirds; the remaining species are more challenging, but the clear illustrations and up-to-date text in Field Guide to the Ladybirds of Britain and Ireland will help to break down the identification barriers. Each species account includes a description of field characters, similar species, life-cycle, food source, habitat and distribution. The guide also coves natural enemies and community interactions, as well as potential new arrivals. Combined with Richard Lewington’s peerless artwork, this is a book to treasure.

ISBN: 9781472935687

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Sale! Gulls of the World: A Photographic Guide
Gulls of the World: A Photographic Guide
Until recently, gulls were a group that inspired dread among birders, due to the bewildering variety of plumages, age-groups, and races, many of which are very difficult indeed to separate, even to species. Things changed in 2003 with the publication of Klaus Malling Olsen's Gulls of Europe, Asia and North America (Christopher Helm), a plate-based title that made accurate identification of gulls a realistic possibility for the first time. Gulls of the World: A Photographic Guide is a companion and successor to that seminal work. This book represents the definitive photographic guide to gulls, by the world's greatest authority on gull identification. ISBN: 9781408181645 By clicking the Buy button you can purchase this book through the Natural History Book Shop and we will receive a small percentage towards our work.  
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Until recently, gulls were a group that inspired dread among birders, due to the bewildering variety of plumages, age-groups, and races, many of which are very difficult indeed to separate, even to species. Things changed in 2003 with the publication of Klaus Malling Olsen’s Gulls of Europe, Asia and North America (Christopher Helm), a plate-based title that made accurate identification of gulls a realistic possibility for the first time. Gulls of the World: A Photographic Guide is a companion and successor to that seminal work. This book represents the definitive photographic guide to gulls, by the world’s greatest authority on gull identification.

ISBN: 9781408181645

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Sale! Hedgehog
Hedgehog
The hedgehog is regularly voted Britain's favourite mammal, and yet we know surprisingly little about the life of this spiny mammal. Pat Morris provides an all-encompassing new study of the hedgehog and its habitat, shedding new light on conservation efforts crucial to the survival of this charming creature of our countryside. Hardback ISBN: 9780008235703 By clicking the Buy button you can purchase this book through the Natural History Book Shop and we will receive a small percentage towards our work.  
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The hedgehog is regularly voted Britain’s favourite mammal, and yet we know surprisingly little about the life of this spiny mammal. Pat Morris provides an all-encompassing new study of the hedgehog and its habitat, shedding new light on conservation efforts crucial to the survival of this charming creature of our countryside.

Hardback

ISBN: 9780008235703

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Identification Guide to Birds in the Hand
Identification Guide to Birds in the Hand
his English version of Guide d'Identification des Oiseaux en Main, updated with 51 extra species, gives all ornithologists who handle birds the essential information regarding accurate identification of species and subspecies, measurements, moult, sex and age. The 301 species (154 non-passerines and 147 passerines) most frequently caught in Western Europe by general ringers are presented in detail. To avoid mistakes, identification is systematically compared with species of similar appearance, which represents a total of more than 550 treated species. Homogenous treatment of all species groups precludes the recurrent pitfalls of using various books with variable modes of presentation and means fewer books to carry. ISBN: 9782955501900 By clicking the Buy button you can purchase this book through the Natural History Book Shop and we will receive a small percentage towards our work.
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his English version of Guide d’Identification des Oiseaux en Main, updated with 51 extra species, gives all ornithologists who handle birds the essential information regarding accurate identification of species and subspecies, measurements, moult, sex and age.

The 301 species (154 non-passerines and 147 passerines) most frequently caught in Western Europe by general ringers are presented in detail. To avoid mistakes, identification is systematically compared with species of similar appearance, which represents a total of more than 550 treated species. Homogenous treatment of all species groups precludes the recurrent pitfalls of using various books with variable modes of presentation and means fewer books to carry.

ISBN: 9782955501900

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Sale! Saltmarsh
Saltmarsh
Saltmarshes are both highly dynamic and hugely diverse. In Britain, wetlands with salt-tolerant plants occur not only along the coast, but also surprisingly further inland, along tidal rivers and even roads, as a result of the spread of de-icing salt. In this welcome addition to the current literature on the subject, Clive Chatters celebrates some of our most exciting and exceptional saltmarshes. Providing nursery sites for fish, feeding grounds for wintering birds and breeding grounds for waders, as well as supporting a huge variety of invertebrates, they are excellent spots for wildlife. Distinct zones of salt-tolerant vegetation communities and the great diversity of interfaces between saltmarshes and other habitats add to their appeal as a habitat that is worth exploring. ISBN: 9781472933591 By clicking the Buy button you can purchase this book through the Natural History Book Shop and we will receive a small percentage towards our work.
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Saltmarshes are both highly dynamic and hugely diverse. In Britain, wetlands with salt-tolerant plants occur not only along the coast, but also surprisingly further inland, along tidal rivers and even roads, as a result of the spread of de-icing salt.

In this welcome addition to the current literature on the subject, Clive Chatters celebrates some of our most exciting and exceptional saltmarshes. Providing nursery sites for fish, feeding grounds for wintering birds and breeding grounds for waders, as well as supporting a huge variety of invertebrates, they are excellent spots for wildlife. Distinct zones of salt-tolerant vegetation communities and the great diversity of interfaces between saltmarshes and other habitats add to their appeal as a habitat that is worth exploring.

ISBN: 9781472933591

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Sale! Where to Watch Birds in Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
Where to Watch Birds in Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
Whether local or visiting, expert or novice, Where to watch birds in Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight is the essential guide for any active birdwatcher in these counties. All significant birdwatching areas in the region are analysed under the headings 'Habitat', 'Timing', 'Access' and 'Calendar', providing all the information necessary to make the most of each and every trip, whatever the time of year. This substantially revised and expanded edition has new chapters, details of 'clusters' of sites easily accessible from particular holiday or population centres, additional information on access for the car-bound or disabled, as well as numerous examples of recent occurrences and significant status changes. ISBN: 9780713688139 By clicking the Buy button you can purchase this book through the Natural History Book Shop and we will receive a small percentage towards our work.
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Whether local or visiting, expert or novice, Where to watch birds in Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight is the essential guide for any active birdwatcher in these counties. All significant birdwatching areas in the region are analysed under the headings ‘Habitat’, ‘Timing’, ‘Access’ and ‘Calendar’, providing all the information necessary to make the most of each and every trip, whatever the time of year. This substantially revised and expanded edition has new chapters, details of ‘clusters’ of sites easily accessible from particular holiday or population centres, additional information on access for the car-bound or disabled, as well as numerous examples of recent occurrences and significant status changes.

ISBN: 9780713688139

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