Philip's Guide to Freshwater Fish of Britain and Europe

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Author: Peter S. Maitland,Keith Linsell

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780540088812

Category: Freshwater fishes

Page: 272

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The illustrated keys allow the rapid identification of species; in the introductory chapter is a key to the families of fish, which enable readers to quickly find the family to which their specimen belongs, and at the start of the chapter on each family, a detailed key identifies the exact species.

Britain's Freshwater Fishes

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Author: Mark Everard

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400846897

Category: Nature

Page: 144

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Britain hosts a diversity of freshwater environments, from torrential hill streams and lowland rivers to lakes and reservoirs, ponds and canals, and ditches and estuaries. Britain's Freshwater Fishes covers more than 50 species of freshwater and brackish fish found in these waters. This beautifully illustrated guide features in-the-hand and in-the-water photographs throughout, and accessible and informative overviews of topics such as fish biology and life cycles. Detailed species accounts describe key identification features, with information on status, size and weight, habitat, ecology, and conservation. The book also includes a glossary and suggestions for further reading. This easy-to-use field guide will be invaluable to anyone interested in Britain's freshwater fish life, from naturalists and academics to students and anglers. Covers all of Britain's freshwater fishes Features beautiful photos throughout Includes detailed information on more than 50 species, the places they inhabit, and their roles in Britain's ecosystems Attractively designed and easy to use

Britain's Birds

An Identification Guide to the Birds of Britain and Ireland

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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

Freshwater Fisheries Management

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Author: Robin G. Templeton

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9780852382097

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 256

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The new edition of this widely successful text continues to offer a wealth of essential information and practical guidance for all involved in freshwater fisheries management in temperate regions. Whilst the whole text has been fully revised and many sections have been completely rewritten to cover the many advances and developments of the last decade, the clarity of presentation and accessibility of style, hallmarks of the previous edition, are retained. Once more, the text is primarily concerned with the British Isles. However, the principles described and examples given are widely applicable in many other countries.

Tracks and Signs of the Animals and Birds of Britain and Europe

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Author: Lars-Henrik Olsen

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400847923

Category: Nature

Page: 272

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This beautifully illustrated field guide enables you to easily identify the tracks and signs left by a wide variety of mammal and bird species found in Britain and Europe, covering behaviors ranging from hunting, foraging, and feeding to courtship, breeding, and nesting. Introductory chapters offer detailed drawings of footprints and tracks of large and small mammals, which are followed by sections on mammal scat, bird droppings, and the feeding signs of animals on food sources such as nuts, cones, and rose hips. The book then describes specific mammal species, providing information on size, distribution, behavior, habitat, and similar species, as well as more specific detail on tracks and scat. Distribution maps are also included. This indispensable field guide covers 175 species of mammals and birds, and features a wealth of stunning color photos and artwork throughout. Helps you easily identify the tracks and signs of a variety of mammals and birds Covers 175 species Illustrated throughout with photos, drawings, and artwork ncludes informative descriptions of mammal species along with distribution maps

England's Rare Mosses and Liverworts

Their History, Ecology, and Conservation

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Author: Ron D. Porley

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400846919

Category: Nature

Page: 224

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This is the first book to cover England's rare and threatened mosses and liverworts, collectively known as bryophytes. As a group, they are the most ancient land plants and occupy a unique position in the colonization of the Earth by plant life. However, many are at risk from habitat loss, pollution, climate change, and other factors. Britain is one of the world's best bryologically recorded areas, yet its mosses and liverworts are not well known outside a small band of experts. This has meant that conservation action has tended to lag behind that of more charismatic groups such as birds and mammals. Of the 916 different types of bryophyte in England, 87 are on the British Red List and are regarded as threatened under the strict criteria of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. This book aims to raise awareness by providing stunning photographs--many never before published--of each threatened species, as well as up-to-date profiles of 84 of them, including status, distribution, history, and conservation measures. The book looks at what bryophytes are, why they are important and useful, and what makes them rare; it also examines threats, extinctions, ex situ conservation techniques, legislation, and the impact of the 1992 Convention on Biological Diversity. Provides the first treatment of England's rare and threatened mosses and liverworts Features stunning photographs--many never before published--of each species and many of their habitats Treats each species in a handy and attractive double-page layout Includes up-to-date profiles of 84 species, including status, distribution, history, and conservation measures Presents the first overview of English bryophyte conservation Offers invaluable guidance to people working in conservation in England, the British Isles, Europe, and beyond

Britain's Reptiles and Amphibians

A Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Great Britain, Ireland and the Channel Islands

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Author: Howard Inns

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781903657256

Category: Nature

Page: 164

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This detailed guide to the reptiles and amphibians of Britain, Ireland, and the Channel Islands has been produced, with the collaboration of the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust, with the aim of inspiring an increased level of interest in these exciting and fascinating animals. It is designed to help anyone who finds a lizard, snake, turtle, tortoise, terrapin, frog, toad, or newt to identify it with confidence. Stunning photography An easy-to-use approach to identification Superbly illustrated introductory sections on the biology and conservation, taxonomy, lifecycle, and behavior of each species group Profiles of the 16 native reptiles and amphibians that breed in Britain, Ireland, and the Channel Islands and the 5 marine turtles that visit Britain's seas Profiles of 7 established nonnative species and a summary of 8 more with a history of release/escape Distribution maps based on the latest available information Hints and tips on where, when, and how to watch reptiles and amphibians

Britain's Butterflies

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

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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

Badgered to Death

The People and Politics of the Badger Cull

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Author: Dominic Dyer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780993040757

Category: Nature

Page: 240

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Dominic Dyer picks apart the science and electioneering behind Britain's most controversial wildlife policy: the badger cull. He exposes the catastrophic handling of bovine TB by the UK government and its close relationship with the National Farmers' Union. Introduction by Chris Packham, the naturalist and BBC Springwatch presenter.

Britain's Spiders

A Field Guide

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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

Britain's Day-flying Moths

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

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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

The World's Rarest Birds

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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 Hoverflies

A Field Guide, Revised and Updated Second Edition

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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

Wildlife of Madagascar

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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

Freshwater Fishes in Britain

The Species and Their Distribution

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Author: Cynthia E. Davies,Jonathan Shelley,Paul Harding

Publisher: Brill Academic Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 176

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Dealing with the detailed occurrence of freshwater fishes in Britain this book is aimed at the general naturalist, as well as anglers, research scientists and those concerned with managing rivers and other waterbodies.

Small Freshwater Creatures

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Author: Lars-Henrik Olsen,Jakob Sunesen,Bente Vita Pedersen

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198507987

Category: Nature

Page: 229

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This delightful book is one of the first three volumes of Oxford University Press's new Pocket Guide European natural history series. The series fills the need for lighter weight guides for those who want to find out about the common organisms they come across during countryside excursions without having the specialist knowledge required to make detailed species identifications. All the books in the series are attractively designed and generously illustrated with plentiful high quality colour line drawings and photographs throughout. The accompanying text is short but informative, with notes on general biology as well as on identification. Small Freshwater Creatures covers the more common 'creepy-crawlies', fish, and amphibians likely to be encountered by pond- and stream-dippers. They are arranged by animal group and also by the place they might be found, whether in on floating leaves or in the depths, in polluted or clean water. Sections on the animals' ecology, a glossary, and on further reading will allow the book to be used as a springboard for further study.

Endemic Plants of the Altai Mountain Country

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Author: A. I. Pyak,A. L. Ebel,S. C. Shaw

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781903657225

Category: Nature

Page: 368

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Under its Living Planet Campaign, the World Wildlife Fund has identified 200 of the Earth's most biologically outstanding habitats. One of these is the Altai-Sayan Montane Forests Ecoregion, an extraordinary mosaic of coniferous forests, intermontane steppe, and alpine meadows that lies on the borders of Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, and China, and where half the flora of Siberia can be found. The team of authors responsible for producing this remarkable book has surveyed more than 300 endemic plants, many of which are important for medicine or food, to plug a gap in the knowledge of a poorly studied region. The book contains the first photographs published of many of the species and is a testament to international scientific collaboration. The first guide to the flora of this region, which lies on the borders of Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, and China The first detailed and comprehensive account of the 288 endemic and subendemic plants of the Altai Mountain range, over 30 of which were found and named by the authors Illustrated profiles of 100 of the endemic plants, with detailed information on taxonomy, key identification features, flowering times, distribution, habitat preferences, conservation status, threats, and cultivation Over 180 stunning photographs of habitats and plants, including many species photographed for the first time during recent expeditions Introductory chapters provide general information on the environmental and socioeconomic conditions of the region, together with details of the main habitat types, the Altai flora and its features, and the endemic flora. Information is also provided about the main protected areas in the region, and when and how to visit.