The Biology of Temporary Waters
Temporary waters include intermittent streams and ponds, episodic rain puddles, seasonal limestone lakes, water-retaining structures of plants and man-made containers. This study focuses on the remarkable properties and adaptations of the obligate temporary-water species these habitats support.
A Wood of One's Own
After years in London, Ruth Pavey wanted to reconnect with the countryside and plant a wood of her own. Combining childhood memories, local history and nature writing, she tells how she bought four acres of scrubland in the Somerset Levels and set about transforming it, tree by tree, into a haven for wildlife. Illustrated with her own drawings, this is an account of the challenges she faced, the satisfaction she achieved, and the local characters she encountered.
The New Wild
Why Invasive Species Will Be Nature's Salvation
‘Britain is in the grip of an alien invasion’ was how the national press responded to Japanese Knotweed, while some people eat it like spinach and researchers describe Knotweed hysteria as ‘absurd’. Here, the award-winning environmental journalist Fred Pearce offers compelling evidence to dispel exaggerated fears surrounding ‘footloose species’ of flora and fauna, explores the new scientific thinking about foreign versus native species, and considers how the aliens might be ‘exactly the shot in the arm that real nature needs’.
The Nature Files
Conor Mark Jameson has spent most of his life exploring the natural world, and more recently communicating his enthusiasm to readers of a range of newspapers and magazines. This collection of his articles, along with unpublished essays, ranges from the peaks of New Zealand to the Peruvian rainforest, but above all celebrates the wildlife of everyday Britain through the changing seasons, in prose that is fresh, evocative, irreverent and witty.
The Changing Fortunes of Whales and Dolphins
The relationship between humans and cetaceans – whales, dolphins and porpoises – has changed dramatically over the centuries. Where once a lost or stranded whale was hacked to death, now desperate attempts would be made to save it. In this Natural History Museum book, Sarah Lazarus describes the history of whaling; 20th-century efforts to limit the industry; the dire threat of polluted oceans; and the relatively recent interest in ‘close encounters’ with whales and dolphins.
The Birds of CITES
And How to Identify Them
This comprehensive reference handbook was produced for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, to describe the birds of the world threatened with depletion or extinction. The large, beautifully drawn illustrations capture in exquisite detail many hundreds of species, and for each one there is information on its physical characteristics and its range. All technical terms are clearly explained, and there is a helpful guide to bird families.
Halsgrove Discover Series
With over 150 colour photographs, this journey from the sea to the summit of Scafell Pike explores the natural history of Lakeland through its various habitats - coastlands, meadows, woodlands, waters and fells. Varley also describes how the region has been shaped by human activities in the past and considers what the future holds as landscape, flora and fauna face climate change and rising sea levels. Foreword by Chris Bonington.