The Marine Life of Seychelles
Created by two photographers, one a Seychelles resident and conservationist, the other an award-winning specialist in underwater photography, this book records the vibrant marine life of the Seychelles’ coral reefs, granite seascapes, mangroves and seagrass beds. As well as the islands’ ecosystems, turtles, fishes and invertebrates, the authors include chapters on their status as Marine Protected Areas; conservation issues and the challenge of protecting this ‘underwater Eden’; and technical notes on the photography.
The Innocents Abroad
In 1867, Mark Twain joined a group of American tourists sailing aboard the steamship Quaker City to Europe and the Holy Land. Offering ‘no apologies for any departures from the usual style of travel-writing’, Twain produced a merciless satire on contemporary travel guides: a day-by-day, hugely entertaining account of his fellow ‘pilgrims’ and their ‘pleasure trip’, describing incidents such as a communal fumigation in Italy as well as the scenery and sights.
Stanfords travel Classics
The Stanfords Travel Classics series reprints the finest historical travel writing, including this trio of remarkable books: Robert Louis Stevenson’s Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes (1879); Edith Wharton’s In Morrocco (1920), an account of her journey from Rabat, via Fez to Marrakech at the end of the First World War; and Sailing Alone around the World (1900), in which Joshua Slocum tells the story of his 1895 circumnavigation in a 100-year-old rebuilt sloop.
The World's Great River Journeys
50 Scenic Voyages Along the Waterways of 6 Continents
A spectacular trip on a little boat along the Douro canyon that divides Portugal and Spain; steaming up the Orinoco; or cruising in French colonial style along the Lower Mekong from Vietnam to Cambodia … Magnificently illustrated with photographs and route maps, this volume describes 50 scenic voyages on rivers across the world, sailing in local craft, historic vessels or luxury cruisers, through cities and countryside, past famous sites or into the unknown.
A Naturalist's Guide to the Primates of Southeast Asia
East Asia and the Indian Sub-continent
Non-human primates in Southeast Asia are under threat, and this field guide lists 120 species with photographs, physical descriptions, ranges, unusual characteristics and tips for conservation-minded beginners searching for primates in the region.
A Naturalist's Guide to the Birds of China
Southeast China, Including Shanghai
The characteristics, distribution, habitat and migration patterns of 280 bird species are listed with photographs in this identification guide centred on seven provinces in Southeast China, including Hainan and Guangdong. Practical information for birdwatchers visiting the region is also included.
The Natural History of the Bible
A Guide for Bible Readers and Naturalists
The Bible abounds in references to plants and animals, from the fruit trees and snake in the Garden of Eden to Revelation’s visions of terrifying beasts. This guide to the flora and fauna of the Holy Land links these biblical references with the species that are still visible in today’s landscapes. It also shows how examples from nature were used figuratively in spiritual guidance aimed at an audience with everyday experience of the region’s wide range of habitats.
Great Railway Journeys in Australia & New Zealand
Railways have been essential to the economic and social development of Australia and New Zealand, transporting commodities from inland farms and quarries, and linking distant cities. This volume charts 34 of the most rewarding rail journeys in the two countries, each illustrated with colour photographs and a map, from New Zealand’s TranzAlpine to Australia’s Spirit of the Outback. It traces the history of each line, gives technical details of the track, locomotives and carriages, and highlights features of interest along the route.
Wild Sri Lanka
For an island of its size (25,000 square miles), Sri Lanka has a tremendous diversity of wildlife, with animals ranging from elephants and leopards to dragonflies, and it hosts two great wildlife spectacles, the annual Asian elephant Gathering and Sperm Whale super-pods. Written by a well-known champion of wildlife tourism in Sri Lanka, this book is an authoritative guide to the island’s habitats and its terrestrial and marine species, with spectacular photographs and information for visitors.
Journey Through the Philippines
An archipelago of over 7,000 islands, the Philippines has natural environments ranging from coral reefs, through beaches, lakes and forests to active volcanoes, and urban landscapes that can be ultra-modern or old colonial Spanish. Nigel Hicks, a photographer and frequent visitor to the islands, describes a selection of 30 of the most beautiful and interesting places and, having tempted travellers, provides them with practical information on visiting the Philippines.
Wild Flowers of the Mediterranean
This authoritative pocket guide identifies 530 of the most widespread and eye-catching flowering plants growing around the Mediterranean. The key is divided by flower colour, number of petals, and plants with inconspicuous flowers like trees and ferns. Illustrated with large-format colour photos, each entry includes common and scientific names, and describes plant uses, habitats and similar species.
A Naturalist's Guide to the Butterflies of Britain & Northern Europe
Beginning with a very accessible introduction to butterflies’ life cycle, behaviour, ecology and conservation, this guide contains descriptions and colour photographs of 158 species found in the British Isles and northern Europe. Notes on distribution, habitat and habits are included in the descriptions and there are generally two or three photographs (taken by Professor Benton) of each species.
The Naturalist on the River Amazons
From 1848 to 1859, Henry Walter Bates was exploring the Amazon rainforests in search of flora and fauna that would support Darwin’s theory of evolution. His book, first published in 1863, recounts his journeys and catalogues astonishing discoveries while evoking the natural beauty and rhythms of river and rainforest. This reprint of the first edition includes ‘An Appreciation’ by Charles Darwin.
The Coral Triangle
Deep-sea basins, shallow continental shelves and warm waters are the conditions that have produced the largest concentration of coral reefs in the world, making the island-dotted waters between the Pacific and Indian Oceans a haven for divers. With colourful underwater photography, this book explores the enormous biodiversity of the region and the delicate balance of its ecology, introducing each of the countries within the Coral Triangle and reviewing its marine life, endangered species and the conservation work being undertaken.
Cambodia, the Buddha and the Naga
Buddhism is more than a religion in Cambodia; it is a comprehensive system for living. This absorbing study, illustrated with colour photographs throughout, describes the Buddha's path to enlightenment, and the role of the naga, or serpent king, in protecting him. Through individual stories, it traces the cycle of death and rebirth, and shows how spirituality informs every aspect of the life of the nation.
Malaysia offers a striking variety of attractions for the visitor, from the high-rise skyline of the capital Kuala Lumpur to pristine beaches and rainforest trekking. Illustrated with colour photographs on every page, this attractive book gives an overview of Malaysia's geography, history, people, religion, arts and cuisine, before exploring both parts of the country: Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia, on the island of Borneo. Special features cover a wide range of topics, from festivals to street art.
The World's Most Exotic Railway Journeys
50 of the Most Dramatic, Scenic and Long-Distance Routes Across the Globe
Travel by railway, particularly on historic routes or to exotic locations, holds a romance that can't be matched. The 50 journeys traced in this book range from spectacular lines through the Andes or across the Khyber Pass, to travelling north from Helsinki to the Arctic and the famous Paris-to-Istanbul route of the Orient Express. Each report is based on first-hand experience and contains photographs, a route map, technical details of the engine and track, and train timetables.
A Journey Through Indo-China
Indo-China is the vast, varied region that extends between the Chinese landmass and the Malay Peninsula, the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea. Connected by rivers and divided by mountains, it is home to a rich diversity of peoples, cultures and languages. This attractive book describes the history, geography and climate of each of its five countries. Colour photographs convey the powerful appeal of its vibrant cities, ancient temples, lush rainforests and idyllic beaches.
A Naturalist's Guide to Insects
of Britain and Northern Europe
In this easy-to-use identification guide, Robert Read describes 280 species of insect commonly seen in the British Isles and northern Europe, with information on the seasons, habitat, habits and status and a colour photograph of each species. The book includes a colourful wall poster and has a tough plastic jacket, making it ideal for use in the field.