Britain’s Habitats: A Guide to the Wildlife Habitats of Great Britain and Ireland – Fully Revised and Updated Second Edition

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Britain’s Habitats: A Guide to the Wildlife Habitats of Great Britain and Ireland – Fully Revised and Updated Second Edition Authors: , , , Format: Paperback / softback First Published: Published By: Princeton University Press View more from this series: WILDGuides Series Pages: 416 Illustrations and other contents: 700 color photos, color maps and diagrams Language: English ISBN: 9780691203591 Categories: , , , , Tag:

This illustrated photographic guide provides a comprehensive overview of the natural history of wildlife habitats in Britain and Ireland. Now completely redesigned in a handy field-guide format, and featuring revised and updated text throughout. This new edition of Britain’s Habitats guides readers through all the main habitat types. It presents 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 new edition of Britain’s Habitats includes updated maps and additional photographs throughout, and covers a new habitat – gardens. The perfect companion for anyone travelling in Britain and Ireland, the book is 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
  • Features new to this edition include a field-guide format, updated maps, more photographs throughout and coverage of an additional habitat-gardens
Weight1.1 kg

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"Beautifully illustrated and fact-crammed guide. . . . Top marks."---Stuart Winter, Sunday Express "This is a stunning book in every way that a bibliophile or collector can imagine, and it's an inspirational book in every sense that a citizen scientist or a professional ecologist can wish for."---Grrl Scientist, Guardian "This is one of those books that I didn't know I needed until it arrived, and now that I do have it, I consider it an indispensable reference and simply cannot put it down as I plan my trip schedule for next year. This is also the first book of its kind that I've come across and, I am sure, will become a standard text for many other nature enthusiasts looking to make sense of the environment around them. This book sits comfortably alongside other reference works such as those on butterflies, moths, birds, plants and so on and . . . is highly recommended."---Pete Eeles, Dispar - The Online Journal of Lepidoptera "Essential reading for all wildlife enthusiasts, professional ecologists and landscape architects. . . . [I]t's an ideal field guide to the nation's nature." * Booktime * "The book opens up a treasure trove of previously unknown landscape, habitat and flora & fauna. . . . Anyone with an interest in the outdoors will thoroughly enjoy this book."---Phil Slade, Another Bird Blog "[B]oth inspiring and a wake-up call to anyone with an interest in the natural world . . . an invaluable reference resource as well as being an enjoyable read."---Matthew Merritt, Bird Watching "[E]xcellent and valuable . . . should be widely read by wildlife and landscape enthusiasts."---Rob Hume, Birdwatch "An essential companion to your species guides. Read it, enjoy it, take it into the field."---Anthony Robinson, British Wildlife "I like it . . . I like it a lot. This is a beautifully produced hardback volume that covers all of the main habitat types found across the islands of Britain and Ireland. Illustrated throughout with more than 680 colour photographs it is a visual feast . . . a good balance of information that's particularly well suited to the wildlife enthusiast, birder or anyone who loves the great outdoors and would like a better understanding of how it all fits together."---Calvin Jones, Ireland's Wildlife "Its detailed and authoritative treatment will make it a standard textbook for students and conservation professionals whilst its insightful content and attractive presentation will also guarantee its appeal to the general reader and amateur naturalist."---Andy Stoddart, Rare Bird Alert "Occasionally a book comes along the like of which you have never seen before. This is such a book. The beautifully produced work is a wonderful celebration of the rich diversity of Britain and Ireland's habitats, stunningly illustrated . . . This is much more than a coffee table book . . . The breadth of coverage and knowledge imparted is quite staggering. This is an essential reference book for anyone interested in our wildlife habitats, their extent, location, conservation, and much, much more."---Nigel Bourn, Butterfly Magazine "This is a highly impressive book. . . . As far as this reviewer is aware, there is no other printed work with this level of visual material describing and classifying the natural habitats of the British Isles."---Tony Chalcraft, Reference Reviews "The book is certainly crammed full of information and detail and any ecology student would do well to have this volume on their shelves."---Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, "This book is highly recommended to anyone wishing to gain a better understanding of our plants and their habitats."---Ro Scott, Highland Naturalist "This is a must for your bookshelves." * Highland News * "This ambitious book succeeds in describing the range of habitat types that exist in Britain and Ireland in an informative but engaging way. For anyone wanting to learn more about the fabric and texture of the countryside, the book is an excellent starting point."---Rob Fuller, British Birds "I found this book a great pleasure to read and will be dipping into it frequently in the future. Anyone with an interest in the outdoors will love it and I would recommend without hesitation that it be placed on the reference shelves of every university, college, school and public library."---Anthony Toole, Waterstones "A lavishly illustrated book aimed at inspiring naturalists and country lovers. It should be required reading for environment ministers and their senior civil servants."---Michael Scott, Conservation Biology "Everyone should browse this book and, with deeper understanding, rejoice in the green and pleasant land in which we live--and consider how it might be maintained and improved for future generations"---Rob Robinson, BTO "It's a very informative piece of work and every birder should take a look either to refresh their fieldcraft or maybe to start them on the path of seeing the environment as a whole not just our normal narrow avian focus." * Fat Birder * "A very informative, clearly-written handbook, essential for modern day field workers."---John Badmin, British Journal of Entomology and Natural History "Authoritative guide . . . . an even more useful and attractive book than in its previous incarnation. Highly recommended."---Andy Musgrove, British Trust for Ornithology "Britain's Habitats shines in two regards: it makes for an excellent guide for those travelling through Britain (anywhere in the country), and it offers a deeper understanding of what nature has to offer."---Mihai Andrei, ZME Science "This is undoubtedly the best habitat book I have seen in a long time and will be an invaluable book to the beginner and expert alike."---Neville Davies, Gwent Wildlife Trust "Another excellent book in the wild guide series and it is perfect for planning a visit to a particular habitat and even now more functional as it can now be carried in the field. This is another essential addition to the naturalist's library."---Roy Stewart, British Naturalists Association "It's great to see that this wild guide bangs the drum for conservation. . . . The great thing about the wild guides is that you can visit an area and then look it up when you get a chance. Learning about habitats, how they work and how we can all help to protect them, is important to ensure our wildlife is protected for future generations." * Lapwing Magazine *

Author Biography

Sophie Lake and Durwyn Liley are professional ecologists who work at Footprint Ecology and live near the Purbeck Heaths and Poole Harbour in Dorset. They have worked in nature conservation for more than twenty years and this book is the result of their passion for natural history, ecology and the wild places in which they have lived, travelled and worked. Robert Still, the cofounder of WILDGuides, is an ecologist and graphic artist, and has designed more than thirty of its titles. Andy Swash, the managing director of WILDGuides, is an ecologist and wildlife photographer. Still and Swash are the coauthors of a number of books, including Britain's Butterflies and Britain's Mammals (both WILDGuides).