A photographic guide to habitats, this lavishly illustrated book provides a comprehensive overview of the natural history and conservation landscape of Britain and Ireland. In essence a field guide, the book leads the reader through all the main habitat types, with 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 book is the perfect companion for anyone travelling in Britain and Ireland, and 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 Information on key nature conservation designations and different systems of habitat classification
"Essential reading for all wildlife enthusiasts, professional ecologists and landscape architects... [I]t's an ideal field guide to the nation's nature."--Booktime "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."--Peter Eeles, Dispar "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 "This is a superb book and is for anyone who loves wildlife and discovering more about why they are seeing species where they do. It is truly a 'field' guide."--Drunkbirder "[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."--Matt Merritt, Bird Watching "[E]xcellent and valuable ... should be widely read by wildlife and landscape enthusiasts."--Rob Hume, Birdwatch "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 "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 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 "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."--Fatbirder "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."--GrrlScientist, Guardian "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 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 "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 "[A] beautifully produced book... Anyone with an interest in the outdoors will find this book indispensable. I will certainly be dipping into it frequently."--Tony Toole, Sherkin Comment "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