Seaweeds of Britain and Ireland. 2nd edition


Seaweeds of Britain and Ireland. 2nd edition Author: Format: Paperback First Published: Published By: Wild Nature Press View more from this series: Wild Nature Press
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Pages: 312 Illustrations and other contents: colour photographs thoughout ISBN: 9780995567337 Categories: , ,

New extensively revised and updated Second Edition

The cool temperate waters of our British and Irish seas contain an astonishing 6% of the world’s algal species, more than 600 different seaweeds, and yet most divers, snorkelers and rockpoolers can put names to only a handful of them. The first edition of Seaweeds of Britain and Ireland has proved invaluable to an enormous number of people, not just volunteer Seasearch divers and snorkellers, and this eagerly-awaited second edition will no doubt prove to be equally as popular. The aim of this book is to introduce the reader to the wonderful marine environment around Britain and Ireland, and improve identification to the wealth of seaweeds so often overlooked.

With over 550 colour photographs and illustrations this guide is an invaluable aid to any person wishing to identifying seaweeds.

Seaweeds of Britain and Ireland has been produced as a part of the Seasearch project, which offers training in the identification of marine life and habitats and encourages recording by volunteers.
Foreword by Mike Guiry

Weight0.72 kg



It is sometimes easy to forget the wealth of diversity and beauty of the `smaller stuff' when it comes to seaweed, a problem more than remedied by this guide. Over the course of my PhD I have been lucky enough to have had the opportunity, albeit at times a particularly head-scratchingly challenging one, to get to grips with a host of red algae from all around the UK. To stand a chance at identifying the samples set before me, I used the best resource I could get my hands on, which turned out to be the first edition of this guide. As a relative beginner in algae identification, it helped me to know where to start. The second edition expands on the first, and is better for it. Featuring 238 species, including the majority of the macroscopic green, brown and red algal species found both intertidally and sub-tidally around the UK, it is a truly valuable resource, either for those familiar with seaweeds, or for those starting to look seriously at seaweed identification. A comprehensive introduction contains sections on seaweed names, a note on seaweed distributions, a great section on common seaweed habitats, and an all-important glossary to help you get your head around some of the more complex terminologies. The bulk of the book is made up of an easy-to-use identification key, which sorts seaweeds into broad morphological groups before getting down to the nitty gritty. With beautiful colour photographs throughout, this is a great guide for all who love seaweeds, or for those who just enjoy being out on the shore. Harry Teagle in The Marine Biologist magazine

Author Biography

Francis Bunker is a marine biologist, diver and photographer with a passion for seaweeds and communicating his subject to others. Francis taught field studies at Orielton Field Centre in Pembrokeshire in the 1980s and led the local diving club to do marine biology surveys around Skomer which helped ii achieve MNR (now MCZ) status. During this time, he met his co-authors and they have remained friends and colleagues ever since.  Francis formed his environmental consultancy Marineseen in 1989 and has written hundreds of reports and contributed to several published works, diving all around the UK and various far flung corners of the world when opportunities arise.Juliet Brodie is a research leader in phycology at the Natural History Museum, London, specialising in the taxonomy, ecology, biodiversity and conservation of seaweeds. She studied red seaweeds for her PhD, supervised by Prof. Michael Guiry, at Galway University, Ireland, where she holds an adjunct Professorship. She is a specialist in Porphyra, red seaweed eaten around the world (e.g. laver bread in Wales and nori -- the wrapping in sushi).  She initiated the Big Seaweed Search take-part/citizen-science/big-seaweed-search.html which you can join in. Juliet is currently President of the International Phycological Society.Christine Maggs has been interested in seaweeds since childhood. During her degree in Botany, she had a work placement on seaweeds in the Natural History Museum, London, and went on a scientific diving expedition to Brazil.  She was appointed as lecturer in marine biology at Queen's University Belfast in 1995 and became Professor of Phycology in 2004. She has published over 120 peer-reviewed scientific papers and co-authored two books in the Seaweeds of the British Isles series. Christine and Juliet are joint Editors-in-Chief of the European Journal of Phycology.Anne Bunker was inspired to follow a career in marine biology by family trips to the seaside and an A-level field trip to Kilve Court in Somerset. She now lives beside the tidal Pembroke River and some wonderful seashores where she enjoys studying seaweeds in her spare time. Anne taught marine ecology to students at Orielton Field Centre before joining the Countryside Council for Wales as part of its intertidal survey team. She is currently a Marine Conservation Officer for Natural Resources Wales.