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Marine & Freshwater Biology

Find titles that cover the fascinating science of oceanography and marine biology, from identification guides to sea and seashore life, invertebrates, fishes, reptiles and seabirds; from whales, dolphins and manatees to walrus and polar bears. Many specialist titles on plants, pollution and the state of the marine environment in general.

  • Whales and Dolphins of the European Atlantic: The Bay of Biscay, English Channel, Celtic Sea, and Coastal Southwest Ireland25% OFF
    Whales and Dolphins of the European… by Dylan Walker, Graeme Cresswell

    This is the first comprehensive guide to describe all of the 27 species of whale, dolphin and porpoise that have occurred in the European Atlantic. For every species there is a description of the key identification features, notes on how to separate it from similar species, a brief natural history and a map showing its known distribution and likelihood of occurrence. Colour plates, 88pp. 2008 2nd edition

    Paperback £8.95 RRP: £11.95Buy Now
  • The Blue50% OFF
    The Blue by UNESCO

    Limited edition published in conjunction with UNESCO to celebrate our planet's oceans. Features work from some of the greatest underwater photographers and ocean writers such as David Bellamy, Jean Michel-Cousteau, Buzz Aldrin and Sylvia Earle.

    Hardback £19.99 RRP: £39.99Buy Now
  • The Encyclopedia of Sharks
    The Encyclopedia of Sharks by Steve Parker

    An up to date account of the world's most primitive and feared predators. Covers their evolution, their powerful bodies and amazing senses, how they swim, hunt, feed, breed, hibernate, migrate and survive in their aquatic environment. Colour photographs, maps, 224pp. 2008

    Paperback £16.99 Buy Now
  • Octopus: The Ocean's Intelligent Invertebrate
    Octopus: The Ocean's Intelligent… by Jennifer A Mather et al.

    Brings readers face to face with these amazingly complex animals that have fascinated scientists for decades. From the molluscan ancestry of today's octopus to its ingenious anatomy, amazing mating and predatory behaviours, and other-worldly relatives, the authors take readers through the astounding life cycle, uncovering the details of distinctive octopus personalities. Colour photographs, 240pp. 2010

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  • Encyclopedia of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises
    Encyclopedia of Whales, Dolphins and… by Hoyt, Erich

    In the Encyclopedia of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises, award-winning author and whale researcher Erich Hoyt takes readers into the field for an intimate encounter with some 90 species of cetaceans that make their homes in the world's oceans. Drawing on decades of firsthand experience and a comprehensive familiarity with the current revolution in cetacean studies, Hoyt provides unique insights into the life histories of these compelling marine mammals. Here are discoveries about cetacean biology and behavior, from the physical differences and adaptations among the baleen and toothed whales to their highly intelligent hunting and feeding methods. The courtship and mating practices, family relationships and the lifelong bonds among some family members are fascinating. The symphonic composer of the whale world is the humpback whale, whose complex 30-minute songs reverberate across the liquid universe of the ocean. Some cetaceans survive deep diving and negotiate lengthy migrations across oceans. This book is a fascinating compilation of the latest data on cetaceans and an impassioned argument for the ongoing need for international protection of at-risk populations and their increasingly damaged habitat. Encyclopedia of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises includes: • detailed profiles of 90 current species of cetaceans • a report on the newly discovered species in the genus Berardius, a small black form related to the Baird's beaked whale • fascinating sidebars that bring to life cetacean society and culture • an enlightening discussion of the differences between dolphins and porpoises • new information on the history and impact of whaling • illustrations of each species by renowned artist Uko Gorter • color photographs by world-famous marine photographer Brandon Cole, among others.

    Hardback £30.00 Info
  • Collins Complete Guide to British Coastal Wildlife
    Collins Complete Guide to British… by Paul Sterry, Andrew Cleave

    This informative photographic guide will help nature enthusiasts visiting the seashore to discover and quickly and accurately identify over 400 species of animals and plants commonly found in the coastal areas of Britain. Young and old alike will delight in this beautifully practical guide. Colour photographs, 320pp. 2012

    Paperback £17.99 Buy Now
  • The Shark That Walks on Land: And Other Strange but True Tales of Mysterious Sea Creatures
    The Shark That Walks on Land: And Other… by Michael Bright

    This title uncovers tales of ancient and modern mariners, with stories of sea serpents, mermaids and mermen, sea dragons, and the true identity of the legendary kraken. But this is more than a showcase for mystery beasts, for marine biologists from all over the world are the modern myth busters and are finding all manner of unusual animals, many new to science. Illustration type: Black and white illustrations, 285pp. 2013

    Hardback £12.99 Buy Now
  • Rivers: Volume 325% OFF
    Rivers: Volume 3 by Nigel Holmes, Paul Raven

    Detailed information about each of the huge variety of river types to be found in Britain and their flora and fauna. Chapters include Rivers through the ages, The making and shaping of our rivers, Assessing the health of our rivers, River macrophytes, Plants of the river banks, floodplains and valley sides, Small creatures without backbones: macroinvertebrates in our rivers, Fish and frogs: cold blooded vertebrates found in our rivers, Fur and feathers: birds and mammals of our rivers, and, Comparison of three rivers, Meon, Dee and Endrick. Illustration type: Colour photographs, 432pp. 2014

    Hardback £25.99 RRP: £35.00Buy Now
  • A Student's Guide to the Seashore20% OFF
    A Student's Guide to the Seashore by John Fish, Susan Fish

    Concise guide allows students to identify over 650 of the common, widespread animals and seaweeds of the shore. User friendly dichotomous keys are suppoted by diagnostic features and biology of each species. Notes accompanying each species, giving a fascinating insight into thne diversity and complexity of life on the shore. B/w and colour illustrations, 544pp. 3rd edition 2011

    Paperback £31.99 RRP: £39.99Buy Now
  • Do Whales Get the Bends? Answers to 118 Fascinating Questions about the Sea
    Do Whales Get the Bends? Answers to 118… by Tony Rice

    Using a question and answer format, this entertaining narrative addresses a multitude of general interest questions about the sea, sea life, seabirds and man's relationship with the sea. Do you ever wonder whether drinking seawater will drive you mad? Whether fish drink water or does anything eat jellyfish? This title will answer these and over 100 intriguing questions. B/w diagrams, 165pp. 2010

    Paperback £9.99 Buy Now
  • Ireland's Hidden Depth's
    Ireland's Hidden Depth's by Paul Kay

    by Paul Kay

    Ireland's cool temperate seas have a wealth of amazing marine life, glorious kelp forests and spectacular undersea scenery. This title's aim is to showcase the marine world which surrounds Ireland and which is all too often overlooked.

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  • RSPB Handbook of the Seashore
    RSPB Handbook of the Seashore by Maya Plass

    It will help you to easily identify and learn about the life cycles and anatomy of the species you discover, and features useful sections on the tidal cycle, how to read tide tables, where to look, conservation and climate change concerns, and who to call should you come across something unexpected on your next beach visit. Featuring over 200 species accounts - each with a photo, full description, and details of distribution and zonation - this brand new guide is written throughout in engaging text suitable for families, students and anyone who loves to visit the seashore.

    Paperback £12.99 Buy Now
  • Reef Life: A Guide to Tropical Marine Life
    Reef Life: A Guide to Tropical Marine… by Brandon Cole, Scott Michael

    A gallery of more than 400 species offers readers an extensive identification guide to the most-likely encountered fishes and features each in detail: name, species, habitat, range and a description particular to the animal covered. With sections on invertebrates and algae, this guide reveals much about the range of animals and plants in the undersea ecosystem.

    Paperback £30.00 Buy Now
  • The Biology of Rocky Shores
    The Biology of Rocky Shores by Colin Little et al.

    An introduction to the organisms that live on temperate rocky shores and is suitable for field courses and lectures. It takes examples from all over the world and describes the physical factors that affect the organisms, the biology of the animals and plants living on the shore and provides field course and project work examples. Also discusses pollution and conservation. Line drawings, halftones, 352pp. 2nd edition 2009

    Paperback £36.00 Buy Now
  • Collins Pocket Guide: Freshwater Life Britain and Northern Europe
    Collins Pocket Guide: Freshwater Life… by Malcolm Greenhalgh, Denys Ovenden

    Covers northern Europe, including the mainly freshwater environment of the Baltic Sea. Describes and illustrates over 900 species of plant and animal visible with the naked eye, from damselflies and dragonflies to beetles and molluscs, 256pp. 2007

    Paperback £20.00 Buy Now
  • Dangerous Marine Mammals
    Dangerous Marine Mammals by Matthias Bergbauer et al.

    Covers all forms of dangerous sealife. Describes jellyfish, molluscs, crustaceans, urochordates, fish, reptiles, seabirds, cetaceans and sea mammals. Colour photographs, maps, 384pp. 2009

    Paperback £29.99 Buy Now
  • World Ocean Census: A Global Survey of Marine Life
    World Ocean Census: A Global Survey of… by Darlene Trew Crist et al.

    The Census of Marine Life was launched in the year 2000 with the goal of producing the first ever ocean census by 2010. Two thousand scientists from 82 nations agreed to the mandate to answer three important questions. What once lived in the global ocean? What is living there now? What will live there in the future? This critical data will be studied for decades to come. Colour photographs, 256pp. 2009

    Hardback £30.00 Buy Now
  • Life in the Greek Sea and the Mediterranean
    Life in the Greek Sea and the… by Noelle & Dinos Simeonidis

    Presents a large number of species of marine flora and flora which a diver can find on the seabed, without the use of special equipment. Informative text on characteristics, habitat and distribution of each species. Colour photographs, 248pp. 2010

    Paperback £29.99 Buy Now
  • Concise Seashore Wildlife Guide
    Concise Seashore Wildlife Guide -

    Packed with information on nearly 180 species that live in the area between land and sea called intertidal or littoral zone. A concise general description covers size, habitat, ecology and distribution. Colour illustrations, 192pp. 2011

    Paperback £4.99 Buy Now
  • Do Fish Sleep? Fascinating Answers to Questions about Fishes
    Do Fish Sleep? Fascinating Answers to… by Judith S Weis

    Organised in an easy-to-read and accessible question-and-answer format of over 100 interesting facts from fish biology basics to the importance of preserving and restoring fish diversity and healthy populations. A captivating read for fish enthusiasts of all ages and also the perfect primer for those just about to get their feet wet. Dive in! Colour and black and white photographs, 240pp. 2011

    Paperback £19.50 Buy Now
  • Field Guide for Sharks of the Genus Carcharhinus
    Field Guide for Sharks of the Genus… by Matthias Voigt, Dietmar Weber

    An identification key is given to determine and to differentiate the species. For each species an extended list of characters is given including coloured figures to show the lateral and ventral view, a detailed view of nostril and teeth, as well as some cases of juveniles and special characters. Colour plates, distribution maps, tables, 151pp. 2011

    Paperback £35.00 Buy Now
  • Britain's Freshwater Fishes
    Britain's Freshwater Fishes by Mark Everard

    This title covers the 53 species of freshwater and brackish fishes that are native, or have been introduced and become naturalised. Detailed species accounts describe the key identification features and provide information on status, size and weight, habitat, ecology and conservation. Illustration type: Colour photographs, 144pp. 2013

    Paperback £17.95 Buy Now
  • Guide to Rocky Shore Lichens25% OFF
    Guide to Rocky Shore Lichens by Frank Dobson

    Key to identify species using growth forms and colour photographs. 2006

    Chart £2.25 RRP: £3.00Buy Now
  • A Photographic Guide to Seashore Life of Australia
    A Photographic Guide to Seashore Life… by Keith Davey

    A guide to a wide ranging selection of about 250 spp of animals & plants found around the shores of Australia. Colour photographs 144pp 1998

    Paperback £10.99 Buy Now
  • Sea and Shore Life of Qatar (Qatar Nature Explorer)
    Sea and Shore Life of Qatar (Qatar… by Frances Gillespie

    The Qatar Nature Explorer series offers a unique insight into Qatar's natural history and wildlife, and is an essential resource for schools and parents. 32pp. 2013

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  • Guide to the Common Seashells of Britain and Ireland
    Guide to the Common Seashells of… by Chris Shields

    Covers common seashells found around the shores of Britain and Ireland. Includes both the bivalves (including mussels, cockles, scallops, razor shells, oysters, venus shells and others) and the gastropds (including topshells, periwinkles, limpets, cowries and whelks). Accompanying text gives more information about how to identify each type of shell. Illustration type: Colour illustrations. 2013

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  • A Beginner's Guide to Ireland's Seashores
    A Beginner's Guide to Ireland's Seashores by Helena Challinor et al.

    Provides common, scientific and irish names of 125 animals and plants, with clear simple descriptions, including size, colour, habitat and location on the shore. Colour photographs, 208pp. Reprinted 2010

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  • Wildlife of the North Atlantic: A Cruising Guide
    Wildlife of the North Atlantic: A… by Tony Soper

    Covers the surface wildlife that inhabits the waters of the North Atlantic. Ideal for anyone at sea exploring the coast between Brittany and the British Isles, Norway, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland, Newfoundland and Maine.

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  • Diving and Snorkelling Guide to Belize
    Diving and Snorkelling Guide to Belize by Franz O Meyer

    Detailed descriptions of 35 dive sites off Lighthouse Reef Glover Reef and Turneffe Island. Full information on depth visibility temperature marine life & expertise required for each dive. Colour photos throughout maps 96pp 1990

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  • The Natural History Book; The Ultimate Visual Guide to Everything on Earth
    The Natural History Book; The Ultimate… by DK Publishing, Foreword by Cristian Samper

    A complete survey of the Earth's natural history. Each geological and biological grouping is introduced and explained in an engaging and highly informative way. From granites to grape vines, from microbes to mammals, this is a true visual dictionary of every kingdom of life. Colour photographs, 648pp. 2010

    Hardback £30.00 Buy Now
  • Snails on Rocky Sea Shores (Naturalists' Handbook No. 30)
    Snails on Rocky Sea Shores… by John Crothers

    The snails found living on rocky sea shores are among the most rewarding invertebrate animals to study. Species such as dog-whelks, topshells and winkles are easy to find, capture, identify, measure and mark. This book provides a key to common species, background ecology, an overview of rocky shore habitats and the techniques required for anyone to study this fascinating and accessible fauna. Colour photographs, b/w illustrations, figures, 116pp. 2012

    Paperback £19.99 Buy Now
  • A Key to the Major Groups of British Freshwater Invertebrates
    A Key to the Major Groups of British… by Paul Croft

    Enables beginners to identify living animals encountered during the course of field studies. The key covers the invertebrates found in all types of freshwater - pools, lakes, streams and rivers. B/w illustrations, 60pp. 2012 reprint

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  • The Biology of Ponds and Lakes
    The Biology of Ponds and Lakes by Christer Bronmark, Lars-Anders Hansson

    A comprehensive overview of the evolution of freshwater organisms, the importance of biotic interactions including competition, predation, parasitism, symbiosis & food web relationships. A final chapter deals with conservation & the threats posed by human activities. Line drawings, 288pp. 2nd edition 2005 (with corrections) 2006, 2008, 2009

    Paperback £34.95 Buy Now
  • The Biology of Reefs and Reef Organisms
    The Biology of Reefs and Reef Organisms by Walter M Goldberg

    Examines the nature not only of coral reefs but also of sponge reefs, worm reefs, and oyster reefs, explaining the factors that influence their growth, distribution, and structure. A central focus of the book is reef construction, with details of the plants and animals that form the scaffold of the reef system and allow for the attachment and growth of other organisms, including those that function as bafflers, binders, and cementing agents. Also includes reef ecology, paleontology, and biogeography, all of which serve as background for the problems reefs face today and the challenge of their conservation. Illustration type: Colour plates, Halftones, Line drawings, Tables, 328pp. 2013

    Paperback £38.50 Buy Now
  • Australia: The East (Travellers' Wildlife Guides)
    Australia: The East (Travellers'… by Les Beletsky

    Identification and location information on the most frequently seen animals and colour illistrations of nearly 650 of Australia's most common fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Up to date information on the ecology, behaviour and conservation of profiled animals.

    Paperback £18.99 Buy Now
  • Belize & Northern Guatemala (Travellers' Wildlife Guides)
    Belize & Northern Guatemala… by Les Beletsky

    Provides identifying information on the most frequently encountered species of amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds of Belize and Northern Guatemala. Colour photographs and illustrations, 520pp. 2004

    Paperback £18.99 Buy Now
  • Florida (Travellers' Wildlife Guides)
    Florida (Travellers' Wildlife Guides) by Fiona Sunquist et al.

    Colour photographs and illustrations of more than 600 of Florida's most common insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals and plants with information on identifying and locating them. Brief descriptions of the most frequently visited parks and reserves.

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  • Peru (Travellers' Wildlife Guides)
    Peru (Travellers' Wildlife Guides) by David L Pearson, Les Beletsky

    Provides identifying information on the most frequently encountered species of amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds. Colour photographs and illustrations, 520pp. 2004

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  • Southern Mexico (Travellers' Wildlife Guides)
    Southern Mexico (Travellers' Wildlife… by Les Beletsky

    Information on habitats of Southern Mexico, the most common plants you will encounter, underwater animals that divers and snorkelers actually see, and colour illustrations of approximately 550 of the most common fish amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

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  • Seaweeds of the British Isles: Volume 1, Rhodophyta, Part 1: Introduction, Nemaliales, Gigartinales
    Seaweeds of the British Isles: Volume… by Peter S Dixon, Linda M Irvine

    A general introduction deals with morphology, reproduction and economic utilization. Each species is then described and illustrated with notes on the ecology and distribution, Keys, black and white drawings, 252pp. Reprinted 2011

    Paperback £39.99 Buy Now
  • Seaweeds of the British Isles: Volume 1, Rhodophyta, Part 2A: Cryptonemiales (sensu stricto), Palmari
    Seaweeds of the British Isles: Volume… by Linda M Irvine

    Covers the species attributed to the orders Cryptonemiales, Palmariales and Rhodymeniales. Each species incorporates notes on ecology and distribution. Keys, black and white illustrations, 115pp. Reprinted 2011

    Paperback £34.99 Buy Now
  • Seaweeds of the British Isles: Volume 1, Rhydophyta, Part 2B: Corallinales, Hildenbrandiales
    Seaweeds of the British Isles: Volume… by Linda M Irvine, Yvonne M Chamberlain

    All subfamilies, genera and species are described with notes on ecology and distribution. Concise but comprehensive and practical introduction and a complete re-evaluation of British Isles taxa in consultation with other international specialists. In addition, one new species and three new combinations are proposed. Black and white illustrations, 276pp. 1984. Reprinted 2011

    Paperback £39.99 Buy Now
  • ID Chart - The Freshwater Name Trail
    ID Chart - The Freshwater Name Trail by Orton, Bebbington

    This 8 sided laminated fold out colour identification chart of Freshwater Animals is aimed at KS2 children and above.

    Laminated chart £3.00 Buy Now
  • ID Chart - Rocky Shores Name Trail
    ID Chart - Rocky Shores Name Trail by Mark Ward et al.

    This 8 sided laminated fold out colour identification chart of common seashore animals and plants will help you to identify some of the flora and fauna that you are most likely to see.

    Laminated chart £3.00 Buy Now
  • Caribbean Diving Guide
    Caribbean Diving Guide by Kurt Amsler

    Introduces the reader to 36 dives considered to be the finest in the entire Caribbean area. Includes brief descriptions of the fish typically encountered in these waters and contains many items of practical importance. Covers Florida Keys, Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Mexico, Belize, Dutch and French Antilles, Honduras and Cuba. Colour photographs, diagrams, 168pp. 1996

    Paperback £16.95 Buy Now
  • Coastlines: The Story of Our Shores
    Coastlines: The Story of Our Shores by Patrick Barkham

    Through a series of walks and rambles beside the sea, the author tells the engaging stories of some notable stretches of coastline in England, Wales and Northern Ireland that are all protected by the National Trust.

    Hardback £20.00 Buy Now
  • Madeira Marine Life
    Madeira Marine Life by Peter Wirtz

    The marine fauna and flora of Madeira is a mixture of species with biogeographic affinities more to the north (up to Norway), many species that also live in the Mediterranean Sea, and a surprisingly large number of truly tropical species. For many tropical species Madeira appears to be the northern limit of distribution. Colour photographs. 192pp. 2001

    Paperback £16.00 Buy Now
  • Seaweeds of the British Isles: Volume 3, Fucophyceae (Phaeophyceae), Part 1
    Seaweeds of the British Isles: Volume… by Robert L Fletcher

    Covers the species attributed to the class Fucophyceae. Each species description incorporates notes on ecology and distribution. Black and white line illustrations, 359pp, 1987, reprinted 2011

    Paperback £44.99 Buy Now
  • A Photographic Guide to Sea Fishes of New Zealand
    A Photographic Guide to Sea Fishes of… by Wade Doak

    Covers many bony (or teleostean) reef fishes belonging to the Super Class Pisces, Class Osteichthyes and discusses their habitats by day and night. Colour photographs, 144pp. 2003

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  • Whales and Dolphins of the World
    Whales and Dolphins of the World by Mark Simmonds, WDCS

    Cetaceans have captivated and intrigued mankind for centuries, but have also suffered at our hands, with some species near extinction. This is a celebration of their variety, splendour and natural history. It describes what we know of their lives such as feeding, reproduction, communication and social structures and outlines the factors which affect them from hunting to pollution. Colour photographs, 160pp. 2004

    Hardback £24.99 Buy Now
  • New Naturalist: Seaweeds
    New Naturalist: Seaweeds by Susan Scott, Christine Maggs

    320pp. 2019

    DUE 2019

    Paperback £30.00 Buy Now
  • New Naturalist: Seaweeds
    New Naturalist: Seaweeds by Susan Scott, Christine Maggs

    320pp. 2019

    DUE 2019

    Hardback £50.00 Buy Now
  • Classification and Ranking of Water Beetle Communities
    Classification and Ranking of Water… by G N Foster, M D Eyre

    Aquatic coleoptera possess all the attributes needed to evaluate the conservation status of wetland sites and their study lends itself to the production of comprehensive species lists. These lists are extremely useful as indicators to assign sites to assemblage groups and this report summarises a series of regional surveys and is based on over 2 000 lists, 110pp. 1992

    Paperback £5.50 Buy Now
  • A Key to the Major Groups of British Marine Invertebrates21% OFF
    A Key to the Major Groups of British… by John Crothers

    A recent addition to the Aidgap Project Series 1997

    Paperback £8.99 RRP: £11.50Buy Now
  • Deep Ocean
    Deep Ocean by Tony Rice

    The deep reaches of the ocean harbour and extraordinary array of life. Eel-like fish, squid, shrimp, worms, snails, and starfish and a host of other creatures have been found to exist in and above the darkness of the muddy sea floor. Offers a compelling insight into this little known world. Colour photographs, 96pp. 2000

    Paperback £9.95 Buy Now
  • Shallow Seas (Collins New Naturalist)
    Shallow Seas (Collins New Naturalist) by Peter J. Hayward

    Illustration type: Colour photographs, 400pp. 2014



    Hardback £60.00 Buy Now
  • National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Fishes, Whales & Dolphins
    National Audubon Society Field Guide to… by Herbert T Boschung

    Covers 529 spp in detail plus notes on a further 400. Full colour photos & paintings maps 848pp. 1990

    Paperback £16.00 Buy Now
  • Provisional Atlas of the Marine Dinoflagellates of the British Isles
    Provisional Atlas of the Marine… -

    65pp 1981 ITE

    Paperback £4.50 Buy Now
  • Snorkelling and Diving in Oman
    Snorkelling and Diving in Oman by R Salm, R Baldwin

    Highlights the best snorkelling & diving sites with maps & many underwater photographs. 88pp 1992 edtn

    Paperback £14.95 Buy Now
  • Fish Ecology
    Fish Ecology by R J Wootton

    Illustrated. 200pp.

    Paperback £28.99 Buy Now

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