Ecology, Earth and Environmental Science

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Management Planning for Nature Conservation: A Theoretical Basis & Practical Guide   layout image
Combining key theories with real practice, this title fills a gap which has often hindered in-depth understanding of the planning process. Provides historical and rational background which helps to explain what makes a really effective management plan, and it presents a detailed practical guide to developing such a plan. It concludes with a series of case studies which clearly illustrate the underlying principles drawn out in the text, while highlighting the different approaches demanded by very different sites. 425pp. Reprinted 2009

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M23393 Paperback  £67.99
EUROPE'S LIVING LANDSCAPES Essays exploring our identity in the countryside   layout image

edited by Bas Pedroli / Anne van Doorn / Geert de Blust / Maria Luisa Paracchini / Dirk Wascher / Freda Bunce

Members of Landscape Europe International Network of Expertise on Landscapes, and other recognised landscape specialists, have focused on the landscape as they perceive it, on the practical problems that they experience in it, and on the solutions that they have discovered in their regular dialogue with the inhabitants. The authors of this book explore the identity of these landscapes and the way that this can be restored and reinforced. This book is meant as a source of inspiration for policy makers, landscape managers, researchers and citizens, in the pursuit of sustainable living landscapes in Europe. Colour photographs, maps. 432pp. 2007

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M22615 Hardback  £46.99
Flying Dinosaurs; How Fearsome Reptiles Became Birds   layout image

by John Pickrell

Mixing colourful portraits with news on the latest fossil findings and interviews with leading paleontologists in the United States, China, Europe, and Australia, the author explains and details dinosaurs' development of flight. This special capacity introduced a whole new range of abilities for the animals and helped them survive a mass extinction, when thousands of other dinosaur species that once populated the Earth did not. He also turns his journalistic eye toward the stories behind the latest discoveries, investigating the role of the Chinese black market in trading fossils, the controversies among various dinosaur hunters, the interference of national governments intent on protecting scientific information, and the race to publish findings first that make this research such a dynamic area of science. Illustration type: Colour illustrations, 240pp. 2014


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M24325 Hardback  £19.95
Extinct Madagascar; Picturing the Island's Past   layout image

by Steven M Goodman / William T Jungers

In this title, noted scientists Goodman and Jungers explore the recent past of these land animal extinctions. Beginning with an introduction to the geologic and ecological history of Madagascar that provides context for the evolution, diversification, and, in some cases, rapid decline of the Malagasy fauna. The authors then seek to recapture these extinct mammals in their environs. Aided in their quest by artist Velizar Simeonovski's beautiful and haunting paintings which provides images of both individual species and ecosystem assemblages, the authors reconstruct the lives of these lost animals and trace their relationships to those still living. Illustration type: Colour illustrations, Halftones, Tables, 296pp. 2014


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M24323 Hardback  £31.50
PROSPERITY WITHOUT GROWTH Economics for a Finite Planet   layout image

by Tim Jackson

In this piercing challenge to established economics, the author provides a credible vision of how human society could flourish, within the ecological limits of a finite planet. For the advanced economies of the western world, prosperity without growth is no utopian dream. It is a financial and ecological necessity. Fulfilling this vision is simply the most urgent task of our times. Diagrams, 276pp. 2011 edition

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M23429 Paperback  £9.99
Earth's Deep History; How it Was Discovered and Why it Matters   layout image

by Martin J S Rudwick

Earth has been witness to mammoths and dinosaurs, global ice ages, continents colliding or splitting apart, comets and asteroids crashing catastrophically to the surface, as well as the birth of humans who are curious to understand it all. But how was it discovered? How was the evidence for it collected and interpreted? And what kinds of people have sought to reconstruct this past that no human witnessed or recorded?

In this sweeping and magisterial book, the author tells the gripping human story of the gradual realization that the Earth's history has not only been unimaginably long but also astonishingly eventful. Illustration type: Halftones, Line drawings, 392pp. 2014


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M24319 Hardback  £21.00
GRASSLANDS IN EUROPE of high nature value   layout image

edited by Peter Veen / Richard Jefferson / Jacques de Smidt / Jan van der Straaten

Covers all the basics of nature photography. Simple and to the point. Showing an image, and then revealing a titp for both beginners and pros. Also tips on how to take images similar to those in the book, hoe to think when capturing the image and what camera settings to use. Colour photographs, 144pp. 2012

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M22630 Hardback  £62.99
The Passenger Pigeon   layout image

by Errol Fuller

Tells the astonishing story of North America's Passenger Pigeon, a bird species that like the Tyrannosaur, the Mammoth, and the Dodo, has become one of the great icons of extinction. Errol Fuller describes how these fast, agile, and handsomely plumaged birds were immortalised by the ornithologist and painter John James Audubon, and captured the imagination of writers such as James Fenimore Cooper, Henry David Thoreau, and Mark Twain. He shows how widespread deforestation, the demand for cheap and plentiful pigeon meat, and the indiscriminate killing of Passenger Pigeons for sport led to their catastrophic decline. Fuller provides an evocative memorial to a bird species that was once so important to the ecology of North America, and reminds us of just how fragile the natural world can be. Illustration type: Colour illustrations, Halftones, 192pp. 2014


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M24311 Hardback  £19.95
A Message from Martha; The Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon and its Relevance Today   layout image

by Mark Avery

This book tells the tale of the Passenger Pigeon, of Martha, the last of her kind, and of author Mark Avery's journey in search of them. It looks at how the species was a cornerstone of the now much-diminished ecology of the eastern United States, and how the species went from a population that numbered in the billions to nil in a terrifyingly brief period of time. Despite the underlying theme of loss, this book is more than another depressing tale of human greed and ecological stupidity. It contains an underlying message - that we need to re-forge our relationship with the natural world on which we depend, and plan a more sustainable future. Otherwise more species will go the way of the Passenger Pigeon. We should listen to the message from Martha. 304pp. 2014

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M24309 Hardback  £16.99
The Naming of the Shrew; A Curious History of Latin Names   layout image

by John Wright

Why on earth has the entirely land-loving Eastern Mole been named Scalopus aquaticus, or the Oxford Ragwort been called Senecio squalidus - 'dirty old man'? What were naturalists thinking when they called a beetle Agra katewinsletae, a genus of fish Batman, and a Trilobite Han solo? Why is zoology replete with names such as Chloris chloris chloris (the greenfinch), and Gorilla gorilla gorilla (a species of, well gorilla)? The Naming of the Shrew will unveil these mysteries, exploring the history of scientific names, celebrating their poetic nature and revealing how naturalists sometimes get things so terribly wrong. With wonderfully witty style and captivating narrative, this book will make you see Latin names in a whole new light. 320pp. 2014


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M24308 Hardback  £14.99
Urban Ecology; Science of Cities   layout image

by Richard T T Forman

Explores the entire urban area, from streets, lawns, and parks to riversides, sewer systems, and industrial sites. Presents models, patterns, and examples from hundreds of cities worldwide. Cities are analyzed, not as ecologically bad or good, but as places with concentrated rather than dispersed people. Urban ecology principles, traditionally adapted from natural-area ecology, now increasingly emerge from the distinctive features of cities. Spatial patterns and flows, linking organisms, built structures, and the physical environment highlight a treasure chest of useful principles. This pioneering interdisciplinary book opens up frontiers of insight as a valuable source and text for undergraduates, graduates, researchers, professionals and others with a thirst for solutions to growing urban problems. Illustration type: B/W illustrations, Tables, 474pp. 2014

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M24293 Paperback  £35.00
Whale-watching; Sustainable Tourism and Ecological Management   layout image

by James Higham / Lars Bejder / Rob Williams

Within little more than a generation, whale-watching has been subject to global industrial development. It has been portrayed by destinations and business operators, and advocated by environmental groups, as a sustainable activity and an alternative to whaling. However, in recent years the sustainability of these activities has increasingly been questioned, as research shows that repeated disturbance by boat traffic can severely disrupt critical behaviours of cetaceans in the wild. Bringing together contributions by international experts, this volume addresses the complex issues associated with commercial whale-watching, sustainable development and conservation of the global marine environment. Illustration type: B/W illustrations, Colour illustrations, Tables, 401pp. 2014

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M24289 Hardback  £70.00
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