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British Wildlife Publishing

This page lists books published by British Wildlife Publishing. British Wildlife Publishing is now part of Bloomsbury Publishing.

The books are arranged by publication date with the most recent at the top.

 

Saltmarsh

Clive Chatters

Cover illustration: Carry Akroyd

British Wildlife Collection 5

British Wildlife Publishing

2017

"In this welcome addition to the current literature on the subject, Clive Chatters celebrates some of our most exciting and exceptional saltmarshes. Providing nursery sites for fish, feeding grounds for wintering birds and breeding grounds for waders, as well as supporting a huge variety of invertebrates, they are excellent spots for wildlife. Distinct zones of salt-tolerant vegetation communities and the great diversity of interfaces between saltmarshes and other habitats add to their appeal as a habitat that is worth exploring. In addition to the floral and faunal highlights of these sites, Clive also outlines their history, international significance, and use by people as a source of food, recreation, and even for generating power. The consequences of this complicated relationship are a running theme, and impacts of factors such as grazing, industrialisation and coastal squeeze where sea defences prevent saltmarsh from moving inland and escaping sea-level rise among others are discussed. Saltmarsh concludes with an overview of the major trends in conservation management, including the artificial creation of new areas of saltmarsh, and a look towards what the future may hold for this important and often overlooked habitat."

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Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland

Martin Townsend and Paul Waring

Illustrations: Richard Lewington

British Wildlife Publishing

3rd edition

2017

"The third edition of the Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland has been fully revised, updated and restructured, bringing it in line with the latest thinking in taxonomy. Moths are illustrated in their natural resting postures, and there are also paintings of different forms, underwings and other details to help with identification. New descriptions and illustrations have been included for species that have been newly recorded in Britain and Ireland since the last edition of Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland was published. The text descriptions of all other species covering field characters and similar species, flight season, life cycle, larval foodplants, and habitat have been revised and updated where necessary, and particular attention has been paid to updating the distribution information, which is now supported by maps. The revised general introduction explains how the methods of identifying and recording moths have evolved over recent years with the advent of new technologies and as a result of data analysis."

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Mountain Flowers

Michael Scott

Cover illustration: Carry Akroyd

British Wildlife Collection 4

British Wildlife Publishing

2016

"In a journey that ranges from The Lizard of Cornwall to Unst in Shetland, Mountain Flowers looks at the British sites that support the richest mountain flora, and discusses the ecology and distribution of the key montane and submontane plants, with a particular focus on the conservation of the rarest species. This is a book that will have much to offer wildflower enthusiasts and botanists - not least in its lavish illustrations - and will be an indispensable companion for hillwalkers and climbers wanting to learn more about the enigmatic plants that are such an intrinsic part of the British mountain landscape."

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Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland

Steven Falk

Illustrations: Richard Lewington

British Wildlife Field Guides

British Wildlife Publishing

2015

"Bees are a fascinating and indispensable group of insects, but many species are in decline, and efforts to help determine distributions and changes in abundance have to date been compromised by a serious lack of identification resources. This eagerly anticipated new addition to the highly acclaimed British Wildlife Field Guides series will unravel the complexities of identification, and is designed to cater for people new to the bee world as well as to more experienced recorders who wish to identify every species accurately. It provides the latest information on the identification, ecology, status and distribution of all 275 species of bee in Britain, Ireland and the Channel Islands."

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Pocket Guide to the Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland

Richard Lewington

British Wildlife Field Guides

British Wildlife Publishing

2nd edition

2015

"Presented in an accessible, easy-to-use format, this is an ideal guide for both beginners and more experienced enthusiasts. It includes more than 600 superb illustrations of all the life stages of each species, together with beautiful artworks of the butterflies in their natural settings and pertinent species information, distribution maps and life history charts. The second edition features a new, illustrated at-a-glance identification guide, updated distribution maps and species accounts, and new spreads and artwork for the Cryptic Wood White and Scarce Tortoiseshell."

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Concise Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland

Martin Townsend and Paul Waring

Illustrations: Richard Lewington

British Wildlife Publishing

2014

This is a paperback reprint of the 2007 edition.

"This is a concise guide to all the larger moths of Britain and Ireland. It is illustrated with 1,600 superbly detailed colour artworks of almost 880 species, showing most in their natural resting postures. It includes brief field descriptions written by leading moth experts of every macro-moth known to have occurred naturally in Great Britain and Ireland (including Isle of Man and Channel Islands). It features an easy-to-use presentation with the descriptions on the same spread as the artwork plates."

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Field Guide to the Dragonflies & Damselflies of Great Britain and Ireland

Steve Brooks and Steve Cham

Illustrations: Richard Lewington

British Wildlife Field Guides

British Wildlife Publishing

2014

"All Great Britain and Ireland's resident and migrant dragonfly and damselfly species fully described and illustrated with more than 280 colour works by Richard Lewington, one of Europe's foremost wildlife illustrators. Fully updated, this 2014 edition features full descriptions, ecological notes and distribution maps, as well as a general introduction and regional guide to the best places to watch dragonflies."

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The Butterflies of Britain & Ireland

Jeremy Thomas and Richard Lewington

British Wildlife Publishing

3rd edition

2014

"The Butterflies of Britain & Ireland provides comprehensive coverage of all our resident and migratory butterflies, including the latest information on newly discovered species such as Cryptic Wood and the Geranium Bronze. The Butterflies of Britain and Ireland is widely considered not only the best butterfly book ever published but also one of the classic nature books. When first published in 1991 it won the Natural World Book of the Year Award and won plaudits from all quarters. Fully revised, considerably expanded and reset in 2010, it was judged that year's Guardian Nature Book of the Year. Now revised again to reflect the latest research findings, and with up-to-date distribution maps, this remarkable book is THE guide to the appearance, behaviour, life cycle and ecology of the butterflies of Britain and Ireland."

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Rivers

Nigel Holmes & Paul Raven

Cover illustration: Carry Akroyd

British Wildlife Publishing

2014

"This book describes the natural and not-so-natural changes that have affected British rivers since the last ice age and looks at the many plants and animals that live along, above and within them. Detailed case studies of the Meon, Dee and Endrick illustrate the incredibly varied nature of our river ecosystems, and the natural and human factors that make each one different. Written by two widely respected river ecologists, the book looks not only at rivers as they were and are but also at how they can be managed and cared for. Full of interesting facts and stunning images, Rivers is essential reading for anyone professionally involved in rivers and for the naturalist, conservationist and layman alike. It is the one book you need to understand this singularly important and often contentious feature of the British landscape."

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Meadows

George Peterken

Cover illustration: Carry Akroyd

British Wildlife Publishing

2013

"Meadows are the quintessential British habitat, and yet the flower-rich hay meadows that have inspired writers for hundreds of years have almost disappeared from our countryside. In this exceptional work, George Peterken, one of our most respected ecologists, brings together years of research and discovery from his travels across Britain and Europe, as well as an understanding borne out of caring for his own meadows, to produce a book that will put this often misunderstood habitat back in the public's eye."

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Mushrooms

Peter Marren

Cover illustration: Carry Akroyd

British Wildlife Publishing

2012

"Mushrooms, the first volume in a major new series of books on British natural history, provides a remarkable insight into the natural and human world of fungi. Written in Marren's inimitable style, it is a refreshingly candid view of the diversity of fungi and our relationship with this intriguing group. It explores topics such as the naming of fungi, their importance in natural ecosystems, fungus forays and our ambivalent attitude to edible fungi."

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Field Guide to the Micro-Moths of Great Britain and Ireland

Phil Sterling and Mark Parsons

Illustrations: Richard Lewington

British Wildlife Publishing

2012

"This is the most comprehensive field guide to micro-moths ever published in a single volume, and, for the first time, makes this fascinating and important group of insects accessible to the general naturalist. The guide covers 1,033 species, with more than 1,500 superbly detailed artworks and photographs."

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Butterflies of Britain & Ireland

Jeremy Thomas and Richard Lewington

British Wildlife Publishing

Revised edition

2010

"The Butterflies of Britain & Ireland is an authoritative account of our butterflies, accessibly written and beautifully illustrated. First published in 1991, it sold out in the early 1990s and was never reprinted. This completely revised edition includes substantially revised species accounts, all including the latest information and research. Also contains nearly 100 new artworks painted by Richard Lewington. Provides comprehensive coverage of all the resident and migratory butterflies found in Great Britain and Ireland."

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Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland

Paul Waring & Martin Townsend

Illustrations: Richard Lewington

British Wildlife Publishing

2nd edition

2009

"An important new enlarged edition of the bestselling and most comprehensive guide to larger moths in Great Britain and Ireland. This guide, first published in 2003, is now considered the moth enthusiast's 'bible'. Contains more than 1,700 exquisitely detailed artworks of over 880 species. This edition contains additional illustrations and descriptions of new species. Also, further paintings of details and forms which will help with identification. The plates have now been grouped together for ease of use. The text has been revised throughout to include the latest information."

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Guide to Garden Wildlife

Richard Lewington

Introduction: Ken Thompson

British Wildlife Publishing

2008

"This beautifully illustrated guide covers all the main animal groups, including pond life, likely to be found in a garden in Great Britain and Ireland. More than 900 exquisitely detailed colour artworks and photographs of over 500 species likely to be found in your garden. Written and illustrated by Richard Lewington, who is generally accepted to be one of Europe's leading natural history artists. Includes detailed descriptions and information on the life history, behaviour and occurrence of the extraordinary variety of wildlife that can be found in gardens. Also includes a general introduction to the ecology of the garden and its species."

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Concise Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland

Martin Townsend and Paul Waring

Illustrations: Richard Lewington

British Wildlife Publishing

2007

"This is a great practical solution for every moth enthusiast. The guide has all the illustrations of the classic "Field Guide to Moths of Great Britain and Ireland" but in a portable wiro-bound format with concise descriptions opposite the plates, all contained in a durable PVC wallet. Nearly all the resident and migrant British and Irish species of macro-moth are described and illustrated with superb colour artworks by Richard Lewington, showing the moths in their natural resting postures."

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Field Guide to the Dragonflies of Britain and Europe

Klaas-Douwe B Dijkstra

Illustrations: Richard Lewington

British Wildlife Publishing

2006

"This superb new identification guide to all the dragonflies and damselflies of Britain and Europe, presented in an accessible, easy-to-use format, is the essential companion for the new generation of dragonfly watchers. Written by a team of dragonfly experts from across Europe, co-ordinated by K-D Dijkstra, and illustrated by Richard Lewington, generally accepted to be Europe's foremost illustrator of insects. The guide covers all of Europe, from the Arctic Circle to the Mediterranean Basin, including western Turkey, Cyprus, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and the Azones, Canaries and Madeira. The comprehensive texts and innovative keys and identification tables of adults of all 160 species of Odonata include field characters, hand characters, variation, behaviour, range and status, habitat and flight season, together with newly-researched distribution maps. There is also a comprehensive introduction to studying and identifying dragonflies, and a country-by-country guide to where to find them throughout Europe and North Africa and Turkey."

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Field Guide to the Dragonflies & Damselflies of Great Britain and Ireland

Steve Brooks

Illustrations: Richard Lewington

British Wildlife Publishing

Reprint of 2nd edition

2004

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Pocket Guide to the Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland

Richard Lewington

British Wildlife Publishing

2003

"This handy pocket-sized book has become the essential guide to identifying the butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland. More than 600 superb illustrations of all the life stages of each species, together with beautiful artworks of the butterflies in their natural settings and pertinent species information, distribution maps and life history charts make this the only book you will need on the subject."

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Last updated September 2017