Illustrated Encyclopedia of Animals, Birds and Fish of the British Isles

Author(s): TOM JACKSON

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The British Isles provide a temperate climate and rich feeding ground for many species of animal, bird and fish. From the puffins of the Scilly Isles to the graceful red deer roaming the Scottish highlands, there is a surprising diversity of life in this small part of the world.

This comprehensive guide provides essential information about British habitats and the creatures found in them, including mammals, amphibians and reptiles, freshwater and marine fish, and the many breeds of birds that visit and live on the islands. It details the physiology and anatomy of each species, together with fascinating information on their ecology and evolution, their senses, survival and reproductive habits. There is also discussion about the conservation of wildlife, and the importance of protecting endangered species and their habitats.

Animals, birds and fish are listed in three separate directories, and entries are illustrated with accurate watercolour artworks. There is a quick-glance information box for each featured creature, with information about its distribution and habitat, food, size, breeding and rare or common status. The accompanying commentaries have been provided by expert naturalists and include tips for identification and notes on the species' habits and behaviour.

The directories include familiar garden visitors, such as the Natterjack toad, hedgehog, blue tit and jackdaw, plus commonly-spotted hawks, deer and rodents. There are also some rarely seen British inhabitants, such as the Western barbastelle bat, the white-beaked dolphin and king eider duck.

With entries for more than 440 creatures, and more than 950 illustrations, maps and photographs, this is a colourful, easy-to-use and highly informative reference book that will be enjoyed and referred to again and again by all nature lovers.


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Daniel Gilpin studied zoology at Bristol University before becoming a professional writer. He is now one of Britain's most respected natural history authors. Daniel has written more than 50 books and contributed to several encyclopedias. He has also written numerous articles for part-works and magazines. His work has been published in Europe, North America and Asia, with some titles translated into several different languages.

General Fields

  • : 9780754819684
  • : Anness Publishing
  • : Anness Publishing
  • : October 2011
  • : 228mm x 297mm
  • : August 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Hardback
  • : WN