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Welcome to your July Newsletter from NHBS
This month:

1. New in stock at NHBS this month - highlights
2. Save 23% on Britain's Sea Mammals
3. New Mark Carwardine, plus special offer
4. Ornithology
5. Zoology
7. Botany and botanical field guides
8. Ocean environment
9. Paleontology
10. Current Bestsellers

New in stock at NHBS this month - highlights

The Kingdom of Plants: A Journey Through their Evolution
Will Benson

The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew are the world's premiere botanical gardens. With a rich history of collecting and categorising plant species from across the globe, it stands today as a unique microcosm in which we can explore the entire plant world.


Hardback | #195383 | 2012 | Buy Now £24.99 | $41/€32 approx.

Cuckoos of the World
Johannes Erritz√łe, Clive F Mann, Frederik P Brammer, Richard A Fuller, Richard Allen, Jan Wilczur, Martin Woodcock and Tim Worfolk

The Common Cuckoo has long been of fascination, with its breeding strategy of laying eggs surreptitiously in the nests of other birds, leaving these unwitting hosts to go through the hard work of chick-rearing at the expense of their own young, and as a harbinger of spring in its breeding areas.


Hardback | #190000 | 2012 | Buy Now £59.99 | $99/€76 approx.

Neotropical Birds of Prey: Biology and Ecology of a Forest Raptor Community
David F Whitacre and J Peter Jenny

Until recently, surprisingly little has been known about the biology and behavior of tropical forest raptors, including such basic aspects as diets, breeding biology, habitat requirements, and population ecology, information critical to the development of conservation efforts.


Hardback | #196377 | 2012 | Buy Now £48.95 | $81/€62 approx.

British Bat Calls: A Guide to Species Identification
Jon Russ

Knowledge of bat echolocation, calls and identification using bat detectors and programs such as BatSound has grown significantly in the last decade. In this practical guide Jon Russ and contributors (Kate Barlow, Philip Briggs & Sandie Sowler) present the latest data in a clear and concise manner.


Paperback | #181961 | 2012 | Buy Now £29.99 | $50/€38 approx.

Barn Owl Conservation Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for Ecologists, Surveyors, Land Managers and Ornithologists
The Barn Owl Trust
A comprehensive handbook covering all aspects of the conservation of Barn Owls. Written by the Barn Owl Trust, this book includes in-depth information on Barn Owl survey techniques, relevant ecology, Barn Owls and the law, mortality, habitat management, use of nest boxes and barn Owl rehabilitation. More...

Paperback | #192114 | 2012 | Buy Now £39.99 | $66/€50 approx.

Insect Photography: Art and Techniques
John Bebbington

Insect photography is a challenging and stimulating art. Well-shot images give stunning results, which can aid study and enhance enjoyment of the natural world. This practical book explains how to reliably take those photographs.


Paperback | #196452 | 2012 | Buy Now £16.99 | $28/€21 approx.

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Save 23% on Britain's Sea Mammals - new guide due September 2012

Britain's Sea Mammals: Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises, and Seals and Where to Find Them
Robert Still, Jon Dunn and Hugh Harrop

Britain's Sea Mammals is the essential field guide to all the sea mammals--whales, dolphins, porpoises, and seals--found in coastal Britain. The book features more than 100 stunning photographs and close to 40 detailed and beautiful illustrations of 34 species of sea mammals, paying special attention to the 14 species most readily seen and most likely to be encountered.


Paperback | #198786 | 2012 | Buy Now £12.95 | $21/€16 approx.

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New Mark Carwardine, plus backlist special offer

Mark Carwardine's Ultimate Wildlife Experiences
Mark Carwardine and Stephen Fry

Twenty of the world's top wildlife experiences, from rubbing shoulders with mountain gorillas (Uganda) to being hugged by manatees (Florida), brought to you by one of the world's leading authorities on wildlife.


Hardback | #198605 | 2012 | Buy Now £24.99 £16.99 | $28/€21 approx.

Special offer
On the Trail of the Whale
Mark Carwardine

Co-author, with Douglas Adams of Last Chance to See..., Mark Cawardine spent an eventful year criss-crossing the globe, from the North Atlantic to the South Pacific, in search of whales.


Paperback | #35214 | 1994 | Buy Now £9.95 £4.99 | $8/€6 approx.

Special offer
The Shark-Watcher's Handbook: A Guide to Sharks and Where to See Them
Mark Carwardine and Ken Watterson

Outlines everything the enthusiast needs to know about sharks and shark-watching: the history, techniques, risks and controversies. Also contains an overview of shark natural history, how to watch responsibly, detailed information on the 24 shark species most likely to be encountered...


Paperback | #117806 | 2002 | Buy Now £16.99 £9.99 | $17/€13 approx.

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Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans
John Marzluff and Tony Angell

Crows are mischievous, playful, social, and passionate. They have brains that are huge for their body size and exhibit an avian kind of eloquence. They mate for life and associate with relatives and neighbors for years.


Hardback | #198761 | 2012 | Buy Now £23.50 | $39/€30 approx.

Birds, Scythes and Combines: A History of Birds and Agricultural Change
Michael Shrubb
First published in 2003, "Birds, Scythes and Combines" provides an historical perspective to changes in farmland bird populations in Britain over the past 250 years. Despite the scale of change in habitats and agricultural methods in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, early avifaunas show that farmland birds were little affected. More...

Paperback | #197714 | 2013 | Buy Now £28.99 | $48/€37 approx.

RSPB British Birdfinder
Marianne Taylor
Most bird books are designed to help you identify the birds that you've seen. This book is different. It is a species-by-species guide that shows you how to find and watch more than 250 species of birds that can be seen in Britain. Some are common; others are rare migrants or scarce breeding birds, but this book will tell you the best places to see and watch all of them. More...

Paperback | #194878 | 2012 | Buy Now £12.99 | $21/€16 approx.

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In Defence of Dogs: Why Dogs Need Our Understanding
John Bradshaw
John Bradshaw, one of the world's leading dog experts, brings us a compelling insight into what dogs would ask us for, if only they knew how. The dog has been mankind's faithful companion for tens of thousands of years, yet today finds itself in crisis throughout the western world. More...

Paperback | #198193 | 2012 | Buy Now £8.99 | $15/€11 approx.

The Song of the Ape: Understanding the Languages of Chimpanzees
Andrew R Halloran

While working as a zookeeper with a group of captive chimpanzees living on an island, Andrew Halloran witnessed an event which would cause him to become obsessed with how chimpanzees communicate complex information and ideas to each other. He had carelessly forgotten to secure his rowboat and watched it floating over to the island, where five members of the chimp group quietly boarded.


Hardback | #198607 | 2012 | Buy Now £17.99 | $30/€23 approx.

Sea Urchins of the World: Diversity, Symmetry and Design
Ashley Miskelly

This book showcases the incredible variety of sea urchins from the shallows of the tropics to the depths of the Antarctic waters in over 100 full colour photographs.


Hardback | #197064 | 2009 | Buy Now £74.50 | $123/€94 approx.

Bones, Clones, and Biomes: The History and Geography of Recent Neotropical Mammals
Bruce D Patterson and Leonora P Costa

As explorers and scientists have known for decades, the Neotropics harbor a fantastic array of our planet's mammalian diversity, from capybaras and capuchins to maned wolves and mouse opossums, to sloths and sakis.


Hardback | #196223 | 2012 | Buy Now £41.99 | $69/€53 approx.

Urban Mammals: A Concise Guide
David Wembridge and Chris Packham
Channel 4's popular programme "Foxes Live - Wild in the City" is raising awareness of the wildlife living under our noses. Wherever you live, wildlife will move in alongside, unbothered by definitions of 'built' or 'natural' landscapes, but many accounts of urban wildlife only give passing mention to mammals. More...

Paperback | #198408 | 2012 | Buy Now £9.99 | $17/€13 approx.

Smithers' Mammals of Southern Africa: A Field Guide
Peter Apps

First published in 1986, Smithers' Mammals is an authoritative and popular guide to the mammals of Southern Africa. This revised and updated edition incorporates the latest information brought to light by molecular genetics, while remaining accessible to the layperson and handy in the field.


Paperback | #198608 | 2012 | Buy Now £16.99 | $28/€21 approx.

Grasshoppers & Crickets
Ted Benton
A detailed and up-to-date account of the behaviour and ecology of grasshoppers and crickets. In this latest New Naturalist volume, Ted Benton offers a comprehensive account of the appearance, variations, behaviour, habitat, life-cycles and distribution of all the native British species of bush-crickets, crickets, groundhoppers and grasshoppers. More...

Paperback | #172276 | 2012 | Buy Now £29.99 £24.99 | $41/€32 approx.
Hardcover | #172275 | 2012 | Preorder now from NHBS £50.00 £38.99 | approx. | $61/€49 approx.

Christopher Mattison and Nick Garbutt

With flattened bodies, opposed feet, independently swivelling eyes, a prehensile tail, and the ability to change colour to match their background, chameleons are both fascinating and charismatic. Chameleons is the first popular guide to this extraordinary animal group.


Paperback | #196076 | 2012 | Buy Now £12.99 | $21/€16 approx.

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Botany and botanical field guides

Orchids of Greece
Nikos G Petrou, Maria Petrou and Marios Giannakoulias

This is the first complete reference guide for Greek orchids, and includes all the wild taxa occurring in the country. In total, 212 species and subspecies are described, with extensive analysis of the most recent taxonomic opinions and controversies based on the current literature.


Paperback | #196318 | 2011 | Buy Now £110.00 | $182/€139 approx.

A Pictorial Guide to Himalayan Flowers of Nepal
Bhakta Bahadur Raskoti and Rita Ale

Nepal is a haven for over 7000 species of flowering plants belonging to more than 200 families and 1500 genera. The country is also home to 283 species of endemic flowering plants that are found only in Nepal.


Paperback | #198106 | 2012 | Buy Now £19.99 | $33/€25 approx.

Photographic Guide to Wild Flowers of Lebanon, Volume 2
Ahmad Houri and Nisrine Machaka Houri

This compact colour-coded field guide contains a wealth of information about flowers, and covers another 15% of Lebanon's documented plant species. Information about significant flower characteristics such as toxicity, edibility, endemism, conservation status, and aromatic and medicinal properties are illustrated by symbols.


Paperback | #198584 | 2008 | Buy Now £14.99 | $25/€19 approx.

Guide to Grasses of Southern Africa
Frits van Oudtshoorn

The grass family, known as Poaceae, is probably the most important plant family on earth. Grasses were the first food plants to be cultivated by man. Grain crops, such as maize, wheat, rice and sugarcane (all grasses), are still our most important source of energy.


Paperback | #196953 | 2012 | Buy Now £26.95 | $45/€34 approx.

Field Guide to Sphagnum Mosses in Bogs
O'Reilly and Trat

Produced in association with the Moors For The Future partnership, IUCN and the Heather Trust, this new fold-out chart fulfils the need for a straightforward photographic identification guide to the more important Sphagnum mosses found growing in bogs throughout the UK.


Unbound | #198604 | 2012 | Buy Now £3.50 | $6/€4 approx.

Wild Flowers: A Sketchbook by Charles and John Raven
HJ Noltie

Wild Flowers reproduces for the first time, in colour, a selection of 137 drawings from a remarkable collection of 3860 watercolours that depict almost every member of the British flora.


Hardback | #198961 | 2012 | Buy Now £19.99 | $33/€25 approx.

Wildflower Meadows: Survivors from a Golden Age
Margaret Pilkington and John Pilkington

This book is a celebration of meadows and their wildflowers. Once common-place and familiar to all, not many now remain and their typical flowers are rapidly becoming a folk memory. Stylised meadow flowers, evoking a by-gone era of rural idyll and permanent summer sunshine, are used to sell everything from tea-towels to china plates and cups.


Paperback | #198726 | 2012 | Buy Now £24.99 | $41/€32 approx.

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Ocean environment

Overfishing: What Everyone Needs to Know
Ray Hilborn and Ulrike Hilborn

Over the past twenty years considerable public attention has been focused on the decline of marine fisheries, the sustainability of world fish production, and the impacts of fishing on marine ecosystems.


Paperback | #197608 | 2012 | Buy Now £10.99 | $18/€14 approx.

Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them
Donovan Hohn

When the writer Donovan Hohn heard of the mysterious loss of thousands of bath toys at sea, he figured he would interview a few oceanographers, talk to a few beachcombers, and read up on Arctic science and geography.


Paperback | #198745 | 2012 | Buy Now £8.99 £8.09 | $13/€10 approx.

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British Palaeozoic Fossils
L Robin M Cocks

The opening of the Palaeozoic era, some 570 million years ago, coincides with a remarkable burst of evolutionary activity. In British Paleozoic Fossils 443 species from this time, and the following 350 million years, are illustrated and described. It features those animal and plant species that are most commonly found in Britain.


Paperback | #197650 | 2012 | Buy Now £14.99 | $25/€19 approx.

Stratigraphic Paleobiology: Understanding the Distribution of Fossil Taxa in Time and Space
Mark E Patzkowsky and Steven M Holland
Whether the fossil record should be read at face value or whether it presents a distorted view of the history of life is an argument seemingly as old as many fossils themselves. In the late 1700s, Georges Cuvier argued for a literal interpretation, but in the early 1800s, Charles Lyell's gradualist view of the earth's history required a more nuanced interpretation of that same record. More...

Paperback | #198164 | 2012 | Buy Now £22.50 | $37/€28 approx.

Bernissart Dinosaurs and Early Cretaceous Terrestrial Ecosystems
Pascal Godefroit and David B Norman
In 1878, the first complete dinosaur skeleton was discovered in a coal mine in Bernissart, Belgium. Iguanodon, first described by Gideon Mantell on the basis of fragments discovered in England in 1824, was initially reconstructed as an iguana-like reptile or a heavily built, horned quadruped. More...

Hardback | #194232 | 2012 | Buy Now £53.99 £51.29 | $85/€65 approx.

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Current bestsellers

Field Guide to the Micro-Moths of Great Britain and Ireland
Phil Sterling, Mark Parsons and Richard Lewington

This ground-breaking book is the most comprehensive field guide to micro-moths ever published and for the first time makes this fascinating and important group of insects accessible to the general naturalist. It describes all the families of micro-moth and covers 1033 species, with more than 1400 superbly detailed artworks and photographs.


Paperback | #197196 | 2012 | Buy Now £29.95 | $49/€38 approx.

Collins Fungi Guide: The Most Complete Field Guide to the Mushrooms and Toadstools of Britain & Ireland
Stefan Buczacki, Chris Shields and Denys W Ovenden

The sixth title in the bestselling Collins Guide series, this book covers the fungi of the British Isles, with considerable relevance for Europe and the wider temperate world. Leading mycological artists have been specially commissioned to ensure accurate, detailed illustrations.


Hardback | #167904 | 2012 | Buy Now £34.99 | $58/€44 approx.

Field Guide to the Larvae and Exuviae of British Dragonflies: Damselflies (Zgypotera) and Dragonflies (Anisoptera)
Steve Cham
This publication combines the original volume 1 on dragonflies and volume 2 on damselflies, now both out of print. This field guide aids the identification of dragonfly and damselfly larvae and exuviae without the need for keys. It is fully illustrated with close-up colour photographs of all the key distinguishing features. More...

Paperback | #198292 | 2012 | Buy Now £12.99 | $21/€16 approx.

Peregrine Falcon
Patrick Stirling-Aird

Reaching speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour, the Peregrine Falcon is famous as the world's fastest bird. However, its penchant for choosing inaccessible places to breed, feed and roost mean that few people are well acquainted with its habits and behaviour.


Hardback | #196231 | 2012 | Buy Now £14.99 | $25/€19 approx.

The Behavior Guide to African Mammals (20th Anniversary Edition): Including Hoofed Mammals, Carnivores, Primates
Richard Despard Estes and EO Wilson
The Behavior Guide to African Mammals is as different from a conventional field guide as motion pictures are from a snapshot. Whether we are able to look at them face to face, on television, or in the hundreds of illustrations provided here by Daniel Otte, this guide allows us to understand what animals do and what their behavior means. More...

Paperback | #196087 | 2012 | Buy Now £28.95 | $48/€36 approx.

Nature's Compass: The Mystery of Animal Navigation
James L Gould and Carol Grant Gould
We know that animals cross miles of water, land, and sky with pinpoint precision on a daily basis. But it is only in recent years that scientists have learned how these astounding feats of navigation are actually accomplished. With colorful and thorough detail, "Nature's Compass" explores the remarkable methods by which animals find their way both near home and around the globe. More...

Hardback | #196122 | 2012 | Buy Now £19.95 | $33/€25 approx.

Trees of Life: A Visual History of Evolution
Theodore W Pietsch
For the past 450 years, tree-like branching diagrams have attempted to show the complex and surprising interrelationships of organisms, both living and fossil, from viruses and bacteria to birds and mammals. This stunning book celebrates the manifest beauty, intrinsic interest, and human ingenuity revealed in these exquisite trees of life. More...

Hardback | #196616 | 2012 | Buy Now £36.50 | $60/€46 approx.

Return to the Sea: The Life and Evolutionary Times of Marine Mammals
Annalisa Berta
Return to the Sea portrays the life and evolutionary times of marine mammals, from giant whales and sea cows that originated 55 million years ago whose ancestors walked on land, to deep diving elephant seals and clam-eating walruses of modern times. This fascinating account of the origin of various marine mammal lineages, some extinct, others extant but threatened, is for the non-specialist. More...

Hardback | #196086 | 2012 | Buy Now £32.95 | $54/€42 approx.
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