A comprehensive, authoritative account of the natural history of the seashore, from earliest times to the present day. The seashore, with its everchanging tides, is one of the most fluctuating physical environments on the planet, is home to an abundance of plant and animal life and is one of the richest habitats on earth. Peter Hayward, author of Collins Pocket Guide to the Sea Shore of Britain and Europe, looks at resident and migrant species, including fish, barnacles, limpets, winkles, sponges, algae, lichens and sea grasses. He also discusses the effects of tourism and pollution on these habitats and looks at the geology of the British Isles and the responses and adaptations of plant and animal life to a changing physical environment.
Author's Foreword and Acknowledgements
1. Introducing the Seashore
2. Living on the Seashore
3. Life on the Seashore
4. Rocky Seashores
6. Sandy Seashores
7. Seashore Fishes
8. The Changing Seashore
References and Further Reading
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Peter J. Hayward is Senior Lecturer in marine biology at the University of Wales Swansea. He is editor, co-author or author of 13 books on marine biology, including the Handbook of the Marine Fauna of North-West Europe and Collins Pocket Guide to the Sea Shore of Britain and Northern Europe. He has published around 100 papers on the marine Bryozoa, which are his particular research interest. He is zoological editor of the Journal of Natural History, and a frequent contributor to BBC Wildlife.