176 pages, 16 col plates, 54 b/w illus, maps
Although there are many books on fishes and fishing, this is the first to deal with the detailed occurrence of freshwater fishes in Britain. By describing the distribution, roles and significance of freshwater fishes in Britain, the authors intend to make them much better known and more attractive and to raise awareness of the vulnerability of some of our rarer native species. This Atlas is based on wholly new information obtained from the Database and Atlas of Freshwater Fishes (DAFF), a project which ran from 1998-2002. It covers England, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Following a wide-ranging introductory chapter, and further chapters on distribution and the history of the project, Chapter 4 comprises the individual species accounts under the headings: Description; Biology and behaviour; Habitat; Distribution in Britain; World distribution; Status; Hybrids and related species; and a final section of the relationship of each species with Man. In addition to a map, each species is illustrated by fine lithographs taken from Francis Day's famous 19th century work, skilfully supplemented by Michael J. Roberts for those species unknown to Day. Chapter 5 covers 'Conservation and Management of Freshwater Fishes' and is followed by four Appendices relating to (1) Publications; (2 & 3) Legislation; and (4) Selected websites relating to environmental protection, biodiversity information and fish conservation. The book concludes with a Glossary; a comprehensive Bibliography; and an Index.
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