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NHBS Grapevine #58

NHBS Grapevine: The Best of our Books & Equipment #58
NHBS Grapevine - The Best of Our Books & Equipment
6th September 2017   

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In this edition: we feature a collaboration between the BTO and the Society of Wildlife Artists celebrating the wonders of bird migration. We also highlight a fascinating tribute to raptors, their natural history and evolution, and an account of one man’s journey across Europe, following the continent’s winds.

Further highlights this week: a spotlight on the only magazine covering all aspects of British wildlife and conservation, a great blog article examining our love of foraging, and a stunning photographic guide to the sea slugs of India.

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Leon's Bookshelf
Leon's selection of new arrivals at the warehouse & important new titles catalogued.
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Luanne's Kit Bag
In the kit bag this week we have an exciting range of environmental survey equipment.
Browse Luanne's Kit Bag
Now in Stock - Flight Lines: Tracking the Wonders of Bird Migration
The return of our summer migrants delivers a reassuring sense of a planet that, as the poet Ted Hughes once described, ‘is still working’. That birds should undertake such long and dangerous migratory journeys is something that has long fascinated us, prompting works of art and literature, not to mention many thousands of scientific studies.
The BTO’s Flight Lines project, a joint initiative with the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA), highlights through art and narrative the challenges that migrant birds face, and brings to light the conservation work that is being done to help them.
British Wildlife is the leading natural history magazine in the British Isles. The latest issue contains a very powerful editorial on the threat to the Gwent Levels, by Ian Rappel, the Chief Executive of the Gwent Wildlife Trust: Read the full editorial here.
Published by NHBS since March 2016, British Wildlife is a bi-monthly magazine available by subscription only. Subscriptions start at £25 for one year, and new subscribers receive two free issues.
Explaining global variations in leaf size
A recent study of over 7000 plant species has revealed that a combination of temperature, rainfall and solar radiation are the main factors in determining leaf size.

Ecologists awarded for their contributions to science and society
Last week, the BES announced the winners of its 2017 awards. Among the winners is Dr. Richard Pearson from University College London, for his work on extinction risk resulting from climate change.

eDNA techniques for invasive species monitoring
Results from a recent collaborative study by Imperial College London and Thomson Ecology, suggest that eDNA sampling could be an important tool for the identification and management of invasive species.
Our catalogue editor's picks from the new books at NHBS

Important arrivals at the warehouse: Important titles catalogued:
In the kit bag this week we have a round up of environmental monitoring equipment.  
Special Offers on Forthcoming Books

Due Oct 2017
Saltmarsh is a welcome addition to the current literature on the subject, Clive Chatters celebrates some of our most exciting and exceptional saltmarshes.

More books with pre-publication offers
The NHBS Conference Calendar
30th Sept - AES Annual Exhibition/Trade Fair  Kempton Park 
11th Nov - Butterfly Conservation Members Day  Cheltenham
21-22 Nov - CIEEM Autumn Conference Manchester
11-14 Dec - BES Joint Annual Meeting Ghent, Belgium 
...for natural history, ecology, conservation & other environmental books and equipment
On the Blog
The NHBS Guide to Hand Lenses

In this blog post our book specialist Nigel Jones, talks about his introduction to foraging as a child, and provides a great list of foraging books.

New Books at NHBS
Woodland Development: A Long-Term Study of Lady Park Wood - Set aside as a natural, unmanaged reserve for ecological research in 1944, the trees, shrubs and ground vegetation of Lady Park Wood have been recorded in detail ever since.
Raptors: The Curious Nature of Diurnal Birds of Prey offers a comprehensive and accessible account of raptors, including their evolutionary history, breeding ecology and behaviour, as well as threats to their survival in a human-dominated world.
In Where the Wild Winds Are: Walking Europe's Winds from the Pennines to Provence, Nick Hunt sets off on an unlikely quest: to follow four of Europe's winds across the continent.
Equipment Highlight
The Byte LED Headtorch is compact and water-resistant and has both white and red LEDs.
Fauna Corner
Field Guide to the Sea Slugs of India provides up-to-date information about 361 species, their geographical range and how to identify them. 
Flora Corner
Field Guide to the Introduced Flora of South Georgia is accessible to all and includes colour photographs, distribution maps and species descriptions.

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