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NHBS Grapevine #64

NHBS Grapevine: The Best of our Books & Equipment #64
NHBS Grapevine - The Best of Our Books & Equipment
6th December 2017   

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In this edition: We feature an excellent new photographic guide to the mushrooms and toadstools routinely found in the parks, gardens and woodlands of Britain and Europe. We also highlight a new book that tells the the remarkable story of Flora and Fauna International, and a fantastic Atlas providing a detailed account of the birds found in the London area.

Other highlights: On the NHBS blog we chat with author Jonathan B. Losos about Improbable Destinies, his recent book on evolutionary biology. New additions to our bookshelves include an up-to-date guide to the stick insects of Singapore and a summary of the findings from the 2008-2013 Threatened Plants Project.

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Leon's Bookshelf
Leon's selection of new arrivals at the warehouse & important new titles catalogued.
Browse Leon's Bookshelf.
Luanne's Kit Bag
In the kit bag this week we have a round up of new equipment items, recently added to the website.
Browse Luanne's Kit Bag
Fungi: Mushrooms & Toadstools of Parks, Gardens, Heaths and Woodlands
Hardback | November 2017
A unique photographic guide to the mushrooms and toadstools of parks, gardens, heaths and woodlands of Great Britain and Europe. Over 750 species are described and photographed in full colour, many including photographs of microscopic details.
The introductory chapters cover the classification, identification and biology of fungi, with a helpful pictorial key to the main groups of fungi. An essential tool for both beginner and seasoned field mycologists working within conservation and ecology of urban environments.
Improbable Destinies: An interview with Jonathan B. Losos
Improbable Destinies: How Predictable is Evolution? is an incredibly enjoyable romp through evolutionary biology. It examines the phenomenon of convergent evolution and asks the question: how repeatable is evolution really?
After reading this book, our catalogue editor Leon contacted Jonathan to chat more about convergent evolution and the challenges of conducting field and laboratory experiments in evolutionary biology. This fascinating conversation can be read in full on the NHBS blog.
Nature Writing
The Seabirds Cry, Adam Nicolson's haunting and evocative hymn to their harsh and precarious existence, has been a highlight from this year's nature writing. Accompanying this was Marianne Taylor's exploration of the life of the hare in The Way of the Hare and Carlos Magdalena's search for the world's rarest plants in The Plant Messiah. The paperback releases of A Natural History of the Hedgerow and The Wood for the Trees have also been very well received. All of these and many more can be found in the new Nature Writing category.
The costs and benefits of puffin migration
A large scale ornithological study, led by researchers from the University of Oxford, sheds new light on the migration strategies of puffins, and explains why some birds migrate such long distances.

Winners of the 2017 Capturing Ecology competition announced
The British Ecological Society have now announced the winners of their annual photography competition. Winning photographs feature a vast array of spectacular flora and fauna from around the world.

New 860-acre forest planned in red squirrel buffer zone
Over the next two years, more than 600,000 trees will be planted at Doddington North Moor, Northumberland, in an effort that will reduce flood risk as well as providing habitat for red squirrels.
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 new equipment items. 
Special Offers on Forthcoming Books
Carnivorous Plants: Physiology, Ecology, and Evolution
Due Dec 2017
This book examines every aspect of these remarkable plants, culminating in a description of the serious threats they now face from over-collection, poaching, habitat loss, and climatic change.

More books with pre-publication offers
The NHBS Conference Calendar
8 -10 Dec - BTO 84th Annual Conference Swanwick
11-14 Dec - BES Joint Annual Meeting Ghent, Belgium 
...for natural history, ecology, conservation & other environmental books and equipment
New Books at NHBS
Established over a century ago, Fauna & Flora International was the world's first international conservation organisation. With Honourable Intent showcases FFI's illustrious history and is filled with stunning photography throughout, making it the perfect gift for nature and wildlife enthusiasts.
This up-to-date guide to the stick insects of Singapore is lavishly illustrated with beautiful colour photographs of all species found in Singapore and beyond. All species are shown in full together with relevant parts of their anatomy, as well as eggs where possible.
The London Bird Atlas is an authoritative and detailed account of just under 200 of the regularly occurring birds of London. It provides the most up-to-date analyses of the changes to London's birds based on a comprehensive survey run in conjunction with the British Trust for Ornithology's National Bird Atlas project.
This book presents the findings of the Threatened Plants Project, organised by the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI). One of the most extensive sample-based surveys of threatened plants ever undertaken in the British Isles.
Equipment Highlight
Kite Caiman binoculars provide an excellent close focus and wide field of view, all at an unbeatable price.
Fauna Corner
Snails: Archaeology and Landscape Change provides a comprehensive, up to date reference text on the use of snails as indicators of past environments in Quaternary landscape studies and archaeology.
Flora Corner
Volume 13, part 4 of the Flora of Thailand deals with the family Dipterocarpaceae, which contains about 17 genera and 700 species, mainly found in tropical Asia.

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