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NHBS Grapevine #80

NHBS Grapevine #80: The Best of our Books & Equipment
NHBS Grapevine - The Best of Our Books & Equipment
1st August 2018   

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In this edition: We shine a spotlight on the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) who are our publisher of the month for August. We also highlight a selection of our wildlife survey equipment that has featured on TV programmes over the last few months.

Other highlights: On the NHBS blog this week you can read all about the Marine Biological Association’s 10th Annual Bioblitz, and find out which of the great range of activities were enjoyed by the NHBS staff. New books available from NHBS include titles on African raptors, British and Irish butterflies and krill.

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Leon's Bookshelf
Leon's selection of new arrivals at the warehouse and important new titles catalogued.
Browse Leon's Bookshelf.
Luanne's Kit Bag
In the kit bag this week we feature new equipment items available from NHBS.

Browse Luanne's Kit Bag
BTO - NHBS Publisher of the Month

The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) is an independent charitable research institute. They combine professional and citizen science to produce evidence of change in wildlife populations, particularly in birds, to inform the public and decision-makers of environmental policy.

NHBS are the proud distributor of BTO’s publications. The publishing arm of the BTO is an important component of their work and, with plenty of excellent recent publications, this is a great time to make BTO our publisher of the month.

So far, it’s been a busy year for the BTO, with three new books published already:

• Flowers of the Brecks, Part 1: Heath & Grassland 
• Birds of the Brecks 
• Nestboxes: Your Complete Guide

To celebrate their vital conservation work, we are offering discounts of up to 20% off four of their bestselling titles until the end of August.

• Flight Lines: Tracking the Wonders of Bird Migration £19.99 £24.99
• Bird Atlas 2007-11: The Breeding and Wintering Birds of Britain and Ireland £55.99 £69.99
• A Field Guide to Monitoring Nests £19.99 £24.99
• Garden Birds and Other Wildlife £12.99 £14.99

NHBS equipment featured on the BBC
We were thrilled to see several of our bestselling products featured on episodes of BBC Countryfile and BBC Springwatch this spring.
In June, award-winning children's author, M.G. Leonard starred on BBC Countryfile where she talked about the importance of beetles for pollination, and we were delighted to see her using one of our Standard Sweep Nets

BBC Springwatch also featured a couple of our favourite items, with Steve Backshall wading into the Sherborne Brook with a Professional Hand Net to discover some of the tiny yet important fauna that live there, then spending a night in the tree canopy using the Echo Meter Touch 2 to listen to the local bat population.
The Marine Biological Association 10th Annual Bioblitz
On the weekend of the 13th – 14th July, a small team of staff from NHBS attended the Marine Biological Association’s 10th Annual Bioblitz which took place at Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo on the Devon coast.  This year’s Bioblitz featured a huge range and variety of activities for children and adults of all ages; including whale and dolphin watching, reptile, butterfly, bug and fish surveys, stream dipping, nocturnal walks looking for bats, owls and glow worms, moth trapping and much more.

Take a look at our recent blogpost for accounts from NHBS team members Kat, Soma and Bryony about the activities that they enjoyed over the weekend.

Should the location of threatened species always be kept a secret?
A team of scientists from the Universities of Sydney and Queensland have analysed a range of case studies and determined that, in many cases, the benefits of sharing data to aid conservation efforts outweighs the risk of exploitation.
Species interactions altered by night-time lighting
New research conducted at the University of Exeter studying communities of plants, aphids and parasitoid wasps has highlighted differences in the way species interact based on the brightness of the surrounding artificial lighting.

The best images from this year’s Big Butterfly Count
Organised by Butterfly Conservation, the Big Butterfly Count runs from 20th July to 12th August. This week on the Guardian website you can take a look at some of the best public photos taken during the survey.

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 feature new equipment items:
Special Offers on Forthcoming Books
Handbook of the Mammals of the World, Volume 8: Insectivores, Sloths and Colugos
Due August 2018
This is the penultimate volume of the Handbook of Mammals of the World, an essential reference on all the world’s mammals. 
£124.99 £144.99
More books with pre-publication offers
The NHBS Conference Calendar
Birdfair 2018, Rutland Water Nature Reserve
17th - 19th August
The British Wildlife team will be attending Birdfair - come and visit us in Marquee 6, Stand 47
New Books at NHBS
Walker's Mammals of the World is a completely revised and updated compendium of information on Monotremes, Marsupials, Afrotherians, Xenarthrans, and Sundatherians; five of the earliest clades to diverge from ancient mammal stock.
Due to its large land mass and impressive variety of habitats, Africa has the most diverse range of raptors of any continent – with almost a third of the world's species occurring in the region. African Raptors features all 106 species found in Africa, with particular emphasis on their field identification.​
British and Irish Butterflies: An Island Perspective, investigates the biogeography of butterfly species over the British Isles and looks at the dynamics of species on both the mainland and offshore islands.
Handbook of Western Palearctic Birds contains the most up-to-date information available on the identification of Western Palearctic passerines. The text is backed up by a remarkable collection of more than 5,000 photographs, making this stunning handbook the definitive reference for ornithologists and birdwatchers everywhere.
The Curious Life of Krill: A Conservation Story from the Bottom of the World uses humour and personal stories to bring alive the biology and beauty of krill, the most abundant creature on the planet.
Grasslands are vast, vital and cover approximately 50% of the global terrestrial environment. The Biology of Grasslands is an accessible text which provides a concise but comprehensive introduction to this important habitat.
Equipment Highlight
The Q2 Quadrat provides a simple but effective method of surveying vegetation or invertebrates in a wide range of habitats. The 0.5 x 0.5m frame is subdivided into 25 squares, each measuring 10 x 10cm.
Fauna Corner
From tiny insect eaters to the formidable Tasmanian Devil, Secret Lives of Carnivorous Marsupials offers a rare insight into the history and habits of these creatures and is packed with never-before-seen photographs.
Flora Corner
The Palms of Cuba is the only comprehensive guide to all the 98 taxa of palms native to Cuba along with their classification and an identification key. Suitable for both the novice backyard grower and the serious palm aficionado.

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