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NHBS Grapevine #75

NHBS Grapevine #75: The Best of our Books & Equipment
NHBS Grapevine - The Best of Our Books & Equipment
16th May 2018   

About Us
In this edition:  On the NHBS blog this week we are proud to present NatureBureau, our publisher of the month for May. We also feature a great conversation with Mary Colwell, author of the recently published Curlew Moon.

Other highlights: New books include the Birds of the Philippines, a recent addition to the Collins Field Guides series, a new guide to Manta and Devil Rays and a lively biography of Francis Willughby, the first 'true' ornithologist. Also, take a look at our forthcoming books on pre-publication offer

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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 have a round-up of brand new wildlife equipment.

Browse Luanne's Kit Bag
Publisher of the Month: NatureBureau
NatureBureau are the NHBS Publisher of the Month

Specialising in internationally important handbooks alongside highly localised UK field guides, all of their publications are designed and produced to an exceptional standard and are firm favourites with natural history enthusiasts worldwide.

Read our recent blogpost to find out more about NatureBureau and their recent and upcoming publications, and discover some of their bestselling titles in our Spring Sale.
Birds of the Philippines, Sumatra, Java, Bali, Borneo, Sulawesi, the Lesser Sundas and the Moluccas
This recent addition to the established Collins Field Guide series features every species of bird you might encounter in the region, with the exception of non-established introductions.

Illustrated by wildlife artist Norman Arlott, who has previously produced field guides to both the Birds of India and Birds of South-East Asia, this book concentrates on the specific characteristics and appearance of each species, allowing easy identification in the field. With 416 pages, 179 colour plates and species distribution maps, Birds of the Philippines is a handy reference book for travelling birdwatchers.
Curlew Moon: An Interview with Mary Colwell 
Mary Colwell is an award-winning writer and producer who is well-known for her work with BBC Radio producing programmes on natural history and environmental issues.

We were delighted to chat with Mary about her recently published book, Curlew Moon, which documents her 500-mile journey from the west coast of Ireland to the east of England to raise awareness and funds for the Curlew, now one of the UK’s most threatened birds.
Signed copies of Curlew Moon are available from NHBS while stocks last.

Beavers have a significant impact on pollution and soil loss
A study undertaken by researchers from the University of Exeter found that dams created by beavers helped to remove significant amounts of sediment, nitrogen and phosphorous from the water, an action which had a notable impact on nutrient pollution downstream.

The largest trees are of most importance to forest biomass
Research looking at forest plots from 21 countries and territories has found that, on average, the largest one percent of trees in mature and older forests contain 50 percent of worldwide forest biomass. This has profound implications for forest conservation.

Alaskan village receives 100s of unexpected walrus visitors
Residents of Port Heiden on the Alaskan peninsula were surprised last month by the arrival of 200 walruses on a nearby beach. Two weeks later, more than 1000 were spotted nearby. It is thought that their arrival may be due to changes in food availability and foraging patterns.

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 new equipment products.
Special Offers on Forthcoming Books
Handbook of Western Palearctic Birds: Passerines (2-Volume Set)
Due July 2018
After 18 years in preparation, this highly anticipated two volume set will be available soon from NHBS at a special pre-publication price.
£130.00 £150.00

More books with pre-publication offers
The NHBS Conference Calendar
19th - 23rd June Annual Meeting of the European Botanical and Horticultural Libraries Group - New York
Meet the manager of NHBS' book team (and former librarian), Anneli Meeder.
...for natural history, ecology, conservation & other environmental books and equipment
New Books at NHBS
This original contribution illustrates the many different roles birds played in culture through nearly 100 illustrations from ancient wall-paintings, pottery and mosaics, and selections from early scientific writings.
Originally published in Swedish, this comprehensive book explores the fascinating lives of bats; from Latin American Mayan temples to Swedish potato cellars and from the plains of Kenya to the Taiwanese mountains.
This second edition summarises a wealth of exciting new research data in the field of cephalopod behaviour. Covering the major octopus, squid and cuttlefish species, this is a useful resource for students of animal behaviour.
This bilingual book portrays the biodiversity of Timor-Leste and includes photographs of more than 900 species of fish and other marine animals, as well as over 100 species of birds, reptiles and mammals. (Languages: English and Portuguese)
A lively insight into the life and work of Francis Willughby. A 17th century ornithologist and member of the Royal Society, he was centuries ahead of his time in his approach to the differentiation of birds through the identification of their distinguishing features. 
This well written and stunningly illustrated book reveals the secret lives of more than 300 different kinds of arachnids from eleven taxonomic orders, covering rare and common species. Includes never-before-seen images of their underground behaviour.
This comprehensive field guide includes detailed information on the identification, characteristics, threats and distribution for each of the species within this family of rays.
Equipment Highlight
An essential fieldwork item for windy or rainy days, the WeatherWriter clipboard features a spring-loaded top which flips up to provide protection from the elements.
Fauna Corner
This two-volume book took nearly eight years to complete and presents all the recent species of the family Conidae. Richly illustrated with almost 6700 specimens that represent more than one thousand species and subspecies.
Flora Corner
This is the third volume of a four-part series on Italian flora with more than 90,000 colour images covering the sub-class Astridiae. Includes the full family of Asteraceae which is represented by as many as 161 genera and almost a thousand species.
(Language: Italian)

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