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Vertebrates and Invertebrates of European Cities: Selected Non-Avian Fauna

  • Describes the vertebrates (excluding birds) and some of the major invertebrate groups in a variety of European cities
  • Details the major biological components of different European cities
  • Considers native and non-native species

By: John G Kelcey(Editor)

700 pages, 55 b/w photos and b/w illustrations, 28 colour illustrations, 113 tables


Hardback | Mar 2015 | #217469 | ISBN-13: 9781493916979
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About this book

Vertebrates and Invertebrates of European Cities: Selected Non-Avian Fauna is the first known account of the vertebrate and invertebrate fauna of several cities in Europe and throughout the rest of the world. It excludes birds, which are described in a companion volume. The book contains eleven chapters about nine cities distributed throughout Europe. The chapters start with the history of the cities, which is followed by a description of the abiotic features such as geology, climate, air and water quality and then a brief account of the habitats.

The vertebrate chapters describe the fish, amphibians, reptiles and mammals that are known to occur in each city together with their status and the habitats in which they occur, for example housing, industrial areas, parks, transport routes and rivers. The invertebrate chapters contain an account of the presence, status and habitats occupied by 6 – 8 of the major invertebrate groups including butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies, crickets and grasshoppers, beetles, molluscs, spiders, mites and springtails.

Vertebrates and Invertebrates of European Cities: Selected Non-Avian Fauna has been written and edited to be accessible to a wide range of interests and expertise including academic biologists, urban ecologists, landscape architects, planners, urban designers, undergraduates, other students and people with a general interest in natural history (especially cities) – not only in Europe but throughout the world.


Part I. Vertebrates
1. Budapest
2. Plovdiv
3. Porto
4. Prague
5. Rotterdam
6. Sofia
7. Valladolid

Part II. Invertebrates
8. Bucharest
9. Helsinki
10. Prague
11. Rotterdam

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John G. Kelcey is not an academic but a practitioner of the art of managing natural resources. After graduating in Botany and Geology from the University of Manchester, Britain, he was appointed the ecologist and eventually also the Linear Parks Manager of the new city of Milton Keynes, the first such appointment in Britain. Subsequently he became an ecological consultant and advisor and carried out ecological assessments of major development projects including major road schemes, housing, commercial and retail developments, mainly in urban areas. During this time he was a member of nine professional institutions and several learned societies throughout Europe.

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