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NHBS Grapevine #71

NHBS Grapevine: The Best of our Books & Equipment #71
NHBS Grapevine - The Best of Our Books & Equipment
21st March 2018   

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In this edition: Don’t forget to take a look at our Backlist Bargains sale which is due to end at midnight on 31st March. Plus, we are delighted to be offering signed copies of Peter Marren’s Chasing the Ghost; a wonderful memoir detailing his quest to find every species of plant native to Britain.

Other highlights: New books in stock at NHBS include a BTO primer on building and using garden nest boxes, guides to the Birds of Chile and the Butterflies of Afghanistan, as well as a fascinating look at how the evolution of the skeleton has shaped the range of bodies and lifestyles exhibited by species today and throughout history.

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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 educational equipment.

Browse Luanne's Kit Bag
The NHBS annual Backlist Bargains sale ends at midnight on Saturday 31st March! 
Our most popular annual sale features more than 3000 books from major publishers at greatly reduced prices. From field guides to monographs, Devon to Antarctica, and ornithology to marine life, this is the perfect opportunity to fill the gaps in your collection with forgotten gems and recent classics.
Signed copies of Peter Marren's Chasing the Ghost available from NHBS
Join renowned naturalist Peter Marren on an exciting quest to see every species of wild plant native to Britain.
Some people decide to go skydiving when they turn fifty. Others travel to a long dreamed-of place: Antarctica, perhaps, or the Galapagos. Others run the London Marathon. But to mark his most significant birthday, Peter Marren decided on an entirely different sort of mid-life challenge: to track down the last fifty British wild plants he'd yet to see, having ticked off the first 1,400 over a half-century well spent rummaging in hedges, slipping down gullies and peering into peat bogs.
This expert and emotional journey takes him the length and the breadth of the British Isles, searching for our most elusive plants. He travels from Skye to the Scilly Isles, from mountain to forest floor – but does he manage to find them all?

Signed copies of Chasing the Ghost are available from NHBS while stocks last.
Now in stock from the BTO
Nestboxes: Your Complete Guide
Building your own nestbox and watching a pair of birds raise a successful brood will bring pleasure to the whole family, and this book provides all you need to know to get started. Written by Dave Cromack and drawing on the BTO's expertise, this new book provides the perfect guide to building, erecting and monitoring nestboxes for a broad range of bird species.
Return of pine martens provides hope for Britain’s red squirrels
Research published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B earlier this months suggests that the presence of pine martens suppresses local grey squirrels, which could be instrumental in helping red squirrels re-populate Britain.

Feeding wildlife significantly impacts migration and spread of parasites 
New research has raised concerns about how feeding wildlife, either intentionally with garden feeders or unintentionally through waste, can have a huge effect on both migration patterns and parasite transmission between resident and migratory populations.

eDNA as an early warning system for amphibian pathogens
Scientists at Washington State University are investigating the use of environmental DNA as a way to detect deadly amphibian pathogens in time to allow conservationists to save local populations before they are affected.
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 children's wildlife kit. 
Special Offers on Forthcoming Books
Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past
Due March 2018
David Reich describes cutting-edge genetic research and considers the sensitivities involved in tracing ancestry, with science sometimes jostling with politics and tradition.
£14.99 £19.99

More books with pre-publication offers
The NHBS Conference Calendar
24th Mar - UK Butterfly Recorders' Meeting Birmingham
27-29th Mar - BOU Annual Conference Nottingham 
...for natural history, ecology, conservation & other environmental books and equipment
New Books at NHBS
Ecology and Conservation of Forest Birds provides a unique review of the relationships between forest birds and their changing environments. The book provides a valuable reference for ecologists, ornithologists, conservation professionals and forest industry employees.
Birds of Chile is ideal for curious naturalists and experienced birders alike, providing everything anyone needs to identify the birds they see. Clear photographs and brief species accounts highlight what to look for and how to quickly identify species.
The Butterflies of Afghanistan provides an excellent photographic guide to the butterflies of this under-studied country and will be useful for anyone interested in both Palaearctic and Oriental Lepidoptera.
In Skeletons, Jan Zalasiewicz and Mark Williams explore the incredible variety of skeletal innovations that have enabled life to expand into a wide range of niches and lifestyles.
Equipment Highlight
Lightweight Butterfly Net This lightweight and versatile butterfly net has a short-handled frame and a soft, deep mesh bag.
Fauna Corner
This book includes a resume on the history of trichomorphology, the anatomy of mammal hair. It also contains descriptions of 123 mammal species occurring in Central Europe along with an identification key to their guard hairs.
Flora Corner
Recording Alexander von Humboldt's historic expedition to the Americas and Cuba – hailed by many as the "scientific discovery of America" – these intricate and delicately tinted prints reveal his revolutionary findings as he traveled through jungles, across rivers, and over mountainous terrain. 

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