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NHBS Grapevine #76

NHBS Grapevine #76: The Best of our Books & Equipment
NHBS Grapevine - The Best of Our Books & Equipment
6th June 2018   

About Us
In this edition: On the NHBS blog this week we announce our publisher of the month for June. Plus, equipment team member Johnny offers some thoughts on the science of field recording in response to the recently published Listening in the Field

Other highlights: New books in stock at NHBS include an in-depth account of the Abernethy Forest nature reserve, a reference guide to the trilobites found in the British Isles over the last three centuries, and an exploration of the ecology, genetics and behaviour of Heliconius butterflies.

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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 wildlife equipment on offer in our clearance sale.
Browse Luanne's Kit Bag
Publisher of the Month: Field Studies Council
The Field Studies Council (FSC) have been helping naturalists to find and identify British plants and animals for 70 years. They publish six diverse, thoroughly researched and constantly expanding series, including fold-out ID Guides, wildlife packs, AIDGAP Guides, RES handbooks, Fauna Synopses and BRC Atlases. 

Read our blogpost to find out more about the FSC and their recent bestsellers which include Guide to Rushes, Key to the Earthworms of the UK and Ireland and Guide to the Longhorn Beetles of Britain.
Abernethy Forest: The History and Ecology of an Old Scottish Pinewood
Published by the Centre for Conservation Science of the RSPB, Abernethy Forest: The History and Ecology of an Old Scottish Pinewood provides a richly illustrated account of the history and ecology of one of the last remaining primeval forests in Scotland.
Illustrated with historical and recent photographs as well as graphs and maps, the book opens with a description of the physical geography and history of the forest and addresses both the man-made and natural processes that have shaped the forest.
Listening in the Field
The newly published Listening In The Field by Joeri Bruyninckx explores the evolution of sound recording into a scientific technique for studying the songs and calls of wild birds, and asks what it means to listen to animal voices as a scientist.
Read our blogpost by NHBS equipment team member Johnny Mitchell to find out more about the history and current status of field recording along with some book and equipment suggestions.

Global coral reef monitoring system to be launched
This satellite-based system, which is expected to be rolled out in full in 2020, will detect physical changes in coral structure on a daily basis, enabling researchers and environmentalists to monitor reefs in near-real time.
Devastating drop in numbers of Shetland seabirds
Since 2000 the number of puffins in Shetland has dropped from 33,000 to only 570, a trend that has also been observed in other species such as kittiwakes, fulmars and guillemots. The disappearance of food sources is thought to be the main cause of these devastating declines.
Working towards the acceptance of wolves in Sweden
A new study, published in Biological Conservation, has highlighted areas of Sweden which would be suitable for wolves to be redistributed in order to reduce densities and the resulting conflicts in regions where they are currently abundant.

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 include a list of items from the equipment clearance sale: get them now before they're gone!
Special Offers on Forthcoming Books
Conservation Drones: Mapping and Monitoring Biodiversity
Hardback Due June 2018
Conservation Drones provides a guide for ecologists and conservation biologists to this low-cost and operator-friendly tool for surveying, mapping, and monitoring habitats. 
£34.99 £39.00
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.

13th - 14th July: Yealm BioBlitz 2018 - Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo
Come and visit the NHBS stand for nets, field guides and other survey equipment.
...for natural history, ecology, conservation & other environmental books and equipment
New Books at NHBS
Trilobites of the British Isles is a well-illustrated overview covering around 4400 different species of trilobite from Great Britain and Ireland.
Lavishly illustrated with stunning, life-like paintings, Birds of Prey of the West  is a comprehensive and authoritative field guide to North American birds of prey. 
The Nature of the Malverns is the first book to cover all aspects of the natural history of the Malverns and will appeal to both residents and visitors interested in the area.
With  accounts of all 360 species occurring in the region, The Birds of Vancouver Island's West Coast is the essential guide to this distinctive avian community.
The Ecology and Evolution of Heliconius Butterflies is a thorough and accessible overview of the ecology, genetics, and behaviour of Heliconius butterflies.
A Bird Guide to the Fields of Experience, Volume 2: East Anglia and Some Rarities 1993-2001 reproduces the private field notes and drawings of avid birdwatcher Frank Jarvis (1939-2002).
Equipment Highlight
Based on the popular Kent Bat Box design, the Eco Kent Bat Box has an additional weatherproof outer layer, making it well-insulated and longer-lasting.
Fauna Corner
Icones Insectorum Europae Centralis: Coleoptera: Phalacridae deals with the species of the family Phalacridae, commonly referred to as the shining flower beetles.
(Language: Bilingual in English and Czech)
Flora Corner
Macrophytes of the River Danube Basin provides detailed information on the aquatic vegetation of one of the world's major river systems, the Danube.

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