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NHBS Grapevine #72

NHBS Grapevine #72: The Best of our Books & Equipment
NHBS Grapevine - The Best of Our Books & Equipment
4th April 2018   

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In this edition: On the NHBS blog this week we have a great conversation with Mark Lynas, author of the recently published Seeds of Science, discussing his views on genetically modified organisms. We’re also delighted to announce the arrival of a highly anticipated guide to pug moths, an excellent resource for moth recorders around the UK.

Other highlights: Other new arrivals at NHBS include the final addition to the five-volume Flora of Great Britain and Ireland, a fascinating exploration of seabed habitats and a brand new look at the science of genetic research and its use in tracing human ancestry. Plus, don’t forget to book your great crested newt eDNA kits in time for the spring survey season.

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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 new wildlife equipment.

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Pug Moths of North-West England: A Guide on Identification and Distribution in Cheshire, Lancashire and Cumbria
Covering the 43 resident species that occur in North-west England (out of 49 in the UK), this 120-page book summarises the key features to look out for on this difficult but fascinating group of Geometrid moths.
Each species account gives a short morphological description, mentions what is known about larval food plants, and describes distribution and flight period. Photos of the adult moth and, where available, the larva are included, as well a colour distribution map and a chart showing the flight period. An extremely useful guide for recorders both in the North-West and elsewhere in the UK.
Seeds of Science: An interview with Mark Lynas
Mark Lynas is an author, journalist and environmental activist who is known for his books on climate change (including High Tide and Six Degrees) and the Anthropocene (The God Species).
A one-time anti-GMO activist, Mark changed his mind on genetically modified organisms while researching his books on climate change. The newly published Seeds of Science: Why We Got it so Wrong on GMOs, chronicles Mark’s conversion and examines the widespread opposition to GMOs.
We recently chatted with Mark about his book and the story behind it. To read the full interview go to our blog.
Don't forget to order your Great Crested Newt eDNA Kits in time for the spring survey season
Since 2017, NHBS and NatureMetrics have worked in collaboration to provide a Great Crested Newt eDNA service that is second-to-none. Combining our expertise in sourcing and shipping equipment with the laboratory excellence of NatureMetrics, this partnership has allowed both teams to focus fully on our strengths in order to provide a fast and efficient service.
Reasons to choose NatureMetrics for your GCN eDNA analysis in 2018:
  • 100% of kits and results delivered on time in 2017
  • 100% scored on the 2018 GCN eDNA proficiency tests
  • Ultra-clean laboratory and separate kit dispatch centre guards against contamination
  • Friendly team available to support you seven days a week
  • No extra courier fees; delivery and pick-up are included and arranged for you
For more information about the service and for details on how to order your kits in time for spring 2018, head over to our website.
Chance plays a significant role in the local survival of species
Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have discovered that, although conservation efforts are often successful in saving threatened species, chance can play a huge role in whether they survive, particularly when two or more species are competing for the same resources.

Huge wildcat recorded in Aberdeenshire Forest
A wildcat estimated to measure 1.2 metres from nose to tale, and which is thought to be one of the largest ever recorded, has been filmed in Aberdeenshire’s Clashindarroch Forest. The footage was collected as part of a Scottish wildcat conservation project.

Seaweeds could have a vital part to play in controlling ocean acidity
By absorbing carbon dioxide throughout the day, kelp and other seaweeds temporarily increase the pH level of water near to their blades. Researchers from the University of Tasmania are now studying how small calcifying organisms use this niche as a way of surviving in an increasingly acidic ocean.
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 new wildlife equipment items. 
Special Offers on Forthcoming Books
Curlew Moon
Due April 2018
Mary Colwell chronicles her impressive journey in this beautifully illustrated book, weaving a wonderfully told story of the experiences on her walk, interspersed with the natural history of this most impressive of birds.
£12.99 £16.99

More books with pre-publication offers
The NHBS Conference Calendar
6-8th Apr Butterfly Conservation Symposium - Southampton
13th Apr South West Marine Ecosystems - Plymouth
20-22nd Apr Mammal Society symposium - Exeter
21st Apr - Bat Conservation Trust/ Midlands - Leicester
...for natural history, ecology, conservation & other environmental books and equipment
New Books at NHBS
Flora of Great Britain and Ireland, Volume 1: Lycopodiaceae - Salicaceae is the final in a five volume set. It includes historical and taxonomic introductions to the whole project and covers the pteridophytes, gymnosperms and 44 families of angiosperms.
In Exploring Britain's Hidden World: A Natural History of Seabed Habitats Keith Hiscock describes the incredible variety of marine life that exists around Great Britain, providing a firm foundation of knowledge for those interested in the natural history of the shallow seabed. 
In Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past David Reich describes cutting-edge genetic research and considers the sensitivities involved in tracing ancestry, where science sometimes jostles with politics and tradition.
Rainforest: Dispatches from Earth's Most Vital Frontlines is a personal story, drawing on the author's many years' experience at the frontline of the fight to save the rainforests. It explains the science and history of the campaigns, and what it has felt like to experience the conflicts and dilemmas.
Equipment Highlight
Compatible with most Petzl head torches, the Petzl Noctilight doubles as a lantern and provides a soft, diffused illumination.
Fauna Corner
Advances in the Biology and Management of Modern Bed Bugs offers new information on the basic science of bed bug bioassay techniques. It also presents cutting-edge information on the major impacts that bed bugs have had on industries across the world, as well as their impacts on public health.
Flora Corner
Presents more than 370 species of orchids from Madagascar, inventoried during 20 years of expeditions organized by the French Society of Orchidophilia. This stunning book brings together more than 750 photographs and 1,500 georeferenced observations.

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