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NHBS Grapevine #77

NHBS Grapevine #77: The Best of our Books & Equipment
NHBS Grapevine - The Best of Our Books & Equipment
20th June 2018   

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In this edition: We highlight a great selection of new conservation books including the Mammal Society’s summary of the conservation status of Britain's mammals, an analysis of the global biodiversity crisis and a handbook covering the use of drones for practical conservation.

Other highlights: On the NHBS blog this week we feature an interview with Faith Anstey, author of the recently published Start to Identify Grasses, as well as lots of information about National Insect Week which ends on the 24th June.

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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 include a collection of fieldwork and expedition essentials.
Browse Luanne's Kit Bag
Britain's Mammals 2018
Last week, the Mammal Society published their review of the conservation and population status of British mammals, the first comprehensive study of mammal populations since 1995. In it, they highlight the disturbing state of Britain's mammals, a fifth of which face a high risk of extinction over the next decade. 

Britain's Mammals 2018: The Mammal Society's Guide to their Population and Conservation Status, summarises the key findings from the review. Based on more than 1.5 million individual biological records, it provides the best available assessment of population size, geographical range, temporal trends, and future prospects of all 58 British terrestrial mammal species.
Interview with Faith Anstey, author of Start to Identify Grasses
Faith Anstey is the author of the recently published Start to Identify Grasses and other plant ID books. Her easy-to-use guides provide a great introduction to plant identification, and show beginners how to identify the family to which a wildflower or plant belongs. 

To mark her new book and to encourage more people to discover the botanical wonders around them, we asked Faith a few questions about her writing and her life-long passion for botany. To read the full interview, see our recent blogpost on the Hoopoe.
National Insect Week 2018
This week is National Insect Week! Organised by the Royal Entomological Society, this biennial event aims to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to learn more about insects and the vital roles they play in almost every ecosystem on earth. 
To celebrate National Insect Week hundreds of events will take place throughout the UK, ranging from Bioblitz days, insects walks, workshops and even the chance to dine on edible insects. Find out more in our blogpost

Human disturbance causes mammals to become nocturnal
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, looking at the effects of humans on the daily activity patterns of wildlife, have discovered that human disturbance is causing many mammals to utilise a more nocturnal lifestyle.

Longest butterfly migratory flight recorded
A recent study recording the migratory patterns of the Painted Lady butterfly, Vanessa cardui, has found that they can travel distances of up to 12,000km, often crossing the Sahara Desert twice. To date, this is the longest migratory flight known in butterflies.

First white-tailed eagle in 140 years hatches in Orkney
RSPB Scotland have reported the hatching of a white-tailed eagle chick on the island of Hoy. Following a reintroduction programme in the 1970s this is the first successful breeding attempt since they became extinct in 1918.

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 collection of fieldwork and expedition essentials:
Special Offers on Forthcoming Books
Due June 2018
Hedgehog by Pat Morris provides an all-encompassing new study of the hedgehog and its habitat, shedding new light on conservation efforts crucial to the survival of this charming creature.

Pbk £27.99 £34.99
Hbk £52.99 £64.99
More books with pre-publication offers
The NHBS Conference Calendar
13th - 14th July: Yealm BioBlitz 2018 - Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo

24-hours+ of exciting activities across a wide range of habitats, involving fun, education and scientific data collection. 
Come and visit the NHBS stand for nets, field guides and other survey equipment.
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New Books at NHBS
Species Conservation: Lessons from Islands brings together leading conservation practitioners to reflect on their response to the current global biodiversity crisis.
In Around the World in 80 Trees, expert Jonathan Drori explains how trees play a role in every part of human life from London and Germany to India and Australia. 
Conservation Drones aims to inspire ecologists and conservation biologists to learn more about how to adapt this emerging technology for practical conservation. 
Birds of Japan covers the identification, voice, habitat, behaviour and range of all the species and subspecies found across the Japanese archipelago.
The Human Planet traces the environmental impact which humans have had on the planet, driving Earth into a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene.
Equipment Highlight
The cleverly designed Echo Meter Touch 2 Car Mount makes mobile transect surveys even easier. Compatible with both standard and pro models.
Fauna Corner
Twilight of the Angonoka: Biology and Conservation of the World’s Rarest Tortoise provides a complete summary of the biology and conservation of the Angonoka by two knowledgeable experts in biodiversity conservation. 
Flora Corner
The Genus Schefflera in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo describes 32 Schefflera taxa, many of which are new to science. The book provides a long overdue contribution to our understanding of the genus.

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