What’s not to like?
A field guide to the mammals of Britain and Ireland By Dominic Couzens, Andy Swash, Robert Still & Jon Dunn | WILDGuides & Princeton University Press | Paperback | April 2017 | 330 Pages | Colour Distribution Maps | 500 Colour Photos | ISBN: 9780691156972
The Publisher’s View:
* Comprehensive coverage of every mammal recorded in Britain and Ireland
* 500 superb colour photographs carefully selected to show key identification features
* Up-to-date distribution maps
* Detailed illustrations of tracks, dentition and other identification features
* Helpful tips for identifying tracks and other signs you may find in the field
* Latest information on status, population, distribution and conservation designations
* Advice on finding and watching mammals
Britain's Mammals is a comprehensive and beautifully designed photographic field guide to all the mammals recorded in Britain and Ireland in recent times – including marine mammals, bats and introduced species.
Britain's Mammals features hundreds of stunning photographs and incorporates invaluable tips and suggestions to help you track down and identify even the most difficult species.This easy-to-use book provides an introduction to the different types of mammal, and concise species accounts that include details of habitat, daily and yearly activity rhythms, feeding behaviour, sounds, breeding biology and general habits. It also contains descriptions of key field signs – including tracks, scats and nests – that give away the presence of mammals even when they are out of sight. In addition, guidance is provided on ways of studying and observing mammals – including small-mammal trapping, bat detecting and whale watching – as well as mammal conservation and the law and sources of further useful information.
Handy and informative, Britain's Mammals is the ideal companion for anyone interested in watching mammals in Britain and Ireland.
Other Views: "This is a very good book and the best of what is proving to be an excellent series of field guides."
– Mike Toms, British Trust for Ornithology
"An outstanding example of what a modern field guide can and should be […] This is a must-have volume for any field biologist […] The WILDGuides are rapidly becoming the definitive format for UK field guides […] Their clear, concise and comprehensive format has set a new bar in the field guide arena."
– Peter Smithers, Antenna: Journal of the Royal Entomological Society
Dominic Couzens is one of Britain's best-known wildlife writers. His work appears in numerous magazines, including BBC Wildlife and BBC Countryfile, and his books include Secret Lives of Garden Wildlife. Andy Swash is an ecologist, a wildlife photographer and the managing director of WILDGuides.
Robert Still, the cofounder of WILDGuides, is an ecologist and graphic artist and has designed more than thirty of its titles.
Jon Dunn lives in Shetland, UK, working there and abroad as a wildlife tour guide and writer. His books include Britain's Sea Mammals (WILDGuides).
Fatbirder View: This is an easy book to review… I can sum it up in a very few words: ‘What’s not to like?’Regular readers of my reviews will know I really rate the WILDGuide series and I’ve got the full set on my shelves in the best spot for easy reference. I’ve used them often to track down ID in garden insects and each time I learn a great deal by reading the text and looking at the illustrations. I may be no fan of photo guides but given how few mammals we have in these islands there is plenty of space to take all sorts of views as well as pointing out salient features.I have always rated Dominic as a wildlife writer and know him to be one of the good guys too. So its an easy ready while being acutely accurate, the perfect combination.
Have I any criticisms? Not really, just one suggestion for future reference… sonograms are often used these days to ID difficult to separate birds, is there a case for doing something similar for bats, especially as bat detectors are becoming more widespread and most of us only get fleeting glimpses of bats in poor light making ID really tough.
22nd April 2017