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Silent Summer

Silent Summer
The State of Wildlife in Britain and Ireland

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David Attenborough, Norman Maclean, T. H. Sparks, C. D. Preston, D. B. Roy, Ken Norris, Christopher Lever, Andrew Lack, Kevin J. Gaston, Karl L. Evans, Robin Sharp, C. R. Tyler, R. M. Goodhead, Michael Hughes, Carl Sayer, Andy Clements, Mike Pienkowski, N. Leader-Williams, A. M. Rosser, D. W. Yalden, Karen A. Haysom, Gareth Jones, Dan Merrett, Paul A. Racey, Robert A. Robinson, N. W. Sotherton, N. J. Aebischer, J. A. Ewald, Chris P. Gleed-Owen, Tim Halliday, Peter S. Maitland, John F. Craig, Cyril Bennett, Warren Gilchrist, Dave Goulson, J. A. Thomas, Richard Fox, Kelvin F. Conrad, Mark S. Parsons, Martin S. Warren, Ian P. Woiwod, Peter Mill, Steve Brooks, Adrian Parr, Alan Stubbs, Alan J. A. Stewart, Peter Kirby, Judith Marshall, Richard Harrington, Chris R. Shortall, Richard Chadd, Brian Eversham, Ian J. Killeen, S. J. Hawkins, H. E. Sugden, P. S. Moschella, N. Mieszkowska, R. C. Thompson, M. T. Burrows, John Baxter
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  • Date Published: June 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521519663

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  • Over the past 20 years dramatic declines have taken place in UK insect populations. Eventually, such declines must have knock-on effects for other animals, especially high profile groups such as birds and mammals. This authoritative, yet accessible account details the current state of the wildlife in Britain and Ireland and offers an insight into the outlook for the future. Written by a team of the country's leading experts, it appraises the changes that have occurred in a wide range of wildlife species and their habitats and outlines urgent priorities for conservation. It includes chapters on each of the vertebrate and major invertebrate groups, with the insects covered in particular depth. Also considered are the factors that drive environmental change and the contribution at local and government level to national and international wildlife conservation. Essential reading for anyone who is interested in, and concerned about, UK wildlife.

    • Foreword by Sir David Attenborough
    • Coverage of every major vertebrate and invertebrate group provides a comprehensive overview of the current state of British wildlife
    • Accessible to the non-specialist and includes a glossary of technical terms and list of acronyms
    • A useful reference book, collecting difficult to find information in an easily readable form
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    "The book is absolutely terrific. An all-star cast of conservation scientists and practitioners document powerful stories of loss - and of hope for the future - among Britain and Ireland's many non-human inhabitants. Gripping and rigorous - a core foundation for students of Conservation Ecology and Environmental Science."
    Gretchen Daily, Director, Center for Conservation Biology, Stanford University

    "The season has changed but the silence is deeper and that's why this important book must be read. Its not a catalogue of doom - its a pragmatic snapshot of reality and a desperate plea for action. Your action."
    Chris Packham, Naturalist, Wildlife Photographer and TV Presenter

    "If we are concerned about the environmental future of Britain and Ireland, then we must know as much as possible about its present condition..That is why this book is so important. It gives us a benchmark...It is invaluable now - and in years to come it will be irreplaceable."
    From the Foreword, by Sir David Attenborough

    "Silent Summer will surely become essential reading for anyone who is interested in, and concerned about, Britain's and Ireland's wildlife."
    Bulletin of the British Ecological Society

    "This is an ambitious work designed for both the layperson interested in wildlife and as a reference text for undergraduates."
    Mary M. Peacock, Ecology

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    • Date Published: June 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521519663
    • length: 768 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 41 mm
    • weight: 1.4kg
    • contains: 128 b/w illus. 57 colour illus. 42 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Foreword David Attenborough
    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    List of abbreviations
    1. Introduction Norman Maclean
    Part I. Factors Driving Changes in Wildlife:
    2. Climate change T. H. Sparks, C. D. Preston and D. B. Roy
    3. Agriculture, woodland and semi-natural habitats Ken Norris
    4. Vertebrate animal introductions Christopher Lever
    5. Plant introductions Andrew Lack
    6. Urbanisation and development Kevin J. Gaston and Karl L. Evans
    7. The great game: the interaction of field sports and conservation in Britain from the 1950s to 2008 Robin Sharp
    8. Going fishing: recent trends in recreational angling Robin Sharp and Norman Maclean
    9. Impacts of hormone disrupting chemicals on wildlife C. R. Tyler and R. M. Goodhead
    10. Water pollution: other aspects Michael Hughes and Carl Sayer
    11. 25 key questions in ecology Norman Maclean
    Part II. Conservation in Action:
    12. Conservation in action in Britain and Ireland Andy Clements
    13. Wildlife in the UK Overseas Territories Mike Pienkowski
    14. UK involvement in conservation outside UK territory N. Leader-Williams and A. M. Rosser
    Part III. The Case Histories:
    15. Mammals in the 20th century D. W. Yalden
    16. Bats Karen A. Haysom, Gareth Jones, Dan Merrett and Paul A. Racey
    17. State of bird populations in Britain and Ireland Robert A. Robinson
    18. The conservation of the Grey Partridge N. W. Sotherton, N. J. Aebischer and J. A. Ewald
    19. Reptiles Chris P. Gleed-Owen
    20. Amphibians Tim Halliday
    21. Freshwater fishes: a declining resource Peter S. Maitland and John F. Craig
    22. Riverflies Cyril Bennett and Warren Gilchrist
    23. Bumblebees Dave Goulson
    24. Butterflies J. A. Thomas
    25. Moths Richard Fox, Kelvin F. Conrad, Mark S. Parsons, Martin S. Warren and Ian P. Woiwod
    26. Dragonflies (Odonata) in Britain and Ireland Peter Mill, Steve Brooks and Adrian Parr
    27. Flies, beetles and bees, wasps and ants (Diptera, Coleoptera, and Aculeate Hymenoptera) Alan Stubbs
    28. Hemiptera Alan J. A. Stewart and Peter Kirby
    29. Grasshoppers, crickets and allied insects Judith Marshall
    30. Aerial insect biomass: trends from long-term monitoring Richard Harrington, Chris R. Shortall and Ian P. Woiwod
    31. Invertebrates Richard Chadd and Brian Eversham
    32. Land and freshwater molluscs Ian J. Killeen
    33. The sea shore S. J. Hawkins, H. E. Sugden, P. S. Moschella, N. Mieszkowska, R. C. Thompson and M. T. Burrows
    34. The offshore waters John Baxter
    35. Plants Andrew Lack
    36. Conclusion: what is the likely future for the wildlife in Britain and Ireland? Norman Maclean
    Glossary
    Index.

  • Editor

    Norman Maclean, University of Southampton
    Norman Maclean is Emeritus Professor of Genetics at Southampton University and has a strong interest in wildlife, conservation and river management. He has helped to run student field courses for more than 20 years and has authored and edited more than a dozen textbooks and reference books in Genetics and Cell Biology. He is an Elected Fellow of the Linnaean Society and the Institute of Biology.

    Contributors

    David Attenborough, Norman Maclean, T. H. Sparks, C. D. Preston, D. B. Roy, Ken Norris, Christopher Lever, Andrew Lack, Kevin J. Gaston, Karl L. Evans, Robin Sharp, C. R. Tyler, R. M. Goodhead, Michael Hughes, Carl Sayer, Andy Clements, Mike Pienkowski, N. Leader-Williams, A. M. Rosser, D. W. Yalden, Karen A. Haysom, Gareth Jones, Dan Merrett, Paul A. Racey, Robert A. Robinson, N. W. Sotherton, N. J. Aebischer, J. A. Ewald, Chris P. Gleed-Owen, Tim Halliday, Peter S. Maitland, John F. Craig, Cyril Bennett, Warren Gilchrist, Dave Goulson, J. A. Thomas, Richard Fox, Kelvin F. Conrad, Mark S. Parsons, Martin S. Warren, Ian P. Woiwod, Peter Mill, Steve Brooks, Adrian Parr, Alan Stubbs, Alan J. A. Stewart, Peter Kirby, Judith Marshall, Richard Harrington, Chris R. Shortall, Richard Chadd, Brian Eversham, Ian J. Killeen, S. J. Hawkins, H. E. Sugden, P. S. Moschella, N. Mieszkowska, R. C. Thompson, M. T. Burrows, John Baxter

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