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Philip's Guide to Birds of Britain and Europe

Håkan Delin, Lars Svensson
Authors:
Håkan Delin, Lars Svensson

Philip's Guide to Birds of Britain and Europe is a highly practical illustrated field guide in a convenient pocket-sized format, and is organized for maximum ease of use. The birds are arranged in the new standard sequence of orders and families, starting with waterfowl and ending with passerines (perching birds). Each double-page spread shows a group of related birds illustrated together on a single plate, which facilitates rapid comparison for confident identification. A full-colour illustration is provided for each of the featured species, and includes the indication of important distinguishing features, plus a descriptive text and distribution map.The text provides concise, detailed information to enable easy identification of the species. Standard data includes common English name, scientific name, size, habitat, plumage, characteristic flight pattern and behaviour, song and call. The illustrations show the adult male of each species in breeding plumage, and in winter plumage if different. Female, immature and juvenile plumages are also shown if their plumage differs from the adult male. Birds often seen in flight are also shown on the wing.The guide excludes the rare vagrants shown in other guides, whose inclusion can cause confusion in the field.Philip's Guide to Birds of Britain and Europe is ideal for beginners as well as more experienced ornithologists.

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Philip's Guide to Butterflies of Britain and Ireland

Jeremy Thomas
Authors:
Jeremy Thomas

Philip's Guide to Butterflies of Britain and Ireland begins with a valuable introduction to butterflies, explaining the differences between butterflies and moths, the life cycle and structure of butterflies, their movement and migration patterns, and helpful information on the distribution and habitats of the main family groups so that readers will know at a glance which species they are likely to see and where - useful for both identification purposes and for those readers who want to find a specific species. The introductory section finishes with information for gardeners, detailing which plants to grow and when. Each section is illustrated with diagrams and photographs. There then follows an illustrated key to the main family groups, detailing principal physical and flight characteristics, as well as other key information to aid identification. The next section consists of 60 specific species descriptions. These comprise detailed identification notes for both adult and young stages, information on life cycle, habitat and behaviour, and distribution and status - all accompanied by life-cycle artwork and time charts, a distribution map and a large colour photograph.Finishing with photographs and information on the most common day-flying moths, Philip's Guide to Butterflies of Britain and Ireland is an essential guide for both experienced naturalists and newcomers to the subject.

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Philip's Guide to Fossils

A practical pocket-sized guide to identifying, collecting and understanding all types of fossil.The introduction describes how fossils form and the history of ancient life, all illustrated with colour artworks. The classification and distribution of fossils are described, giving essential background information for collectors. The fascinatinghistory of fossil collecting is described before detailed and practical information about how to go about collecting fossils - everything from how to find sites and specimens to how to store and display fossils.An important feature of Philip's Guide to Fossils is a comprehensive and effective visual identification key. This makes it easy for the reader to discover the major classification of a fossil and so locate the right section of the book for detailed identification.The main section of the book goes through every major group of fossils, from trilobites to tree ferns, and includes a wide international range, from the common and easy-to-find to some (such as dinosaur bones) that would crown the collection of any amateur. The section is lavishly illustrated with colour photographs and clear descriptive text accompanies each image.Main map scale:

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Philip's Guide to Gems

Cally Oldershaw
Authors:
Cally Oldershaw

A practical pocket-sized guide to the identification and use of precious and semiprecious stones, novelty stones, agates and crystals.The introductory part of the book describes the geology, chemistry and properties of gemstones in clear and accessible terms. The important properties of gemstones are explained, including crystal structures and optical and physical properties. It examines synthetic gems and discusses how to tell them apart from natural stones.Guide to Gems, Stones and Crystals then covers practical aspects of gemmology and the use of stones, including fashioning and cutting, types and shapes of cut, collecting, handling and storing gemstones, and weighing and measuring stones.An important feature of Guide to Gems, Stones and Crystals is a comprehensive visual identification key. This makes it easy for the reader to recognise the type of a stone, and so move on to the correct section of the book for a detailed identification.The main part of the book examines each major group of gems from every part of the world, with each group divided into clearly structured units. The first section deals with precious gems in their many forms, with illustrations of priceless jewellery. The second and longer section concentrates on the semiprecious and novelty stones, the agates and the crystals used by many professional and amateur jewellers and purchased by the majority of collectors and jewellery enthusiasts. Both sections are richly illustrated with photographs, and clear descriptive text accompanies each image.the authorCally Oldershaw lives in St Albans. She is the author of DK's Gemstones which sold over 5 million copies worldwide. Cally is a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (GAGTL) and a member of the curatorial team at the National History Museum in London.Main map scale:

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Philip's Guide to Minerals, Rocks and Fossils

A. C. Bishop, A. R. Woolley, W. R. Hamilton
Authors:
A. C. Bishop, A. R. Woolley, W. R. Hamilton

A practical and authoritative guide to identifying minerals, rocks and fossils. An invaluable handbook for amateur collectors and specialists alike, small and compact enough to carry in the pocket or rucksack. The illustrations in this revised edition have been improved to give a truer representation of the colours found in nature.A best-seller in its field since 1974 when it was first published, the 1998 edition has been completely revised and updated, with brand-new, extended introductory sections and appendices. The book has also been completely redesigned to bring it into the 1990s and make it more user friendly.Around 145 colour plates show typical mineral, rock and fossils specimens. The plates were photographed from the Natural History Museum's incredible collection. Over 100 specially commissioned line drawings illustrate the authoritative descriptions of the specimens.The 1998 edition has been updated and revised by two of the original authors (Dr Woolley and Dr Bishop), plus an expert in fossils, all from the world-class Natural History Museum in London.Main map scale:

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Philip's Guide to Seashores and Shallow Seas

Philip's Guide to Seashores and Shallow Seas is an easy to use and beautifully illustrated identification guide to marine life.Seashores and shallow seas are one of the most diverse natural environments, rich in plant and animal life. They are also among the most visited, attracting everyone from beachcombers and anglers to sailors and divers. Many who visit the sea take a strong interest in the wildlife found there, and this book provides a comprehensive and accessible guide.More than 1000 species are described in this book. For each species there is an account of the form, size, habitat and distribution. These combined with detailed and life-like illustration enable even the complete novice to easily identify a wide range of flora and fauna. It is a 'must have' for students of marine biography and oceanography, and for collectors of shells and other seashore remnants.Identification is assisted by an illustrated identification key in the introduction, which also describes the marine and seashore environment, explains the impact of the tides, and discusses conservation. Important groups of animals also have their own introductions.The illustrations are by James Nicholl, one of Britain's foremost biological artists.The author, Dr Andrew Campbell, is a senior lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences at Queen Mary College, University of London.Main map scale:

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Philip's Guide to Stars and Planets

Sir Patrick Moore
Authors:
Sir Patrick Moore

Fully updated with the latest information from recent space probes, Philip's Guide to Stars and Planets provides all the information you need to study the night sky with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. It includes a detailed Moon map and a complete atlas of the constellations, and is suitable for observers in both the northern and southern hemispheres.A straightforward and comprehensive handbook, it opens with chapters on the Moon, the Sun, the planets, the stars and galaxies, as well as information on astrophotography, telescopes and an explanation of the apparent movement of the night sky.The second section of the book comprises a full set of constellation maps, showing all stars visible to the naked eye as well as the brighter nebulae and galaxies. Each map is accompanied by a description of that constellation, pointing the observer to the most interesting stars and deep-sky objects in that area of the sky. Tables give the co-ordinates, magnitudes and distances of the brightest stars in each constellation.The book concludes with a comprehensive glossary, and timelines of astronomy and space exploration.Philip's Guide to Stars and Planets is a dependable, accurate and attractive source for all amateur astronomers.

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Philip's Guide to the Night Sky

Sir Patrick Moore
Authors:
Sir Patrick Moore

A completely revised and redesigned new edition of this popular introduction to the night sky. In his characteristically entertaining and informative style, Sir Patrick introduces the wonders of the night sky to absolute beginners. The Moon, the planets, the Sun and the stars are explained in non-technical language, and then the constellations are introduced, with the help of star maps and tables.The four main chapters in the Philip's Guide to the Night Sky are devoted to what's on view in each season of the year. The information is appropriate for observers in Britain and Ireland, northern Europe, northern United States and Canada; it will also be helpful a little outside these latitudes. Using prominent patterns, such as the Plough and Orion, Sir Patrick teaches the reader to 'star-hop' from constellation to constellation, thus learning to navigate the night sky. Star maps and photographs illustrate and clarify what will be on view.Philip's Guide to the Night Sky is an ideal introduction to stargazing, suitable for all ages and with no need for anything more technical than the naked eye.Main map scale:

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Philip's Guide to Weather

Philip's Guide to Weather is aimed at all those who enjoy the outdoors, from sailors to walkers, climbers and birdwatchers. This book is also useful as an aid to planning holidays throughout the world, with handy country-by-country climate guides and statistics, along with in-depth explanations of global weather patterns. Guidance on measuring and recording the weather, and handy tips on how to interpret weather signs are also included.In addition, this book gives a detailed, factual and balanced account of the implications of environmental issues currently in the headlines, such as global warming and the depletion of the ozone layer, as well as the effects of El Niño and other phenomena on world weather patterns.Packed full of colour photographs and satellite images, the text is also illustrated with specially commissioned artworks, as well as numerous maps, charts and graphs.

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Philip's Guide to Weather Forecasting

Storm Dunlop
Authors:
Storm Dunlop

The guide gives detailed information on how to make your own forecast and covers every aspect of weather forecasting, from what causes the weather to information on recognizing clouds. Details of weather systems, depressions, anticyclones and hurricanes are included, plus information on the extreme weather that has so dominated the news in recent years. Local weather, such as wind systems, visibility, frost and snow, is featured along with optical effects such as rainbows, haloes and mirages.The full range of forecasting is explored, from professional forecasts and charts to satellite images and weather watching - including instruments you might use at home.The book features numerous colour photos and diagrams and is ideal for the amateur forecaster.

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