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Spain: Travellers' Nature Guide (Nature Guides) (Paperback)

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Offline Clive

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« on: September 09, 2008, 10:36 AM »
Hi all,
I was asked recently to add this book to the bookshop and thought I would post it here as well so that anyone who already has it can maybe add a review...

Here's the description from Amazon

This is one of the first four in a new series of fabulously illustrated natural history travel guides, intended for the general reader with an interest in natural history, and for the growing numbers of 'ecotourists' who want to know where to see wildlife in the countries they visit. The books are designed to complement each other and to build into a nature library, together giving an introduction to the natural history of Europe. The Iberian peninsula harbours snow-capped mountains, ancient deciduous forests that are home to bear and capercaillie, the unique wood-pasture of dehesa and montado, arid 'pseudosteppes' populated by stately great bustards and whirring sandgrouse, mighty rivers terminating in coastal estuaries and deltas teeming with waterbirds, not forgetting the Balearic archipelago, adrift in the azure Mediterranean, harbouring a unique flora and prolific seabird colonies. The wealth of its flora and fauna is unrivalled in western Europe today. Essentially practical, the book first introduces the ecology, geology, and wildlife of Spain and the Balearic Islands, then goes on to describe where to see its natural history at its best. There are descriptions of a selection of some 300 sites to visit, each carefully chosen to show a range of habitats and fascinating wildlife. The entries are the personal choice of the authors and are based on intensive travel and research in the region. Described sites range in size from a few to thousands of hectares, be they National Parks, nature reserves, or simply common land. All are open to the public and accessible to the ordinary visitor. Full colour throughout, this book has stunning landscape photographs, line drawings and photographs of individual animals of plants and animals, colour region and site maps, and a splendid composite painting encapsulating typical habitats and their inhabitants.

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« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2008, 18:00 PM »
I've found it a constantly useful and source and I'm amzaed we didn't have it up. Perhaps it was out of print. Can't remember now.

An essential book. My copy is seriously dog-eared from over-use
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« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2008, 23:08 PM »
A superb book - my only caveat is that I wish they'd gone the same route as the bird guides and produced two volumes for the  north and south.  One book just isn't big enough,