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Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Great Britain and Ireland [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Steve Brooks , Richard Lewington
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1 Jun 1997
All Great Britain and Ireland s resident and migrant dragonfly and damselfly species fully described and illustrated with more than 280 colour works by Richard Lewington, one of Europe s foremost wildlife illustrators. Fully updated, this 2014 edition features full descriptions, ecological notes and distribution maps, as well as a general introduction and regional guide to the best places to watch dragonflies. The 2002 edition was shortlisted for the BP Natural World Book Prize.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: British Wildlife Publishing Ltd; Revised edition edition (1 Jun 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0953139905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953139903
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.4 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Steve Brooks of the Natural History Museum, London
Steve Cham has had a life long interest in all aspects of natural history and a passion for dragonflies from an early age. He has served as Vice-county recorder for Bedfordshire and was National Co-ordinator for the Dragonfly Recording Network after it transitioned from the Biological Records Centre at Monkswood and was one of the editors of the Atlas of Dragonflies in Britain and Ireland published in 2014. He is the author of a number of books on dragonflies, including the popular field guides to larvae and exuviae. Steve was elected to honorary membership of the NBN Trust in 2008 in recognition of his services to biological recording in the UK and awarded the Royal Entomological Society Marsh Award for Insect Conservation in 2011. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful
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Although the price may seem a little steep for a book which is half the size as Dijkstra & Lewingtons Guide to the Dragonflies of Britain and Europe (and costs almost as much), this is still the book that I recommend to anyone who is just starting to take an interest in British Dragonflies.

All of the regular species, and most of the vagrants, that have been recorded in Britain are covered in the revised edition. (If you are thinking of buying a secondhand copy the 1st edition does not include the Small Red-eyed Damselfly, which was first recorded in Britain in 1999 and is now found at sites all over south-east England - and is still spreading).

Although the illustrations are the same as in the European Guide, each species is covered in slightly more detail with notes on 'Status & conservation' and 'Ecology and behaviour' included. Flight periods quoted refer to those recorded in Britain, rather than a broader period covering 'northern Europe' (or the whole of Europe), so give a more accurate indication of when each species is likely to be seen. The maps, although often slightly out of date because many species are gradually spreading northwards, are also more detailed as Britain is four times the size as in the European guide!

The book also includes brief descriptions of the life cycle of dragonflies, a key to the identification of larve, and a county by county round up of sites to visit (including OS grid references).
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4.0 out of 5 stars More than a field guide 22 Jun 2002
The first thing that strike you is what an attractive and well-produced book this is. The illustrations and colour photos are of a very high quality; the maps are clear and the lay-out is pleasing and easy to follow. But does it do the job for which it was primarily designed--to enable an observer to identify the 38 species of Odonata that occur in Britain and Ireland regularly or as vagrants?
I write as someone with a long-term interest in birds who has only focused on dragon- and damselflies since recently constructing a garden pond. Within weeks of its completion various damselflies appeared on the aquatic vegetation, and a dragonfly (broad-bodied chaser) appeared in the garden. I also noticed two species of damselfly--the beautiful and the banded demoiselles--by a stream that runs through our part of Surrey. This book is certainly adequate for identifying the species seen--not that it necessarily makes identification easy; as with birds the differences between species are sometimes subtle and there is variability within species. The book also addresses the tricky identification of the larvae of the different dragonfly species.
Richard Lewington's illustrations are crisp and pleasing throughout.
As well as the identification section the book contains excellent introductory chapters on the life history of dragonflies (which I found fascinating), dragonfly habitats, distribution and their legal status. I was surprised to read, for example, that Steve Brooks advises capturing specimens for identification--not something that would be seen in a book on British birds.
If I have one quibble, it is that a larger type size for the body text would have been better for this 160-page book.
Kenneth Noble.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 27 May 2004
By A Customer
Richard Lewington's plates are brilliant, sharp and accurate.
The maps and text for each species excellent, and the added bonus of the section on site details makes it even better than
the competion.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, why buy anything else 21 Mar 2005
Originally I baulked at the price and when I saw the size of it I wondered if I had been ripped off. However, the quality of the illustration alone is worth the price in my eyes.
The text is very informative and I look forward to getting the most out of it this summer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dragonfly identification on a plate!! 12 Oct 2011
By Bobr
This is by far the best book that I have found that allows me to identify the dragonflies and damselflies that I have photographed. The illustrations are superb and the text makes the differences, however small, between the species abundantly clear. There should be no mistakes using this book as a definitive reference source.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By skylark
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If you are like me and love the outdoors and want to identfy those Dragonflies that flit passed then this is the book for you. From where to find the different species to how to identify them clearly set out. The plus is the the wonderful illustations by Richard Lewington which makes identification so easy, much better that photographs and that's coming from a photographer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilled 3 Jan 2014
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My husband was thrilled with this book on Christmas day, It has been well read. He can't wait to be out and about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Field Guide 18 Nov 2013
By storck
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An excellent little book; very detailed and very well illustrated. If you have an interest in Dragonflies, then this is a great book to have.
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Having acquired a large garden with pond in the past year we were interested to know what insects and other wildlife was visiting. Read more
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Excellent illustrations and text concentrating on British dragonflies and damselflies.have already recognised and photographed several of them. Very good for beginners.
Published 12 months ago by Henrietta
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Whilst becoming more and more interested in the dragon and damselflies I was seeing when out birdwatching (I had just seen them as bird food!! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Smartlady
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Everything I wanted for a field guide and great illustrations. This has been put together by someone who really understands what is needed in a field book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
One of the best dragonfly ID books on the market.Really beautiful illustrations with fantastic identification features explained in detail. Arrived quickly.
Published 14 months ago by Christopher Lycett
5.0 out of 5 stars Very detailed
I brought this book to help me with my dissertation, and it gave alot of detail for each species. It was a really good buy
Published 16 months ago by Eva Laysan
4.0 out of 5 stars Half of Europe, similar price.
First off let me be clear: this is an excellently produced book.

Since I already own the European dragonfly bible (Field Guide to the Dragonflies of Britain and Europe -... Read more
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I wanted a field guide for dragonflies as I didn't have a clue what I was looking at. This field guide fits the bill, & will help me enormously when out & about.
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