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A Naturalist's Shetland (Poyser Natural History) [Hardcover]

J. L. Johnston , John Busby
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21 Nov 1998 Poyser Natural History
One of Britain's natural treasures, the Shetland Islands are spectacular with their varied geology, wonderful landscape, and special flora and fauna. They are peopled by a culture distinct within the British Isles. Despite their isolation, the islands have evolved many particular species. This book is only the second to describe all the wildlife of the Shetland Islands and the first to comprehensively cover their history since the last Ice Age, as well as the human impacts of the Neolithic, Bronze, and Iron Age cultures and the Norse influences from Scandinavia. It critically observes the costs and benefits of a modern economy, both to the people and the natural scene. 12 chapters describe the ecology, flora and fauna, marine fisheries, Fair Isle, local and visiting naturalists and the oil industry. The closing chapter examines today's environmental changes in the context of those of the last 12000 years and draws lessons for the future. Written for the general reader and keen naturalist, this book is lavishly illustrated with photographs and graced with evocative sketches by John Busby. 65 figures, tables, maps and diagrams illustrate and clarify points in the text. Features: * The only full description of the natural history of the Shetlands in print * Focuses on conservation and the relationship between ecology and human activity * Contains evocative sketches by John Busby

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  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Poyser; 1st Ed edition (21 Nov 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0856611050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0856611056
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 19.9 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 983,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-buy book for naturalists visiting Shetland 26 July 2001
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An excellent successor to Berry and Johnson's Natural History of Shetland. Beautifully illustrated by john Busby, and with many excellent photographs, maps and tables, this fine book covers the natural, human and geological history of this wonderful island group. Appendices provide detailed lists of all of the species so far recorded in the archipelago. Fully referenced, this book would make an ideal addition to the bookshelf of anybody interested in the Northern Isles.
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