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Seashore (Collins Gem) [Paperback]

Rod Preston-Mafham , Ken Preston-Mafham
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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1 Mar 2004 Collins GEM

A fascinating introduction to the different habitats and creatures to be found along the coastline. With over 240 colour photographs, this is the ideal guide to take on seashore rambles.

Divided into different coastline habitats for ease of use, Collins Gem Seashore is the ideal guide for families and children.

Featured habitats include cliffs, rocky shores, sand dunes, saltmarsh, shingle and the strandline.

The book includes full details of the many species to be found within each habitat.

Introductions to seaweeds, worms, molluscs, arthopods, fish, birds and mammals, and many other shore-line inhabitants are presented in a clear, accessible manner.

This portable, informative book is perfect for any excursion to the shore.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; New Ed edition (1 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000717859X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007178599
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 8.3 x 11.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

An authoritative guide to 230 species of plants and animals of the seashore

Covers all types of habitat, including rocky coast, sand dunes and clifftops

Full-colour photograph for every species

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Rod and Ken Preston-Mafham, the authors of this title, together with Rod's wife Jean, run Premaphotos Wildlife, a natural history picture library based in Cornwall which boasts a stock of 75,000 colour photographs. Rod and Ken are also prolific authors and their books include The Natural History of Insects, The Natural History of Spiders, The Encyclopaedia of Land Invertebrate Behaviour and Cacti: The Illustrated Dictionary. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Collins Gem Seashore Guide 7 Dec 2004
Format:Paperback
This is a great little book that fits nicely in your pocket. Ideal for the Seashore enthusiast. It has a large number of the most common species found on the shores of Britain and gives brief descriptions of the species and habitat as well as useful hints if there are similar species and how to tell them apart.
I am a marine ranger and I take this with me whereever I go as it is idea in size and doesn't get in the way, and brilliant practical tool for any enthusiast!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly laid out - an excellent little guide 23 July 2010
By Brida TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I found this little book recently whilst on holiday. Having other guides to nature - birds, mushrooms, butterflies etc - the one thing I was missing was a book on the seashore. When I spotted this, I jumped on it.
The first thing which makes this perfect is the size; it is small enough to easily and comfortably fit into your pocket. This of course means that you can easily carry it with you for instant identification. Secondly, the way that it is laid out also enables easy identification; each section is colour-coded and represents a particualr kind of seashore (i.e., rocky coast, sand-dunes, sand and shingle beaches and so on). This means, for beginners like me, it really couldn't be easier. And not only are the creatures included but there is also identification for the plants that you may see.
I love this little book. Although I do not live near the sea, whenever I visit it I shall defintiely be taking this little treasure along with me.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Handy pocket guide 24 Aug 2010
Format:Paperback
This is small enough to tuck away and has already helped identify a couple of things while out rockpooling with the kids - ideal!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seashore 14 Mar 2012
By MJ
Format:Paperback
I moved to the coast about 5 years ago and decided to get educated about the wildlife around me and this little book doesn't disappoint. It gives you info on all the common things you would see while having a stroll on a beach or rocky shore i.e. crabs, seashells, seaweeds, plants, anemones etc, as well as other amazing little creatures I never new existed. Each page contain a photo of the object with a brief descripton followed by the sub headings of ; colour, length, habitat, range and similar species. An excellent little book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars useful for all ages 22 Aug 2010
Format:Paperback
I bought this book before a visit to West Williamston wildlife reserve in Pembrokeshire. There were so many different species there, and with this tiny book they were easy to identify.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Connect with your world 7 Mar 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Took this to the seaside & we were amazed to be able to identify 8 different types of seaweed. It's a lovely way of encouraging the children to take an interest in the world around us, and learn a lot ourselves!
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5.0 out of 5 stars rockpools 31 July 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have three children and we often visit the beach all year round - I really wish i'd bought one years ago - it list everything you can find in a rock pool including the seaweed! It's fantastic for the children now they haven't just caught a crab but know which kind of crab, very educational and easy to use, nice size as well
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Collins Wild Guide - Seashore is BRILLIANT! 7 Dec 2011
By stumpy
Format:Paperback
Excellent reference book. Handy pocket size and clear photo's make identification easy. This book has become my bible whilst teaching at Beach school and also in completing my college course. Highly recommended and worth every penny. I haven't really bothered with my other books since I got this!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Gem
Great little book,smaller than we expected but full of useful information and will be ideal for our forthcoming trip to Argyll in Scotland.
Published 5 days ago by Bobby Shafto
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect seashore companion
Literally sits the palm of your hand. It may not be the most comprehensive guide available but it does punch above its weight. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Neil Mcpherson
4.0 out of 5 stars good for walks
nice pocket sized book, good for the kids to use when out & about & delivered fast, will look for more similar books.
Published 2 months ago by Su12
4.0 out of 5 stars concise
Very difficult to find a smsll book about seaweed,which I wanted,but this was informative and small enough to put in my backpack.
Published 7 months ago by ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the Job!
Handy pocket size guide, nicely laid out and illustrated for ease of reference when out and about exploring the Seashore.
Published 11 months ago by A. NonEmouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Small pocket sized and full of information
Needed a guide for seashore life identification. This is ideal easy to slip into pocket and photos are clear for easy reference
Published 15 months ago by R. G. Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars SEASHOE COLLINS GEM, POCKET BOOK.
REALLY GOOD FOR REFERENCE THESE BOOKS ARE, I HAVE LOTS OF DIFFERENT ONES AND WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO ANYONE .

A++++
Published 16 months ago by J. Brown
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing
I have taken this little book with me on a number of beach and estuary walks and have not found it useful in identifying anything; birds, shells, seaweed ... Read more
Published 17 months ago by S BROOK
5.0 out of 5 stars Seashore Pocket Guide
Having just moved to the coast, from the big city, this little book has been a great reference source whilst exploring my new area. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Steven Stell
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful little book
Great, handy and pocket-sized seashore ID book. Full colour photos and descriptions of 230 species.
Always accompanies me to the beach.
Published 20 months ago by E Hughes
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