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Terns (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 123): Collins New Naturalist Library 123 [Paperback]

David Cabot , Ian Nisbet
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6 Jun 2013 Collins New Naturalist Library (Book 123)

This New Naturalist volume provides a much-anticipated overview of these fascinating birds – the first book on the natural history of British and Irish terns since 1934.

Terns are small seabirds that are commonly seen along coastlines and estuaries in the summer months – their graceful flight and command of the air are among their most attractive features.

Most of the five species of terns breeding in Britain and Ireland today are under intensive management, involving protection from predators, human interference, egg-collecting, recreational activities, land-use changes, and a range of issues concerning climate change, including rising sea levels and flooding of low-lying colonies. If these protective measures were abandoned then the numbers of terns would inevitably decline, with the possibility of several species ending up on the endangered list. Covering the history of terns in Britain and Ireland, David Cabot and Ian Nisbet explore these diverse issues as well as offering a comprehensive natural history of these stunning seabirds.

Drawing on a wealth of new information and research, the authors focus on migrations, food and feeding ecology as well as breeding biology and behaviour. Perhaps most importantly, they highlight recent conservation issues and prospects, and what this means for the future of terns.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (6 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007412487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007412488
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 15 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 497,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘A comprehensive addition to Collins’ iconic New Naturalist series. Lavishly illustrated … this book should provide great inspiration.’ Birdwatch

‘A beautifully written account of all aspects of tern biology […] excellent and informative photographs’ Viola Ross-Smith, BTO

‘A comprehensive, illuminating and readable overview […] Cabot and Nisbet have made a masterful addition to the sum of tern knowledge with this fitting 123rd addition to The New Naturalist Library.’ Seabird

Praise for David Cabot’s previous New Naturalist volumes:

‘Superb photographs and paintings’ The Irish Times

'Ireland is a monumental, near-definitive natural history of this country … a valuable, scientifically-based, professionally-indexed and accessible study …' The Irish Times

About the Author

David Cabot is an Irish naturalist and writer. He was educated at University College, Oxford and Trinity College, Dublin, where he studied natural sciences, going on to University College, Galway, where he obtained a PhD in ecology of bird parasites while lecturing in Zoology. For twenty years he worked as an ecologist and was responsible for Ireland’s National Heritage Inventory, developing nature conservation policy, later also as special environmental advisor to two Irish Prime Ministers. An all-round field naturalist and ecologist, he specialises in wildfowl and seabirds, enjoying the arduous life of fieldwork on islands, in the Arctic and other wild places. He lives in County Mayo, on the edge of the Atlantic.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Terns 28 Mar 2014
By Chris P
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Living on the coast I find this book invaluable . I have learnt so much more already that i didn't realise
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review 28 July 2013
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Excellent, informative and well written book. I would recommend it to anyone interested in terns in Great Britain and Ireland.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another bird book 17 July 2013
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Enjoying it, I ha e the whole collection and do not intend stopping buying this series of books. anyone interested in birds would find it absorbing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as usual! 8 July 2013
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As a non-bird expert I find this book along with the other bird ones are written in a language which makes the topics very understandable. It is quite amazing that standards are maintained at the 123rd issue!.
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5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding book from masters in the field 11 Oct 2013
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This volume is the long-awaited summary of a life-time in the field. Ian Nisbet has spent much of the past 30+ years examining the lifetime reproductive success and general ecology of Common Terns in the Northeastern United States, and here he and his co-author give us the results of that experience. The text is witty and insightful and packed with detail, and seems destined to be a real classic along the lines of Tinbergen's Herring Gulls World -another member of this illustrious series from Collins. The book itself is beautifully produced, with a lush cover that I like leaving on my office desk to pique the curiosity of my students (except that I am so frequently diving into it to review details of avian ecology. This is a "must have" for any student of seabirds -or indeed anyone interested in long term studies of life histories!
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