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The Naturalized Animals Of Britain And Ireland [Hardcover]

Christopher Lever
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30 Oct 2009
This authoritative and eminently readable book relates how the alien vertebrate animals now living in the wild in Britain and Ireland were introduced and naturalized, their status and distribution, and their impact on the local environment. The core of the book describes animals that have been imported deliberately or accidentally and have established populations in the wild, among them the Red-necked Wallaby, Monk Parakeet and African Clawed Toad. There are also sections on feral domesticated species such as feral cats, goats and Reindeer, ephemeral species such as the Canadian Beaver and Mongolian Gerbil, and reintroduced species like the now-thriving Red Kite. Distribution maps show the locations of most of the featured species, and full-colour photographs reveal their amazing diversity.

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  • Hardcover: 424 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland (30 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847734545
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847734549
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 473,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Essential reading for any conservationist, student and any general wildlife enthusiast" --Sussex Wildlife Trust, April 2010

"This book will provide plenty of food for thought for professional biologist and and amateur naturalists alike"
--Deer, May 2010

"This is an invaluable reference work on the subject" -- Countrymans Weekly, July 27, 2010

"As valuable as it is interesting and sure to be a much-consulted work of reference." -- TheTravelEditor.com, July 27, 2010

About the Author

SIR CHRISTOPHER LEVER has been studying and writing about the history and ecology of naturalized animals, on which he is now the world authority, for nearly 50 years. His books include Naturalized Mammals, Birds, Fishes, and Reptiles and Amphibians of the World (4 volumes), Mandarin Duck, Cane Toad and Naturalized Animals. He is a frequent contributor to many journals and newspapers, including New Scientist, BBC Wildlife, BirdLife, The Times, Country Life and Illustrated London News. A dedicated conservationist, he is deeply concerned with the conservation of the environment and of the ever-decreasing stocks of the worlds fauna and flora. He is Honorary Life President of the Tusk Trust, the leading UK NGO involved exclusively with conservation and community programmes in Africa.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb, highly informative book 30 Dec 2009
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This is a magnificent book, with a huge amount information rarely found outside academic publications, but presented in an accessible and very readable fashion. Sir Christopher Lever is an acknowledged expert on the naturalized animals of Britain, and this is evident in the content of the text. The photographs are brilliant and show the reader exactly what the 'invading' animals look like, and the detailed maps provide exact locations in Britain and Ireland. There are some surprising animals in the book - like wallabies - which many people don't realize live in the wild in Britain. Highly recommended - there's nothing else like this book available to the general reader as well as the specialist naturalist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Packed full of interesting facts 27 Dec 2009
A great read,the perfect book to keep dipping into. Well written, good pictures, some surprising facts about origins of species.I gave this book as a present but not before I had read it first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed, thorough and comprehensive 10 Aug 2013
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This book covers all the naturalized animals in Britain and Ireland, providing information on the history of the species in terms of timings of introduction, and the source (e.g. escaped from private zoo). It is ordered by species so can easily be dipped into when required. I wouldn't call it a mainstream book, but is perfectly accessible and well written. The author (Sir Christopher Lever) is an impressive CV and has applied an enormous amount of research to the book. Very impressive and a book that I have been searching for since I caught the end of a radio 4 programme about it several years ago. Finally there are numerous maps and photos which make it even more enjoyable to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Alien Britain 27 May 2011
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A fascinating update, with colour photos, of the original edition of this book on the history and status of wild backboned animals introduced by humans to Britain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 27 July 2010
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I had seen this book reviewed in a bird watching journal I subscribe to and thought it might be interesting. Amazon came up trumps on a tremendous discount so I bought it thinking it would be a good reference book to have on the shelf.

However I had a quick look inside and thought I just have to read this, so I am currently ploughing through it. The amount of effort that has gone into the research is staggering yet it is highly readable. Each species is dealt with in a similar way and I found the history (e.g. when it was introduced and what happened since then) and the effect that it has had on the UK as a result of its introduction the most interesting sections.

I have just finished reading about the rabbit and the effect of myxomatosis was fascinating benefiting some species but not others (certainly not the rabbit). The idea of let's kill off rabbits by introducing a disease in hindsight was perhaps not thought through - species that were reliant on the rabbit e.g. fox then changed to smaller mammals which removed food sources for e.g. owls. Birds that like short grass suffered, but those that like long grass thrived - our ecosystem is so delicate.

And that's why this book should be compulsory reading for anyone who thinks animals in cages should be released - are you really thinking your actions through to the end point?

Excellent book, congratulations to the author for a fine work.
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