Britain’s Dragonflies: A Field Guide to the Damselflies and Dragonflies of Britain and Ireland, Fully Revised and Updated Third Edition (WILDGuides) Paperback – 14 Mar 2014
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Praise for the previous edition:"This delightful and profusely illustrated guidebook tells you anything you might reasonably wish to know about dragonflies and damselflies."--Ron Toft, TheTravelEditor.com
Praise for the previous edition:"The colour plates of all species, showing males, females, immatures, and colour forms are excellent, quite lovely in fact, and the detailed easy to use identification charts summarise the key features of adults and larvae. . . . Using this delightful and informative book the beginner or expert can identify any species they encounter." --Trevor Beer, Western Morning News
About the Author
Dave Smallshire is a professional ecologist and former environmental adviser to the UK government, and is a trustee of the British Dragonfly Society. Andy Swash is managing director of WILD"Guides" and World Wildlife Images, and author of a number of books, including "Britain's Butterflies" and "Britain's Day-flying Moths" (both WILD"Guides"). They have combined their passion for dragonflies and knowledge gained over many years from lecturing and leading wildlife tours to develop this field guide.
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I have to say that this is one of the best books of its type that I have read or used - the text is very interesting and if you are looking for places to photograph, it takes you through all the things you need to know in a logical way. Looking at habitats, biology etc. - that is , when/where to find your subjects and where they are likely to be.
The book is interesting to read at home for background and when looking at photographs you have taken - in many cases I have changed my mind about what I was looking at, on the basis of reading the indentification guides. It is also designed to take with you - as it is reasonably small and has a plastic cover to protect it.
In spite of its compact nature though, this is comprehensive in its coverage of all 56 British species and every page is packed with useful facts. There are excellent colour photographs and diagrams, on virtually every page - typically the maps and diagrams on the left and several full-colour photos on the right. All the photos are pin-sharp and clear in showing you the full spectrum of all British Dragonflies and Damselflies - Male and Female, with Juveniles and Larvae.
I can't recommend this book highly enough - the only choice if you are interested in photographing, identifying or studying these wonderful creatures in their natural habitat.
good illustrations, comparison charts very useful.
so good I also purchased the butterfly field guide from wildguides as well,
It has a plastic protective cover which is great as you are more than likely to take it with you on your dragonfly hunting expeditions. It would fit in a large pocket but its more likely to be in your ruck sack.
The book is very comprehensive and explains the reproduction cycle , ecology and where to find Dragonflys in the UK.
Very impressed with this book and I have a few Dragonfly and insect identification books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Superb book! Has all the information you want to know, excellent explanations and easy to follow tips on identification. Would definitely recommend.Published 11 days ago by Dawn I Hoyle
I'd given up looking for a dragonfly fieldguide in the late nineties/early noughties and put the idea out of my mind so was delighted when a buddy recently turned up with one. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Warmatraveller
This arrived 2 days before delivery date nicely packed it is the book I was after , excellent and would definitely recommend "The Book Depository" to friends and family and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by mick
Like the day-flying moths guide in the same series, good images and a lot of helpful guidance in a robustly bound, pocket-sized (!) guide. Very good value.Published 4 months ago by John Firth
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