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Britain’s Freshwater Fishes (WILDGuides) Paperback – 28 Jul 2013

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (28 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691156786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691156781
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 1.3 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Leading fisheries scientist professor Mark Everard has added to his already impressive tally of books with his latest release, "Britain's Freshwater Fishes". Measuring in at 144 pages featuring 53 species and fully illustrated, it's a full-blown encyclopedia of fishy facts. The emphasis of the book is simple field identification, but there are also chapters on how to find fish, conservation, bio security and introduced species. On top of that there are chapters on life-cycles, distribution and habitats. For those with an interest there are brisk chapters on fin characteristics, scales, lateral line, body shape, swim bladder mouths and barbels. All in all we are impressed - it's perfect for any angler who wants to know more about fish. --Angler's Mail

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Mark Everard is a scientist, author, and frequent contributor to television and radio. His books include The Complete Book of the Roach and Common Ground: The Sharing of Land and Landscapes for Sustainability.


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There have been quite a number of guides to British freshwater fish over the years, but none seems to have endured and there is no clear 'standard field guide'. This seems odd for a group that is the basis of one of the country's most popular hobbies. The only guide on my shelves is Wheeler's 1978 Key to the Fishes of Northern Europe. This is an extremely well-researched and comprehensive guide, but I suspect that the lack of colour illustrations prevented it becoming very popular. It is probably a reflection on the lack of better guides in the intervening 35 years that good copies of the dependable Wheeler typically fetch £100 or more!

Everard's new guide covers the UK's freshwater fish: all 41 of our native species, plus 13 exotics (including anglers' favourites Common Carp and Rainbow Trout). It follows the established WILDGuides format, combining high-quality photographs and informative figures with a concise, authoritative text that focusses on field identification - all arranged across one or two pages to obviate the need for page-flipping. The text includes quite a lot of ecological information, which is of interest in itself, as well as supporting identification. Where appropriate, a box summarises the diagnostic features which can be relied upon to clinch separation from similar species. The author's approach is largely non-technical, relying on what birders call 'jizz' rather than detailed taxonomic detail (although, for example, the comparative table of cyprinid identification features on pp. 52-53 provides handy comparison). Maps would have been useful and I wonder why they are not provided: surely there is ample distributional data?
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Covering all British Freshwater fish species in detail the book captivates by its outstanding content, layout and presentation as well as excellent pictures. Why "only" 4 stars? Well for a field guide which clearly has academic standards a bit more research on the sizes of the freshwater fish would have served the purpose. There are no and never have been any wels (catfish) reaching 5 meters in length. It is simply absurd. The maximum size for trout is given for continental waters and still haven't been reached in the last 50 years, whereas the maximum size given for pike is based on British waters (whereas the fish grows larger on the continent). Aside of those little flaws I deeply recommend this book to anybody interested in the subject
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Another great book from Dr Everard. Ideal for students, professionals and anglers. Extremely informative on all UK species currently swimming around in our waters. Even explains about ILFA licences etc Fishing clubs should have one in their library!
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I ordered this after reading a review in British Wildlife. Good up to date ID guides are few and far between and this is one of them. Some useful info on conservation status and legislation.
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