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Britain's Spiders: A Field Guide (Britain's Wildlife) Flexibound – 23 May 2017

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  • Flexibound: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press - WILDGuides; Flexibound edition (23 May 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691165297
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691165295
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One of The Guardian's Best Nature Books of 2017, chosen by Stephen Moss

One reason arachnids are so misunderstood is a general lack of decent field guides to teach us anything about them, a gap this book fills with aplomb. . . . A must for anyone interested in nature.---Ross Piper, BBC Wildlife

Britain's Spiders is excellent value. . . . The book is well written. The Species Accounts are clear and concise, helped by the superb color photographs which accompany them. All in all, a very useful and informative guide, and a significant addition to books on Britain's spiders.---Don Jenner, British Journal of Entomology and Natural History

The stand-out feature of these guides is the generous layout and spacing of the species accounts afforded by the format. . . . It engages, inspires, and enables spiders to be named . . . I strongly suspect that many arachnologists of the future will have been inspired by their encounter with this field guide.---Paul Tinsley-Marshall, British Wildlife

We've waited with such great anticipation that it would have been easy for the final product to fall short of our expectations, but I can happily report that it does the opposite! . . . The central piece of the book is, of course, the species accounts section. The accounts are first class and the attention to detail superb. . . . I commend this book to all those interested in identifying and recording British spiders.---Richard Burkmar, British Arachnological Society Newsletter

[A] fabulous new field guide Britain's Spiders by Lawrence Bee, Geoff Oxford and the marvellous spiderwoman herself Helen Smith, without whom the beasts would be much less loved.---Mark Cocker, Blackwater Blog

This is a guide that will revolutionise the study of British spiders, allowing confident field identification of many species and encouraging a new cohort of natural historians to take a closer look at these extraordinary creatures. The authors are to be congratulated on a the completion of a herculean task that has made spiders accessible to a wider audience.---Peter Smithers, Antenna: Journal of the Royal Entomological Society

This is a book that looks good and feels good. It's not too big to put in your rucksack but big enough to give an enormous amount of information about British spiders. . . . A superb field guide, and an exemplar for how field guides should be laid out . . . if you ever visit Britain and/or want to get to know their spiders, this is the book to use.---Astri Leroy, South Africa Spider Club Newsletter

Britain's Spiders provides a wealth of photographs and information. . . . Fascinating.---David Saunders, Pembrokeshire Life

The surprise hit of this year's Birdfair . . . ideal for the arachnophile in your life.---Stephen Moss, The Guardian

About the Author

Lawrence Bee is an ecological consultant and educator and the author of the Field Studies Council's Guide to House and Garden Spiders. Geoff Oxford is a biologist at the University of York and an authority on both colour variation and speciation in spiders. Helen Smith is a conservation biologist and currently leads the conservation programme for the endangered Fen Raft Spider.This book is produced in collaboration with the British Arachnological Society (www.britishspiders.org.uk), of which all three authors are active members.

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