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Field Guide to the Dragonflies & Damselflies of Great Britain and Ireland Paperback – Illustrated, 30 Nov 2014

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: British Wildlife Publications; 5th Revised edition edition (30 Nov. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095649028X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956490285
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is so much more than a field guide and if you only have one book on dragonflies, then this is the one ... The authors have thoroughly revised the guide with new text and photographs, particularly evident in the earlier sections, which neatly combine high quality photographs with line drawings and full colour illustrations ... Stunning illustrations ... It is the must-have book.' --Dragonfly News

...it's excellent to see a comprehensively updated, accurate and beautifully presented new edition released. There can be no question that this is the essential field guide for any British and Irish odonatologist. --Birdwatch

...this field guide fulfils its purpose excellently and can be recommended without reservation. --BES Bulletin

About the Author

Steve Brooks, of the Natural History Museum, London, has published over 190 scientific papers and book chapters, many of them on dragonflies, and five books, including the New Naturalist volume Dragonflies with Philip Corbet. Steve is a founder member of the British Dragonfly Society (BDS), was a former editor of the Journal of the British Dragonfly Society, and currently serves on the BDS Conservation Committee. He is Associate Editor of Odonatologica and Journal of Paleolimnology.
Steve Cham has had a life long interest in all aspects of natural history and a passion for dragonflies from an early age. He has served as Vice-county recorder for Bedfordshire and was National Co-ordinator for the Dragonfly Recording Network after it transitioned from the Biological Records Centre at Monkswood and was one of the editors of the Atlas of Dragonflies in Britain and Ireland published in 2014. He is the author of a number of books on dragonflies, including the popular field guides to larvae and exuviae. Steve was elected to honorary membership of the NBN Trust in 2008 in recognition of his services to biological recording in the UK and awarded the Royal Entomological Society Marsh Award for Insect Conservation in 2011.


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If you are looking for an informative book on British Dragonflies then this is for you. I am impressed with the quality of the information in this filed guide. The drawings and diagrams of dragonflies are very clear and detailed. Its packed with information concerning the life cycle and habits of dragonflies and damselflies.I cant wait to use it throughout the year. Its ideal for carrying in a spare large pocket or rucksack when you are out in the field. I photograph dragonflies as a hobby and I think this book will help me enormously find and identify these beautiful insects.
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Gloriously comprehensive book on these beautiful creatures.
I have mostly been interested in butterflies until a recent expedition to a watery park in Sussex, where I found myself surrounded by dragonflies (or possibly damselflies as I found out from this book...) and took some (to my eyes) beautiful photographs of these delicate creatures.

I trekked through the Amazon suggestions for a book on dragonflies - and this was one of the top two books recommended.
Then I noticed that the artist is the amazing Richard Lewington (of butterfly fame - check out the seminal "Butterflies of Britain and Ireland") so that made my choice for me.

And I am not disappointed - lots of detail on the life cycle of these beauties, their habitats and page after page of pictures and drawings of every single one found in our islands.

A whole new hobby :-)
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Fantastic book - I love dragonflies and damselflies and this book will help me to understand more about these amazing creatures - very informative and I'am sure this guide will be a great help to me on my walks around a lake near my home.
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I wanted to identify the dragonflies and damselflies I see when in the countryside. My main interest is birding but I know many birders are getting interested in these relatively large and conspicuous insects.

The book came up to all my expectations and I'm looking forward to getting to grips with them this summer.
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This book covers all British species of dragonfly and damselfly, including species now extinct and others known only as vagrants. Its illustrations (multiple views of each species) are excellent, with enough detail (and accompanying text) to satisfy the most rigorous observer, and the distribution maps are extremely useful for knowing whether a species is likely to occur in a particular area.

The descriptions are (necessarily) somewhat technical at times; users can expect to learn a number of new words... such as pterostigma, pruinescence, pronotum, etc... but a diagram and glossary are provided.

The only (minor) shortcoming is a lack of direct comparison between similar species. Though each species description does include a Similar Species section, a number of species could usefully be pictured side-by-side for purposes of immediately highlighting differences.
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Easy to use guide with good illustrations, distribution maps and descriptions of habitats, behaviours, emergence times etc. Used it in local woodland/heath in Norfolk and have identified 12+ species in less than a month. Give it a go if you've wondered what that dragonfly is!
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An absolute necessity for any dragonfly enthusiast. The introductory sections are lucid and packed with useful information. The painted illustrations are crystal-clear - perhaps better than photographs - and enable the reader to spot definitive features where there are similar species. Quite apart from its primary function as an aid to identification, this book is a splendid volume both aesthetically and as a prompt for conservation issues.
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Absolutely superb with lots of information and a great introduction to this sphere of natural history.
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