Field Guide to the Dragonflies & Damselflies of Great Britain and Ireland Paperback – Illustrated, 30 Nov 2014
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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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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 :-)
The book came up to all my expectations and I'm looking forward to getting to grips with them this summer.
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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