This is an introduction to ecology with wide coverage, ranging from animal and plant behaviour and interactions to relevant aspects of genetics, evolution, geology, physical geography, chemistry, oceanography and atmospheric science.
One of the book's strengths is that it looks well beyond human influence on the environment: indeed, in parts of the book human activity features relatively little. Explanations are clear. Measuring techniques and statistical methodology are described briefly (for a more in-depth treatment of these you would need to look elsewhere). The presentation is attractive, with plenty of good quality photographs and diagrams. Examples and case studies from around the world abound, and I found many of these fascinating. Some sections focus in more detail on Mediterranean-type environments, but this is to illustrate more general points and take the discussion into more depth. Uncertainties in the evidence are brought out, and there are no emotional polemics.
The book is designed for undergraduates but is readily comprehensible to others who, like me, have relatively little scientific background. This is helped by a good glossary. For those who want them, there are questions and exercises - but no answers or comments on them: they seem intended for use in tutorials or seminars.
If you want a broad, thorough and balanced introduction to ecology, this book will serve you well.