ECOLOGY AND NATURAL HISTORY. Page Three

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  • A Lifetime in Galapagos
  • A Complete Guide to Antarctic Wildlife
  • Eat Like a Fish
  • New Zealand Seaweeds
  • Field Guide to New Zealand Seashore
  • Field Guide to Wild New Zealand
  • Field Guide to Native Edible Plants of NZ
  • Incredible Journeys
  • Tide
  • Jellyfish
  • Blowfish's Oceanopedia
  • Seashore Ecology of New Zealand & The Pacific
  • Spirals in Time
  • Smithsonian Handbook Shells
  • Photographic Guide to the Seashells of New Zealand
  • Photographic Guide to Mammals of New Zealand
  • Turning the Tide on Plastic
  • Hunting the Hunters
  • Galapagos of the Antarctic
  • Mountains to Sea
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    A LIFETIME IN GALAPAGOS
    By Tui de Roy, Hardback, 1.65kgs, 245mm x 298mm, 240 pages, Published 2020. Full Colour photographs. A beautifully illustrated and deeply moving personal chronicle of De Roy’s lifelong connection with these spectacular islands.

    Tui De Roy grew up in Galapagos and, discovering photography at an early age, she spent five decades documenting every facet of its natural history, in the process creating a unique collection of images

    Featuring hundreds of breathtaking photographs, this stunning book guides you into misty cloud forests to glimpse flycatchers and orchids, up volcanic cones to commune with giant tortoises, and into the sea to swim among hammerhead sharks, Galapagos penguins and marine iguanas.

    De Roy’s lens provides up-close encounters with many of the islands’ inhabitants, including extraordinary birdlife and unique reptiles. She paints unforgettable portraits of her childhood in Galapagos, the islands at night under the stars of the Milky Way, sea lions at play and on the hunt and much more.

    Blending striking images with vivid prose, A Lifetime in Galapagos also discusses the threats that climate change and other environmental challenges pose to the archipelago’s unique wildlife and fragile habitats.

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    A COMPLETE GUIDE TO ANTARCTIC WILDLIFE
    Birds and Mammals of the Antarctic Continent and the Southern Ocean
    By Hadoram Shirihai, Hardback, 180mm x 255mm, 544 pages, Second Edition Published 2019. 1.59 kgs.

    A guide to the wildlife and natural history of the vast, beautiful Antarctic region with illustrations of the various region's birds and marine mammals. Colour photos; includes distribution maps and species accounts detailing abundance, seasonal status, and conservation prospects.

    Packed with more than 920 Photographs, 128 maps and 35 Colour Plates, illustrating all of the birds and mammals of the region.
    Completely revised and redesigned from the first Edition (published 2002), this edition includes 32 extra pages, updated text and over 300 new Photographs.

    The detailed species accounts covers 218 species of Birds and 49 species of mammals, including information on many non-breeders, migrants and vagrants.

    Covers all Sub Antarctic islands as well as Antarctica's regularly visited areas.

    The most authorative guide to the region's wildlife.

    NZ$95.00 + delivery.

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    EAT LIKE A FISH
    By Bren Smith. Softback, 140mm x 210mm, 303 pages. Published 2019. 0.36kg.
    In the face of apocalyptic climate change, a former fisherman turned restorative ocean farmer—introduces the world of sea-based agriculture, a groundbreaking solution to the global climate crisis.

    The ocean is a vast, untapped opportunity, home to thousands of edible plants. Using simple DIY techniques, we can grow more than enough delicious and nutritious food—without the use of pesticides—to feed the planet and filter pollutants from seawater, to boot.

    Eat Like a Fish interweaves Smith’s own story—from sailing the high seas aboard commercial fishing trawlers to pioneering new forms of ocean farming to surfing the frontiers of the food movement—with actionable food policy and practical advice on ocean farming.

    A bold yet hopeful story of environmental renewal, and a must-read guide to cleaning the oceans, feeding the world and creating new jobs.

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    NEW ZEALAND'S SEAWEEDS. An Illustrated Guide
    By Wendy Nelson, Softback, 160mm x 230mm, 350 pages, Published 2020. Colour Photographs. 0.86kg.
    The definitive and expert guide to the seaweeds of New Zealand’s coastal waters.

    This fully revised edition of the first ever photographic identification guide to New Zealand’s unique marine algae is by the country’s pre-eminent seaweed expert, Dr Wendy Nelson.
    This book describes over 150 genera and 250 key species across three main sections covering green, brown and red algae. Each species entry includes up-to-date information on nomenclature, type locality, morphology, habitat and distribution and gives notes on identification and key characters.
    There are over 500 illustrations, and each entry is illustrated by either underwater or coastal photographs, supplemented by herbarium scans, microscopic photographs or reproductions of the paintings of celebrated botanical artist Nancy Adams.

    Dr Wendy Nelson is a Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland and Principal Scientist – Marine Biology at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research

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    FIELD GUIDE TO NEW ZEALAND SEASHORE.
    By Sally Carson & Rod Morris. Softback, 155mm x 215mm, 416 pages, Published 2017.Colour Photographs. 0.79kg.
    Fully revised and updated, this is the ultimate guide to the New Zealand seashore.

    Packed with information on endemic and introduced species, including anemones, sea stars, crabs, barnacles, paua, mussels, clams, oysters - this is New Zealand's most comprehensive and up to date guide to our unique and fascinating seashore.

    Designed as a companion for seashore excursions, this guide encourages a closer look at the community living between the tides. The in-situ photographs not only assist with identification of species but also highlights behaviours that help these creatures survive, both in and out of the water.

    The essential guide to New Zealand's inter-tidal wilderness - for every bach, boat, glovebox and home library.

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    FIELD GUIDE TO WILD NEW ZEALAND.
    By Julian Fitter. Softback, 115mm x 190mm, 276 pages, Published 2016.Colour Photographs. 0.44kg.
    A single field guide that covers the main species of New Zealand's plants, birds, insects and animals.

    When author Julian Fitter first visited New Zealand he was amazed at the number of field guides to birds, plants, insects, marine life and to specific locations – alpine, forest, seashore. But for those not wanting to cart around a library-shelf of books there was no single volume that described the major and most interesting species. As author of a field guide to the Galapagos, he set about compiling such a book for New Zealand. The result is a small format, full colour guidebook packed with information on all the species that either are most important or most obvious to those touring the country. Covers birds, insects, reptiles, marine mammals, land mammals, trees and shrubs, vines and epiphytes, herbs, ferns, grasses, mosses and lichens as well as a brief survey of New Zealand’s varied habitats and geological history, including major geothermal areas.

    Over 600 species, (with 700 photographs) are described in detail, with accompanying information on habitat and a full colour photograph, and organised in such as way as to make identification as easy as possible.

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    FIELD GUIDE TO NATIVE EDIBLE PLANTS OF NEW ZEALAND.
    By Andrew Crowe. Softback, 125mm x 185mm, 0.32 kg 192 pages, First Published 1981. Reprinted 2019. Line Drawings/ Colour Photographs.
    A go-to, illustrated field guide of edible native New Zealand plants, including a section on poisonous plants.

    Over 190 trees, shrubs, herbs, ferns, mushrooms, lichens and seaweeds are described in detail with information on which part is edible and when, how plants have been utilised (particularly by Maori), their nutritional value, and where they can be found.

    Also describes important poisonous plants that are native to New Zealand or are likely to be confused with edible plants.

    Illustrated with line drawings and colour photographs, this informative book will be of interest to trampers, botanists and all who appreciate New Zealand's native flora.

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    INCREDIBLE JOURNEYS
    Exploring the Wonders of Animal Migration

    By David Barrie.. Softback, 155mm x 235mm, 323 pages, Published 2019. 0.42kg.
    Award-winning author David Barrie takes us on a tour of the cutting-edge science of animal navigation, where breakthroughs are allowing scientists to unravel, for the first time, how animals as various as butterflies, birds, crustaceans, fish, reptiles and even people find their way.

    Weaving interviews with leading experts on animal behaviour with the groundbreaking discoveries of Nobel-Prize winning neuroscientists, Barrie shines a light on the astounding skills of animals of every stripe. Dung beetles that steer by the light of the Milky Way. Ants and bees that navigate using patterns of light invisible to humans. Sea turtles, spiny lobsters and moths that find their way using the Earth’s magnetic field. Salmon that return to their birthplace by following their noses. Baleen whales that swim thousands of miles while holding a rock-steady course and birds that can locate their nests on a tiny island after crisscrossing an entire ocean. There’s a stunning diversity of animal navigators out there, often using senses and skills we humans don’t have access to ourselves. For the first time, Incredible Journeys reveals the wonders of these animals in a whole new light.

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    TIDE. The Science and Lore of the Greatest Force on Earth
    By Hugh Aldersey-Williams. Paperback, 0.38 kgs, 129mm x 198mm, 426 pages, Published 2017.
    Half of the world's population today lives in coastal regions lapped by tidal waters. We live surrounded by water and love to be beside the seaside. But it rises and falls according to rules that to almost all of us are a mystery.
    To fully grasp the influence of the tide, we must bring together centuries of science but also the literary history and folklore it has inspired: mistaken by Caesar, captured in the art of Turner and now puzzled over by the world's leading researchers.

    With Hugh Aldersey-Williams as our guide, chasing the most feared and celebrated tides around the world, from the original maelstrom in Scandinavia and today's danger-zone in Venice to the 15-metre beasts in Canada, for the first time its effects on our civilization become startlingly clear.

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    JELLY FISH. A NATURAL HISTORY.
    By Lisa-Ann Gershwin. Hardback, 215mm x 248mm, 224 pages, colour Photographs. Published 2016. 1.07kg.
    Jellyfish are mysterious creatures, luminously beautiful with remarkably varied life cycles. These simple, ancient animals are found in every ocean at every depth, and have lived on Earth for at least the last 500 million years. Ominously, they are also increasing in number as they adapt well to marine environmental degradation. Jellyfish is a timely title that looks at their anatomy, life history, taxonomy and ecology, and includes species profiles featuring stunning marine photography that will have you scanning the depths with renewed interest.

    Lisa-ann Gershwin (Tasmania, AUS) is director of the Australian Marine Stinger Advisory Services. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship in 1998 for her studies on jellyfish blooms and evolution. She has discovered over 190 new jellyfish species, as well as a new species of dolphin.

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    BLOWFISH'S OCEANOPEDIA.
    By Tom ' The Blowfish' Hird. 130mm x 200mm, 292 pages, colour Photographs. Paperback Edition Published 2018. 0.30kg.

    A fascinating and fun-filled book of extraordinary facts about the oceans, seas and waterways of our world.

    The seas of our planet cover more than seventy percent of the Earth, but still remain shrouded in mystery. We know more about the surface of the Moon than we do about the lifeforms that have existed in the Earth's oceans since long before humans became explorers of the deep.

    One such explorer is 'Blowfish', a marine biologist. In this entertaining and enlightening new book, he lifts the lid on a treasure chest of fascinating facts to reveal what lurks beneath the waves. From the invisible world of meiofauna living in the sands of our beaches to a cephalopod called the 'Vampire Squid from Hell' stalking the lightless depths, Blowfish takes us on an astonishing journey as he follows the tides and currents from shoreline to the bone-crushing pressure of the deep sea.

    For the simply curious and the budding scientist alike, Blowfish's Oceanopaedia is a one-stop guide to all we know about our oceans and the weird and wonderful creatures that inhabit them.

    About the Author : Tom 'The Blowfish' Hird is a heavy-metal-loving marine biologist, who know almost everything there is to know about the World's ocean ecosystems. He is an ardent marine conservationist, a PADI Divemaster and BASC Dive Leader with over 18 years scuba diving experience.

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    SEASHORE ECOLOGY OF NEW ZEALAND & THE PACIFIC.
    By John Morton. Hardback, 2.35kgs. 225mm x 290mm, 504 pages, Colour Photographs, Drawings, Plans and Graphs. Published 2004.
    With nearly 500 pages and over 300 diagrams and illustrations, this definitive guide from one of New Zealand's most respected scientists, Professor John Morton, is the culmination of a life's work. Professor Morton and Dr Bruce Hayward (scientific editor) have documented and described in detail New Zealand's sea shore, and extended this commentary to cover major coastal environments in the Pacific including East Australia, Pacific Asia and Pacific America.

    This book is destined to become a classic of New Zealand science and to be taken up as a vital text for all undergraduate study in this subject.

    NZ$100.00 + delivery.

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    SPIRALS IN TIME. The Secret Life and Curious Afterlife of Seashells
    By Helen Scales. Paperback, 0.27kgs. 128mm x 198mm, 304 pages, Colour Photographs. Published 2015.
    Seashells are the sculpted homes of a remarkable group of animals: the molluscs. These are some of the most ancient and successful animals on the planet, and they have fascinating tales to tell. Spirals in Time charts the course of shells through history, from the first jewellery and the oldest currencies through to their use as potent symbols of sex and death, prestige and war, not to mention a nutritious (and tasty) source of food.
    In this book, Helen Scales, leads us on a journey into the realm of these undersea marvels. She goes in search of everything from snails that ‘fly’ underwater to octopuses accused of stealing shells and giant mussels with beards.
    Shells are also bellwethers of our impact on the natural world. The effects of overfishing and pollution are, of course, serious concerns, but perhaps more worrying is ocean acidification, which causes shells to simply melt away. Spirals in Time urges you to ponder how seashells can reconnect us with nature, and heal the rift between ourselves and the living world.

    NZ$25.00 + delivery.

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    SHELLS.
    By S. Peter Dance. Flexi cover, 150mm x 215mm, 255 pages, colour illustrations.
    Published by Dorling Kindersley in association with America's preeminent authority, the Smithsonian Institution.
    Authoritative text, crystal-clear photography and a systematic approach make DK's Smithsonian Handbook of Shells the most comprehensive and concise pocket guide to seashells of the world. Packed with more than 600 full-colour photographs of over 500 species of seashells, this handy reference book is designed to cut through the complex process of identification.
    Expertly written and thoroughly vetted, each species entry combines a precise description with annotated photographs to highlight each shell's characteristics and distinguishing features. A distribution map, showing the geographical range of the species, as well as colour-coded bands provide at-a-glance key facts.
    Packed with detailed information on the shape of each genus, differences between the major classes and more, DK's Smithsonian Handbook of Shells is the clearest identification guide to seashells for beginners and established enthusiasts alike.

    NZ$55.00 + delivery.

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    PHOTOGRAPHIC GUIDE TO THE SEASHELLS OF NEW ZEALAND.
    By Margaret S. Morley. Paperback, 95mm x 190mm, 142 pages, colour photographs.
    This photographic guide to seashells of New Zealand is a compact little book with colour photographs illustrating 165 species.
    It is the ideal pocket-size travelling companion with authoritative text describing key identification features.
    Margaret Morley is a Research Associate and volunteer at Auckland Museum who has collected, studied and documented seashells for many years.
    Ian Anderson, who took the photos for this book, is an experienced underwater photographer.

    NZ$28.00 + delivery.

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    PHOTOGRAPHIC GUIDE TO MAMMALS OF NEW ZEALAND.
    By Carolyn King. Paperback, 95mm x 190mm, 119 pages, colour photographs. 2008
    Another in the popular series, this slim volume delves into a fascinating field of New Zealand's natural history.
    In prehistory, only a few bats, marine mammals and odd quadrupeds constituted the local land-breeding mammals; but today these have been joined by a throng of colonisers.

    These include several carnivores, rodents, and various hoofed mammals from Europe and North America, as well as several marsupials from Australia. Many are unwelcome: some have decimated native birds and reptiles, while others attack the bush; but all are now there to stay and are worthy of study for their interesting habits and ecological impact. In addition to these land mammals are more than two dozen native species of marine mammal, including dolphins and whales.
    Book includes:

  • Colour photos and Illustrations of 66 mammal species
  • Authorative text describing key Identification Features.

    Compact and easy to use format. The ideal pocket companion.

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    TURNING THE TIDE ON PLASTIC.
    By Lucy Siegle. Hardback, 0.39kg, 225mm x 140mm, 264 pages, Published 2018.
    How Humanity (and You) can Make Our Globe Clean Again.

    Enough plastic is thrown away every year to circle the world 4 times. More than 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the oceans each year. 300 million tonnes of new plastic is produced every year, An estimated 15-51 trillion pieces of plastic now litter the world's oceans. 38.5 million plastic bottles are used every day in the UK alone. A million plastic bottles are used per minute around the world and 500 million plastic straws are used per year.

    Without big action, at the current rate, pieces of plastic will outnumber fish in the ocean by 2050.

    Plastic flows into our lives from every direction and most of it is not recycled. Instead it is incinerated or ends up in landfill, where it will sit for hundreds of years, or enters the world's seas where it fragments into tiny pieces to become microplastics - the environmental scourge of our times.

    Eco lifestyle expert Lucy Siegle provides a powerful call to arms to end the plastic pandemic along with the tools we need to make decisive change. It is a clear-eyed, authoritative and accessible guide to help us to take decisive and effective personal action.

    NZ$38.00 + delivery.

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    HUNTING THE HUNTERS.
    By Laurens de Groot. Paperback. 230 pages, 150mm x 230mm.
    At war with the Whalers.

    The Southern Ocean Whale sanctuary, Antactica - 50 million square kilometres where commercial whaling is banned under International Law. Yet Japan's whaling fleet hunts and kills over 800 whales in this sanctuary every year - for 'scientific research', but, in truth, to supply their lucrative whale meat markets. While the World looks the other way, there is one group trying to stop the clock as it ticks down to extinction: Sea Shepherd.

    At turns insightful and heartbreaking, Hunting the Hunters is an action packed and timely account of one man's extraordinary story. as well as an ongoing crusade against a powerful nation determined to get its way, no matter what cost.

    NZ$33.00 + delivery.

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    GALAPAGOS OF THE ANTARCTIC. Wild Islands South of New Zealand
    By Rodney Russ & Aleks Terauds. Hardback,257mm x 257mm, 224 pages with full colour and some black and white photos.
    Galapagos of the Antarctic - wild islands south of New Zealand describes the seven oceanic island groups to the south and east of New Zealand. Starting at the Chatham Islands, and moving east to west through the Bounty Islands, Antipodes Islands, Campbell Island, Auckland Islands, The Snares and Macquarie Island, this book takes the reader on a journey through a unique part of the world, a wonderland of wildlife galore, unique geology and rich human history.
    These Islands have long been renowned for the biodiversity of their wildlife, from the fantastic megaherbs that only grow there, to the millions of penguins and petrels that come ashore each year to breed. But it is not only the wildlife that is of interest on these islands. From relatively young volcanic islands, to ancient remnants of the basement rock that made up Gondwana, the geology of these islands is also fascinating. Each island group also has a story to tell in terms of human history. Most were first discovered in the early 1800s and exploited for their natural resources, but today they are treasured more for their intrinsic value as wild and beautiful places.
    With decades of experience between them working and living on these islands, Rodney Russ and Aleks Terauds, motivated by their love of these wild and remote places and a strong desire to promote their conservation, have produced a book that is unique in its breadth and detail. Beautifully illustrated by the photographs of Nathan Russ, Aaron Russ and Aleks Terauds, with stunning artwork by Fiona Stewart, this book captures the essence of these wild and beautiful places. For those that have visited them it will provide a poignant reminder of what they have seen, and for those that haven't been yet, a whole new world to explore.

    This is an absolutely stunning book

    NZ$77.00 + Delivery

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    MOUNTAINS TO SEA. Solving New Zealand's Freshwater Crisis.
    By Ed. Mike Joy, Paperback, 218mm x 246mm, 200 pages, Published 2018. 0.15 kgs.

    The state of New Zealand’s freshwater has become a pressing public issue in recent years. From across the political spectrum, concern is growing about the pollution of New Zealand’s rivers and streams. We all know they need fixing. But how do we do it?

    Leading ecologist Mike Joy teams up with thinkers from all walks of life to consider how we can solve New Zealand’s freshwater crisis. The book covers a wide range of topics, including food production, public health, economics and Maori narratives of water.

    Mountains to Sea offers new perspectives on this urgent problem.

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