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Britain's Dragonflies

A Field Guide to the Damselflies and Dragonflies of Britain and Ireland

By Dave Smallshire & Andy Swash | Princeton University Press | Paperback | Waterproof PVC cover | April 2014 | Edition: 3 | 224 Pages | 321 Colour Illustration | 66 Colour Distribution Maps | ISBN: 9780691161235

The Publisher’s View: Britain's Dragonflies is the only comprehensive photographic field guide to the damselflies and dragonflies of Britain and Ireland. Written by two of Britain's foremost experts, this fully revised and updated edition features hundreds of stunning images and identification charts covering all 56 resident, migrant and former breeding species, and seven potential vagrants. The book focuses on identification--both of adults and larvae--highlighting the key features. Detailed species profiles provide concise information on identification, distribution, flight periods, behaviour, habitat, status and conservation.

Other sections cover biology; how to watch, photograph, record and monitor Dragonflies; conservation status and legislation; and introduced exotic species. This redesigned, updated and expanded edition features:

- Beautiful colour plates showing males, females, immatures and all colour forms for every species

- Over 450 stunning photographs and 550 illustrations

- Up-to-date species profiles and distribution maps

- Detailed, easy-to-use identification charts for adults and larvae

The Authors:

Dave Smallshire is a professional ecologist and former environmental adviser to the UK government, and is a trustee of the British Dragonfly Society.

Andy Swash is Managing Director of WILD"Guides" and World Wildlife Images, and author of a number of books, including Britain's Butterflies and Britain's Day-Flying Moths (both WILD"Guides"). They have combined their passion for dragonflies and knowledge gained over many years from lecturing and leading wildlife tours to develop this field guide.

Fatbirder View: I missed this title first time around which is a shame as I need all the help I can get with odonata ID! I already have Steve Brooks’ guide with its beautiful illustrations but this guide in its third edition offers an alternative that compliments rather than competes with that one. The photographs show you more what you see rather than what a detailed drawing can reveal and so between them you have the best of both worlds.

I am a fan of these WILDGuides and like the pattern they follow and the practical waterproof jacket too as these books will not sit on the shelf but will be in one hand while you try to pin down a dragonfly when out birding or ID a damselfly at your garden pond.


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