This delightful book is one of the first three volumes of Oxford University Press's new Pocket Guide natural history series. The series fills the need for lighter weight guides for those who want to find out about the common organisms they come across during countryside excursions without having the specialist knowledge required to make detailed species identifications. All the books in the series are attractively designed and generously illustrated with plentiful high quality colour line drawings and photographs throughout. The accompanying text is short but informative, with notes on general biology as well as on identification. Small Woodland Creatures covers the commoner 'creepy-crawlies' and their artefacts likely to be encountered on woodland walks - from ants to worms and from galls to woodworm holes. They are arranged by animal group and also by the place they might be found, whether inside fungi or wrapped in leaves. Sections on significant aspects of the animals' biology - parasitism, camouflage, and so forth - are introduced alongside the groups for which they are relevant. A pleasure to dip into, the book will be an invaluable accompaniment for woodland walks at any time of the year.
Readership: Families and anyone who enjoys the countryside; schoolchildren and their teachers.
No formal contents list. Main categories are: Main groups of insects; Spiders, harvestmen, mites, fleas; Centipedes and millipedes; Slugs and snails; Earthworms; Living in litter; Living in fungi; Living in wood; Living in plants; Index of English and scientific names
Lars-Henrik Olsen and Bente Vita Pedersen
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7 June 2001
Registered: March 2006 Location: N.E. Lincolnshire Posts: 4126
Review Date: Mon 19, June, 2006
Would you recommend it? Yes |
Total Spent: £12.99| Rating: 9
Well laid out, good illustrations.
Restricted to the commoner species.
A very good little book, which covers a surprisingly wide range of insects and small creatures. From gall wasps to moths, from dragonflies to bees. A very accessible book. I fully recommend it.
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