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Orkney nature /
R.J. Berry ; illustrations by John Holloway.
London : T & AD Poyser, c2000.
x, 308 p. : col. ill., maps ; 27 cm.
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London : T & AD Poyser, c2000.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2001-01-01:
Orkney consists of a group of some 70 islands about six miles off the northern coast of Scotland. This work is a revision of Berry's The Natural History of Orkney (1985) and examines the natural history of these islands, as well as past and recent human influences. Numerous lovely color and black-and-white photographs in addition to color paintings by J. Holloway bring the islands to life. Berry, a biologist at the University of London, wrote most of the book, although other authorities wrote four of the chapters. A wealth of information is presented in a very readable style, as this book is not intended to be a scholarly research report. Its various chapters focus on Orkney's habitats and types of organisms, and provide a brief history of human habitation. An appendix lists bird and flowering plant species found in Orkney with brief notes on other organisms. A lengthy bibliography includes both scholarly and popular works. The four-page index, however, is inadequate for a book of this length, and its coverage is quite uneven. Recommended for any library with a well-rounded natural history collection. All levels. C. E. Buckley; Illinois State University
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The Orkney Islands are a special place, both in terms of their natural history and human inhabitants. Their rich coastal habitats lost significant seabird colonies and marine communities. Their northerly position provides a major land fall for migratory birds. In human terms, traditional lifestyles of fishing and crafting vie with modern industries, such as oil, leading to conflicts of both human and wildlife conservation dimensions. This book paints a broad picture of the natural and manmade environments.
Table of Contents
Like Sleeping Whalesp. 1
Rocks and Sceneryp. 23
Land Plants in an Oceanic Environmentp. 49
Sea and Shorep. 80
Seals and Whales and Ottersp. 95
Freshwater Habitatsp. 113
Terrestrial Animalsp. 131
Birdsp. 150
Orcadiansp. 183
Life in Orkneyp. 198
Orkney Naturalistsp. 220
Conservation, Development and the Futurep. 240
Getting About Orkneyp. 266
Orkney's Plants and Animalsp. 269
Bibliographyp. 295
Indexp. 305
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