A Summer of British Wildlife: 100 great days out watching wildlife (Bradt Travel Guides (Wildlife Guides))

A Summer of British Wildlife: 100 great days out watching wildlife (Bradt Travel Guides (Wildlife Guides))

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Winner of the Travel Media Awards 'Travel Guide Book of the Year' award 2016. This original and colourful guide to British summer wildlife experiences is packaged into daily suggestions for what, when, where and how to see the best of British summer wildlife. For both the experienced wildlife tourist and the novice, the suggestions criss-cross England, Scotland and Wales, complete with inspiring itineraries, engaging descriptions, detailed directions and tips on how to find, identify and enjoy British animals, butterflies, birds and plants. Each entry gives an informative and inspiring suggestion focusing on up to four species, with full-colour photography and a helpful box covering practicalities such as grid references, useful websites, access arrangements to specific sites, flexibility details such as flight periods for butterflies or flowering weeks for orchids, and alternative sites to make viewing possible if you don't live near the suggested site but want to view the suggested species. From delicate orchids to gargantuan basking sharks, from seabird skyscrapers to ostentatious otters, this is the only guide of its type to offer full details of how to get the most out of British summer wildlife-watching.

About Author

James Lowen is a wildlife writer, travel guide and photographer, who is enthused by bringing nature to life for the non-specialist. This book is the result of 30-odd years of exploring Britain's wildlife-rich areas, from Scilly to Shetland and Kent to the Cairngorms. The breadth of coverage reflects James's personal evolution from a juvenile birdwatcher to a fully-fledged naturalist, from being interested only in feathered creatures to getting excited about every single dimension of British nature - be it winged or furry, whether it blooms or slithers. James is well known as the author of Bradt Travel Guides' 52 wildlife weekends: a year of British wildlife-watching breaks. He writes a monthly column for Bird Watching magazine and contributes regularly to BBC Wildlife magazine.


Contents 1: May 15 Purple haze Northamptonshire for Britain's best bluebell wood, nightingale & Goldilocks buttercup 2: May 16 Cuddly fish? Devon for common cuttlefish, spiny spider crab & Eurasian beaver 3: May 17 String of pearls Sussex for pearl-bordered fritillary, nightingale, two-banded longhorn beetle, burnt orchid & early spider orchid 4: May 18 Metamorphosis Oxfordshire for club-tailed dragonfly, monkey orchid & lady orchid 5: May 19 Hills & holes Cambridgeshire for pasqueflower, man orchid, yellow meadow ant & dingy skipper 6: May 20 Black Isle bottlenose Highland for common bottlenose dolphin, harbour seal & long-tailed skua 7: May 21 Dukes, without hazard Gloucestershire for Duke of Burgundy, Adonis blue, sword-leaved helleborine & pasqueflower 8: May 22 The Emperor's dawn Suffolk for the dawn chorus, stone-curlew, woodlark & emperor moth 9: May 23 Fertility rites Dorset for marsh fritillary, Adonis blue, Duke of Burgundy & grizzled skipper 10: May 24 The early bird... Denbighshire, Powys & Ceredigion for black grouse, common redstart & lesser twayblade 11: May 25 Ephemera Hampshire for mayflies, brown trout & bullhead 12: May 26 Ladies and gentlemen Kent for lady orchid, man orchid & monkey orchid 13: May 27 Spider(crab)man and Batman Pembrokeshire for spiny spider crab, otter, greater horseshoe bat & chough 14: May 28 Puffin without the huffin' Northumberland for the Amble Puffin Festival & roseate tern 15: May 29 Military bearing Buckinghamshire for military orchid, fly orchid, greater butterfly orchid & bird's-nest orchid 16: May 30 Snowdonia, in black and white Snowdonia for Snowdon lily, moss campion, starry saxifrage & raven 17: May 31 Ma'n Lesard goz dinerby Cornwall for twin-headed clover, thyme broomrape, heath spotted orchid, thrift clearwing & red-veined darter 18: June 1 The Wight stuff Isle of Wight for Glanville fritillary, small blue, common wall lizard, Dartford warbler & red squirrel 19: June 2 Does the Lady's slipper fit? Cumbria for lady's slipper orchid, lily-of-the-valley, white-spotted sable & pearl-bordered fritillary 20: June 3 Beetlejuice North Yorkshire for tansy beetle, & East Yorkshire for gannet & puffin 21: June 4 Skip, skip, skip to the Loy Highland for chequered skipper, pearl-bordered fritillary, argent and sable, & pine marten 22: June 5 Whiteface Highland for white-faced darter, lesser twayblade, red squirrel & osprey 23: June 6 Rain goose Shetland for red-throated diver, red-necked phalarope & whimbrel 24: June 7 Gull able not gullible Cumbria for lesser black-backed gull, herring gull, 'Walney pink', coralroot orchid & natterjack toad 25: June 8 Eype of the tiger Dorset for cliff tiger-beetle, & Devon for wood white 26: June 9 Streaky Cambridgeshire for black hairstreak, six-belted clearwing, glowworm & moon carrot 27: June 10 Water into wine Suffolk for great bittern, common crane, golden-bloomed grey longhorn beetle, elephant hawkmoth & reed dagger 28: June 11 Flitting fritillaries Essex for heath fritillary, shrill carder bee, horehound longhorn & slowworm 29: June 12 Fragrant flora Kent for common poppy, late spider orchid, lizard orchid, black-veined moth & Rambur's pied shieldbug 30: June 13 Frozen in time County Durham for spring gentian, Teesdale violet, mountain pansy, shrubby cinquefoil & whiskered bat 31: June 14 Bee good to yourself London & Hertfordshire for bee orchid, early marsh orchid, white-legged damselfly & hairy dragonfly 32: June 15 A swallow's tale Norfolk for swallowtail, Norfolk hawker, scarce chaser & Chinese water deer 33: June 16 Shingle sensations Kent for Nottingham catchfly, sea pea, toadflax brocade & white-spot 34: June 17 Musky frogs Hampshire for musk orchid, frog orchid, common juniper & bastard toadflax 35: June 18 Largin' it Somerset for large blue, six-belted clearwing, pyramidal orchid & 'wasp' orchid 36: June 19 Manxie and thrifty Gwynedd for thrift clearwing, chough, Manx shearwater & grey seal 37: June 20 Pretty in pink Suffolk for proliferous pink, field wormwood, Spanish catchfly, powdered grass-veneer & marbled clover 38: June 21 Small is beautiful Powys for small white orchid, heath fragrant orchid, wood bitter vetch & small pearl-bordered fritillary 39: June 22 Seabird cityscape Northumberland for Arctic & Sandwich terns, puffin & guillemot 40: June 23 For peat's sake Shropshire for white-faced darter, common hawker, large heath & common raft spider 41: June 24 Heddon on earth Devon for high brown fritillary, dark green fritillary & silver-washed fritillary 42: June 25 Festival of fauna Somerset for great white egret, bittern, argent and sable, & Iberian water frog 43: June 26 Gorge yourself Somerset for for Cheddar pink, slender bedstraw, peregrine, greater horseshoe bat & water vole 44: June 27 Where there's muck... West Yorkshire for bittern, marsh harrier, avocet & black-necked grebe 45: June 28 The perfect meadow Wiltshire for hay-rich flower meadows with burnt orchid, great burnet & adder's-tongue fern 46: June 29 God's own North Yorkshire for large heath, wood tiger, green tiger-beetle, round-leaved sundew & keeled skimmer 47: June 30 The purple empire Northamptonshire for purple emperor & white admiral 48: July 1 Easy, tiger! Norfolk for dune tiger-beetle, bee-wolf & dune chafer 49: July 2 Against all odds Perth & Kinross for mountain ringlet, black mountain moth & arctic-alpine plants 50: July 3 The Welsh tepui Conwy for grayling, silver-studded blue, dark red helleborine, spiked speedwell & Kashmir goat 51 July 4 The living mountain Highland for ptarmigan, dotterel, Scotch burnet & trailing azalea 52: July 5 The Devil's goat Cambridgeshire for lizard orchid, pasqueflower, chalkhill blue & Daubenton's bat 53: July 6 Boggy bonanza Dorset for bog bush-cricket, bog orchid, brown beak-sedge, keeled skimmer & Lulworth skipper 54: July 7 Highland fling Highland for azure hawker, northern emerald, black-throated diver & creeping lady's-tresses 55: July 8 Bumbling through the machair Argyll & Bute for corncrake, great yellow bumblebee, moss carder bee, machair & basking shark 56: July 9 Leaping clear Dorset for white-beaked & common bottlenose dolphins, Balearic shearwater & basking shark 57: July 10 Primrose pilgrimage Orkney for Scottish primrose, orca, great skua & corncrake 58: July 11 Beech bum Surrey for narrow-lipped helleborine, broad-leaved helleborine, silver-washed fritillary, & Sussex for purple emperor 59: July 12 Down on the dunes Merseyside for red squirrel, sand lizard, natterjack toad, northern dune tiger-beetle & dune helleborine 60: July 13 Small is beautiful Dorset for red squirrel, Sandwich tern, yellow-legged gull & common lizard 61: July 14 Bolt from the blue Shropshire for silver-studded blue & hobby, & Staffordshire for woodcock & nightjar 62: July 15 Heavenly heathland Surrey for brilliant emerald, downy emerald, black darter, true lover's knot & sand lizard 63: July 16 Bright eyes Hampshire for burnt orchid, chalk milkwort, marsh fragrant orchid & marsh helleborine 64: July 17 Not so dinky minke 158 Northumberland for minke whale & white-beaked dolphin, & County Durham for dark red helleborine & northern brown argus 65: July 18 Badgerland 160 Dorset for badger & fox 66: July 19 Allure of the rare Conwy for Ashworth's rustic, Weaver's wave, true lover's knot & chough 67: July 20 True blue Cornwall for blue shark, porbeagle shark & short-beaked common dolphin 68: July 21 A rough diamond Essex for round-leaved wintergreen, green-flowered helleborine, common spotted orchid & brown-banded carder bee 69: July 22 The heath at Pooh Corner Sussex for adder, golden-ringed dragonfly, black darter, woodlark & nightjar 70: July 23 Marvellous moths Dorset for Jersey tiger, silver y, worm pipefish & tompot blenny 71: July 24 Sounds of summer Hampshire for large marsh & woodland grasshoppers, bog bush-cricket, scarce blue-tailed damselfly & southern damselfly 72: July 25 Welsh dragons Pembrokeshire for small red damselfly, scarce blue-tailed damselfly & common hawker, & Ceredigion for common bottlenose dolphin 73: July 26 The colours of summer Essex for great green bush-cricket, white-letter hairstreak, scarce emerald damselfly, marbled white & brown-banded carder bee 74: July 27 Vision Cambridgeshire for southern hawker, broad-bodied chaser, drinker, milk parsley & marsh pea 75: July 28 Tell 'em about the honey, mummy North Yorkshire for honey-buzzard, nightjar, tree pipit, common lizard & adder 76: July 29 Rockpool ramble Devon for cirl bunting, snakelocks anemone, velvet swimming crab & Cornish sucker 77: July 30 Helleborine's angels Oxfordshire for narrow-lipped, violet & broad-leaved helleborines, striped lychnis & yellow birdsnest 78: July 31 Drum and Bass East Lothian for gannet, fulmar, shag & northern brown argus 79: August 1 Batfan Dumfries & Galloway for whiskered bat, brown long-eared bat, noctule bat & Daubenton's bat 80: August 2 The British lions Suffolk for ant-lion, bee-wolf, painted lady, hummingbird hawkmoth & wood sandpiper 81: August 3 Get to the Point! Norfolk for harbour seal, spoonbill, devil's-bit scabious, chalkhill blue & clouded yellow 82: August 4 Cathedrals & castles Sussex for peregrine & water vole 83: August 5 Rafts of gulls Norfolk for Mediterranean gull, & Suffolk for fen raft spider 84: August 6 Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea Devon for Lundy cabbage, Lundy cabbage-weevil, grey seal & basking shark 85: August 7 Sunfish, sea, sand Cornwall for ocean sunfish, harbour porpoise, short-beaked common dolphin & grey seal 86: August 8 Whale of a time North Yorkshire for minke whale, humpback whale, harbour porpoise & white-beaked dolphin 87: August 9 Black on black Anglesey for raven, corkwing wrasse, yellow birdsnest, grass-of-Parnassus & red squirrel 88: August 10 Basking in glory Argyll & Bute for basking shark, minke whale, harbour porpoise & white-tailed eagle 89: August 11 Cry freedom Derbyshire for red grouse 90: August 12 Osprey! Rutland for osprey, wood sandpiper, Roesel's bush-cricket & violet helleborine... & the Birdfair 91: August 13 Summer's golden days Lincolnshire for brown hairstreak, purple hairstreak & hazel dormouse 92: August 14 The eagle has landed... again Western Isles for white-tailed eagle, golden eagle, harbour seal & otter 93: August 15 Mini-beast magic Essex for bryony ladybird, shrill carder bee, wasp spider, water vole & marsh frog 94: August 16 Creatures of the night Suffolk for stone-curlew, Reeve's muntjac & badger 95: August 17 Birds of a feather Ceredigion for Manx shearwater, gannet & osprey 96: August 18 Pelagic wanderers Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly for Cory's & great shearwaters, short-beaked common dolphin, lesser white-toothed shrew & prickly stick-insect 97: August 19 A capital day London for Aesculapian snake, autumn squill, water vole, noctule bat & wasp spider 98: August 20 Silver and gold Surrey for silver-spotted skipper, chalkhill blue, lace border, Roman snail & autumn gentian 99: August 21 Greenham Common ladies Berkshire for autumn lady's-tresses, autumn gentian & grayling, & Buckinghamshire for starfruit & edible dormouse 100: August 22 Dewy damselflies Norfolk for small red-eyed damselfly, willow emerald damselfly, clouded yellow & peregrine Further information 244 Index of sites 246 Index of wildlife targets 250

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  • ISBN13: 9781784770099
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9781784770099
  • weight: 458
  • ISBN10: 1784770094

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