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Naturalists’ Handbooks encourage and enable those interested in natural history to undertake field study, make accurate identifications and to make original contributions to research. A typical reader may be studying natural history at undergraduate level, carrying out species/habitat surveys as an ecological consultant, undertaking academic research or just developing a deeper understanding of natural history.

History of the Naturalists' Handbooks series

The Naturalists' Handbooks series was first published by Cambridge University Press, then Richmond Publishing and the Company of Biologists. From mid-2010 Pelagic Publishing are rejuvenating the series with new editions of popular titles such as Bumblebees and Ladybirds, and planning a number of new titles for 2011 and beyond. If you are interested in authoring a book in this series, or have a suggestion for a good title please contact the series editor.

Series Editor

From 2012 Naturalists' Handbooks are edited by William Kirk, he can be contacted directly to discuss ideas for the series. Since its inception the series was edited by Sarah Corbet and Henry Disney, they continue to guide several books due for publication in 2013.


Amphibians and reptiles

CODE: 9781907807459

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978-1-907807-45-9 / 01/07/2013 / 170 / 210 x 148mm / Colour photographs, figures, tables
by Trevor J. C. Beebee Amphibians and reptiles is a comprehensive guide to the native and non-native species of amphibian and reptile found in the... More

Animals of sandy shores (Naturalists' Handbooks 21)

CODE: 9781784270391

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978-1-78427-039-1 / 978-1-78427-041-4 / 12/01/2015 / 108 / 148 x 210 mm / 4 colour plates, extensive b/w illustrations, figures
by Peter J. Hayward (with illustrations by the author) The assemblage of animals living in sandy shores is richer than it might first appear, and it... More

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Animals of the surface film (Naturalists' Handbooks 12)

CODE: 9780855462710

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0-85546-271-X / 0-85546-272-8 / 01/01/1989 / 87 / 148 x 210 mm / 4 colour plates, extensive b/w illustrations
by Marjorie Guthrie with illustrations & plates by Peter Hayward A calm water surface on any freshwater habitat can support a community of animals... More

Animals under logs and stones (Naturalists' Handbooks 22)

CODE: 9780855463014

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0-85546--301-5 / 0-85546-302-3 / 01/01/1996 / 92 / 148 x 210 mm / 4 colour plates, extensive b/w illustrations, figures
by C. Philip Wheater & Helen J. Read with plates by Miranda Gray  Logs and stones provide an interesting interface between the damp depths of... More

Ants (Naturalists' Handbooks 24)

CODE: 9781907807602

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978-1-907807-60-2 / 22/07/2013 / 83 / 148 x 210 mm / 4 colour plates, extensive b/w illustrations
by Gary J. Skinner & Geoffrey W. Allen with plates by Geoffrey W. Allen Information on the biology of ants and various techniques for studying... More

Aphid predators (Naturalists' Handbooks 11)

CODE: 9780855462697

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0-85546-269-8 / 0-85546-270-1 / 01/01/1989 / 77 / 148 x 210 mm / 2 colour plates, extensive b/w figures and illustrations
by Graham E. Rotheray with i llustrations by GE and JC Rotheray Aphids and their colonies are excellent arenas in which to observe predators in... More

Aphids on deciduous trees (Naturalists' Handbooks 29)

CODE: 9780855463144

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0-85546-314-4 / 12/07/2010 / 2007 / 140 / 148 x 210 mm / colour photographs, extensive b/w figures and illustrations
by Tony Dixon & Thomas Thieme Aphids are tempting subjects for investigation because they are often abundant, easily found, and unlikely to run... More

Blowflies (Naturalists' Handbooks 23)

CODE: 9780855463038

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0-85546-303-1 / 0-85546-304-X / 01/01/1996 / 71 / 148 x 210 mm / 4 colour plates, extensive b/w illustrations
by Zakaria Erzinclioglu with plates by Sarah Bunker This book introduces the natural history of blowflies and draws attention to some unanswered... More

Bumblebees (Naturalists' Handbooks 6)

CODE: 9781907807060

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978-1-907807-06-0 / 03/06/2011 / 2011 / 144 / 148 x 210 mm / 305g / 16 colour plates, extensive b/w illustrations, figures
by Oliver E Prŷs-Jones and Sarah A Corbet Plates by Tony Hopkins and foreword by Mark Avery An indispensable guide to identification, ecology and... More

Dragonflies (Naturalists' Handbooks 7)

CODE: 9780855462994

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0-85546-299-X / 0-85546-300-7 / 01/01/1995 / 120 / 148 x 210 mm / 4 colour plates, extensive b/w illustrations
by Peter L. Miller with plates by R. R. Askew Dragonflies are increasing in popularity because they are colourful and fascinating to watch in flight... More