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Wildlife of Greater AdelaideArtist/Author: Smith, James I.D.
This book is the result of remarkable people, remarkable organisations and a remarkable community working together to produce a stunning contribution on the wildlife of the state of South Australia. By population, Adelaide is a small city and South Australia a small state. Each of the South Australian scientific institutions lack the individual capacity to undertake the large and complex task of assembling and collating the material for a guide of this type. However, James with his foresight, imagination, drive, determination and ability to create so many working partnerships, solved all the issues in unique ways and has delivered an outstanding product.
Whether digging in the garden, walking the dog, or jogging through a local park, we constantly encounter animals. From the minute and bizarre creatures hidden in the leaf litter, to big, colourful, active mammals and birds, we are surrounded by wildlife. Adelaide and the surrounding Mount Lofty Ranges support a spectacular diversity of fauna, some of which are found nowhere else. However, there is limited benefit in simply encountering this wildlife. If we were able to identify the species, understand their biology and explain their habits to our kids and our visitors alike, how much more rewarding would the experience be? This beautifully illustrated full colour book is a catalogue of the amazing animals with which the region is shared. As a photographic guide it provides descriptions, natural histories and additional information about both native and introduced species. Most importantly, the book equips the reader with the identification skills to explore, understand and appreciate the wildlife of the region.
Australia’s Kimberley Coast: It’s Landscapes, Biodiversity and Human HistoryArtist/Author: Scott, Alexander (Sandy)
Australia’s Kimberley Coast provides a consolidated account of landforms, biodiversity and human history for this remote scenic region of Western Australia. Sandy has written this well researched book in easy to understand language supported by many maps and tables making use of many research papers, other informed document sources and over 200 quality, full
colour images. The opening chapters provide broad introductions to the principal geologic and climatic conditions governing land forming processes; the factors influencing the diversity of a wide variety of organisms both on the land and in aquatic environments; as well as features of the multiple Aboriginal clans that have lived in the region and subsequent visitors including European explorers, Macassans, pearlers, missionaries and European land settlers. The eight chapters that follow have interesting descriptions of over sixty sites Sandy has visited during his multiple annual visits over the past twenty years between the Lacepede Islands and the Berkeley River.
This is an informative reference book on the little-known coastline of north western Australia that reflects the pristine charm and makeup of its diverse landforms and biota; explains some of the features of the main indigenous coastal clans; and relates stories of past foreign visitors to the coast.
Austral Ark: The State of Wildlife in Australia and New ZealandArtist/Author: Stow, Adam(Editor), Norman MacLean (Editor), Gregory I Holwell (Editor)
Australia and New Zealand are home to a remarkable and unique assemblage of flora and fauna. Sadly though, by virtue of their long isolation, and a naïve and vulnerable biota, both countries have suffered substantial losses to biodiversity since European contact. Bringing together the contributions of leading conservation biologists, Austral Ark presents the special features and historical context of Austral biota, and explains what is being conserved and why. The threatening processes occurring worldwide are discussed, along with the unique conservation problems faced at regional level. At the same time, the book highlights many examples of conservation success resulting from the innovative solutions that have been developed to safeguard native species and habitats in both New Zealand and Australia. Austral Ark fills an important gap regarding wildlife gains and declines, and how best to take conservation forward to keep this extraordinary area of the world thriving.
Alpine Australia: A Celebration of the Australian AlpsArtist/Author: Lewis, Craig, Chris Munn
This book portrays the stunning high country region unique to the Alpine areas of New South Wales and Victoria – the areas which are often snow covered for a number of months each winter. This superbly photographed coffee table pictorial brings this magnificent region to a wider audience, allowing readers to become immersed in the beauty which alpine Australia offers by way of awe-inspiring images, many in panoramic format.
In New South Wales readers will be transported to the country’s highest peaks running along the spine of the Great Dividing Range and the stark beauty of the Kosciuszko Main Range, while in Victoria the state’s loftiest peaks are captured in magnificent detail, from the remote Mt Bogong to the winter playgrounds of Mt Buller and Mt Hotham.
Featuring over 150 stunning images, Alpine Australia – A celebration of the Australian Alps is sure to appeal to all those who have an affinity with Australia’s snow- covered peaks and will entice those who have yet to discover the beauty of this truly amazing region.
Lake Eyre Basin Rivers: Environmental, Social and Economic ImportanceArtist/Author: Kingsford, Richard (Editor)
Outlines the environmental, social and economic values of the rivers from a diverse range of perspectives.
Water is scarce in the Lake Eyre Basin in the heart of Australia. The region goes through natural cycles of boom and bust, and the flooding of the basin rivers is accompanied by spectacular responses from wildlife and vegetation. However, the Lake Eyre Basin faces the threat of diversion of water from rivers and wetlands and development of floodplains for irrigation and mining. Around the world, such water resource developments have caused widespread degradation of rivers and loss of habitats.
Lake Eyre Basin Rivers outlines the environmental, social and economic values of the rivers from a diverse range of perspectives, including science, tourism, economy, engineering, policy, Traditional Owners and pastoralists. It describes the current state of the environment and the past and ongoing threats to the river systems, drawing on stories from the Murray-Darling Basin. It also provides direction for ensuring that the rivers remain free-flowing to service the environment and future generations.
This book is a valuable reference for environment and government agencies, industries and policy-makers concerned with the region and will be of interest to the communities of the Lake Eyre Basin.
Restoring Farm Woodlands for WildlifeArtist/Author: Lindenmayer, David, Damian Michael, Mason Crane, Daniel Florance, Emma Burns
Featuring best practice approaches to restoration based on 19 years of long-term research.
Millions of hectares of temperate woodland and billions of trees have been cleared from Australia’s agricultural landscapes. This has allowed land to be developed for cropping and grazing livestock but has also had significant environmental impacts, including erosion, salinity and loss of native plant and animal species.
Restoring Farm Woodlands for Wildlife focuses on why restoration is important and describes best practice approaches to restore farm woodlands for birds, mammals and reptiles. Based on 19 years of long-term research in temperate agricultural south-eastern Australia, this book addresses practical questions such as what, where and how much to plant, ways to manage plantings and how plantings change over time. It will be a key reference for farmers, natural resource management professionals and policy-makers concerned with revegetation and conservation.
A Naturalist’s Guide to the Dangerous Creatures of AustraliaArtist/Author: Rowland, Peter (Author), Scott Eipper (Author)
This identification guide to the dangerous creatures, including reptiles, fish, insects and arachnids, occurring in Australia is perfect for resident and visitor alike. High quality photographs from top nature photographers are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, which include common and scientific names, size, distribution, habits and habitat. The user-friendly introduction covers geography and climate, vegetation, opportunities for naturalists and the main sites for viewing the listed species. Also included is an all-important checklist of the dangerous creatures of Australia encompassing, for each species, its common and scientific name, and IUCN status as of 2018.
Kakadu & Nitmiluk: A Guide to the Rocks, Landforms, Plants, Animals, Aboriginal Culture, and Human ImpactArtist/Author: Hoatson, Dean et al
Kakadu and Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Parks are unique in Australia in terms of their diversity of geological, cultural and biological values. Both parks are renowned for sandstone plateaus with spectacular gorges and escarpments, and contain some of the oldest and finest collections of Aboriginal rock art in the world. The parks support a remarkable abundance and variety of plants and animals, many of them rare or not found anywhere else. Kakadu is also famous for its extensive wetlands and is one of the few World Heritage areas listed for both its natural and cultural values.
This guidebook has been written by experts from the Australian Geological Survey Organisation, Northern Territory Geological Survey, Environment Australia, Parks Australia, and the Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory. Written for the non-specialist, the guidebook provides a concise and authoritative account of the rocks, landforms, plants, animals, Aboriginal culture and exploration history of the Kakadu and Nitmiluk National Parks. There is also information on places to visit, walking trails, camping facilities, commercial tours and helpful hints on getting the most from your visit.
Australia’s Most Dangerous Spiders, Snakes and Marine Creatures (Revised Edition)Artist/Author: Australian Geographic
Packed full of interesting and useful facts, this handy reference will help you to appreciate and avoid these often unfairly maligned animals. Each chapter, written by a recognised expert, describes aspects of the animals habits and where and in what circumstances you are likely to encounter them. Identification is made easy through clear distribution maps, colour photos and other useful aids. And in the unlikely event that you have an unpleasant encounter with one of these creatures, the comprehensive first-aid and medical-treatment section will be invaluable. Whether you live in the city or the bush, this book is a must – you never know when you will cross paths with one of Australia’s most dangerous inhabitants
Australia Gone Wild: Australian Geographic’s Greatest Animal StoriesArtist/Author: Australian Geographic
For more than 30 years, Australian Geographic has been showcasing Australia’s unique natural history through the words and images of the nation’s finest writers and photographers. This 224-page hard cover compendium brings together over 40 of the best stories spanning the natural world from the smallest of invertebrates to the creatures that inhabit the waters that surround us to the largest of our marsupial mammals. Illustrated with hundreds of stunning Australian wildlife photos, this beautiful book will covers the stories of our unique Australian mammals and ecosystems, stories of loss and survival of various amazing species (such as the Tasmanian tiger, the kakapo, the night parrot and the Lord Howe Island phasmid), and tackle harder topics around introduced and feral species, as well as profile our bountiful oceans, and highlight different bird, reptile and inverterbrate species.
Environmental History and Ecology of Moreton Bay: Portraits of Earth’s Great EcosystemArtist/Author: McPhee, Daryl
An interdisciplinary examination of the geologic, marine and human history of Moreton Bay.
The south-east Queensland region is currently experiencing the most rapid urbanisation in Australia. This growth in human population, industry and infrastructure puts pressure on the unique and diverse natural environment of Moreton Bay. Much loved by locals and holiday-goers, Moreton Bay is also an important biogeographic region because its coral reefs, seagrass beds, mangroves and saltmarshes provide a suitable environment for both tropical and temperate species. The bay supports a large number of species of global conservation significance, including marine turtles, dugongs, dolphins, whales and migratory shorebirds, which use the area for feeding or breeding.
Environmental History and Ecology of Moreton Bay provides an interdisciplinary examination of Moreton Bay, increasing understanding of existing and emerging pressures on the region and how these may be mitigated and managed. With chapters on the bay’s human uses by Aboriginal peoples and later European settlers, its geology, water quality, marine habitats and animal communities, and commercial and recreational fisheries, Environmental History and Ecology of Moreton Bay will be of value to students in the marine sciences, environmental consultants, policy-makers and recreational fishers.
Guide to the Wildlife of Perth and the South WestArtist/Author: Nevill, Simon, et al
This (reissued) much-respected and encyclopaedic guide, first published in 2014, is indispensable to anyone with an interest in the wide variety of fauna and flora to be found in the south west of Australia. The area bounded by the Margaret River region in the far south west of Western Australia, Lancelin to the north of Perth, Esperance on the mid-south coast and the inland township of Southern Cross is home to a surprisingly diverse range of wildlife, both plants and animals.
The expert authors of this book have included a broad selection of the wildlife most likely to be encountered by those living in and travelling though the region. The selection includes many representatives of the animal kingdom from small insects to the largest marsupials, and also an impressive selection of the most beloved wildflowers. Over 1200 photographs provide easy identification and every species is given a brief description together with essential details.
The book also includes a section on how to unobtrusively observe wildlife plus a comprehensive 30-plus page review of the best places to observe wildlife, including all the significant National and Conservation Parks in the region.