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111 Road Side Plants 111 Road Side Plants

Author: Anje Burke
ISBN: 9789994576166
Details: 147 x 210 mm, 156 pages, softcover, Numerous colour photographs
Publisher: Namibia Scientific Society

This book is different – not only in look, but also in content, and is so much more than simply a flower guide. Having written a series of flower guides for the Namib and the central part of the country to introduce some of Namibia’s fascinating flora, I have now taken a countrywide perspective. The focus of the book is on Namibia’s vegetation, the distribution of plants and to providing an explanation for these patterns and associations. In doing so I also introduce a selection of 111 plants that are commonly seen while travelling through Namibia, so “roadside” does not necessarily refer to plants growing in the road reserve only. Many of these plants have not been covered in my previous field guides and recently produced distribution maps help to pinpoint where they can be found in the country. Thorough searches of the literature and databases on individual plants enabled me to incorporate a wealth of new information, which I hope will be of interest to readers and help provide a more global perspective. Text boxes throughout the book introduce some recent research findings relevant to Namibia’s plant life. It is my wish that all of this will provide plant lovers with ample more reasons to get excited about Namibia’s flora. Antje Burke


Sasol Birds of Southern Africa IV Sasol Birds of Southern Africa IV

Author: Norman Arlott
ISBN: 9781770079250
Details: Softcover, pages 464, 150 mm x 208 mm
Publisher: Stuik Nature

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa remains the region's most comprehensively illustrated and trusted field guide. This fourth edition has been greatly improved by the addition of group introductions, calendar bars showing species' occurrence and breeding periods, a section on 'how to use this book', as well as sonograms depicting the calls of tricky bird groups.

The newly designed plates are meticulously illustrated, with labels pinpointing key differentiating features. Distribution maps show the relative abundance of a species in the region and also indicate resident or migrant status.

Written by top birders, this authoritative and comprehensive identification guide is invaluable to all birders.


Smithers' Mammals of Southern Africa: A Field Guide Smithers' Mammals of Southern Africa: A Field Guide

Author: Peter Apps
ISBN: 9781770079137
Details: Softcover, 364 pages 138 mm x 212mm
Publisher: Stuik Nature

First published in 1986, Smithers' Mammals is an authoritative and popular guide to the mammals of Southern Africa. This revised and updated edition incorporates the latest information brought to light by molecular genetics, while remaining accessible to the layperson and handy in the field. Each entry includes an in-depth species description; notes on habitat, behaviour, diet and conservation status; accurate illustrations and spoor drawings; and a distribution map. The book also details the whales, dolphins and seals seen along our coast.

This highly regarded field guide will appeal to general readers and wildlife enthusiasts, as well as to specialists in the field of mammals.


Sasol Birds of Southern Africa IV Sasol Birds of Southern Africa IV

Author: Norman Arlott
ISBN: 9781770079250
Details: Softcover, pages 464, 150 mm x 208 mm
Publisher: Stuik Nature

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa remains the region's most comprehensively illustrated and trusted field guide. This fourth edition has been greatly improved by the addition of group introductions, calendar bars showing species' occurrence and breeding periods, a section on 'how to use this book', as well as sonograms depicting the calls of tricky bird groups.

The newly designed plates are meticulously illustrated, with labels pinpointing key differentiating features. Distribution maps show the relative abundance of a species in the region and also indicate resident or migrant status.

Written by top birders, this authoritative and comprehensive identification guide is invaluable to all birders.


Roberts Bird Guide Roberts Bird Guide

Author: Hugh Chittenden
ISBN: 9781770097148
Details: Softcover, 210x140mm, 456pages
Publisher: Jacana Media

Roberts Bird Guide which complements the large handbook tome Roberts Birds of Southern Africa 7th ed. This is the first regional field guide on the continent of Africa to display multi-coloured distribution maps (curtsey Guy Gibbon). The breeding bars that are conveniently placed below distribution maps, show the full breeding season, and peak breeding for all species. This is also southern Africa's first comprehensive Field Guide that gives information on food, as well as breeding strategies. Included too are the meaning of scientific names (Etymology) and colloquial names in 13 other languages. This information, together with 166 annotated plates illustrated by 7 of southern Africa's finest bird artists, makes this guide essential for both beginners and experts in the field of ornithology.


Roberts Guide to the Nests and Eggs of southern African Birds Roberts Guide to the Nests and Eggs of southern African Birds

Author: Warwick Tarboton
ISBN: 978-0-62050-629-8
Details: 240x168mm, 416pages, Paperback
Publisher: Jacana Media

His new field guide deals with the nesting habits of the 730 bird species known to breed in southern Africa. It is set out in a standard field-guide format (text pages facing colour plates), covering 4-5 species per double-page spread. The information given is an up-to-date summary of what is known about the nesting habits of each species: where they nest, when they nest, what the nest looks like, how many eggs they lay, how long these take to hatch, etc.


Beat About the Bush: Birds Beat About the Bush: Birds

Author: Trevor Carnaby
ISBN: 978-1-77009-241-9
Details: 768pp, 235 x 165mm, Trade Paperback
Publisher: Jacana Media

The Beat About the Bush series answers all those everyday questions that are prompted by visits to the bush. It fills the gap in exisiting literature and field guides alike, complemented by more than 900 full-colour photographs. Although details are given on bird identification and all the bird groups of southern Africa are covered in a very informative 'Did you know' section, this work can more appropriately be described as a behavioural guide. It delves into the fascinating lives of birds - discussing in detail thier myriad forms, survival strategies, breeding and feeding behaviours, movements, migration and vocalisations.


Beat About the Bush: Mammals Beat About the Bush: Mammals

Author: Trevor Carnaby
ISBN: 978-1-77009-240-2
Details: 376pp, 235 x 165mm, Paperback,
Publisher: Jacana Media

Mammals are the animals that most people come to wilderness areas to see. They range in size from the pygmy shrew (2g) to the blue whale (120 tonnes). But what makes a mammal a mammal - indeed why is the blue whale not a fish?How does the elephant's trunk work?Why do many mammals have coat patterns?This book follows in the footsteps of its immensely popular predecessor, Beat About the Bush: Mammals & Birds. This expanded version has, however, been revised to cover mammals in a much more comprehensive manner with updated classifications, new questions and answers, a more user-friendly format and more than 600 full-colour photographs. The section on tracks and signs is superbly illustrated to make this intimidating and confusing subject easy to grasp.The overall result is a field companion that still manages to answer all those everyday questions about mammals in a style that appeals to tourists, bush enthusiasts and field guides alike, by presenting the fundamentals of our wildlife in a detailed, yet easily understandable fashion.Trevor is currently developing the Beat About the Bush concept into a series including mammals, birds, insects & plants and amphibians & reptiles.


A Complete Guide to the Snakes of Southern Africa A Complete Guide to the Snakes of Southern Africa

Author: Johan Marais
ISBN: 9781868729326
Details: 312 pages , Softcover, 170mm x 240 mm
Publisher: Struik Nature

This detailed and comprehensive guide to the 151 snakes indigenous to southern Africa covers all essential aspects of snake biology and behaviour. Now in its second edition, A Complete Guide to the Snakes of Southern Africa has been updated, revised and expanded to include at least 11 newly discovered and 30 re-classified species and sub-species. New information based on international scientific research has been included in the species accounts relating to behaviour, identification, reproduction and snake venoms. Features of this new edition are:
* Species descriptions are now accompanied by full-colour photographs.
* Simple icons make essential information available at a glance.
* A separate 'look out for' box assists in quickly identifying species in the field.
* Chapters on classification and identification, keeping snakes, and the prevention and treatment of snakebite supplement the species accounts.
This readable and user-friendly guide will be invaluable to herpetologists, snake collectors, hikers, gardeners, campers and householders, or anyone who may encounter or want to know more about these fascinating and widely misunderstood reptiles.


Guide to Grasses of southern Africa (Revised edition) Guide to Grasses of southern Africa (Revised edition)

Author: Frits van Oudtshoorn
ISBN: 978-1-920217-35-8
Details: 288 pages, 240 x 170 mm, Soft cover, 1 000 colour photos, distribution maps
Publisher: Briza Publications

The grass family, known as Poaceae, is probably the most important plant family on earth. Grasses were the first food plants to be cultivated by man. Grass crops, such as maize, wheat, rice and sugarcane are still our most important food source to farm animals and the large herds of grazinganimals in the wild.

The identification of grasses becomes important during land management as the various grass species differ in their grazing value and other ecological functions. Furthermore, weedy grasses react differently to different herbicides and therefore need to be correctly identified. This book, Guide to Grasses of southern Africa, is the most comprehensive colour identification guide to the common grasses of southern Africa and includes, among others, the following features.


Grasses of Namibia Grasses of Namibia

Author: M.A.N Müller
ISBN: 086976 201
Details: Softcover, 15x21 cm, 320 pages, countless bw-line drawings
Publisher: Ministry of Agriculture,Water and Forestry

This Book has number of grasses covered to 135 species and subspecies. It is used by farmers, extension workers, scientists and students alike.




Goggo Guide Goggo Guide

Author: Erik Holm, Ansie Dippenaar-Schoeman
ISBN: 978 0 7993 4689 3
Details: Paperback,156 x 222mm,304pp
Publisher: Lapa Publishers

In the last few decades we were privileged to see a number of excellent field guides published on our insects, spiders and scorpions. A comprehensive treatment of the terrestrial arthropods has, however, not been done. With the 'Goggo Guide', the authors provide a practical full colour field guide to identify these fascinating groups and to explain their interesting biology, behaviour and ecology. This volume deals with the following groups: . Velvet worms . Wood lice and Sand fleas . Centipedes . Millipedes . Dwarf centipedes, Double tails, Springtails and Proto insects . Whip spiders, Small Whip Scorpions, Book Scorpions and Harvesters . Mites . Ticks . Scorpions . Romans . Spiders All the groups are highlighted with full colour photographs with scale identification, illustrations, classification explanations and a comprehensive term list.


The Wildlife of Southern Africa The Wildlife of Southern Africa

Author: Vincent Carruthers
ISBN: 978-1-77007-704-1
Details: Softcover, 310 pages, 14x21 cm, countless colour illustrations
Publisher: Struik Publishers

This is the ideal companion for all who venture into the outdoors - visitors to game parks, hikers, holiday-makers, birders, game viewers and gardeners.

The Wildlife of Southern Africa embraces over 2000 carefully selected plants and animals, large and small, that are likely to be encountered during a visit to any part of the region.


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