The Orkney Islands are a special place, in terms of both their natural history and their human inhabitants. Their rich coastal habitats host significant seabird colonies and marine communities. Their position off the north coast of Scotland provides a major landfall 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.
* Contains 80 color photographs
* Gives a full account of the natural history of Orkney
* Appeals to casual readers as well as to specialists
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Islands have a perennial fascination as well as being outdoor laboratories for evolutionary studies. The Orkneys have been strangely forgotten by naturalists when compared to Shetland or western Scotland, although they have long been a place of pilgrimage for archaeologists and historians. This book is an antidote to the neglect, bringing the islands' animals, plants, and scenic history to life for casual readers and specialists alike.
Orkney is home to a significant proportion of the British (and indeed, European) populations, of many seabirds and boasts some of the most spectacular and accessible breeding colonies in north-west Europe; it has an exciting flora, adapted to extreme oceanic conditions and there are numerous seals and otters, never mind Orkney voles, black moths, the northernmost indigenous wood in the British Isles and the rare Scottish Primrose (primula scotica). Scenically, the Old Man of Hoy, Skara Brae, the magnificent Viking cathedral of St. Magnus and Scapa Flow, home to the British fleet in the two World Wars, take pride of place. But perhaps above all, the islands have a magic compounded of light and space, sea and land, and six thousand years at a cross-roads of human aspiration and achievement.
R.J. Berry, University College, London, UK
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Book Description Collins New Naturalist series no. 70, 1985. Paper covers. Book Condition: V.g. No Jacket. New Naturalist no. 70.. The author is a retired professor of zoology from King's College, University of London. His studies of the insular races of small mammals in the Hebrides and Orcades stimulated his interest in these islands, which are rich in wildlife. Very slight corner wear. Weight: 1 Language: English. Bookseller Inventory # 15773
Book Description Collins New Naturalist, London, 1985. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 8vo. 1985. First edition, second issue. No 70. Ex lib with one stamp to verso of title-page. Slightly cut down but otherwise very good in green paper covered boards. Small tape marks to lower board and very slight shelf-wear, otherwise very good. Unclipped d/w. Lower flap very faintly marked otherwise very good. Images available on request. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 24121
Book Description London Collins, 1985. Hardcover with dustjacket,First Edition second state,304 pages. A complete natural history of the island and one of the two scarcest books in the New Naturalist series The last in the series with an Elllis dustjacket .Fine in a Fine dustjacket very light foxing to top edge a lovely copy. No inscriptions and not price clipped copy. Bookseller Inventory # 27126
Book Description Collins, London, 1985. 1st ed.. New Naturalist no.70. 2nd issue, i.e. 1 of the 500 paperbacks bound up to meet demand for a hardback edition. An exceptionally nice copy - as new. Dust jacket not price-clipped & protected in removable clear film. Used - Like New. Fine hardback in Fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # BOOKS137074I
Book Description Collins, London, 1985. 1st ed.. New Naturalist no.70. 1st edition 2nd issue. Pages clean; binding tight; dust jacket protected in removable clear film. An exceptionally nice copy. Used - Like New. Fine hardback in Fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # BOOKS137642I
Book Description Collins, London, 1985. First Edition, second state. 304pp. With dust jacket VG: in very good condition in clear plastic removable sleeve. A little foxing to top edge Green hardback cloth-effect paper-covered boards. Bookseller Inventory # nn070
Book Description LONDON COLLINS, 1985. HARDBACK, VERY SCARCE. PROBABLY THE PAPERBACK EDITION WHICH HAS BEEN REBOUND IN DARK GREEN CLOTH WITH A ROUNDED TOP AND BOTTOM TO THE SPINE. GILT ON THE SPINE SAYS 'COLLINS' BUT THE NN LOGO IS ABSENT. FINE COPY IN PROTECTED DUSTWRAP. NUMBER 70 IN THE NEW NATURALIST SERIES. ONLY 725 COPIES OF THE GENUINE FIRST EDITIONS WERE PRINTED BEFORE COLLINS STRIPPED OUT PAPERBACK COPIES AND REBOUND THEM. THE DUSTWRAPPER IS NOT TORN AND IS CONTAINED IN A PROTECTIVE SLEEVE BUT IT APPEARS THAT A PREVIOUS OWNER HAS TRIMMED THE BOTTOM OF THE DUSTWRAPPER BY ABOUT 2mm, PERHAPS TO FIT IT INTO THE SLEEVE. OTHERWISE NO FAULTS, MARKS, FADING OR INSCRIPTIONS. CALL FOR A DESCRIPTION OR PHOTOGRAPHS. Bookseller Inventory # 24568
Book Description Collins, 1985. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. 1st Ed.. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0002190621
Book Description Collins New Naturalist Series, London, 1985. Green Buckram. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. 304p ill. An excellent copy of the rare hardcover first edition in its first state. 725 copies printed. The book is in fine unmarked condition. The original unpriceclipped d/w has the original Duraseal cover as issued and is fine apart from some sunning of the spine which is not faded but has become a turquoise green rather than the leaf green of the front cover. and a slight brown stain on the front inner flap. Appears unread. See scans. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 008482
Book Description Collins, London, 1985. First Edition. Hardback. A near fine copy of the first issue in a fine dustwrapper which is not price-clipped and which is now protected in a clear, removable, sleeve. The book would be fine except that an ownership inscription has been erased from the front free end-paper. 304 pages. 20 colour plates. 113 figures. 25 tables. "This is the first - and long-needed - survey of the islands' natural history, complete in one volume." Number 70 in the New Naturalist series. Photographs available on request. Bookseller Inventory # 22420