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, London, U.K, 1985. Card Cover. Book Condition: New. Mint. Pristine. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 012170
Book Description Collins, 1985. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0002194066