Collins Gem Guide to Pond Life (Collins Gems) / R. L. Manuel,

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Publisher: Collins
Sales Rank: 6694228
ISBN-10: 0004588258
ISBN-13: 9780004588254

A pond has been the starting point for many a life-long interest in natural history. Whether it is the first jam jar full of frogspawn, a tiddler caught in a net, a graceful swan or a diving duck, the pond gives us all an immediate contact with nature. This book covers all the types of wildlife that are centered on a pond, whether under, on or above the surface. Topics discussed include algae, plants, insects, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds - species that anyone can see and identify, helped, perhaps, for the smallest forms by a simple magnifying glass. The range of the book extends beyond British species to include species from the temperate zones of Western Europe, and it covers ponds of every size from temporary pools to reservoirs. The introduction to the book draws the reader's attention to what is likely to be visible when and gives guidance on where and how to look for the less obvious plants and animals. Descriptions and illustrations are arranged according to where their subjects are most likely to be seen - so that underwater larval forms are shown with other below-the-surface life while their freeflying adult forms are shown where you would see them, in the air above the water. Many species are also presented in their habitat while still showing the full detail needed for identification.
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