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Books



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The Eurasian Red Squirrel
Stefan Bosch and Peter Lurz.
The Eurasian Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris)
Authors:   Stefan Bosch and Peter W. W. Lurz

This is a comprehensive and well illustrated book which I feel has been long overdue. It is clearly written and is an excellent form of reference and general interest which will appeal to all readers, from professional ecologists to those who are just interested in understanding more about this popular and endangered mammal.

Chapters cover Taxonomy, Distribution, Body form and function, Reproduction and development, Behaviour, Ecology, Threats and conservation, Methods and research, Squirrels and people, plus an extensive Bibliography.

Eurasian red squirrels have an innate appeal and are one of
our most popular mammal species. They live in forests, share
our parks and gardens and mesmerise us with their cute, captivating and endearing behaviour.



Inside chapter 3 - Body form and function
The current volume offers an up-to-date overview of all aspects of red squirrel biology together with an extensive bibliography of published books, articles and research papers.

The detailed and illustrated chapters provide a window into the hidden life of red squirrels and their fascinating ecology, population dynamics and behaviour.

Inside chapter 7 - Threats and conservation
The book integrates material, research findings and images from across the red squirrel‘s Eurasian range, with particular attention being given to conservation efforts, favourable forest management options and the threat posed by the Eastern gray squirrel (also referred to as ‚grey squirrel‘ in Europe).

The latter has been responsible for devastating population declines of native red squirrels in the UK, Ireland and Italy and is likely to invade Switzerland and France in the near future.

Download the publishers web flier pdf for more information.



Buy now from Amazon The Eurasian Red Squirrel: Sciurus vulgaris
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UK BAP Mammals
(Biodiversity Action Plans)
UK BAP (Biodiversity Action Plans) Mammals, recently published by the Mammal Society, is an interim guidance for survey methodologies, impact assessment and mitigation for the following:

Red Squirrel Sciurus vulgaris, Harvest Mouse Micromys minutus, Brown Hare Lepus europaeus, Mountain Hare Lepus timidus, European Hedgehog Erinaceus europaeus, Wildcat Felis silvestris, Pine Marten Martes martes and
Polecat Mustela putorius.

Inside pages example. Wildcat
This publication provides guidance on the background biology, habitat requirements, survey methodologies, legal protection, impact assessment and mitigation/compensation measures for UK BAP mammal species for which such guidance has not already been published.

An essential publication for consultants and conservationists.
Available from NHBS


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The Atlas of Highland Land Mammals is based on more than 25,000 records over a 12-year period, with maps and accounts of 37 species of land mammals found in the Highland area (including bats and seals but not cetaceans), and four pages of colour photos.

Price (general public) - £7 .
Price (members of HBRG, BRISC, Tain & District Field Club and Inverness Field Club) - £5.


Published by the Highland Biological Recording Group in 2011


Buy online at IOSF’s Ottershop (concessionary price available), or send a cheque (add £1.50 P&P) payable to HBRG to: Ro Scott, Peddieston Cottage, Cromarty, IV11 8XX with a note of your own name and address.

Also available from NHBS

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Originally published in 1936, British Animal Tracks is an excellent manual on British animal tracks and tracking. The book is full of clear diagrams and natural history information and is still of much practical use today.


Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Hesperides Press are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.


Contents Include General:
Definition of Tracking The Normal Footprint Classification by the Normal Footprint Gait, and the Normal Trail Classification by the Normal Trail The Significance of Variations from Normal The Discovery of Tracks Telling the Age of Tracks Following a Track.



Detailed descriptions
Red Deer Fallow Deer Roe Deer Wild Cat Fox Badger Otter Marten Polecat Stoat Weasel Brown Hare Mountain Hare Rabbit Grey Squirrel Red Squirrel Dormouse(Common and Continental) Mice(Yellow-Necked, Wood, House, Harvest) Brown Rat Black Rat Water Rat(''Water Vole'') Musk Rat Hedgehog Mole Shrews(Common, Pigmy, and Water).


Appendices: 
How to Take Plaster Casts and How to Photograph Tracks

Buy British Animal Tracks online from Amazon

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Animal Tracks and Signs (Pocket Nature Guide)
Animal Tracks and Signs


Animal Tracks and Signs was first published in English in the 1970s, and immediately established itself as an all-time classic. Totally unique in its accessible, down-to-earth approach and detailed coverage of more than 200 creatures, enabling readers to determine which animals have passed through the countryside by examining the traces they have left behind, opening up a captivating new world that might otherwise remain unseen. 


Whether following footprints in mud, sand, or snow; feeding marks on cones, nuts, trees, and animal remains; homes and hiding places above and below ground; or feathers, pellets, and droppings, readers are taught how to identify the bird or mammal that has been before them, aided by hundreds of beautiful, informative colour photographs, line drawings, and diagrams, and clear descriptions of the anatomy, behaviour, movement patterns, and habitat of different species. 


Quick-reference plate sections compare actual-size prints, pellets, and droppings for fast identification on the move, covering such diverse wildlife as the shrew, hedgehog, fox, elk, and bear; the sparrow, kestrel, and eagle owl. 


This new reissued edition includes a new Foreword by Ray Mears, who has found this book to be an invaluable point of reference throughout his career, and recommends it to students on his Bushcraft and Survival courses.


Buy Animal Tracks and Signs (Pocket Nature Guide) online fom Amazon

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Guide to the Identification of Prey Remains in Otter Spraints


Inside pages descriptions and illustrations
Buy online at IOSF’s Ottershop

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This web site is about the wildlife, particularly the mammals, of the Glen Affric National Nature Reserve area in the north west Highlands of Scotland, UK; and the equipment I use to search for them, which is chiefly trail cameras.

I provide a technical support and parts service for the Ltl Acorn range of cameras and the income from this provides for the upkeep of this site and the purchase of cameras for my own surveying.

I hope you find the site useful and informative; and please contact me if you have any questions that I haven't already covered.