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Monitoring Butterflies for Ecology and Conservation : The British Butterfly Monitoring Scheme - E. Pollard

Monitoring Butterflies for Ecology and Conservation

The British Butterfly Monitoring Scheme

Hardcover Published: 31st May 1993
ISBN: 9780412402203
Number Of Pages: 274

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Previously published in hardback and now made available in paperback, this ground-breaking book is a must for all interested in butterflies, whether as conservation biologist, amateur or professional entomologist or as a student studying the phenomenon of butterfly populations as part of a number of biology, ecology or conservation courses.
Recently, many British butterflies have suffered severe declines whole others have flourished and expanded in range. This is the first book to describe the results from a British scheme to monitor butterflies during this period of change. The Monitoring Scheme, initiated in 1976 by the senior author is based on frequent counts at some 90 sites throughout Britain. The combined efforts of both amateurs and professionals have thus produced a dataset with no equivalent elsewhere in the world. The book therefore provides a unique perspective on trends in numbers, extinction and foundation of populations; flight periods, local distributions, migration and other aspects of population ecology. Practical problems encountered during the conservation of butterflies of individual sites are outlined. The relevance of this monitoring for an understanding of the effects of the weather - climatic warming - is described.

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` ... one of the most comprehensive and readable accounts of a survey scheme ever published.' Antenna `This book is well laid out with clear graphs and tables ... a very well presented examination of current work and a valuable contribution to our developing understanding of this best studied group of insects.' British Journal of Entomology and Natural History

The current status of British butterfliesp. 1
Aims and methods of monitoringp. 10
Validation of the monitoring methodp. 21
Sites, site selection and 'national' monitoringp. 33
Local distribution of butterfliesp. 43
Fluctuations in numbersp. 60
Colonization and extinctionp. 73
Effects of weather on numbersp. 85
Migrationp. 96
The flight-periods of butterfliesp. 112
Widespread butterflies of the countrysidep. 128
Rare and localized butterfliesp. 153
Site studiesp. 172
Population ecologyp. 218
Climatic warmingp. 227
Synopsisp. 234
Appendix A Life cycles, food plants and behaviourp. 239
Appendix B Sites and recorders in the Butterfly Monitoring Schemep. 246
Appendix C Latin names of plants mentioned in the textp. 253
Referencesp. 255
Site indexp. 266
Species indexp. 267
Subject indexp. 273
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ISBN: 9780412402203
ISBN-10: 0412402203
Series: Conservation Biology Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 274
Published: 31st May 1993
Publisher: Chapman and Hall
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.5