Wednesday, October 10, 2007

North Fife Seashore

Any walk along the high water line reveals the remains of sea life. Here these bivalve shells and razor shells display the richness of the seashore life off Tentsmuir sands in North Fife.

Philip's Guide to Seashores and Shallow Seas of Britain and Europe is a new edition of a classic identification guide, with superb illustrations. The text has been fully revised and updated to incorporate numerous changes in classification resulting from biological research. Seashores and shallow seas are one of the most diverse natural environments, rich in plant and animal life. They are also among the most visited, attracting everyone from beachcombers and anglers to sailors and divers. Many who visit the sea take a strong interest in the wildlife found there, and this book provides a comprehensive and accessible guide. More than 1000 species are described in this book. For each species there is an account of the form, size, habitat and distribution. These combined with detailed and life-like illustration enable even the complete novice to easily identify a wide range of flora and fauna. It is a 'must have' for students of marine biography and oceanography, and for collectors of shells and other seashore remnants. Identification is assisted by an illustrated identification key in the introduction, which also describes the marine and seashore environment, explains the impact of the tides, and discusses conservation. Important groups of animals also have their own introductions.

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