Islands Beyond the Horizon: The life of twenty of the worlds most remote places

Paperback | May 4, 2015

byRoger Lovegrove

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Islands have an irresistible attraction and an enduring appeal. Naturalist Roger Lovegrove has visited many of the most remote islands in the world, and in this book he takes the reader to twenty that fascinate him the most. Some are familiar but most are little known; they range from thestorm-bound island of South Georgia and the ice-locked Arctic island of Wrangel to the wind-swept, wave-lashed Mykines and St Kilda. The range is diverse and spectacular; and whether distant, offshore, inhabited, uninhabited, tropical or polar, each is a unique self-contained habitat with a delicately-balanced ecosystem, and each has its own mystique and ineffable magnetism. Central to each story is also the impact of humansettlers. Lovegrove recounts unforgettable tales of human endeavour, tragedy, and heroism. But consistently, he has to report on the mankind's negative impact on wildlife and habitats - from the exploitation of birds for food to the elimination of native vegetation for crops. By looking not only at the biodiversity of each island, but also the uneasy relationship between its wildlife and the involvement of man, he provides a richly detailed account of each island, its diverse wildlife, its human history, and the efforts of conservationists to retain these irreplaceablesites.

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Islands have an irresistible attraction and an enduring appeal. Naturalist Roger Lovegrove has visited many of the most remote islands in the world, and in this book he takes the reader to twenty that fascinate him the most. Some are familiar but most are little known; they range from thestorm-bound island of South Georgia and the ice-...

Roger Lovegrove was RSPB Director for Wales for 27 years and since retirement has been a member of the board of The Countryside Council for Wales, served on the Forestry Commission Advisory Committee for Wales, was chair of the Welsh woodland initiative (Ty Coed), and founder and later chairman of the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust. F...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.07 inPublished:May 4, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198727577

ISBN - 13:9780198727576

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgementsIntroduction1. Wrangel2. Chinijo Archipelago3. Jan Mayen4. Mykines5. Guam6. San Blas Islands7. Ascension8. Fernando de Noronha9. Mingulay10. Pico11. Tristan da Cunha12. Vigur13. St Kilda14. South Georgia15. Halfmoon Island16. The Skelligs17. Isle aux Aigrettes18. Solovetski Islands19. St Peter and St Paul Rocks20. Tuamotu ArchipelagoEpilogueScientific Names of SpeciesReferences

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"This book is a pleasure to read. The author's style is crisp, vivid and clear." --Tony Marr, Ibis 01/01/2014