Islands Beyond the Horizon: The Life of Twenty of the World's Most Remote Places

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Oxford University Press, Sep 13, 2012 - Nature - 228 pages
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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 the storm-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 human settlers. 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 irreplaceable sites.
  

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User Review  - Diana Dimovska - Goodreads

The need for wandering that I have right now, after finishing this book is indescribable. No sleep for me this night. :) Read full review

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User Review  - David Bales - Goodreads

Obsessed Welsh birder Roger Lovegrove visits twenty islands and island groups worldwide and details their plant and animal life as well as historical anecdotes, (but with a bare minimum of ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
1 Wrangel Island
11
2 Chinijo Archipelago
21
3 Jan Mayen
33
4 Mykines
41
5 Guam
51
6 San Blas Islands
62
7 Ascension Island
68
14 South Georgia
136
15 Halfmoon Island
146
16 Great Skellig
155
17 Ile aux Aigrettes
164
18 Solovetski Islands
173
19 St Peter and St Paul Rocks
183
20 Tuamotu Archipelago
188
Epilogue
199

8 Fernando de Noronha
77
9 Mingulay
88
10 Pico in the Azores
97
11 Tristan da Cunha
104
12 Vigur
118
13 St Kilda
124
Scientific names of species
203
Notes
213
References
215
Index
219
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About the author (2012)

Roger Lovegrove was Royal Society Protection of Birds 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. For twelve years he also served as a wildlife inspector for DEFRA. He is the author of some ten books, including Birds of Wales,The Red Kite's Tale, and most recently Silent Fields.

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