Field Guide to the Eastern & Southern Cape Coasts

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Juta and Company Ltd, 1998 - Nature - 559 pages
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Whether you are a bird-watcher, an angler, a hiker, a diver, an environmentalist, or merely a weekend nature lover, the Field Guide to the Eastern and southern Cape Coasts will provide hours of fascinating reading and be an invaluable reference fore ears to come. As well as describing the many rich and varied ecosystems along the extremely popular coastal area from Mossel Bay to the Kei River Mouth, this user-friendly guide also explores the human impact on the environment and need for conservation management. Written by specialists in their various fields, this reference guide: investigates the rich diversity of plants and animals in this region and their conservation; examines the relationships between plants and animals in the marine, estuarine, freshwater and terrestrial environments and describes the functioning of these ecosystems; explores interesting, little-known facts of local history and archaeology, which should fascinate both visitors to the area and residents alike; provides details on local fish, fishing spots, choice of tackle and fishing regulations; gives useful information on the many hiking and nature trails in the area. The drawings, tables, maps and a sixteen-page colour section make this guide extremely accessible to all, and even amateurs should be able to identify the plants and animals of this diverse region.
 

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Contents

Geology and geomorphology IC Rust
10
Palaeontology MA Raath N Hiller MK Bamford
27
Climate and weather AW Stone AvB Weaver WO West
41
Coastal hydrography JRE Lutjehanns
50
Marine algae RA Lubke SC Seagrief
65
Marine invertebrates TH Wooldndge PS Coetzee
117
Marine fishes MJ Smale CD Buxton
135
Marine reptiles WR Branch
156
Terrestrial reptiles and amphibians WR Branch
355
Coastal birds AJFK Craig
367
Terrestrial mammals MR Penin
380
Terrestrial ecology RA Litbkc
402
The impact of humans
420
Archaeology and early history L Webky SHall
423
an historical overview HC Hummel
431
Coastal zone management and development AM Avis
446

Marine ecology RA Lubke
170
Sandy beach ecology RA Lubke A McLachlan
180
Estuarine plants RA Lubke
187
Estuarine invertebrates TH Wooldridge
198
Estuarine fishes AK Whitfield AH Bok
205
Estuarine and coastal lake ecology AK Whitfield RA Lubke
216
The freshwater environment
233
Freshwater invertebrates FC de Moor
249
Freshwater fishes PH Skelton
274
Freshwater ecology FC de Moor 1J de Moor PH Skelton
281
The terrestrial environment
287
Terrestrial plants and coastal vegetation RA Licbke Y van Wijk
289
insects FW Gess SK Gess
344
Conservation IJ de Moor MN Button
459
Appendices
471
Nature reserves and conservation areas A Southwood
472
Hiking mountain bike canoe and horse trails A Southwood
486
Hints to visiting anglers PD Cawiey BS Ripky
502
Local or colloquial names of fishes PEN Jackson PD Cowley
507
Guide to the regulations and control measures relating to marine life A Southwood
510
Conservation organisations RA Lubke
518
References and suggested reading
532
Index
540
Index to maps
561
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