Posted by bradttravel on 9 August 2012
Co-authored by Madagascar expert Hilary Bradt, this is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide to the country’s highlights. The authors combine their experience with recommendations from tour operators, many resident on the island. As a result Madagascar Highlights pinpoints a diverse selection of the best visitor attractions and wildlife spots on offer.
Madagascar’s isolation has resulted in most of its mammals, birds and plants existing nowhere else on earth. This guide showcases the best of the island with details of sights included in tour operators’ itineraries; drives along the popular Route Nationale 7, day trips around Antananarivo, and tours to the east and southwest of the country. Detailed maps include ‘the top spots’ – the six places most favoured by tour operators, and a birders’ map identifies the key locations for spotting the over two hundred species of birds known to inhabit the island. A chapter on conservation discusses many of the island’s projects and outlines how visitors can help.
With full colour photographs throughout, this handy book also acts as a field guide to lemurs, chameleons and a host of other exotic animals and plants. It is an invaluable resource for trip planning.
Daniel Austin is a naturalist and photographer. He is continually amazed by the diversity of this unique country and each visit makes him more eager to return.
Hilary Bradt, founder of Bradt Travel Guides, worked for 25 years as a tour leader in Madagascar. Her in-depth knowledge of the country has brought her lecture engagements at the Royal Geographical Society, the Smithsonian Institute and on board expedition cruise ships.
To request a review copy or for more details contact Debbie Hunter email@example.com
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Title: Madagascar Highlights Author: Daniel Austin, Hilary Bradt
Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides Publication: August 2012
Price: £15.99 ISBN: 9781841624259
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Posted by bradttravel on 3 July 2012
Bradt guide opens up the Northwest Passage
Tony Soper’s new book for Bradt, The Northwest Passage, shows how the five-century dream of a trade route to Asia by way of a short-cut through the Arctic archipelago is finally a reality. This is the first book to draw together the rich history with a guide to the region. The ice-choked waterway with spectacular landscapes and a powerful history of naval endeavour is also an unfolding opportunity for adventurous travel, with a wealth of wildlife. Over the last decade global warming has opened this fabled passage in late summer for freight and for bold tourists.
Tony Soper uses his wealth of experience as a naturalist to describe this icy home for the majority of the world’s seabirds, enormous numbers of seals, plenty of polar bears and narwhals and more than enough mosquitoes. It is also home for Inuit, who arrived from the east, adapting superbly to a cruel climate.
In 1819 John Franklin commanded one of the first naval expeditions to attempt the passage. He was reduced to eating his boots in order to survive. Tony Soper was more fortunate in his own five transits of the Passage and draws on these to describe this unique and relatively unexplored territory for those lucky enough to be joining one of the growing number of cruises to the region. Those less lucky, or less adventurous, will find it an absorbing armchair read.
Tony Soper is best known as a naturalist who has presented many programmes for the BBC Natural History Unit.
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Title: The Northwest Passage Author: Tony Soper
Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides Publication: 6th July 2012
Price: £14.99 ISBN: 9781841624389
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Posted by Nick Redmayne on 14 July 2010
From ambush by estuarine crocodile to tripping over an irritable death adder and tales of the unexpected red back on the dunny seat, Australian wildlife often risks being characterised as ‘best avoided’ unless of course you’re Crocodile Dundee or er… Steve Irwin. However, Bradt’s new full-colour Australian Wildlife guide transcends tabloid tosh to describe a remarkable continental ark of native fauna that collectively has more to fear from us than vice versa.
Stella Martin, author of Australian Wildlife, pulls no punches: ‘Australia has a woeful record of wildlife extinctions.’ Statistically Australia ranks near the top of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List for threatened species, second only to USA. Non-native predators such as cats and foxes combine with habitat-degrading rats, rabbits, camels and goats to push indigenous species to the margins of an already harsh environment. However, Martin continues, stating ‘The good news is that, with the low population density and vast size Australia’s human footprint is relatively light. Lessons from the past have been learnt and steps are being taken to repair the damage. 84% of mammals and over 45% or birds are found nowhere else in the world. Australia, in short, remains a very special place for wildlife.’
Australian Wildlife’s handy 200-page compendium contains over 250 colour photographs, tips to improve your own pictures, and features all major animal phyla from mammals to invertebrates. Full-colour maps highlight the country’s key destinations for wildlife spotting, and Australia’s remarkable range of species adaptation is described in the context of the landscape’s formation… So, what are you waiting for? If you’re interest in antipodean animals extends beyond that of the Bush Tucker Man and you’re not unnerved by reports of killer koalas, Australian Wildlife could be for you.
Stella Martin grew up in Northern Ireland, emigrating to Australia in 1990 and working for the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. She has written numerous freelance articles on travel and wildlife and in 2006 was runner-up in BBC Wildlife’s writing competition. For more background on Stella see http://www.stellabridgemartin.com
Title: Australian Wildlife
Author: Stella Martin
Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides
Publication: July 2010
ISBN: 978 1 84162 324 5
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