Marsh Ecology Book of the Year Award

2012 - Dr Roger Dennis - "A Resource-based Habitat View for Conservation: Butterflies in the British Landscape"

Dr Roger Dennis is based at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Wallingford. His book A Resource-based Habitat View for Conservation: Butterflies in the British Landscape introduces a novel approach to the understanding of habitats based on resources and conditions required by organisms and their access to them.

Experts in the field have commended Dr Dennis’s work on this book and highlighted its great value and importance.

“This book is an exceptional personal achievement as it provides a treatment of the ecological requirements of British butterflies based largely upon the author′s lifetime of field observation and his collaborations with others . . . This is a remarkable synthesis of observation and independent thought and I am sure I will use my copy as a source of reference for a very diverse range of ecological topics as well." (British Ecological Society Bulletin, 2011)

"The author is a leading authority on butterflies, who has published both academic papers and books and this depth of knowledge is clearly evident in the book...The appendices alone are an achievement, useful to anyone who wants to quickly check larval hostplants, popular nectar sources or even the BAP status of species." (British Wildlife, January 2011)

"A series of interesting appendices on host plant and nectar plant resources and other utility resources and life history data on British butterflies will be a useful source of information to several researchers and students . . . I recommend this highly interesting and stimulating book to all conservation biologists, entomologists, and students in the field of conservation, entomology or general ecology. . . I see no reasons for not buying this book." (Journal of Insect Conservation, 2010)


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