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Understanding the Weather: A Guide for Outdoor Enthusiasts in South-eastern Australia
Launched on 25 June 2013 but beat the rush and order your copy now (due out at the end May)
$20 STEP members, $25 non-members (+$10 p&p)
Field Guide to the Bushland of the Lane Cove Valley
$35 STEP members, $45 non-members (+$10 p&p) format: A4 hard cover, pages: viii + 248
New edition now available! Field Guide to the Bushland of the Lane Cove Valley gives a natural history overview of the whole of the Lane Cove catchment. It is a completely new and expanded edition of our highly successful Field Guide to the Bushland of the Upper Lane Cove Valley.
There are chapters on geology, landscape, flora, fauna and the effect of human impact. There are also detailed descriptions of the bushland reserves as a series of cameo descriptions, usually in the form of guided bushwalks. The lengthy database of plant and animal records is for research into status and changes in biodiversity. It is followed by a full index.
Written by John Martyn, this outstanding field guide is designed to educate, and also to show that you don’t need to go out and buy a wilderness calendar to glimpse the beauty of the natural world. Just take a walk in your local bushland. So the field guide is full of colour photos of the beautiful trees, ferns, flowers, animals and waterfalls that abound in our own local bushland. And the pictures are not just to beautify the book and win converts to the natural world, but to inform, record and assist the reader in identifying those plants and animals.
Sydney's Natural World
$35 STEP members, $45 non-members (+$10 p&p) format: A4 hard cover, pages: iv + 217
What makes Sydney's natural world so unique? The answer surely lies in the interplay of shapes, textures and colours. Photography is a medium that can highlight these and offer the reader a chance to identify and understand not just familiar features but some unusual ones as well.
There are no other books that deal with the natural assets of the Sydney as well or as completely as Sydney's Natural World. STEP believes that Sydney's Natural World will become the iconic benchmark by which Sydney's bushland will be assessed in the years ahead. It helps STEP demonstrate why we are conservationists when it comes to urban bushland.
If some destroyers get their way, the only place where some of these sites will remain will be in the pages of Sydney's Natural World.
Written by John Martyn, Sydney's Natural World makes a wonderful gift for anyone interested in Sydney or urban bushland, for corporate gifts and for overseas visitors. It is a great way of showing people just what we have in the Sydney area apart from the Opera House and other built attractions.
This book beautifully depicts these special qualities of Sydney's bushland. It brings an artist's eye to nature, yet a scientific accuracy to details. Its images are by someone who appreciates the bush's ever-changing moods and who loves its forms, colours and resilience. Whether it be the texture of eroded rock, afternoon light through the foliage or the colours of a tiny insect, the beauty of the bush is a constant theme.
No-one could read this book or see its images of moments captured in time without having a profound desire to experience Sydney's bushland for themselves and to protect it for future generations — and that can only be a good thing.
Alan Fairley (naturalist and environmental writer)