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   The Society publishes the Suffolk Natural History series of books. These excellent hardback reference works provide a wealth of information about the history, status and biology of Suffolk’s wildlife. With their high quality photographs, accurate distribution maps and authoritative text, they are essential reading for anyone interested in Suffolk’s flora and fauna.
In addition the society has provided sponsorship for two other important publications 'A Suffolk Flora' which can be ordered on line, and 'A Celebration of Suffolk Geology' which must be ordered seperately. Please click on the links above to read further details.



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Suffolk Natural History series all at £5 (£7 inc. p&p)
Current SNS Annual Publications
 
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Suffolk Natural History series

     
 

The Butterflies of Suffolk - an atlas and history
Authors: Howard Mendel & Steve Piotrowski
Published by Suffolk Naturalists’ Society, Ipswich, 1986.
Full colour hardback. Pp. 128. ISBN 0-9508154-1-1
Size 210 × 148 mm (A5)
Price £10.00, NOW £5 plus p&p £2

This definitive guide to the County's butterflies, past and present is based on the results of the Suffolk Butterfly Survey 1983-1985 and includes maps of all the species still to be found in the County. Quality colour photographs of each species, taken by local naturalists who helped in the survey, enable the book to be used as an identification guide. The authors, two well known naturalists and conservationists, have drawn on a wealth of historical information to show the changes that have happened to Suffolk's butterfly populations.

 

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The Millennium Atlas of Suffolk Butterflies
Author: Richard Stewart
Published by Suffolk Naturalists’ Society, Ipswich, 2001. Full colour hardback. Pp. 144. ISBN 0-9508154-6-2.
Size 210 × 148 mm (A5).
Price £10.00, NOW £5 plus p&p £2

This attractive book gives details, including colour photographs, of all 35 species recorded in Suffolk during the Millennium Survey (1995-1999). Other important records up to Spring 2001 are also included. There are innovative new colour distribution maps comparing the Millennium Survey with the previous survey and highlighting changes since the early 1980s. New all-time list of earliest and latest records for each species. Information on best accessible sites for Suffolk butterflies. Sections on habitats, transects and conservation. Foreword by Michael Chinery.

 

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The Orchids of Suffolk - an atlas and history
Author: Martin Sanford
Published by Suffolk Naturalists’ Society, Ipswich, 1991.
Full colour hardback. Pp. 123. ISBN 0-9508154-3-8.
Size 210 × 148 mm (A5).
Price £10.00, NOW £5 plus p&p £2

This hardback book is the culmination of over four year's research and survey work by Martin Sanford of the Suffolk Biological Records Centre. Several thousand records, most supplied by amateur naturalists, have been analysed with the help of sophisticated computer programs and used to plot accurate distribution maps. High quality colour photographs of each species with accompanying notes enable the book to be used as an identification guide. There are introductory sections on ecology, variation, habitats and conservation, and a special feature 'Suffolk orchids, half a century of change' by Francis Simpson, author of Simpson's Flora of Suffolk.

 

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The Land and Freshwater Molluscs of Suffolk - an atlas and history
Author: Ian Killeen
Published by Suffolk Naturalists’ Society, Ipswich, 1992.
Full colour hardback. Pp. 190. ISBN 0-9508154-4-6.
Size 210 × 148 mm (A5).
Price £10.00, NOW £5 plus p&p £2

The book is the result of 11 years survey work and research by Ian Killeen. It is the largest and most detailed study yet undertaken of the Mollusca of any major English county and is essentially the work of one person. Some 26,000 new records have been collected and the facilities at the Suffolk Biological Records Centre used to produce accurate distribution maps. In addition to the Atlas there are sections on geology, climate, Suffolk mollusc habitats and the history of molluscan studies in the County. The book is embellished with high quality colour photographs of living snails and slugs.

 

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Suffolk Dragonflies
Author: Howard Mendel
Published by Suffolk Naturalists’ Society, Ipswich, 1992.
Full colour hardback. Pp. 160. ISBN 0-9508154-5-4.
Size 210 × 148 mm (A5).
Price £10.00, NOW £5 plus p&p £2

This definitive guide to the dragonflies of Suffolk is the most comprehensive study of its kind ever published in Britain. An informed text based on detailed historical analysis, accurate, up-to-date distribution maps and quality colour photographs of each species make this book a must for anyone interested in dragonflies. The contents are of more than local significance. The Suffolk distributions are shown in the context of East Anglia and the analysis of the changing status of many species is of relevance to Britain as a whole.

 

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Annual Publications

Members of the Suffolk Naturalists' Society receive two annual publications as well as three copies of our newsletter White Admiral, which is available to read for free on this website (see menu on this page).
The two annual publications are Suffolk Natural History ( the Society Transactions) ~ a review of the County's wildlife and Suffolk Birds ~ the County bird report.



LATEST BIRD REPORT

SUFFOLK BIRDS 2014 Vol 64

Published Dec 15th 2015.

£10 to collect from the Museum in Ipswich, £12.00 by post (click to buy on line)

Back numbers may be available, email to find out more and please give details if you know the particular volume you require
 

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LATEST SNS TRANSACTIONS

SUFFOLK NATURAL HISTORY 2015 Vol 51
(On sale when announced at top of this page)
Published Jan 2016 (SNS Transactions)
Transactions costs £10 if collected at the Museum or £12 by post (click to buy on line)

Back numbers may be available, email to find out more and please give details if you know the particular volume you require

 

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Evolution of a Breckland Landscape – chalkland under a cold climate in the area of Beachamwell, Norfolk
Author: Richard West
Published by Suffolk Naturalists’ Society, Ipswich, 2015
Softback. 55 colour plates Pp. 110
Size 297 × 210 mm (A4).
Price £10.00, p&p £2

This is another masterly piece of work from Richard West describing the processes and sequence of events that combine to make the landscape of chalkland between Swaffham and Shouldham so interesting. The evolution of the local landscape, as well as the origin of the superficial sediments and the study of the patterned ground widely seen as soil or crop patterns is explained. Most of the observations and explanations relate to periods of cold climate during the last few hundred thousand years, including a period when the Fenland was invaded by an ice sheet. The area is an object lesson on the effect of cold climate on a landscape on Chalk. The text is complemented by a series of colour plates showing the landscape including a unique collection of aerial photos clearly showing the variety of patterned ground features.

 

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From Brandon to Bungay - an exploration of the landscape history and geology of the Little Ouse and Waveney Rivers
Author: Richard West
Published by Suffolk Naturalists’ Society, Ipswich, 2009
Softback. 31 colour plates Pp. 136.
Size 297 × 210 mm (A4).
Price £10.00, p&p £2

This book represents many years of work by Richard West, who first became interested in the Lopham Ford area of Central Suffolk in the 1950's when he was a research student working at Hoxne near Diss. This area of our county is well known for it's natural history interest with the renowned Redgrave Fen reserve and the equally important Lopham Fen area. With this book Richard West reveals the geological story behind the natural history. The title indeed says it all.

 

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The Mammals of Suffolk
Author: Simone Bullion
Published jointly by Suffolk Naturalists’ Society and Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Ipswich, 2009
Full colour hardback. Pp. 207.
Size 176 × 250 mm (B5).
Price £20.00, p&p £3.50

The county’s first comprehensive account of Suffolk’s mammals is jointly published by Suffolk Naturalists’ Society and Suffolk Wildlife Trust. The Mammals of Suffolk by Dr Simone Bullion, is an accessible and attractive book with stunning colour photographs throughout and distribution maps of more than 60 species, from bottle-nosed dolphin and Minke whale to soprano pipistrelle bats and red deer. It is a superb addition to Suffolk’s natural history and is as likely to appeal to the lay naturalist as to those with a more specialist interest.

 

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A Flora of Suffolk
Authors: Martin Sanford & Richard Fisk
Published independently by Martin Sanford, Ipswich
Full colour hardback. Pp. 500
Size A4 format
Price £40.00, p&p included

This superb new book is a must for anyone who enjoys the Suffolk countryside and is interested in wild flowers. Attractively illustrated throughout, with a lively text, useful identification tips, historical notes and anecdotal information on past uses.

Covers over 2500 species and hybrids of plants and 400 mosses recorded in Suffolk. Includes distribution maps and information on the status, habitats and history of each species.

Martin Sanford has managed the Suffolk Biological Records Centre for 25 years. He is county recorder for vascular plants for the Suffolk Naturalists’ Society and the Botanical Society of the British Isles.

Richard Fisk
is county recorder for bryophytes for Suffolk Naturalists’ Society and the British Bryological Society.

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