The Shell-spotter’s Guide (Hardcover)

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Every shell has a story to tell. Discover the secrets of these treasures of the sea
  • Supported by the National Trust, who look after over 700 miles of Britain’s coastline.
  • Turns any beach into a treasure hunt. A simple, nostalgic pleasure and a connection with the wonders of nature.
  • Beautifully illustrated and packed with surprising and delightful facts.

Looking for seashells and learning their names is the perfect way to explore Britain’s coastline at leisure. It’s a nostalgic simple pleasure, and a way to discover some of nature’s most exquisite wonders. From the common cockle to the blue-rayed limpet, The Shell Spotter’s Guide covers the beautiful and surprising range of mussels, oysters, periwinkles, scallops, cowries and whelks found on our beaches.

This beautifully illustrated book written by marine biologist Helen Scales is the perfect companion for all aspiring shell spotters.

About the Author

Dr. Helen Scales is a marine biologist, writer, and broadcaster. She is the author of many books about the ocean including the Guardian bestseller Spirals in Time, the New York Times top summer read The Brilliant Abyss, and the children's books What a Shell Can Tell and Scientists in the Wild.

Praise For…

Scales’s great gift is for transmuting our awe at the wonders of the deep sea into a kind of quiet rage that they could soon be no more . . . She urges us to err on the side of preservation: no deep-sea mining, fishing, oil drilling or extraction of any kind. The deep, she argues, is too vulnerable, and too crucial to the working of the planet to blindly ransack.”—New York Times Book Review on The Brilliant Abyss

"[A] beguiling journey into the ocean’s deep, a wondrous landscape full of mystery and adventure . . . Scales offers crisp, engaging prose, linking everything together in an accessible, entertaining manner.’” —Kirkus Reviews starred review of The Brilliant Abyss

“A sprawling, ambitious underwater journey studded with fascinating tidbits.” —New York Times Book Review on The Eye of the Shoal

“A fascinating journey into the strange and captivating world of mollusks. Carefully researched and entertaining throughout . . . Relentlessly interesting.” —Science on Spirals in Time

“With the soul of a poet and a talent for finding the most intriguing trivia about familiar seaside sights, marine biologist Scales turns the mundane into the magical.” —Discover on Spirals in Time

Product Details
ISBN: 9780008641313
ISBN-10: 0008641315
Publisher: National Trust Books
Publication Date: June 18th, 2024
Pages: 112
Language: English