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  • Invasive Aliens

  • The Plants and Animals From Over There That Are Over Here
  • By: Dan Eatherley
  • Narrated by: Roger Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Europe
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Summary

A unique history of plant and animal invaders of the British isles spanning thousands of years of arrivals and escapes, as well as defences mounted and a look to the future.

As Brits we pride ourselves as stoic defenders, boasting a record of resistance dating back to 1066.

Yet, even a cursory examination of the natural world reveals that while interlopers of the human variety may have been kept at bay, our islands have been invaded, conquered and settled by an endless succession of animals, plants, fungi and other alien lifeforms that apparently belong elsewhere. Indeed it’s often hard to work out what actually is native, and what is foreign.

From early settlement of our islands, through the Roman and medieval period, to the age of exploration and globalisation, today’s complement of alien species tells a story about our past.

©2019 Dan Eatherley (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"A fascinating book about a fascinating man." (Desmond Morris)

Eatherley offers an intriguing story that’s also packed with details and the development of the idea that nature conservation is important." (Library Journal)

"Beautifully written and meticulously researched, I'm sure like me you won't be able to put it down." (Nigel Marven)

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Interesting and informative

Enjoyable and easy listening, with some humour and well explained for everyone to enjoy. :)

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Political rant disguised as book about nature

Unfortunately, after the comments about Brexit, inuendoes about alien species and the Nazies enough was enough. Book returned

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  • Brett Shearer
  • 24-09-21

Interesting, but woefully repetitive

Tedious by the second third as we are continually reminded about the same species, their mode of transference, their impacts, etc. chapter, after chapter, after chapter. Best when author is in the field, recounting searches for species with local specialists. Really starts to drag about the 58th time a Himalayan Balsam, Asian hornet, grey squirrel, Japanese knotweed, Etc. is referenced or used as an example. We get it. We've been reading the book- at increasingly faster speeds to get through it. Doubt I'd ever re-listen.

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  • Ricardo Araujo
  • 20-07-19

insightful

great book. comprehensive, insightful, inspirational. great for any aspiring or established biologist, conservationist or paléontologiste