Anyone interested in natural history can make original discoveries, at home or at college, in the back garden or in the countryside. Ecological project work at school or university provides excellent opportunities, but people without specialised training or facilities can also contribute to knowledge. These books aim to provide what an investigator needs to make novel discoveries about local plAnts and animals — a clear introduction to what is already known about the natural history of each group, highlighting topics on which further research is needed; accurate and attractive coloured illustrations and line drawings and user-friendly keys for identification; practical advice on techniques and approaches to publishing one's findings; and an extensive reading list and index.
As well as helping students undertaking ecological projects at school or college, the books in this series are valued by anglers, farmers, gardeners and other naturalists because they enhance the interest of common animals and plAnts. The specialists who write the books address themselves directly to people unfamiliar with the subject, hoping to share their enthusiasm with a wider audience. Compact enough to find a place in the car or the rucksack, the books are lucid enough to be enjoyed by inexperienced naturalists and by students at school and university yet authoritative enough to be useful to professional ecologists.

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  • Editors' preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • 11 Introduction
  • 72 Biology of ants
  • 383 Identification
    • 40Key I Worker ants
    • 47Key II Queen ants
    • 53Key III Male ants
    • 58Quick-check field key to common ants
    • 60Notes on the commoner British species
  • 644 Techniques
  • 74Some useful addresses
  • 75References and further reading
  • 80Index