Ecological Census Techniques - A Handbook (2nd edition)

Edited by William J. Sutherland 
CUP  August 2006  

Paperback  448 pp, 66 line diagrams 19 tables  ISBN 9780521606363      £37.00
  • Gives worked examples and describes practical details
  • The chapter on research planning provides an approach for planning any research, not just those relating to census techniques
  • Latest edition of a very highly-regarded book. Includes new authors, each chapter has been updated, and additional chapters on sampling and designing research programmes have been added

This is an updated version of the best selling first edition, Ecological Census Techniques, with updating, some new chapters and authors. Almost all ecological and conservation work involves carrying out a census or survey. This practically focussed book describes how to plan a census, the practical details and shows with worked examples how to analyse the results. The first three chapters describe planning, sampling and the basic theory necessary for carrying out a census. In the subsequent chapters international experts describe the appropriate methods for counting plants, insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds. As many censuses also relate the results to environmental variability, there is a chapter explaining the main methods. Finally, there is a list of the most common mistakes encountered when carrying out a census.



  • 1. Planning a research programme William J. Sutherland;
  • 2. Principles of sampling Jeremy J. D. Greenwood and Robert A. Robinson;
  • 3. General census methods Jeremy J. D. Greenwood and Robert A. Robinson;
  • 4. Plants James M. Bullock;
  • 5. Invertebrates Malcolm Ausden and Martin Drake;
  • 6. Fish Isabelle M. Côté and Martin R. Perrow;
  • 7. Amphibians Tim R. Halliday;
  • 8. Reptiles Simon Blomberg and Richard Shine;
  • 9. Birds David W. Gibbons and Richard D. Gregory;
  • 10. Mammals Charles Krebs;
  • 11. Environmental variables Jacquelyn C. Jones, John D. Reynolds and Dave Raffaelli;
  • 12. The twenty commonest censusing sins William J. Sutherland;


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