Islands beyond the Horizon: The Life of Twenty of the World’s Most Remote Places, by Roger Lovegrove

The author has been especially interested in birds since his boyhood. After a visit to St. Kilda in the Hebrides Islands off Scotland, he was inspired to write this account of his travels to many of the world’s most remote islands in all five oceans. Descriptions of the wildlife found on each island as well as the changes to the natural history of each place with the coming of humans are fascinating. Plants and animals introduced accidentally or purposefully have in most cases had negative effects on the ecology of the islands. Guam, for instance has had catastrophic changes with the brown tree snakes having killed virtually all the birds in the forests of Guam. Other places are taking steps to protect their wildlife, in the Tuamotu Archipelago, many birds and other flora and fauna still survive and thrive. I recommend this book for the armchair traveler.

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RATING: * * * A good read
Reviewed by: kh

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