John Beaufoy Publishing


Great Railway Journeys in Australia and New Zealand

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35 trips that highlight some of the most interesting, scenic and rewarding railway journeys in Australia and New Zealand. They include the renowned long-distance journeys, such as The Indian Pacific in Australia that takes travellers on a three-day trip from Perth to Sydney or the The Northern Explorer in New Zealand’s North Island that stretches from Wellington to Auckland, as well as those that traverse stunning scenery, such as New Zealand’s TranzAlpine train or the Spirit of the Outback in Australia. There are also routes on which restored steam locomotives operate and other lines included for the wonder of their engineering.
Trains are a great way to travel in these countries, taking you at ground level past superb scenery that often cannot be seen by any other means of transport. David Bowden’s entertaining text describes the route, the major features of interest along the way and any special technical details about the locomotive or the track.

David Bowden is a freelance journalist based in Malaysia, specializing in travel and the environment. While Australian, he’s been living in Asia longer than he can remember, but returns frequently to his home country and has a particular enthusiasm for the revived railways there. He is the author of Enchanting Australia, Enchanting Bali & Lombok, Enchanting Borneo, Enchanting Indonesia, Enchanting Langkawi, Enchanting Malaysia, Enchanting Singapore and Enchanting Vietnam, all published by John Beaufoy Publishing.

Specification 260 x 215 mm (10¼ x 8½”) • 160 pages • 45,000 words • c150 photographs + 35 route maps
• ISBN 978-1-909612-94-5 • £24.99 hardback • Publication October 2017

A Naturalist’s Guide to the Butterflies of India

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This easy-to-use identification guide to the 280 butterfly species most commonly seen in India is perfect for resident and visitor alike.

High quality photographs from India’s top nature photographers are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, which include nomenclature, size, distribution, habits and habitat. The user-friendly introduction covers geography and climate, vegetation, opportunities for naturalists and the main sites for viewing the listed species. Also included is an all-important checklist of all of the butterflies of India encompassing, for each species, its common and scientific name, its status in the country as well as its global IUCN status as at 2015.

Peter Smetacek has studied butterflies all his life. He founded the Butterfly Research Centre at Bhimtal, Uttarakhand and recently published a Synoptic Catalogue of the Butterflies of India (edited together with R.K. Varshney), the first publication to list all of the butterfly species occurring in India.

• 180 x 128 mm (7 x 5”) • 176 pages
• 40,000 words approx. • 200–300 photographs
• ISBN 978-1-909612-79-2 • £9.99 paperback
• Available

Australian launch of “100 Best Bird Watching Sites in Southeast Asia”

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Wednesday, Nov 02, 2016 6:00 PM

Asia Bookroom
Lawry Place (adjacent to the Jamison Centre)
ACT 2614
Ph: 62515191

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Entry by gold coin donation to the Cambodian Bird Conservation Fund, Flora and Fauna International

The 100 Best Bird Watching Sites in Southeast Asia – Editor Yong Ding Li Speaks at Asia Bookroom

The eleven countries of Southeast Asia form one of the world’s greatest repositories of biodiversity. The region supports well over 2,100 bird species, a fifth of the global total. This diverse birdlife includes the impressive Philippine Eagle, the Standardwing Bird-of-paradise and many more. More than a third of Southeast Asia’s birdlife occurs only in the region, making it such a compelling part of the globe to visit for birdwatchers and naturalists. This profusely illustrated compendium features 100 must-visit birdwatching sites, and which ranges from well-known reserves like Danum Valley in Borneo to the remote Hponkan Razi sanctuary in Myanmar. Additionally, the book also provides a comprehensive overview of Southeast Asia’s diverse landscapes, conservation issues, and most of all, an illustrated synopsis of all the 65 bird families occurring there. The first such guide to cover the entirety of Southeast Asia and put together by a team of 28 experts, this book will be an important and authoritative companion for anyone heading anywhere from the jungles of Borneo, to the misty mountains of far-north Vietnam.

About the editors – Ding Li and Bing Wen

Having extensive travelled the region since the late 1990s, both the editors have accumulated a wealth of knowledge on Asia’s natural history. Ding Li recalls seeing the impeccable Oriental Magpie Robin when he was growing up in the suburbs of Kuala Lumpur back in the 1990s. Ever since, he regularly ventures off to some far-flung corner of the continent to observe birds, most recently Vietnam’s Annamite Mountains. In 2014, Ding Li and his team described the Sulawesi Streaked Flycatcher for science after a two-year long expedition to Indonesia.

Ding Li is currently a PhD student at the Australian National University where he studies wildlife conservation. He has written a number of books and papers on the wildlife of Asia and Australia, and also advises the IUCN on the red list of birds.

Bing Wen started birdwatching seriously during his primary school days, and since then has personally observed more than 2,200 species of birds in Asia. While he works full time for Singapore’s national park service, he regularly venture off to some far-flung corner of the continent to observe birds, most recently Vietnam’s Hoang Lien Mountains. He has written a number of papers on bird conservation, and carried out his honours research project on the Christmas Island Boobook, one of Australia’s most threatened birds.

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Hong Kong launch of “A Naturalist’s Guide to the Birds of China” at HKBWS, Saturday 7th February 2015

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Date and Time: 7 Feb 2015 2:30pm
Venue: 7C, V Ga Building, 532 Castle Peak Road, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon
Speakers: Mr. John Beaufoy, John Beaufoy Publishing Ltd., Mr. Yu Yat Tung, Research Manager, Hong Kong Bird Watching Society, Ms. Vivian Fu, Assistant Manager (China Programme), Hong Kong Bird Watching Society
Publisher: John Beaufoy Publishing Ltd.

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