Hi there, I'm wondering if anyone could please kindly recommend some good books on the Great Barrier Reef and also of Queensland's rainforests? We have saved for years for a surprise trip (surprise for our two boys) and for ourselves to visit Queensland as we have always wanted to do this, and our two wild-life and science-loving boys (will be aged 15 and 13) have been wanting to visit the Great Barrier Reef and the ancient rainforests for some time. It will be one heck of a huge surprise for them! We've done little caravan holidays in the UK so this will be BIG!
We all have an interest in nature, science, biology and overall ecology, and are after some decent books please, covering wildlife and the ecosystems of the Reef and the Rainforests, meant for adult reading but with plenty of pictures for identification of species. Something understandable to us novices who do not have a degree in the natural sciences, but in-depth enough for us to gain a real insight into the wildlife please. My eldest is VERY bright and already rather knowledgable and is already a walking encyclopedia, and has a good degree of natural history and science understanding through his own fascination of the subjects. (not boasting, just trying to give the impression of the sort of level the books should be aimed at).
And for myself and my younger son - anything on invertebrates, especially macology (but again easy enough to understand) specific to the Queensland area would be fab, in addition to the other books.
Simple ID books would also be much appreciated in addition to the more in-depth material.
Many many thanks to anyone who can give any recommendations.
Kind regards - Ness