What are British Isles?

  • (noun): Great Britain and Ireland and adjacent islands in the north Atlantic.

British Isles

The British Isles are a group of islands off the northwest coast of continental Europe that include the islands of Great Britain, Ireland and over six thousand smaller isles. There are two sovereign states located on the islands: Ireland (sometimes called the Republic of Ireland) and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (commonly known as the United Kingdom). The British Isles also include three dependencies of the British Crown: the Isle of Man and, by tradition, the Bailiwick of Jersey and the Bailiwick of Guernsey in the Channel Islands, although the latter are not physically a part of the archipelago.

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British Isles - Transport
... The idea of building a tunnel under the Irish Sea has been raised since 1895, when it was first investigated ... Several potential Irish Sea tunnel projects have been proposed, most recently the Tusker Tunnel between the ports of Rosslare and Fishguard proposed by The Institute of Engineers of Ireland in 2004 ...
Mining Archaeology In British Isles - Prehistoric Period
... have been identified from several locations in the British Isles this has been certified with carbon-14 analysis ... Moreover a unique find for British Isles were the giant hammers ... very important for mining Archaeology in the British Isles ...
List Of Rail Yards - Europe - British Isles
... UK (excluding Northern Ireland) British Railways undertook a major programme of investment in marshalling yards in the early 1960s, some of which were arguably obsolete before they even opened ...
Titles in The AIDGAP Series
... see link below for a list of the guides still in print) Redfern and Shirley (2011) British plant galls (2nd edition) Macadam and Bennett (2010) A pictorial guide to British Ephemeroptera Barber (2009 ... (1987) British water plants (revised edition) Tilling (1987) A key to the major groups of terrestrial invertebrates Hiscock (1986) A field guide to the British Red Seaweeds (Rhodophyta) King (1986) Sea Spiders ... A revised key to the adults of littoral Pycnogonida in the British Isles Croft (1986) A key to the major groups of British freshwater invertebrates Willmer (1985) Bees, Ants ...
List Of Woodlice Of The British Isles
... species found worldwide, some 35 species in 10 families are native to the British Isles ... One of these species Acaeroplastes melanurus had been considered extinct in the British Isles but was rediscovered in 2002 at its only site (Howth, Co ... Five species are especially common throughout the British Isles, and are known as the "famous five species" ...

Famous quotes containing the words isles and/or british:

    we cast the vessel ashore
    On the Gulliby Isles where the Pooh-pooh smiles,
    And the Rumbletum bunders roar.
    Charles Edward Carryl (1841–1920)

    Semantically, taste is rich and confusing, its etymology as odd and interesting as that of “style.” But while style—deriving from the stylus or pointed rod which Roman scribes used to make marks on wax tablets—suggests activity, taste is more passive.... Etymologically, the word we use derives from the Old French, meaning touch or feel, a sense that is preserved in the current Italian word for a keyboard, tastiera.
    Stephen Bayley, British historian, art critic. “Taste: The Story of an Idea,” Taste: The Secret Meaning of Things, Random House (1991)