Exploring the Remarkable Journeys of Birds
Every year, millions of birds fly extraordinary distances, with bar-headed geese soaring above the Himalayas and Arctic terns travelling from pole to pole. This book explains why birds migrate, how they prepare for migration, the routes they take, how they navigate, and the hazards they face. Illustrated with colour drawings throughout, it also profiles migratory species from emperor penguins to swift parrots.
Saving the Last Rhinos
The Life of a Frontline Conservationist
Grant Fowlds is an environmentalist working to save Africa’s rhinos from extinction. In this book, he recalls his upbringing on a South African farm, and how he abandoned hunting in favour of conservation. He then describes his efforts to expose the illegal trade in rhino horn for its alleged medicinal properties, and the dangers faced by park rangers from armed poachers.
The Last Elephants
A census in 2016 revealed that an elephant is killed every 15 minutes in Africa. This response to the survey’s findings is comprised of observations by conservationists, scientists and activists and over 250 images by the continent’s top wildlife photographers. Together they reveal the efforts of those working for the welfare of the species, but also demonstrate the need for international action to prevent extinction.
Working with Nature
Saving and Using the World's Wild Places
Combining memoir and travelogue, the botanist and conservationist Jeremy Purseglove describes how nature has long been exploited across our planet, considering issues such as the palm oil trade in Indonesia, land grabs in Africa and peat farming in Britain. He outlines how the earth's precious resources can be harvested more carefully and suggests workable alternatives to what he refers to as 'grim industrialised monocultures'.
World's Most Endangered
Focusing on the 25 genera of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians that are classified as ‘critically endangered’ by the WWF, the information provided on each species in this illustrated guidebook includes the threats they face and the conservation efforts being made to ensure their survival. Off-mint. Age 7+
The Biology of Temporary Waters
Temporary waters include intermittent streams and ponds, episodic rain puddles, seasonal limestone lakes, water-retaining structures of plants and man-made containers. This study focuses on the remarkable properties and adaptations of the obligate temporary-water species these habitats support.
A Wood of One's Own
After years in London, Ruth Pavey wanted to reconnect with the countryside and plant a wood of her own. Combining childhood memories, local history and nature writing, she tells how she bought four acres of scrubland in the Somerset Levels and set about transforming it, tree by tree, into a haven for wildlife. Illustrated with her own drawings, this is an account of the challenges she faced, the satisfaction she achieved, and the local characters she encountered.
The New Wild
Why Invasive Species Will Be Nature's Salvation
‘Britain is in the grip of an alien invasion’ was how the national press responded to Japanese Knotweed, while some people eat it like spinach and researchers describe Knotweed hysteria as ‘absurd’. Here, the award-winning environmental journalist Fred Pearce offers compelling evidence to dispel exaggerated fears surrounding ‘footloose species’ of flora and fauna, explores the new scientific thinking about foreign versus native species, and considers how the aliens might be ‘exactly the shot in the arm that real nature needs’.
The Nature Files
Conor Mark Jameson has spent most of his life exploring the natural world, and more recently communicating his enthusiasm to readers of a range of newspapers and magazines. This collection of his articles, along with unpublished essays, ranges from the peaks of New Zealand to the Peruvian rainforest, but above all celebrates the wildlife of everyday Britain through the changing seasons, in prose that is fresh, evocative, irreverent and witty.
The Changing Fortunes of Whales and Dolphins
The relationship between humans and cetaceans – whales, dolphins and porpoises – has changed dramatically over the centuries. Where once a lost or stranded whale was hacked to death, now desperate attempts would be made to save it. In this Natural History Museum book, Sarah Lazarus describes the history of whaling; 20th-century efforts to limit the industry; the dire threat of polluted oceans; and the relatively recent interest in ‘close encounters’ with whales and dolphins.