Birds of Greece
Pocket Photo Guides
This pocket-sized guide details the appearance, habits, breeding patterns and distribution of more than 250 birds regularly seen in Greece, from eagles to flycatchers and finches. The book also describes the varied landscapes and habitats of the country, listing its top birding sites and what can be seen there. Colour photographs aid identification of each species.
Portraits of London's Magnificent Creatures
Sarah Cheesbrough presents a photographic essay on the creatures that make their home in London. Organized by season, her captivating portraits of 80 species, including Egyptian goslings learning to swim on Barnes Pond, fallow deer tussling in Richmond Park, and a mining bee in flight over Hampstead Heath, reveal the extraordinary diversity of wildlife in one of the world's greenest cities.
Once a familiar sight in cities, sparrows have suffered a severe decline in recent years. Illustrated with colour photographs throughout, this handbook explains the biology, life cycle and behaviour of the two British species, the house and tree sparrow. It examines the reasons for their dwindling numbers and also notes the bird’s symbolic role in human culture.
Illustrated in colour throughout, this guide to the biology and ecology of this large, aquatic raptor draws on satellite data to chart its migration routes. It explains the adaptations that make it such an effective hunter of fish – a skill that has resulted in its persecution to the verge of extinction – and the efforts of conservationists to restore its numbers.
Part of the RSPB Spotlight series, this guide to one of the UKs most recognizable insects offers detailed information on their lifecycle, behaviour and role in the ecosystem. Well-illustrated with photographs of different species, the book also introduces their natural history and cultural significance before explaining how to find them and create habitats to help them thrive.
Frogs and Toads
This handbook covers Britain’s four tailless amphibians: the common frog, pool frog, common toad and the scarce natterjack toad. Illustrated in colour throughout, it describes their habitats, life cycle and diet, assessing the threats to their survival and efforts made to conserve them. It also examines their role in folklore and culture, from witches’ brews to Kermit the Frog.
Haynes Garden Wildlife Manual
The Complete Guide to Attracting Wildlife into your Garden
This practical guide show how hundreds of species of flora and fauna can be encouraged into a range of British gardens. Following photographs and brief descriptions of the most commonly seen mammals, birds, invertebrates, reptiles and plants, advice is given on planting for pollinators, creating different habitats, and building simple hibernation and nesting boxes.
Chris Packham's Wild Side of Town
Getting to Know the Wildlife in Our Towns and Cities
Undeterred by urban sprawl, Chris Packham finds ‘romance in the wreckage’ – kittiwakes in creative cultural co-existence with the ramparts of Dunbar Castle or Peregrine Falcons on Battersea Power Station – and provides a richly illustrated survey of city-dwelling flora and fauna. The book includes an illustrated directory of species and a descriptive listing of the Wildlife Trust’s top urban sites in the UK.
Exploring the Wonders of Animal Navigation
From dung beetles steering by the stars to salmon following scents and birds using geomagnetism, many animals make long journeys with unerring accuracy. This book reveals their amazing feats of navigation and reviews the latest research into the subject.
Birds, Bees and Educated Fleas
An A–Z Guide to the Sexual Predilections of Animals from Aardvarks to Zebras
Intriguing questions such as ‘How do barnacles breed?’ led Bruce Montague to compile this layman’s A–Z guide to the sexual predilections of animals, full of information on the courtship and mating habits of creatures as various as sponges, stick insects and polar bears.
The Leaping Hare
As well as the many mysteries surrounding the strange habits of the hare – behaviours as odd as congregating on airfield runways, boxing and sitting in circular assemblies – the authors investigate the hunting of hares, the hare as food, and its presence in myth and folklore, poetry and art across different cultures. This is a welcome re-issue of a remarkable account of the hare in nature and culture, first published in 1972.
The award-winning Find Out series introduces a range of topics, from the human body to animals and the solar system. Brief texts and hundreds of photographs and diagrams present key facts, with a glossary of special terms, and most of the titles also include an interview with an expert. Age 6+
Ideal for helping with school projects, the Eyewitness series explores the natural world and human history. Topics include dinosaurs and oceans as well as periods and events from Ancient Egypt to the Second World War, with illustrations and concise text explaining hundreds of facts and figures. Age 9+
A Year in British Wildlife
A Month by Month Guide to What to See and How to Find It
Mark Ward’s ‘month-by-month guide to what to see and where to find it’ is largely based on the birding calendar, but follows the seasonal migrations of insects and fish as well as birds; the flowering and fruiting of plants, from the arrival of snowdrops in February to lichens and winter fungi in December; and the best times to spot mammals, reptiles and amphibians. The concise guide includes a list of ‘must see’ wildlife for each month and over 230 colour photographs.
A Children's Encyclopedia
Beginning with their formation and the power of features such as volcanoes, tsunamis and underwater currents, this exploration of the oceans continues with a closer look at a vast range of sea life. Concise text and colourful photographs present information on animals including predators of the open ocean, shallow water fish, coral reefs and creatures living in coastal or polar regions, before a final section on human activity discusses topics such as research and conservation. Age 6+
Flying the Nest
The Early Days of Britain's Best-Loved Animals
This celebration of Britain’s favourite animals and their offspring contains over 50 watercolours by zoologist Hannah Dale, portraying the young of Britain's best-loved birds and animals, both wild and domesticated. The selection ranges from fox cubs dozing in a tangled heap to a peacock chick displaying its tiny tail feathers. All are accompanied by descriptions of the creatures and their early days.
Heather Angel's Wild Kew
Attending Kew Gardens throughout the year, celebrated wildlife photographer Heather Angel has recorded the seasonal changes and weather effects on the trees and plants as well as the resident and visiting birds, insects, water fowl, squirrels and foxes. The book includes photography tips as well as a map of key photographic locations.
Wildlife of the Arctic
Collins Traveller's Guide
This illustrated guide begins by outlining the geology and climate of the Arctic, and the effects of global warming on the region. The listings that follow offer descriptions of each family of birds and mammals, in addition to fish, insects, plants and lichens; and the individual entries include information about appearance, behaviour patterns, threats to survival, and breeding and wintering grounds.
11 Explorations into Life on Earth
Christmas Lectures from the Royal Institution
The Royal Institution’s Christmas Lectures have been televised since 1966. Introduced by David Attenborough, this selection explores the mysteries of human and animal behaviour, and includes talks by Desmond Morris, Richard Dawkins and Sue Hartley.
A Summer of British Wildlife
100 Great Days Out Watching Wildlife
From hearing the dawn chorus to lying in a meadow of orchids or spotting migratory birds and butterflies, this Bradt guide details 100 experiences – one for each day of the season – that epitomize summer for nature lovers. Each entry includes a grid reference, practical information on transport, accessibility and child-friendliness, and advice on how to extend your trip to a weekend.
Nick Baker's British Wildlife
A Month-by-Month Guide
For wildlife enthusiasts, birdwatchers and weekend walkers of all ages, television presenter Nick Baker explains what is happening in nature throughout the course of the year, from the Dorset heaths to the Scottish Highlands. Illustrated with colour photographs and artwork to aid identification of species, this guide explains which mammals, birds, insects and plants will appear each month, and offers practical advice on how and where to find them.
Wild Sri Lanka
Although one of the world’s smallest countries Sri Lanka is home to a wide range of wildlife, from Sperm Whale super-pods to dozens of species of endemic dragonflies. This well illustrated guide to the island’s habitats and its terrestrial and marine animals explains the factors that have contributed to this biodiversity and when and where to spot different creatures, as well as spectacles such as the annual Asian elephant Gathering, mixed-species flocks of rainforest birds and five species of turtle.
Where to See Wildlife in Britain and Ireland
Over 800 Best Wildlife Sites in the British Isles
The 10,000 acres of saltmarsh and 65,000 acres of tidal sandbanks and mudflats around the Wash on the east coast are a haven for wildlife, with about 500,000 wildfowl wintering there and common seals breeding there in summer, when the saltmarsh is abundant with wildflowers. This practical guide focuses on 800 wildlife-rich locations in the UK and advises on what to see, when to visit and how to get there, with detailed mapping and over 500 photographs.
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 Natural History Museum Book of Predators
How Predators Find, Catch and Consume Their Prey
Many different strategies have evolved that allow predators to overcome their prey, from the deadly trap of a spider's web to the pack hunting of wolves and wild dogs. This illustrated exploration of the natural world explains how predators find, catch and consume their quarry, revealing an array of heightened senses and weaponry from the telephoto eyesight of a hawk to the deadly venom of a king cobra.
Between the Sunset and the Sea
A View of 16 British Mountains
After selecting 16 peaks which are among Britain’s wildest and emptiest places, Ingram devoted more than a year to exploring them. Here he records what happened on his expedition, following a circuitous route from Beinn Dearg to Ben Nevis via the Brecon Beacons, Pennines and Lake District. As well as discussing the practicalities of the climbs, he describes each mountain’s unique atmosphere and delves into its history and folklore. Slightly off-mint.
Wildlife photography typically aims to capture animals in their natural environments, inviting us to study their behaviour as unseen observers. This portfolio takes a different tack, bringing tame or trained animals into the studio for controlled portraits. The resulting pictures frame each subject against a pure black background, focusing attention on their form and texture and drawing us to engage with the eyes and face of a kangaroo, a giraffe or a tiger as we would with a human subject.
The Secret Language of Animals
Primates, carnivores and hoofed animals share basic expressive similarities such as the use of ears and eyes to show excitement, alarm or aggression. This book explains how such actions can be interpreted and reveals how an understanding of environment can make sense of behaviour. Starting with a primer on how such core motivations as feeding, breeding and avoiding predators influence conduct and demeanour, the book is in sections dealing with animals in different regions, and is illustrated with detailed line drawings.