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.
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.
Field Guide to Pond and River Wildlife
Britain and Europe
A wildlife and underwater photographer, Jack Perks provides an accessible, well-illustrated guide to over 200 of the more common species – and a few rarities – found in freshwater habitats ranging from highland streams to artificial canals, and from garden ponds to great wetland sanctuaries for wintering birds. The book covers marginal and aquatic plants, invertebrates such as leeches, molluscs and insects, and vertebrates – fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Clear plastic jacket.
Wildlife On Your Doorstep
Mark Ward, the editor of the RSPB’s Nature’s Home magazine, shows how the native wildlife living alongside us is as exciting as any exotic species. He explains how and where to watch wildlife before describing British flora and fauna through the seasons, from winter Waxwing invasions to hedgehogs in autumn, busily preparing for hibernation.
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
The trees, lawns and open water at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew attract a diverse range of wildlife all year round. Arranged by season, the photographs in this book capture winter wildfowl, spring flowers, the butterflies of summer, and autumn fungi. The text explains their habits and lifecycles, each entry offers tips for photographers, and a map shows the best spots to take wildlife pictures.
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.
A Natural History of the Hedgerow
and Ditches, Dykes and Dry Stone Walls
From where I sit writing Postscript entries, I look out on an old Devon hedgerow and an ancient stone wall; John Wright's Natural History has rendered them both very much more interesting. The book covers the origins and history of such boundaries; the present condition of hedgerows and the need to preserve them; the amazing array of fauna and flora they support; and other ways of making boundaries, from movable hazel hurdles to dry stone walls (mine, I've learned, is the 'random rubble' type).
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.
The Evolution of Battle
From the horns of dung beetles or the enormous claws of male fiddler crabs to the elaborate antlers of elk, some animals have developed extravagant weapons that seem out of proportion with their size. Evolutionary biologist Douglas Emlen has made a study of the factors that drive the evolution of these extreme specializations and, in this study, draws parallels with the development of military technology in human history, concluding that the governing factors are the same.
Spiders, Scorpions and Creepy Crawlies
The pages of this book crawl with some of the biggest, scariest and strangest invertebrates on the planet, as Martin profiles more than 40 species in chapters devoted to spiders, scorpions, ants, flies and wasps, and worms. Colour photos and detailed, annotated illustrations provide close-up views of such fearsome creatures as the king baboon spider, the tarantula hawk wasp and the eerie velvet worm, while the accessible text includes locator maps, facts and figures, and behavioural information.
Many Lives, One Epic Journey
It's tough being a teenage tiger, a fledgling eagle or a baby meerkat. Every animal must make an extraordinary journey to achieve its life's goal – to continue its bloodline. Packed with dramatic colour photographs and stills from the BBC series Life Story, and covering creatures as diverse as hermit crabs and hyenas, this book charts their journeys from birth, through the learning curves of growing up and the rituals of courtship to parenthood. With a foreword by David Attenborough.