A Summer of British Wildlife
100 Great Days Out Watching Wildlife
What will the wildlife highlight of your summer be? Hearing the dawn chorus, lying in a meadow of orchids, or a boat trip to an offshore puffin colony? This Bradt guide details 100 such expeditions – one for each day of summer – across England, Scotland and Wales. 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.
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).
A Visual Guide to the Animal Kingdom
Beginning with cells – ‘the smallest units of independent existence’ – and covering all animal life, from simple sponges to the great apes (gorilla, chimpanzees and orang-utan), this carefully designed, large-format guide is arranged by scientific classification in a way that illuminates the place of each family and species within the animal kingdom. The deeply informative and very accessible text is accompanied by over 350 colour photographs taken in the animals’ natural habitats by leading wildlife photographers.
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 This collection of his articles, along with unpublished essays, ranges from the peaks of New Zealand to the Peruvian rainforest, but above all celebrates the wildlife of everyday Britain through the changing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.
House Guests, House Pests
A Natural History of Animals in the House
However fond of wildlife the British are, we don’t want the birds, butterflies and bats in our houses, still less the beetles and clothes moths. Richard Jones starts his ‘natural history’ with a survey of how human homes evolved, from caves to the first houses, before describing how the hangers-on – from dogs and cats to dust mites – adapted to ‘the attractions of home’. The book ends with an identification guide to the animal life that shares our living space.
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 Boom of the Bitterbump
The Folk-History of Cheshire's Wildlife
Blackbirds 'whistling up the rain', a recipe for baked hedgehog, the old wilderness fens of Cheshire – long since reclaimed – where the bitterbump boomed... Roger Stephens presents a wonderfully rich collection of old lore about Cheshire's wildlife and flora, gathered from local farmers, labourers, gamekeepers and poachers, as well as the writings of folklorists ancient and modern. And the bitterbump? It's a bittern.
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.
A Naturalist's Guide to Garden Wildlife
of Britain and Northern Europe
With brief descriptions and notes on the habits and habitats of 280 species, this easy-to-use identification guide covers birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles, butterflies, moths and other insects, spiders, worms, snails and slugs, trees and shrubs and wildflowers. The book includes a colourful wall poster and a protective plastic jacket makes it ideal for use in the field.
Animals and People in Scotland
This celebration of Scotland's enormously diverse range of fauna is arranged by habitats – from mountains, moors and bogs to the sea, but also devotes chapters to the habitats in which animals and humans interact closely, the farm, urban areas and the realm of myth. Imaginatively written and lavishly illustrated, the book offers a detailed yet informal natural and cultural history of creatures from common newts to Aberdeen-Angus cattle, and the role that animals have played in Scottish life since prehistory.
Field Notes from a Hidden City
Inspired by the discovery of an injured pigeon in the snow-covered streets near her home in Aberdeen, the author of this nature watcher's journal spent a year carefully recording the plants and animals she encountered through the seasons. Her thoughtful prose muses on how close we are to the natural world in our urban lives as it reveals the behaviours of the often-overlooked birds, rats, foxes, squirrels and spiders that inhabit the city.
The Frog with Self-Cleaning Feet
and Other Extraordinary Tales from the Animal World
Wild animals can do the most extraordinary things: some use tools and solve complex problems; others are devious – they cheat, steal and run protection rackets. Michael Bright presents a miscellany of animal anecdotes, facts and figures about the most venomous, most dangerous and most bizarre animals, including the animal with the largest tongue, the one with the most powerful bite and even a bird that can tell the time.