A Vision of Countryside
From high moorland to shingled coast, the nature blogger Jan Wiltshire explores the landscape and wildlife of her home county. Detailed photographs capture rugged fells and wind-blasted trees, rare orchids, redstarts and skylarks, a cuckoo on Scout Scar, and the scarce natterjack toad in the Duddon Estuary, while the accompanying text inspires us to engage with, value and preserve the natural world.
Painters, Ploughmen and Places
This blend of history, nature writing and memoir examines how people have responded to the land from the 18th century to the present day, including the Romantic poets’ fascination with the Lake District, and the more practical considerations of the agricultural improvers. Anna Pavord celebrates the beauty of the British landscape, considers how it has affected and inspired its inhabitants, and explores the ways in which a sense of place can help to define cultural identity.
Halsgrove Discover Series
With over 150 colour photographs, this journey from the sea to the summit of Scafell Pike explores the natural history of Lakeland through its various habitats - coastlands, meadows, woodlands, waters and fells. Varley also describes how the region has been shaped by human activities in the past and considers what the future holds as landscape, flora and fauna face climate change and rising sea levels. Foreword by Chris Bonington.
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.
Field Guide to the Trees of Britain and Europe
Alan Birkett’s practical guide to identifying 150 common species is illustrated with over 1,000 photographs of trees and their bark, leaves, buds, cones, flowers and fruit, showing seasonal changes and noting the time of year when the photograph was taken. In addition to the species descriptions, the guide includes ‘Keys’ to the different types of leaves, bark etc, and ends with a glossary of botanical terms and an index of common and Latin names.
As we lose touch with nature, writes Robert Macfarlane, we forget the words that describe it. This book seeks to reclaim that language, using the work of nature writers such as Nan Shepherd, JA Baker and Barry Lopez, alongside resources such as the ‘peat glossary’ compiled by Lewis islanders. Between each chapter is a list of words relating to a particular landscape – uplands, coastlands, woodlands – from all parts of the British Isles.
The Old Ways
A Journey on Foot
Walking a thousand miles or more along tracks and holloways, drove roads and seaways in England, Scotland and abroad, Macfarlane goes in search of ‘the ghosts and voices that haunt ancient paths’, but encounters both past and present in the landscape. A journey of the imagination as well as over land and sea, the book ranges across topics including sailing to the Shiants, the Calzada Romana in Spain and another walker of old roads, the poet Edward Thomas.
In Search of the Wildest Flowers of the British Isles
Since his childhood in the Somerset Levels, Jon Dunn has been ‘lost to orchids’; yet as an adult, living on Shetland, he had seen only about two-thirds of Britain’s wild orchid species. Then he conceived the plan of a journey to find all 50 to 60 species during ‘one frantic, glorious, kaleidoscopic flowering season’. This book, the record of that venture, follows an erudite naturalist through one summer, from early purple orchids to the rarest, the ghost orchids of dark woodlands in autumn.
The Tree Climber's Guide
Adventures in the Urban Canopy
London has more parks and green spaces than any other capital of a comparable size, so a climbable tree is never far away. Extolling the virtues of lifting oneself out of the city bustle and finding new perspectives on the urban scene, this book records the exploits of a committed tree climber seeking out interesting specimens and unusual vantage points, from a tall sweetgum alongside the walls of St Paul's Cathedral to a scruffy willow on the Swiss Cottage roundabout.
Walking Through Spring
An English Journey
Spring arrives a little later the further north you go, progressing at roughly walking pace. Beginning on the first day of the season on the south coast and arriving in Scotland on the last, three months later, Hoyland's epic walk follows the progress of new growth as he connects ancient tracks, green ways and footpaths for 500 miles, observing the flora and fauna along the way and drawing inspiration from favourite writers' reactions to the landscape he passes through.
From Peat Bog to Conifer Forest
An Oral History of Whitelee, its Community and Landscape
In the mid 20th century the wet and windy Whitelee Plateau south of Glasgow was a peat bog. Today it is a vast conifer forest. This absorbing study charts one of the most dramatic transformations of the British landscape in recent history. Extensively illustrated with colour photographs and maps, it records how local farmers were persuaded to sell their unproductive land for urgently needed forestry. It assesses the environmental impact of the plantation and, through oral histories, its effect on local communities.
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 Birds of Shetland
The most northerly island group in Britain, Shetland is famous for its globally significant populations of breeding seabirds, including such rarities as red-necked phalarope, great snipe and lanceolated warbler. This authoritative, comprehensive guide provides an overview of the climate and ecology of the archipelago, followed by a survey of every species recorded there. With 40 pages of colour photographs and many line drawings throughout the text, it is an essential handbook for any ornithologist with an interest in the islands.
The Birds of London
London’s many parks and nature reserves make it one of the greenest cities in the world, and it is rich in bird life. Peregrines, kestrels and buzzards patrol its skies, while its reservoirs and wetlands provide a haven for waterfowl. This comprehensive work of reference charts the city’s varied habitats, and lists every species that has occurred within the London Natural History Society’s recording area 20 miles around St Paul’s Cathedral.
A Pocket Guide to the Orchids of Britain and Ireland
Orchids are among the most diverse groups of plants and although many varieties grow in the British Isles, including Lady's Slipper and Ghost Orchid, two of the rarest native wildflowers, most are in retreat in the face of environmental changes. This pocket guide includes detailed descriptions and information for all 52 species that grow wild in Britain and Ireland with colour photographs and distribution maps.
The English Meadow
A Portrait of Country Life
Modern farming almost eliminated meadows from our countryside but these ‘beautiful, therapeutic reservoirs of a unique eco-system’ are now gradually returning. Drawing on the author’s experience of creating and managing a flower meadow, this book surveys different meadow types and the tools, crafts, buildings and wildlife associated with them; it also shows how churchyards, rooftops and roadside verges are helping the resurgence of wild grasses and flowers. Appendices list notable English meadows, rural museums and conservation organizations. Slightly off-mint.