National Birds of the World
From Angola's Red-Crested Turaco to Zimbabwe's African Fish-Eagle, more than 90 avian species have been adopted as official symbols of national identity. Each bird is pictured and described in this comprehensive guide, which features data such as size, diet and habitat alongside an explanation of reasons for the bird's use as a national emblem, information on its conservation status and examples of its prevalence in the stamps, coats of arms and wider culture of its country. Foreword by Chris Packham.
The tropical rainforests are the lifeblood of the planet, regulating the climate, producing oxygen and providing a home to over half of the world's known species. This large-format photographic portfolio celebrates the wonders of this unique environment in images ranging from close-up studies of plants and insects to portraits of mammals and aerial views. Many photographers are represented, while the text explores the rainforests' astounding biodiversity and emphasizes why they must be preserved.
Dogs of the Shepherds
A Review of the Pastoral Breeds
'Shepherds have used dogs for well over 2,000 years. Man has conducted dog shows for less than 200.' David Hancock's history and worldwide survey of the pastoral breeds makes the strongest case for respecting the functional origins of these dogs rather than exaggerating features for the show ring. He describes the form and function of the various types - flock guardians, herding dogs, heelers and drovers' dogs - along with photographs and prints of the dogs as they were and how they are today.
An Ecological Guide
Drawing on the author's long experience as head of the Dale Fort Field Centre in Pembrokeshire, this guide to coastline habitats focuses on the ways in which communities of organisms have adapted to life in such challenging environments as shingle, saltmarshes and muddy estuaries. Illustrated with more than 400 photographs, it combines information about the biology of common flora and fauna with explanations of the physical features of different types of shore.
Wetland Bird Songs and Calls
Covering twelve types of wetland birds, from wildfowl to wagtails, this book, together with its audio CD, is a guide to identifying 80 species by their calls. Each entry provides a colour photograph and Owen Roberts's brief account of the bird, its appearance and habitat and a description of its calls or songs, with its track number on the CD. All 80 species have been recorded by the ornithologist and bird-sound collector Hannu Jannes.
Wonders of the Deep
The Astonishing Splendor of the Seven Seas
The oceans that cover two-thirds of the world's surface are still a mysterious, largely unexplored realm. Illustrated with breath-taking underwater photographs, this large-format book plumbs its depths, following in the wake of vast whales and the tiny plankton that feed them; predatory sharks; mighty rays; and the otherworldly denizens of the inky deep. It introduces the scientists and explorers who probe its secrets, visits famous shipwrecks including Titanic, and explains the complex ecosystem that supports so many diverse species.
Memoirs of an Edinburgh Poacher
From childhood Bob Redwater has been a city-dweller, but has nurtured a love of the countryside. As a freelance urban hunter, rising at dawn and roaming woods and golf courses within Edinburgh's city limits, he lives in both worlds. In this entertaining memoir he describes his many poaching exploits, hunting with dogs, ferrets, boomerangs and longbows, wary of early-morning joggers rather than gamekeepers. The book is illustrated with woodcuts by Kathleen Lindsley.
A Practical Guide for Owners and Breeders
Beginning with a history of the breed from the first-ever 'yellow retriever' hunting dog (called Nous), to the companions, medical-detection dogs and 'canine partners' of today, this is a complete guide to owning, training and caring for Golden Retrievers. There are also chapters on 'gundog life' for those who want to work Golden Retrievers and on every aspect of responsible breeding, including advice on how to say goodbye to the puppies as they go to new homes.
Men and Women Commemorated in the Common Names of Birds
Who was the Adelie of penguin fame? How did the person who named Pamela's Sunbeam get it wrong? And was Bonaparte's Gull named after Napoleon? The answers are all in this A-Z of individuals who have given their name to a species of bird. Altogether the book covers 2,246 birds in potted biographies of 1,124 people, plus information boxes on topics - among them taxidermists, New Zealanders and the East India Company - connected with the scientific discovery and study of birds.
Understanding Bird Behaviour
Male wrens build several nests for the female to choose from, coots and grebes build floating nests - and golden eagles build nests up to three metres across. This book examines the movement, feeding, breeding, distribution and migration of the 200 most commonly encountered species in Britain. The first half focuses on the different types of behaviour, while the second discusses specific families and groups of birds. The guide is illustrated throughout with attractive photos.
A Complete Guide to the Archipelago's Birdlife
Illustrator Hermann Heinzel and photographer Barnaby Hall made their birdwatching expedition to the Galapagos Islands in the mid-1990s and this book, first published in 2000, is the record of their tour. Part one describes the range of habitats and wildlife on the islands; part two is a detailed field guide to the birds that they encountered, illustrated with hundreds of sketches, paintings and photographs; finally there is a checklist of all Galapagos bird species observed.
The Complete Naturalist
This updated and expanded version of The New Amateur Naturalist from TV presenter and expert Nick Baker will give you all the information you need whether you want to know what makes an insect an insect, rear a family of frogs or build a bird box. Clearly illustrated with photos and diagrams throughout, this introductory guide describes the habits and habitats of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates, and provides advice on how to observe them for yourself.
My Dog Has Arthritis - But Lives Life to the Full!
A Practical Guide for Owners
One in five dogs develop arthritis, so this practical guide is very welcome. It includes advice from vets, surgeons and specialists in complementary therapies on a wide range of topics such as early diagnosis, treatment, diet and exercise. Useful case histories give real examples of how dogs and their owners coped, offering hope to all those whose pets are living with this debilitating condition.
An Eternity of Eagles
The Human History of the Most Fascinating Bird in the World
This natural and social history of the eagle from an American writer and naturalist traces the evolution of our love-hate relationship with this magnificent bird, from Neolithic rock art and ancient mythology to medieval falconry and contemporary popular culture, and asks what modern-day threats such as habitat loss and pesticides mean for its future. More than 100 well-chosen photographs and illustrations accompany the text, and novelist Annie Proulx contributes an introduction.
The Most Amazing Birds to See in Britain
The birds of the British Isles are remarkable for both their abundance and variety, from the mighty Golden Eagle to the tiny Goldcrest. This sturdy and handsome guide details the appearance, size, nesting and feeding habits and life cycle of more than 100 British birds, arranged in chapters according to habitat: parks and gardens, farmland, woodland, mountain and moor, wetlands and coast. Each species is illustrated with colour photographs and clear artwork for identification, and a locator map showing its range.
Their Form, Their Function and Their Future
David Hancock's expert and lavishly illustrated study of sighthounds is, in his words, 'an expression of admiration for their astonishing athleticism, remarkable hunting skills and sheer stylishness'. He begins by tracing the history of coursing dogs since antiquity, then goes on to survey the British breeds - with the Greyhound in pride of place, but also covering the Whippet, Deerhound, Irish Wolfhound and Lurcher - and the sighthounds of the world, including Salukis, the Sloughi and racing Afghans.
Allan Potts is an award-winning wildlife photographer who also farms on the Tyneside-Northumberland rural-urban fringe. This book presents a selection from his large library of photographs showing the region's flora and fauna in the natural landscapes of the North - fells, woodland, coast, arable land and abandoned industrial areas. His commentary gives information about the scenes and describes his own experiences, not least much patient waiting, while capturing these beautiful images.
The Atlas of Birds
Mapping Avian Diversity, Behaviour and Habitats Worldwide
This comprehensive reference book provides a timely insight into the conservation status of birds around the world, with full-colour maps showing where birds are found, where and why they are most under threat and what is being done to protect them. Maps and diagrams also chart the amazing phenomenon of bird migration and explain bird classification. The Atlas is illustrated with photographs and artworks and its authoritative text uses the latest data and case studies.
The Spirit of the Dog
An Illustrated History
Dogs have a unique and versatile partnership with humans, loyally performing a variety of roles as hunters, herders, guards or simply companions. Among all species of mammals, the dog is the most varied in shape, size and colour and this celebration explores the history and development of major dog breeds around the world, grouping them according to key characteristics including elegance and speed; power and strength; devotion and loyalty. Animal photographer Astrid Harrison provides striking portraits of each breed.
The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs
In sections on Good Dogs, Bad Dogs, Top Dogs and Underdogs, this wonderful anthology gathers articles, short stories, poems and cartoons about dogs from the archives of The New Yorker magazine, along with reproductions of vintage dog-related covers. The authors include regular New Yorker contributors and well-known writers from both sides of the Atlantic, among them Roald Dahl, Mark Strand, Arthur Miller, John Updike and 'the first man of the dog', James Thurber.
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.
Birds New to Britain
Between 1980 and 2004, more than 70 bird species - vagrants from Central Asia, Siberia and North America - have been added to the British list. This book is a compilation of all those records, with accounts of finding a 'First for Britain' interspersed with 25 annual summaries of the birding years 1980-2004 and 25 essays by prominent birders about their special years during this period. The book is illustrated with colour photographs and black and white artworks. Foreword by Eric Meek.
Evolutionary Puzzles of Human Nature
Why does consciousness exist? Why does virtually every culture have religion? Why does homosexuality exist? Why do we have such large brains? And why do women live longer than men? Among the unanswered questions of evolutionary science are some of the most personal aspects of being human. Barash assesses the main hypotheses which have been proposed to explain these mysteries, offers suggestions of his own and communicates the thrill and allure of cutting-edge biology.
Smithsonian Answer Book
There are many apocryphal tales associated with snakes, from cobras hypnotizing their prey to so-called 'hoop snakes' forming themselves into rings and rolling downhill to chase their quarry. This accessible question-and-answer book sorts out the facts from the fiction, introduces the many different species, their habitats, anatomy and physiology, and explores the specialized behaviours of snakes, such as shedding skin, spitting venom and killing by constriction.
Uncovering our Earliest Ancestor
'Ida', the most complete primate fossil ever found, was unearthed in Germany in 1982 and has revolutionized our understanding of the human family tree. The Link tells the story of Ida's rediscovery and the detective-work of scientists who have studied her, using the evidence of the surviving 'skin shadow' and stomach contents to create an evocative reconstruction of her life in the Eocene epoch 47 million years ago.
Butterflies of Britain and Ireland
A Field and Site Guide
Written by an expert on British butterflies and drawing on data collected by Butterfly Conservation, this excellent field guide covers all 58 resident species. Each entry provides detailed information on identification, variation, habitat, flight period, history and conservation, distribution and behaviour, and is illustrated with colour photographs of the adult butterflies and caterpillars. In addition, a site guide gives details and OS grid references for over 240 good locations for butterfly watching.
Their World, Their Ways
Although penguins are usually associated with the inhospitable coasts of Antarctica, the 18 different species are in fact spread widely across the southern hemisphere from Australia and New Zealand to the equatorial Galapagos Islands. Led by over 400 photographs of the aquatic birds in their natural habitats, this book explores the natural history, evolution and distribution of penguins and reports on the status and conservation of each of the species today.
Dangerous Marine Animals
Mediterranean, Caribbean, Indo-Pacific
As well as clearly dangerous marine animals such as sharks, stingrays and crocodiles, this comprehensive manual describes over 350 species of fish, reptile and invertebrate that can inflict stings, burns, bites and poisonings. Aimed at snorkellers, divers and swimmers, the book contains over 600 colour photographs, world distribution maps for each species and information on how to identify dangerous sea creatures and what to do in the event of an attack or poisoning.
Their Hidden World
Birds are fascinating to watch in hedgerow or garden, and migrating flocks or birds of prey are a spectacular sight, but much of their daily struggle for survival is hidden from us and their behaviour obscure. Illustrated with colour photographs, this book examines every aspect of how birds function, from their various nesting and breeding behaviours and the mechanics of flight to their mysterious communication and navigation skills and their beautiful and varied song.
A Green and Pleasant Land
How England's Gardeners Fought the Second World War
As the Second World War began, the government urged the British public to 'Dig for Victory' by growing their own vegetables. This absorbing book charts the ingenuity, thrift, humour and fortitude with which ordinary Britons dug in to keep the nation nourished, as public parks - even Kensington Gardens - were turned over to allotments. Above all, it shows how wartime gardening made a vital contribution to both the diet and the morale of the nation during the fight for freedom.
Savage Encounters between Man and Beast
From big cats that will tear you to pieces and snakes with venom that will kill you in 15 minutes to the tiny ticks, lice and parasitic worms that can make you very ill, Gordon Grice reveals the dark side of the animal kingdom as he describes - in gory detail - the most dangerous and sometimes fatal encounters between ourselves and our 'fellow earthlings'.
A Cabinet of Canine Curiosities
Is the Border collie Pythagoras incarnate or just a sheep herder? Which female monarch raced a St Bernard's dog cart and who did she run against? The answers to these and many more unusual queries are examined in this beautifully produced book by renowned rheumatologist and storyteller Jan Bondeson. His erudite accounts of canine intellectuals, globetrotters, philanthropists and thespians, heroes, rat-killers and faithful friends are illustrated with prints, portraits and satirical cartoons from the past 200 years.
Dogs in Books
A Celebration of Dog Illustration Through the Ages
Featuring reproductions from rare editions in the British Library, this book surveys dogs in literature and how artists have interpreted them, from Cerberus guarding the gates of Hades in Homer's Iliad to Spot the Dog. Catherine Britton discusses the role of each dog and the authors and artists who created such memorable canine characters as Dogmatix from Asterix, the Hound of the Baskervilles and Lassie.
Puss in Books
Cat Illustration Through the Ages
From Ra in the guise of a cat in ancient Egypt to Splat the Cat in 2004, this little book covers the enormous variety of felines portrayed in paintings, prints and book illustration through the centuries. Catherine Britton tells the stories of famous cats - Walpole's cat, fiddling cats from Hey Diddle Diddle and witches' cats, but also some unexpected sightings such as the yellow cat in the Lindisfarne Gospels.
In Search of the Wild Otter
One of Britain's best-loved wild animals, the otter is making a comeback thanks to the efforts of conservationists. Otter Country follows Miriam Darlington's travels from her Devon home to the wilds of Scotland in pursuit of these charismatic beasts. Her writing evokes the beauty of the landscapes otters inhabit as she recounts meetings with ecologists, fishermen, hunters and poets and describes how the stillness required to track these elusive creatures brings its own wonders.
The Birds of Dorset
Dorset has much to offer birds and birdwatchers; with few large towns and a wealth of unspoilt countryside, the bird fauna of the county is rich, with many open-country and woodland species. This book presents a comprehensive overview of the status of every species recorded in Dorset. Each account covers distribution and population trends, patterns in habitat use, and conservation; while introductory chapters outline the county's climate, vegetation, ecology and history of land use, and the history of Dorset ornithology.
Pick of the Bunch
The Story of Twelve Treasured Flowers
Medieval illuminations, 17th-century Flemish paintings and modern polls show that our favourite flowers have remained remarkably constant down the centuries. Beautifully illustrated with paintings and prints, this attractive volume celebrates 12 of the most enduringly popular, including the rose, daffodil and violet, tulip, lily and the fritillary. It examines their origins and how they reached our flowerbeds, their social history and symbolic associations, and recommends public gardens where they can be enjoyed today.