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 Life with Birds
Esther Woolfson, in a blend of memoir and natural history, describes how she shares her home with birds, not only the rook that arrived as a young, abandoned fledgling, but also doves, parrots, a cockatiel and a starling. ‘Of all of them,’ she writes, ‘it has been the corvids, the rook, magpie and crow, who have altered for ever my relationship to the rest of the world, altered my view of a hierarchy of form, intellect, ability; my concept of time.’
Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern North America
Covering the entire area to the east of the Rocky Mountains, this volume features more than 650 species, from pelicans to passerines, from the Arctic to the Everglades. Each entry contains new text on behaviour, nesting, feeding and breeding. There are more than 4,200 illustrations, while new maps show the range and distribution of individual species.
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.
A Naturalist's Guide to the Butterflies of Britain & Northern Europe
Beginning with a very accessible introduction to butterflies’ life cycle, behaviour, ecology and conservation, this guide contains descriptions and colour photographs of 158 species found in the British Isles and northern Europe. Notes on distribution, habitat and habits are included in the descriptions and there are generally two or three photographs (taken by Professor Benton) of each species.
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.
An Artistic Voyage Through the World of Plants
Colonial expansion and world trade from the 16th century brought exotic and previously unknown plants to Europe, encouraging botanists to identify and classify all flora and artists to record their appearance. This handsome edition gives the history of plants and flowers through a collection of historic botanical paintings, selected from the archives of the Natural History Museum. Dating from the 16th to the 20th century, the illustrations profile more than 20 plant families including daffodils, irises, roses and tulips.
A Practical Guide for Owners and Breeders
Strongheart and Rin Tin Tin, both taken from Germany to America after the First World War, were among the earliest animal movie stars and popularized German Shepherds internationally. The breed has since proved an excellent guard and scent-follower and is widely used as a working dog as well as kept as a pet. This comprehensive manual provides information on training, diet and exercise as well as guidance on showing, breeding and breed-specific ailments and diseases.
The Extraordinary Form & Function of Bones
Evolving from fish scales 500 million years ago, bone is a remarkable material that is capable of strength, lightness and flexibility; in a range of skeletal arrangements it can support the weight of an elephant or a bird in flight and provide the dexterity of a human hand. Through a series of line drawings and extended captions, this accessible introduction examines the different forms and structures that have evolved across the animal kingdom.
No Better Friend
One Man, One Dog, and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage and Survival in WWII
Acquired from kennels in pre-Second World War Shanghai by British sailors, Judy – a purebred pointer – became the mascot of a gunboat patrolling the Yangtze River and was soon at war with, and captured by, the Japanese. One of her fellow captives managed to persuade the commandant to let him keep her, and she became the only official canine PoW. This book tells the extraordinary story of her resilience, bravery and loyalty during internment and a series of adventures including shipwrecks and jungle treks. Felt-tip mark on upper trimmed edge.
Pets in Portraits
First published in 1998 as The Face in the Corner, this charming book is about the various animals that feature in paintings in the National Portrait Gallery, and their owners. It provides some unusual insights into the special bond between the sitters and their faithful companions, whether they are aristocrats and royalty with their dogs, society beauties with gorgeous cats or Anna Pavlova with her tame swan Jack. With a new introduction by Chris Packham.
How To Read Water
Clues & Patterns from Puddles to the Sea
The ripple pattern around a stone in a pond exactly mirrors the pattern around an island in the ocean. Pacific seafarers can navigate using such ‘ripple maps’. In this fascinating guide to understanding the behaviour of water, Tristan Gooley explains how ripples and currents, colour and light, tides and the abundance of organic life can help us divine what is happening on, around and to different bodies of water.
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.
Driven to Extinction
The Impact of Climate Change on Biodiversity
Denial of climate change seems obtuse in the light of scientific evidence but Richard Pearson points out that the media and lobby groups have sometimes sensationalized the predictions, undermining confidence in the science. This measured summary of the issues explores how plants and animals have reacted to temperature changes in the past and how we might expect them to react to the current threat, highlighting also how nature sometimes finds its own unexpected solutions. Slightly off-mint.
Wild Flowers of the Mediterranean
This authoritative pocket guide identifies 530 of the most widespread and eye-catching flowering plants growing around the Mediterranean. The key is divided by flower colour, number of petals, and plants with inconspicuous flowers like trees and ferns. Illustrated with large-format colour photos, each entry includes common and scientific names, and describes plant uses, habitats and similar species.
The 50 Best Wildflower Sites in the World
With over 200 photographs, renowned wildlife photographer Bob Gibbons presents his personal pick of the world’s most ‘flowery’ places for armchair readers and travellers alike. From clovers on the Lizard Peninsula to the home of the tulip in Kazakhstan’s Tien Shan Mountains, each location is accompanied by a map, information on local ecology and conservation status, and details of animals in the region. All sites are accessible and some visitor information is included alongside useful websites.
The Angler's Guide
In 1816, TF Salter abridged his earlier Angler’s Guide to provide the novice with this affordable work of ‘real practical Information on the Art of taking Fish’ (‘the words catch and caught are seldom used by anglers’, according to his glossary). There are chapters on each type of fish and appropriate techniques, with illustrations by the author.
Fishing and Flying
A wartime pilot who flew in the Battle of Britain and with the Fleet Air Arm, Terence Horsley (d.1947) was also a dedicated angler. His memoir begins by extolling the joys of flying, then cuts to 1940 and a riverbank where he meets another off-duty pilot fishing, enjoying the river as it ‘anaesthetises the unquiet mind’. Illustrated by CF Tunnicliffe.
Negley Farson (1890–1960) was an American author, adventurer, foreign correspondent (present at the Bolshevik Revolution) and a renowned fisherman. He also, allegedly, partied with F Scott Fitzgerald and out-drank Ernest Hemingway. This autobiography-cum-fishing book describes his experiences of river fishing while travelling in countries from Norway to southern Chile. First published in 1942. Illustrated by CF Tunnicliffe.
Beneath the Surface
The Wildlife Art of David Miller
Artist David Miller's fascination with fish led him to take up snorkelling and diving to study them in their natural environment. This collection of his paintings ranges from underwater scenes of pike and trout to mullet and bass in coastal waters.
Trailing the Albatross, an Artist's Journey
A mysterious decline in the populations of albatrosses and other seabirds nesting in remote locations in the Southern Ocean has been revealed to be their ensnarement in the tackle of long-line fishing vessels. Artist Bruce Pearson highlights the problem in this portfolio, which includes his paintings and sketches made in South Georgia in the 1970s as well as recent paintings and drawings of southern seabirds and the fishing trade that threatens their survival.
New Forest Painters
A Celebration of The New Forest National Park
Designated a National Park in 2005, the New Forest contains some of the last remaining tracts of lowland heath in western Europe, as well as ancient forest and coastal land, and a host of rare flora and fauna is associated with each environment. This celebration of the area is the collected work of six local artists exploring the varied landscapes, the nature and wildlife and some of the human activity that is also part of the life of the forest.
Lines from Nature
John Busby (1928–2015) was a celebrated wildlife artist, illustrator and teacher who became widely known in the 1980s for his groundbreaking RSPB book Drawing Birds. His ability to capture the living essence of birds and other wildlife in deft, often minimal strokes of the pencil or brush is celebrated in this last of his books, in which he explores his favourite subjects from birds in the garden to seaside rock pools and tigers in India.
Wild in Europe
Art by Renso Tamse
Born in Rotterdam, the wildlife artist Renso Tamse began drawing at the age of five. This book charts his journeys through Europe – from Ireland to Cyprus, from Spain to Scandinavia – in pursuit of its flora and fauna. In his paintings and drawings he captures the wildlife of the continent in all its majesty and mystery: a roe deer in the Black Forest, a golden eagle in the Pyrenees, a wary fox on Dartmoor, and many other magnificent creatures.
Birds in Norfolk
A National and International Perspective
Not only can one find the greatest variety of bird species in Norfolk as well as view spectacular mass migrations, but it is also one of the best spots to find rare birds and infrequent visitors to Britain. This celebration of the county’s avian scene offers research and statistics about the different types of habitats and the resident and visiting bird populations of each, together with almost 200 atmospheric watercolour illustrations by James McCallum.
Cuckoos of the World
The ‘Cuculidae’ family is comprised of 144 species, whose members may be found almost anywhere in the world. This definitive reference work on the identification of cuckoos includes summaries of those species, accompanied by accurate paintings, detailing plumage variations and sub-species, from four world-renowned artists. The summaries cross-reference more detailed accounts of each type, featuring information on taxonomy, conservation, breeding habits and behaviour, and complemented by maps and quality colour photographs.
Turned Out Nice
How the British Isles Will Change as the World Heats Up
Marek Kohn extrapolates environmental history and the latest climate-change science into an intelligent and credible account of how, 100 years from now, global temperature rises will alter British landscapes and economies, and in less calamitous ways than sometimes predicted.
On the Various Contrivances by Which British and Foreign Orchids are Fertilised by Insects, and on
Charles Darwin was fascinated by the way the flowers of orchids had evolved to attract specific insects. Noting the very long spur of Angraecum sesquipedale, he predicted that it could only be fertilized by a moth with a 35cm tongue, a statement that was ridiculed until such a species was discovered after his death. This limited edition facsimile of his seminal 1862 book on the subject is bound in cloth using traditional methods.
Migrating with the Butterflies of Passage
Every autumn, the magnificent, bright-orange monarch butterfly migrates south from Canada to the warmer climes of Mexico and southern California. Driving a battered Honda Civic, Robert Pyle followed them on their epic 9,000-mile journey. Part road trip, part outdoor adventure and part natural history, his account overturns received theories about the butterflies’ biology, genetics and populations, and warns of the environmental threats they face from pesticides, logging and coastal development.
Insectivorous plants exercise a curious fascination; their ability to capture living creatures is so alien to anything we expect of a plant. In this classic study, first published in 1875, the author of The Origin of Species explains, by means of detailed observation and experiments, how these curious organisms trap and digest their prey, and absorb nutrients from them. His findings will surprise today’s readers as much as they did the Victorians.
Few creatures can be more emblematic of the Scottish Highlands than the golden eagle, and to catch a glimpse of this magnificent bird is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This book recounts many such encounters over many years. The evocative text and superb colour photographs capture the sights, the sounds and the very texture of the Highlands, as well as the life, the habits and the prey of this mighty raptor.
Drawn to the Edge
This inspiring collection of paintings, drawings and writings by artist John Threlfall captures a journey along Britain’s coast, from sandy beaches and sea cliffs in the north, to rocky shores and estuaries in the south. Threlfall’s fascination with the shoreline, its shifting colours and dramatic forms, is outdone only by his attraction to its wildlife: seals, sanderlings, guillemots and curlews are some of the fauna that provide the focal point for his beautiful artwork.
From Puppy to Perfect
A Proven, Practical Guide to Training and Caring for Your New Puppy
This comprehensive guide to looking after a puppy is divided into five stages, the first starting before the puppy arrives and covering the initial six weeks, including toilet training and puppy-proofing. Subsequent sections discuss dog breeds and personalities, and progress from play-training to a masterclass from a gun-dog trainer. With colour photographs and easy-to-follow instructions, dog-owners will find everything they need here to survive a new puppy’s first twelve months.
Animals Under Fire 1939–1945
Pet owners were advised in 1939 that destroying their cats and dogs would be kinder than allowing them to face the Blitz. Later in the war family dogs were recruited into service as guards and mine detectors. This book investigates the wartime challenges for domestic pets and their owners, from bombed-out cats rescued from the rubble to the dogs that parachuted into France on D-Day.
Jane Bown: Cats
‘Once you’ve owned a cat you’re hooked for life.’ So said Jane Bown, one-time Observer photographer, renowned for her portraits of famous people. This collection, compiled posthumously, shows another side to her work. Containing mainly black-and-white images exclusively of cats, often taken on her way home from a professional shoot, it spans five decades and includes every type of feline, from scavenging stray to pampered show cat.
Ride with Your Mind Clinic
Rider Biomechanics – Basics to Brilliance
Following the proven success of her first Ride with Your Mind guide, Mary Wanless tackles a series of faults or problems, each demonstrated by a different rider, some with relatively basic experience, others advanced dressage riders.
The History of the Welsh Pony
Bred from the smaller Welsh mountain pony, the 'Section B' Welsh pony was developed for children to ride, with contributions from the Arabian horse and thoroughbred adding height and refinement to the hardy stock. This comprehensive history, with many photographs, traces the development of the pony from the influence of Polo Pony Society members at the turn of the 20th century to today's breeders, profiling key figures and outstanding examples of the breed throughout its development.
An Exploration of Avian Intelligence
Different species of birds have demonstrated tool use and advanced spatial and navigational awareness but recent experiments have begun to reveal a more sophisticated and self-aware problem-solving ability. This highly illustrated introduction to the subject explains the current state of knowledge, explores the anatomy and workings of the avian brain and describes some of the most notable recent studies that suggest that some birds have an intelligence that could be compared to dolphins or elephants.
In Search of Lost Frogs
The Campaign to Rediscover the World's Rarest Amphibians
In 2010, an international team of researchers, led by the author of this book, set about searching for rare species of frogs, toads and salamanders that had not been seen for decades. This illustrated record of their quest describes the expeditions to inhospitable environments in South and Central America, India and Africa and details their successes and failures in finding lost species, as well as their identification of new species, such as the so-called 'Monty Burns' toad discovered in Colombia.
The Seventy Great Mysteries of the Natural World
From 'How did the Earth form?' to 'Human behaviour and saving the planet', the 70 chapters in this colourful survey of natural history draw on the expertise of more than 60 scientists to give concise, lucid explanations of concepts and phenomena as diverse as selfish-gene theory, the eye, asteroid and comet impacts and flu pandemics. The book is arranged in sections on origins, the Earth, evolution, biogeography and environments, plants and animals, animal behaviour and global warming and the future.
Messages from Psyche
People have long marvelled at the patterns on the wings of butterflies and moths without understanding them. This remarkable book shows how they have evolved to deter predators and how, seen from the perspective of a bird or lizard, they appear to be the eyes of a fox or owl, a snake’s head, or the tail of a scorpion. Illustrated with close-up photographs and works of art, the book also explores the way these symbols have influenced human culture.
Arrival of the Fittest
Solving Evolution's Greatest Puzzle
Although Darwin could explain how evolution preserves useful adaptations over time, the mechanisms behind its speed and efficiency eluded him. In this radical rethinking of Darwinian evolution, Wagner offers a solution to that enduring mystery. He draws on 15 years of research using the latest experimental and computational technologies to uncover the ‘principles of innovability’ that allow the creation of such complicated adaptations as lactose digestion, camouflage and the ‘antifreeze proteins’ produced by Arctic cod.
Amphibians and Reptiles
Although they are distinct animal classes, reptiles and amphibians are often considered together, not least in Britain because there are fewer species than in any other vertebrate group. This illustrated guide to the native and non-native species found in the British Isles introduces their biology and behaviour and suggests areas of study where further research is needed, explaining how carrying out such projects is readily accessible to the amateur naturalist. Foreword by Chris Packham.