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 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.
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.
The European Garden Flora
Running to five large hardback volumes, this is an exhaustive reference work for the identification of cultivated ornamental flowering plants. Reorganized and revised in line with the latest taxonomic knowledge, this second edition meets a high scientific standard but is nevertheless aimed at the informed gardener as well as the professional botanist. Nominally a survey of European flora, the information covers species cultivated in most areas of the USA and non-tropical parts of Asia and Australasia.
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.
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.
Portraits of Champion Breeds Preened to Perfection
Admired by humans since the earliest civilizations and prized for their mousing, the keeping of cats purely as pets developed from the 17th century and the first show demonstrating 'fancy' breeds took place in 1868. This portfolio presents 40 studio portraits of modern champion breeds from Siamese and Russian Blue to the hairless Sphynx and provides details about each pedigree and a brief history of cats and cat shows.
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 Science Behind Mating in the Animal Kingdom
Birds do it, bees do it – and so does every member of the animal kingdom, from fruit flies to blue whales. This engaging and entertainingly frank guide to the mating game explains the evolution of sexual organs, the tactics of seduction, and the mechanics of sex. Among the strange facts and exotic creatures are carnal cannibalism, animal chastity belts, transvestite damselflies, and a sea-slug that sheds its penis after sex, and then grows a new one.
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.
Birds of the High Andes
The Andean region hosts a particularly rich diversity of animal and plant life and this comprehensive field guide identifies over 2,000 birds of 1,100 species (accounting for different taxonomic groups and plumages) found in the temperate and alpine zones of South America, from Venezuela and Colombia in the north to the southernmost tip of Chile. Descriptions are supplemented by line drawings and distribution maps and 64 plates provide colour illustrations of over 1,000 birds.
Between 1810 and 1811, amateur naturalist George Perry published 22 instalments of Arcana, a magazine dedicated to 'the most recent discovered objects in natural history' from around the world, including mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, molluscs and insects. This cleaned-up, chronologically ordered facsimile edition comprises the complete set of original texts, which combine scientific description with entertaining anecdotes, and all 84 exquisitely hand-coloured plates, as well as a collation and systematic review.
Natural History Museum Alive
The Stories Behind the Museum's Great Extinct Creatures
'Dippy', the dinosaur skeleton that until recently graced the entrance hall of the Natural History Museum, is one of ten key extinct species in the museum's collection that are examined and reconstructed in this book. Accompanying David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive television series, the book contains QR codes linking to animated 3D renditions of the creatures from the dodo and sabre-toothed cat to archaeopteryx and iguanodon.
Not the End of the World?
Isolated environments have encouraged the evolution of distinct species, which are then vulnerable to extinction when contact with the wider world is established; the Mauritian Dodo and Lonesome George, the last of a Galapagos subspecies of giant tortoise, being famous examples. This Natural History Museum introduction to the subject explores extinctions from the earliest organisms to creatures under threat today and assesses whether climate change and the activities of man threaten a modern mass extinction.
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.
An Exploration of Natural History
The Natural History Museum holds a vast collection representing the development of the study of the natural world from the earliest times. This accessible introduction to the subject tells the story from the theories of the ancient world and the scientific revolution of the Renaissance to the very latest discoveries. The well-illustrated volume also includes contributions by leading figures in the field such as Richard Dawkins and geneticist Steve Jones.
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.
A Natural History
With the help of spectacular photographs, the marine biologist Lisa-Ann Gershwin introduces the strange, other-worldly group of creatures known as jellyfish. In chapters on their anatomy, life cycle, evolutionary history, ecology and humans’ relationship with them, she describes 50 species, including the world’s most venomous animal (the Deadly Box Jellyfish), most unwanted pest (Sea Walnut) and the first example of true biological immortality (Immortal Jellyfish).
A Life-Size Guide to Every Species
Despite its unusual shape, bony appearance and upright posture, the seahorse is in fact a true fish, with gills, fins and a swim bladder. This guide provides a comprehensive analysis of the genus, its history, evolution, behaviour and distribution, and includes a section profiling the 42 recognized species, with diagrams, a key of notable features and a detailed colour photograph of each.
This collection of postcards features studio photographs of fine examples of 30 breeds, each dog groomed to show-stopping form, with a brief note on the origins of its breed. These semi-matt postcards are bound in a book, with perforations enabling them to be easily and neatly detached.
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 Changing Fortunes of Whales and Dolphins
The relationship between humans and cetaceans – whales, dolphins and porpoises – has changed dramatically over the centuries. Where once a lost or stranded whale was hacked to death, now desperate attempts would be made to save it. In this Natural History Museum book, Sarah Lazarus describes the history of whaling; 20th-century efforts to limit the industry; the dire threat of polluted oceans; and the relatively recent interest in ‘close encounters’ with whales and dolphins.
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.
Britain's Game Fishes
Celebration and Conservation of Salmonids
Cleaning up British rivers has improved conditions for salmon and other game fish but there is still a long-term decline in numbers that is not fully understood. Assessing the pressures from pollution, land development and climate change, this study gives a detailed natural history of the native game species of salmon, brown or sea trout, Atlantic char, grayling and whitefishes as well as the widespread rainbow trout (introduced from American waters in the 19th century).
A Sting in the Tale
My Adventures with Bumblebees
Once common in the Kentish marshes, the English short-haired bumblebee became extinct in the UK. Conservationist Dave Goulson tracked down a surviving colony in New Zealand and set about reintroducing them. His informative and entertaining account of his quest details the minutiae of life in the nest, and offers a stark warning about the effects of intensive farming on our bee population and the dangers we face if we continue down this path.
Work, Rest and Play
The distinction between springer and cocker spaniels was originally simply one of weight: the smaller dogs were used to retrieve woodcock in the shooting field and the larger to flush out or 'spring' game birds and ground game. This photographic celebration of the breed includes portraits of puppies, pets and agility dogs competing on the assault course, as well as many images of enthusiastic gundogs retrieving game in the field.
An Everyday Guide to Solving Behavioural Problems
Anti-social behaviour in dogs can be the result of stress, health problems, a previously learned response or simply miscommunication or confusion of messages from its owner. This training manual sets out the many factors that may result in unwanted behaviour, demonstrates how to recognize when dogs are in a state of stress or confusion and outlines practical methods for correcting specific behaviours and training for obedience in general.
Cormorants, Darters and Pelicans of the World
Birds in the order Pelecaniformes share biological traits such as feeding predominantly on fish and incubating only a limited clutch of eggs (one or two) by the transmission of heat from the foot webs. This meticulous study, first published in 1993, provides a worldwide survey of the 32 species of cormorants and shags, two species of darters and seven species of pelicans, examining their biology, behaviour, plumage, distribution and ecology, and including colour photographs and anatomical drawings.
Chicken & Egg
An Egg-Centric Guide to Raising Poultry
Concerns over commercial poultry farming as well as a trend toward the organic, local and home-produced has led many people in recent years to keep a handful of hens for their own supply of eggs, and sometimes meat. This introduction to chicken-keeping reviews the principal egg-laying breeds and how to house, feed and care for them, as well as providing notes on the origins of the bird and the biology of egg production.
Secret Nature of Devon
Devon is a large county with a climate ranging from the subtropical to the subarctic across the diverse habitats of high moorland, woodland, pasture, estuary and seashore. This book is a comprehensive introduction and identification guide to the nature and wildlife of Devon, providing details on its bird, animal and plant life and visitor information about key wildlife locations and nature reserves in the county.
Campbell's Weather Compendium
How big was the largest-known snowflake? What is the speed of a falling raindrop? How many people survive being struck by lightning? And where is the windiest place on the planet? This miscellany of meteorological trivia is interspersed with weather-related jokes, literary quotations and seasonal recipes – in short, a deluge of material to use next time you find yourself conversing about the British climate.
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.
Riddle of the Feathered Dragons
Hidden Birds of China
Recent fossil discoveries in China have been widely hailed as clear evidence that birds had their origins in ‘feathered’ dinosaurs. But Feduccia urges us to be cautious of such hyperbolic claims, which led to ‘the ascendency of a consensus view that has quickly evolved into a dogma’. In this reassessment of the data he critically analyses existing interpretations and methodologies, as well as offering his own theories about the evolution of birds and avian flight.
A Journey Through Birds
From hen harriers nesting on Orkney, Lockhart travels south through Caithness and Sutherland, across to the Outer Hebrides and south again, bird-by-bird, until he reaches his home in Devon – and the sparrowhawks. He is driven by a lifelong passion to explore the habitats of the raptors, and celebrates the birds themselves while reflecting on the ornithologists of the past, including his own great grandfather, Seton Gordon. Raptor received the Royal Society of Literature’s Jerwood Award for Non-Fiction in 2011.
Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?
The Epic Saga of the Bird That Powers Civilization
There are currently more than 20 billion chickens on the planet, constituting humanity’s most important source of protein. But how did a humble fowl rise from the thickets of South Asian jungles to a position of such global supremacy? Reframing how we think about all domesticated animals, this history of our relationship with chickens ranges over four continents to trace their vital role in human cultures and the spread of civilization, from ancient Egyptian processions to the latest flu vaccines.
The Art of Flight
In the two tales that make up this volume, the bestselling author of The Fly Trap continues his exploration of the pleasures and trials of the people who study the smallest details of the natural world. In his characteristic blend of memoir and nature writing, he recalls his childhood and his career as a hoverfly collector, traces the lives of forgotten entomologists who left Sweden for the United States, and reflects on ambition, fear, romance and the richness of life.
The Cat Selector
How to Choose the Right Cat for You
Designed to help you choose the breed of cat that will make your perfect feline companion, David Alderton’s book begins with practical advice on choosing a kitten (or an adult cat), before setting out the history and characteristics of each breed. There is an astonishing variety of breeds, each beautifully photographed and arranged by type, from colourful cats (white, cream, red, lilac, etc.) to talented cats such as the Abyssinian, which you can train to retrieve balls.