Cacti and Succulents: Choosing, Styling, Caring
Named after the owner’s east London boutique, this illustrated introduction offers all the basic information needed to grow cacti and succulents successfully. It begins with a comprehensive directory that showcases the surprisingly diverse colours, shapes and sizes of the different species, then gives advice on caring for and displaying them, explaining how they are relatively low maintenance and make ideal house plants. Slightly off-mint. Felt tip mark on upper trimmed edge.
An A–Z Adventure through the Plant Kingdom
From the Alcoholic Agave, remarkable for its nine-metre high flower as well as its intoxicating sap, to Zoophilous plants and their cunning ways of attracting animal pollinators, this is an A–Z of botanical heroes, villains and eccentrics. The heroes are explorers and botanists such as Charles Darwin and EH Wilson; the villains include the deadly castor oil plant, described under U for Umbrella Assassinations. Slightly off-mint.
The Enlightenment's Natural Historian
An outstanding artist and natural historian, James Sowerby (1757–1822) was unusual in being his own researcher, writer, illustrator and publisher – and in being an artisan. This first full biography of Sowerby illuminates his contemporary world of natural scientists and is illustrated with his very fine engravings, including works from the great Flora Graeca; from Exotic Botany, which featured specimens sent from places as far-flung as Australia, Nepal and the Caribbean; and from books on fungi, fossils and minerals.
Wild Sri Lanka
Although one of the world’s smallest countries Sri Lanka is home to a wide range of wildlife, from Sperm Whale super-pods to dozens of species of endemic dragonflies. This well illustrated guide to the island’s habitats and its terrestrial and marine animals explains the factors that have contributed to this biodiversity and when and where to spot different creatures, as well as spectacles such as the annual Asian elephant Gathering, mixed-species flocks of rainforest birds and five species of turtle.
Jeremy Wade, whose angling adventures are featured on the television series River Monsters, tells the story of his lifelong quest to track down the freshwater predators that have a fearsome reputation in local traditions across the world. He brings his zoological expertise and personal observations to the description of such creatures as the Himalayan man-eating goonch and the huge paraiba (‘mother of all the fishes’) found in the Amazon.
The World of Birds
This extensive photographic guide to birds explains all aspects of their life, from anatomy and flight to plumage and song, and features explanatory drawings and diagrams. It includes a comprehensive survey of the 32 bird orders and 195 families, with an account of each one and reference panels detailing range, habitat, food and migration. In addition, it has a full glossary of terms and two exhaustive indexes, sorted by subject matter and bird name.
Diary of an Inner City Vet
Inner-city London vet Charlotte Rea reveals the endless variety of a job that requires her to shift rapidly from consoling a bereaved cat owner to treating a dog high on amphetamines to performing emergency surgery on a chicken. She also records her thoughts on contemporary issues in veterinary medicine such as animal euthanasia, mental health issues within the profession and ethical concerns around pedigree dog breeding.
The Life of an English Hen Harrier
The Forest of Bowland is a bleakly beautiful Lancashire upland, and one of the last redoubts of the hen harrier in England. This book follows the life of one exceptional harrier, immersing the reader in her day-to-day regimen of hunting, bathing, roosting and seeking a mate. It is also a fierce rallying cry against landowners who illegally exterminate birds of prey to protect the grouse that sportsmen pay to shoot.
A Naturalist's Guide to the Primates of Southeast Asia
East Asia and the Indian Sub-continent
Non-human primates in Southeast Asia are under threat, and this field guide lists 120 species with photographs, physical descriptions, ranges, unusual characteristics and tips for conservation-minded beginners searching for primates in the region.
Ways to Stimulate Your Dog's Brain and Avoid Boredom
In this illustrated handbook the canine psychologist Anders Hallgren outlines a series of simple physical and mental exercises that are designed to stimulate the senses and challenge the intelligence of our four-legged friends. Slightly off-mint.
The jacket assures us that ‘No dogs were harmed in the making of this book’, but some of them do look a bit apprehensive, some are loving it and the bull terrier is just humouring the odd photographer lady with the Frisbees and the wind machine (therein lies the trick). We dare you not to smile.
Wildlife of the Arctic
Collins Traveller's Guide
This illustrated guide begins by outlining the geology and climate of the Arctic, and the effects of global warming on the region. The listings that follow offer descriptions of each family of birds and mammals, in addition to fish, insects, plants and lichens; and the individual entries include information about appearance, behaviour patterns, threats to survival, and breeding and wintering grounds.
The Eponym Dictionary of Birds
Written by the authors of Whose Bird, but greatly expanded to list both scientific as well as vernacular birds’ names, the Dictionary has over 4,100 entries and covers more than 10,000 genera, species and subspecies. It provides brief details of the eponymous names – including steel magnates and princes along with the explorers, scientists and ornithologists – from Aagaard (the Buffy Fish Owl, Ketupa ketupa aagaardi) to Zusi (Bogota Surnangel, Helioangelus zusii).
The Book of Humans
The Story of How We Became Us
How exceptional are humans and how did we become different from the other animals? The presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Inside Science explores the latest research that reveals the extent to which behaviours once thought exclusively human are also found in other species. He focuses on different animals’ use of tools, including fire, and the prevalence of non-reproductive sexual acts; he also explains how evolution allowed us to develop a uniquely complex culture.
Field Guide to Pond and River Wildlife
Britain and Europe
A wildlife and underwater photographer, Jack Perks provides an accessible, well-illustrated guide to over 200 of the more common species – and a few rarities – found in freshwater habitats ranging from highland streams to artificial canals, and from garden ponds to great wetland sanctuaries for wintering birds. The book covers marginal and aquatic plants, invertebrates such as leeches, molluscs and insects, and vertebrates – fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Clear plastic jacket.
Using scanning electron microscopes, award-winning photojournalist Lennart Nilsson presents images of human development from conception to adulthood. His groundbreaking photographs capture with extraordinary detail the organs, hair and muscles that make up the body, as well as the bacteria and viruses that threaten life, including HIV and SARS. Likened to Leonardo da Vinci, his work combines technical skill with artistic flair to picture the intricate details of life. Slightly off-mint.
Animal Tales from the Telegraph's Resident Vet
From the case of the killer worms to budgies with itchy beaks, Pete Wedderburn documents some of the most memorable mysteries from his many years in veterinary practice and as vet-in-residence answering readers’ questions at the Telegraph. Among his patients are a ginger cat with a bad cough, a Newfoundland who wouldn’t budge, and a parrot who refused to talk; and after each case of veterinary detection, there are owners’ questions and answers about similar problems.
The Splendor of Birds
Art and Photographs from National Geographic
Throughout its endeavours to advance knowledge of the natural world, the National Geographic Society has created a remarkable archive of paintings and photographs. Hundreds of these images, showcasing the diversity of birds around the world, are reproduced in this large-format portfolio. Dating from 1888 to 2018, they include close ups and in-flight shots, with the majority showing the birds in their natural habitats. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge. American spelling.
The Hidden Wonders of Our Oceans and How We Can Protect Them
Alex Rogers has spent the past 30 years studying marine life, and is a consultant on the BBC series Blue Planet. Here, he shares his discoveries – underwater mountains, coral reefs and strange creatures – and explains the workings of this complex ecosystem, which contains 90 percent of the Earth’s life-forms. He goes on to warn of the threat it faces from overfishing, pollution and climate change, and suggests ways in which we can protect it.
1799–1865, Gardener-Botanist and Pioneer Orchidologist
John Lindley is remembered primarily for his pioneering work on orchids, but he was also a scientist, author and journalist. He was instrumental in saving Kew Gardens from closure and sat on a government commission into the Irish Potato Famine. This commemorative volume includes a survey of his life and career, followed by essays on aspects of his botanical work, accounts of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Lindley Library and Lindley Medal, and colour plates that illustrate his skill as a botanical artist.
The Secret Language of Trees
This illustrated compendium offers information such as the Latin name, habitat, history, associations, intriguing facts and famous quotes pertaining to 50 genera of trees from around the world. It also contains chapters that cover the spiritual and medicinal properties of trees, how they have inspired the work of artists, authors and composers over the centuries and the threats posed to them by fungi, parasites and humans.
George Steinmetz was in the Central Sahara using a motorized paraglider to take photographs when he made a slow, angled descent towards a rare sight of two camel caravans passing one another. The result – ‘a macro overview and at the same time a more human, three-dimensional sense of place’ – set Steinmetz off on a 15-year mission, paragliding over deserts across the world. In this magnificent book he tells the stories of his travels and shares images that show the variety and strangeness of Earth’s wildernesses.
The Dark Stuff
Stories from the Peatlands
Blending memoir, travelogue and natural history, The Dark Stuff investigates a unique, often undervalued resource. Recalling his childhood on the moorland of Lewis, Murray explores the story of peat-cutting for fuel and compost. He visits peatlands from Ireland to Australia, examines the role of peat in folklore and the ancient bodies preserved in it, and explains the environmental threats faced by peat landscapes.
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.
A Rum Affair
A True Story of Botanical Fraud
In 1954 Professor John Heslop Harrison published his discovery of several plants on the island of Rum that were found nowhere else in Britain – they had, he claimed, survived the Ice Age. John Raven, a gifted amateur botanist, went to investigate and revealed Harrison’s claim as untrue, but academic botanists closed ranks and Raven’s report was never published. Karl Sabbagh tells the story of the two men and this strange episode of botanical fraud.
The Invention of Nature
The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science
Napoleon envied his achievements and Darwin called him the ‘greatest scientific traveller who ever lived’, but the writings of Humboldt (1769–1859) are now largely forgotten. This award-winning biography follows the visionary scientist’s travels around the world and highlights the extent to which his ideas shaped our thinking about ecology, climate change and the natural world.
The Wild Flora of Kew Gardens
A Cumulative Checklist from 1759
Famed for cultivating plants from around the world, Kew Gardens is also home to many uncultivated species. Drawing on historic citations and herbarium specimen records, this illustrated catalogue lists all native and alien flora documented growing wild at Kew since its foundation in 1759.
Butterflies of India
A Naturalist's Guide to the
Common butterflies of the Southeast Asian region include the Common Emigrant, the Yamfly and Swallowtails. This visual guide includes multiple images to clarify identification, for instance picturing the Painted Sawtooth in the listing for the Common Jezebel for comparison.
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 50 Best Wildflower Sites in the World
With over 200 images, 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.
Epitaph for the Ash
In Search of Recovery and Renewal
Alarmed by the appearance in the UK of Ash Dieback, Lisa Samson travels the length of these islands to assess the seriousness of the threat to a much-loved tree, and the measures taken by environmentalists to ensure its survival. When she is diagnosed with a brain tumour and faces life-changing surgery, the fate of the ash becomes a mirror of her own.
Joseph Hooker's Rhododendrons of Sikkim-Himalaya
Joseph Hooker’s perilous explorations in the Himalayas between 1848 and 1851 resulted in the collection of some 5,000 different species of plants, none more celebrated than the rhododendrons. The three volumes of Rhododendrons of Sikkim-Himalaya (1849, 1851), with Hooker’s rough sketches transformed into lithographs by the botanical artist Walter Hood Fitch, were to have a lasting impact on British gardening. This facsimile edition presents the three volumes bound as one, along with short introductory essays. No jacket.
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.
An Anthology of Stories and Poems
‘Cat: a pygmy lion who loves mice, hates dogs and patronizes human beings’, wrote Oliver Herford (1863–1935); but far from taking offence, we have sung the praises of cats in poetry and prose since the Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead asked, ‘Who is this Cat?’ This anthology is arranged by theme, from the ‘Fireside Phoenix’ to ‘Requiescat’, and includes writers and poets from Aesop to Jerome K Jerome – and many famous literary cats.
A collaboration between Ralph Steadman and the filmmaker and conservationist Ceri Levy, the award-winning Extinct Boids surveyed the birds we have lost; Nextinction shifts the focus to those we are about to lose. Levy’s ‘With a Wing and a Prayer’ commentary tells the stories of 192 species on the Critically Endangered List; while Steadman depicts the birds on the brink of extinction, such as the Giant Ibis and the Kakapo, and some rather dubious species including the Unsociable Lapwing and the Ooshut Doorbang.
The Travelling Vet
From Pets to Pandas: My Life with Animals
Jonathan Cranston treats cows, dogs, pigs and cats at his Cotswolds veterinary practice, but he has also had a remarkable career working around the world with species including crocodiles, rhinos and pandas, and as an advisor on the Jurassic World franchise. In this anecdotal collection he shares some of his more peculiar and poignant experiences, which include microchipping armadillos, anaesthetising giraffes, birthing calves, castrating a sugar glider and encountering victims of rhino poaching.
The Art of Ornithology
This chronological account charts the development of bird art from early decorative images to scientifically accurate modern portrayals, focusing mainly on the period between 1650 and the present day. Presenting an extensive selection of original artwork from the collections of the Natural History Museum, Jonathan Elphick interweaves ornithological information with brief biographies of the artists, descriptions of the techniques they used and a critical appraisal of their work, encouraging a deeper appreciation of bird art and the riches of avian life.
A Natural History
Beginning with the origins of Caninae and ending with a directory of 32 popular modern breeds, this colourful volume surveys the biology and behaviour of dogs, how they think and how they interact with people. Written by a team of experts, the book discusses the life of wild dogs as well as the different roles they play as companions, guard dogs, herders and co-workers, and also considers the future for canines in our changing society.
A Story of Love and Loathing in Modern Britain
For some, the fox is a beautiful, intelligent creature; for others, a ravager of henhouses. Lucy Jones probes these conflicted attitudes, and examines her own family history of foxhunting. She investigates the animal’s behaviour and reputation for cunning, charts attempts to exterminate it from the Tudor ‘Vermin Acts’ onwards, and traces the fox through folklore and literature from Aesop’s fables to Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox.
The Living Jigsaw
The Secret Life in Your Garden
As Chris Packham writes in his foreword, gardening need not be a battle for dominance over nature. Val Bourne recounts her own conversion to natural gardening and explains how, by choosing the right plants and allowing natural predators to deal with pests, rather than applying chemicals, gardens can be created that are both beautiful and animal friendly. The final chapter suggests 100 plants for an eco-friendly garden that supports and complements its wildlife.
Birdhouses of the World
Chosen for their remarkable display of creativity, the forty birdhouses in this illustrated collection include traditional, wooden designs placed in unusual formations, sleek models made from modern materials, and ornate, fantastical designs featuring heavily carved wood and stained glass windows. While not necessarily functional, each one is a talking point and design feature.
Extraordinary Edens from Around the World
Throughout history, monarchs around the world have created magnificent gardens both for relaxation and to advertise their wealth and power. Illustrated with 150 colour photographs, this book explores 20 of the finest, including Louis XIV’s Versailles, Frederick the Great’s Sanssouci, the royal palaces of Fez and Edo Castle in Tokyo. Each entry charts the history of the garden, profiles its creators, describes its style, planning and principles, and includes interviews with the present owners.
The Bauer Brothers
Images of Nature
Franz and Ferdinand Bauer were ground-breaking 18th- and early 19th-century natural history artists. Growing up in Austria, Franz went on to work at Kew Gardens, while Ferdinand travelled to Australia. This volume includes pioneering microscopical drawings depicting plant anatomy, and newly discovered animals, such as the platypus and koala.
The Art of the First Fleet
Images of Nature
With no official naturalist travelling with the First Fleet, landscape artist turned convict, Thomas Watling, produced many of the watercolours and drawings in this collection. Depicting alien landscapes, flora and fauna and the undeveloped Sydney Cove, these images offer a detailed insight into the lifestyle of the indigenous population.
The Age of the Horse
An Equine Journey Through Human History
Susanna Forrest’s ‘equine journey’ comprises several different itineraries, guiding the reader through the various ways in which humankind has used the horse. In each chapter she sets out from a site visited quite recently – among them a Mongolian steppe, a manège in Versailles, an American sale barn, a polo field outside Beijing and a Portuguese bullring – to explore how the horse has been ridden, harnessed, eaten, kept as a pet, raced for sport or sent to war.
Starting out in Eventing
An Introduction to Having Fun Cross-Country
In this illustrated manual, an experienced trainer, judge and course designer describes the key considerations for both horse and rider when tackling the cross-country component of eventing, including advice on schooling schedules and approaching specific obstacles.
As a child Portia Simpson was happiest outside – hunting birds’ nests, fishing in the river or racing pet snails – and in 2003 she became the first woman in Scotland to qualify as a gamekeeper and wildlife manager. In this memoir, she describes her entry into a profession traditionally dominated by men, gives an insight into the humour and camaraderie of the world of gamekeeping, and conveys the beauty of the Hebridean landscape in which she worked.
A Summer of British Wildlife
100 Great Days Out Watching Wildlife
From hearing the dawn chorus to lying in a meadow of orchids or spotting migratory birds and butterflies, this Bradt guide details 100 experiences – one for each day of the season – that epitomize summer for nature lovers. 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.
Health and Welfare
Written by the veterinary surgeon and Shooting Times canine expert Tony Buckwell, this illustrated guide is suitable for both the novice and the experienced gundog owner. It looks at issues such as choosing a breeder and acquiring a healthy puppy with the right temperament, and also offers health advice, including recognizing and dealing with illnesses, reducing the risks of injury and disease, emergency first aid and senior care.
The Marine Life of Seychelles
Created by two photographers, one a Seychelles resident and conservationist, the other an award-winning specialist in underwater photography, this book records the vibrant marine life of the Seychelles’ coral reefs, granite seascapes, mangroves and seagrass beds. As well as the islands’ ecosystems, turtles, fishes and invertebrates, the authors include chapters on their status as Marine Protected Areas; conservation issues and the challenge of protecting this ‘underwater Eden’; and technical notes on the photography.
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rocks
Minerals and Gemstones
This volume is a comprehensive introduction to the study of rocks and minerals, with chapters devoted to understanding their formation, types and properties preceding the main directories. Each entry contains a full description, notes on identification, one or more photographs and an information box with geological data – grain size, texture, structure etc for rocks, and crystal system, colour etc for minerals. Altogether the encyclopedia describes around 300 specimens, shown in over 800 photographs.
The Art of Returning to Nature
Mixing memoir and practical advice, this book shows how to reconnect with the sights, sounds and smells of the wild. Challenging the idea that this can only happen in the countryside, it argues that nature benefits mental and physical health even in an urban environment.
The Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney
A celebratory anthology of plants and flowers, this Florilegium was created by today’s botanical artists to mark the 200th anniversary of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney. Australia’s extraordinary flora has beguiled botanists and plant collectors since Sir Joseph Banks, who arrived in Sydney Cove in 1770, and each of the 85 plants depicted in this volume is accompanied by notes on its history, including early admirers among plant hunters, as well as a botanical description.
The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Dogs
Breeds & Care
Illustrated with more than 700 colour photographs, this comprehensive guide begins with advice on choosing a dog. It goes on to offer practical information on how to look after it, including tips on grooming, training, breeding and whelping, as well as general health and essential first aid. The third section comprises a visual reference section covering 180 breeds from all over the world, arranged by group.
Spying on Whales
The Past, Present and Future of the World's Largest Animals
Whales are among the largest, most intelligent and deepest-diving species to have lived on our planet. Despite humans having both revered and hunted them throughout history, there are still many scientific mysteries associated with them. Palaeontologist Nick Pyenson focuses on what we can learn about their evolutionary history from fossil records and travels the world to explore their current plight and prospects of future survival.
The Birds of CITES
And How to Identify Them
This comprehensive reference handbook was produced for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, to describe the birds of the world threatened with depletion or extinction. The large, beautifully drawn illustrations capture in exquisite detail many hundreds of species, and for each one there is information on its physical characteristics and its range. All technical terms are clearly explained, and there is a helpful guide to bird families.
A Dog Called Dez
The True Story of How One Amazing Dog Changed His Owner's Life
John Tovey's story is one of delinquency during a tough childhood in Bristol, followed by episodes of violence, alcoholism and a spell in prison. Redemption for him came following the greatest catastrophe of his life when he went blind at the age of 42. This memoir recounts how a self-confessed 'bad lad' came to view life from a completely new perspective thanks to his partnership with his guide dog, Dez.
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 (gorillas, chimpanzees and orang-utans), 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.
Katie Jerram's Modern Horse Management
With advice on stables and shelters, grooming and bodywork, general handling and leading, this illustrated manual outlines ways of improving horse management skills for show horses, racehorses and eventers by rethinking habitual practices and applying new techniques to traditional training principles. Off-mint.
An Illustrated Miscellany
An Abyssinian cat, ‘the goddess Bastet in person’; Sylvester; a cat bounding away from Gabriel in Lorenzo Lotto’s Annunciation (1527); Raymond Chandler with his black cat; paintings by Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen... Frédéric Vitoux’s book is a beguiling cabinet of curiosities for the literary and artistically inclined cat-lover: he reflects on different breeds; books and films in which cats play essential roles; writers’ cats; works of art; and a true miscellany of topics including Zen, the Chat Noir and the cats of Venice.
The Wood for the Trees
One Man's Long View of Nature
In 2011, the scientist Richard Fortey bought four acres of beech woodland in the Oxfordshire Chilterns. His month-by-month account of a year in the woods begins with the appearance of bluebells in April and ends as nature springs back to life in March. In between, he recounts tree-felling in January, moth-hunting in June, explains the complex network of plant and animal life that sustains the wood, and offers recipes for wild mushrooms and other delicacies foraged from the undergrowth. American-cut pages.
A Century On
Between 1899 and 1911, EH Wilson (1876–1930), the foremost plant hunter of his generation, travelled extensively in China. Initially searching for the dove tree, Davidia involucrata, he eventually collected and introduced many hundreds of plants into western gardens and arboreta. A century after Wilson, Flanagan and Kirkham, two modern-day plant hunters, retraced his routes to the high passes and exotic species of western China, often matching Wilson’s photographs of remarkable trees and landscapes with their own then-and-now images.
Wild Flowers of Britain and Europe
This practical and easy-to-use guide describes more than 250 species with details of characteristics, range and habitats, botanical illustrations and photographs, notes on similar species and tips for field work. It is introduced by Tony Soper and includes general notes on plant families and a glossary of botanical terms. A plastic jacket makes it suitable for use in the great outdoors.
The End of the End of the Earth
Concentrating on his great loves – literature, which ‘invites you to ask whether you might be somewhat wrong’, and birds, from East African warblers to Antarctic penguins – Franzen’s collection of frank, ironic pieces reflect his thoughts on the modern world and environmental changes in particular.
A Natural History
Far from being ‘bird brains’, chickens demonstrate a range of unique abilities that have made them an integral part of humans’ lives for thousands of years. This science-based exploration compiles the characteristics of forty popular breeds and explains how their anatomy and physiology inform their behaviour. It also presents insights into their intelligence and thought processes and includes practical ‘theory into practice’ panels designed to help keepers better understand their poultry. Off-mint.
Training for a Supple Horse
Written by the noted dressage trainer Johannes Beck-Broichsitter and illustrated with colour photographs, this step-by-step guide to lateral work outlines training, stretching and loosening regimens designed to improve a horse’s suppleness and keep him moving freely. Slightly off-mint.
The London Bird Atlas
Within a 20-mile radius of St Paul’s – the area covered by the London Natural History Society – no less than 370 species of birds have been observed. This atlas profiles 200 of the most common, from mute swans to house sparrows. Each entry is illustrated with colour photographs and a map showing distribution. The text also describes the capital’s varied habitats, including brownfield sites, woodland and wetlands, and contains a gazetteer of sites.
The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Cats, Breeds and Care
Part One of this comprehensive visual guide to domestic cats opens with a brief history of the feline. It goes on to offer the latest veterinary-approved advice on subjects including choosing a kitten, feeding and nutrition, and essential health care. Part Two is a photographic encyclopaedia of the different breeds, comprising information on the coat, eyes, grooming needs and temperament of each, plus tips on breeding and showing.
The Inner Life of Cats
The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions
This guide to feline nature and neuroses aims to decode the often-puzzling behaviour exhibited by cats, and explain how we can better understand their thoughts and actions, and what they are trying to communicate. Blending the latest scientific research with observations of how his kitten, Augusta, has developed, the author explores how owners can improve their cat’s quality of life and the relationship they share. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on upper trimmed edge.
A Dog's Life
A Celebration of Our Best Friend
‘What are the three words that best describe your dog?’ was the question that the award-winning artist Hannah Dale asked 6,000 canine owners, and it is their responses that inform this celebration of the pet. Each of her paintings is accompanied by a description of the traits and characteristics that typify the 50 breeds featured, from the loyal Labrador to the impulsive Irish Setter.
The Fight for Beauty
Our Path to a Better Future
In an age when public policy gives precedence to economic arguments, the word ‘beauty’ is now rarely found in official documents. But Reynolds, former Director-General of the National Trust, shows that this was not always the case. Looking back at successful campaigns for heritage and nature conservation, she issues a new and urgent call to arms: ‘If we care about our future, we need to fight for beauty.’
Dispatches from Earth's Most Vital Frontlines
Drawing on decades of campaigning and first-hand experiences, this illustrated book explains the importance of rainforests and how their decline must be managed in the face of the demands of a growing population and the drive for economic development. Spanning the Americas, Africa and Asia, it examines threats including logging and cattle-ranching and uses scientific evidence and local knowledge to set out the measures needed to save what remains of these vital ecosystems.
In close-up photographs of flowers and their pollinators, the wildlife photographer Heather Angel reveals the key floral parts which aid reproduction and shows precisely how and where pollen is transferred to particular visitors. Taken in Kew Gardens, her own garden in Surrey and 20 different countries, the photographs include studies of wind pollination as well as bees, blister beetles and butterflies, a honey possum and many different birds, all captured in the act of pollinating. Slightly off-mint.
Magnolias in Art and Cultivation
First brought to Britain from North America in 1687, the magnolia is considered to be one of our most beautiful ornamental trees. This volume presents over 150 large-scale and finely detailed paintings of the flowers by award-winning botanical artist Barbara Oozeerally. Each illustration is accompanied by authoritative information about their cultivation, and full botanical descriptions, covering all hardy species and around 100 hybrids.
The British Oak
Visiting trees with names like ‘The Monarch’ and ‘Old Knobbley’, Archie Miles’s well illustrated book combines profiles of 50 famous old oaks with an overview of the oak tree in British culture, society and economy. There are chapters on the history of the oak, its place in myth and folklore, art and literature, and its vital role in building and ship-building, but also in many smaller industries, from tanning and pannage (pigs foraging for acorns) to charcoal burning and fish smoking.
Flora of the Cayman Islands
In just 260 square kilometres the Caymans support 415 species of native plants, 29 of them unique to the islands. Illustrated with 250 drawings and 400 colour photographs, this thoroughly revised handbook describes these species and the geography and botanical history of the archipelago.
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.
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 comprehensive introduction and identification guide to the nature and wildlife of Devon provides details of its bird, animal and plant life, and offers information about key wildlife locations and nature reserves in the county.
The Physics of Animal Life
An intriguing and amusing insight into the animal world, this Popular Science title explains how 30 species have evolved to exploit the laws of physics, from how wet dogs shake themselves dry to how peacocks generate inaudible (to the human ear) sounds to attract a mate.
The Lifeguard Dog
For five years, 14-stone chocolate Newfoundland Bilbo worked alongside his owner Steve Jamieson as the UK’s only trained lifeguard dog, during which time he saved three lives. Steve reflects on the special bond he had with his remarkable pet, shares stories from their time working together on Cornwall’s Sennen Beach and explains what happened when bureaucracy threatened their way of life.
A History of Britain in 100 Dogs
Showing how our canine companions have shared our history, Emma White’s dogs range from the indigenous fighting and hunting dogs of Roman Britain to 2003 and the native breeds now vulnerable to extinction. The illustrated history covers legendary dogs, famous individuals such as Greyfriars Bobby, Lassie and Charles Darwin’s Polly; topics including dog carts, heraldry and the RSPCA; and dogs of the same breed or function, such as bloodhounds, collies, regimental mascots, and heroes – the Dickin award-winners. Slightly off-mint.
More Fun with Clicker Training
How Communication and Signing Can Improve Learning with Your Dog
Clicker training uses incentives to improve the initiative and overall behaviour of a dog. This guide outlines the basic premise of the method and advises on training for a variety of scenarios, such as pulling on the lead.
Trust Instead of Dominance
Working Towards a New Form of Ethical Horsemanship
Written from a behavioural science perspective, and covering a range of topics from herd behaviour to the concept of hierarchy, this illustrated guide to horsemanship explains how to foster a more holistic relationship between human and steed. Slightly off-mint.
What a Fish Knows
The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins
Do goldfish really have a three-second memory? How does an archerfish hone its hunting skills? Can fish recognize human faces, appreciate music or feel pain? By presenting the fascinating findings of scientific research into their cognitive and sensory worlds, their sex lives and social structures, Balcombe prompts us to reconsider the intellectual abilities of our aquatic cousins so that we can more easily feel compassion towards them.
A Quiet Word with Your Horse
Learning by Reward - The Key to Motivation and Trust
Based on the concept of positive reinforcement, the clicker training system outlined in this handbook by behavioural biologist and equine specialist Marlitt Wendt explains communication methods that can be modified to suit the individual horse’s character.
Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana Including the Okavango Delta
Useful in Countries and Geographical Areas Adjacent to Northern Botswana in the Zambesi Basin
With over 2,400 photographs of plants in the bush, this concise modern handbook describes around 530 flowering herbs, trees, shrubs, ferns, grasses and sedges, and includes information on traditional uses and beliefs for each species. The guide is carefully written to be useful to a wide range of professionals and tourists, including non-botanists and people whose first language is not English.
A Cultural History
Jim Endersby explores ‘the curious and unexpected variety of significances that people have ascribed to orchids’ in western cultures, from Theophrastus’ herbals in ancient Greece to Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep, deadly species in science-fiction and ongoing research into Spider Orchids on the South Downs. The book looks at our relationship with orchids in terms of science, sex and death, and examines the theme of empire, describing how European imperial expansion and wealth stimulated the search for ever rarer orchids.
Field Guide to the Birds of Britain and Ireland
Written by birdwatching expert Mark Golley and with more than 1,000 full-colour illustrations by leading bird artist David Daly, this compact guide is arranged in taxonomic species order. It includes identification tips, details of habitat and describes calls for over 280 species of birds, both those seen regularly in Britain and Ireland and some of the less common migrants.
Heather Angel's Wild Kew
The trees, lawns and open water at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew attract a diverse range of wildlife all year round. Arranged by season, the photographs in this book capture winter wildfowl, spring flowers, the butterflies of summer, and autumn fungi. The text explains their habits and lifecycles, each entry offers tips for photographers, and a map shows the best spots to take wildlife pictures.
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.