Shades of Green
An Environmental and Cultural History of Sitka Spruce
Introduced from the temperate rainforests of North America, the Sitka spruce was planted on unproductive uplands in Britain, flourished and produced timber where few other trees would grow, yet it has become ‘the most hated tree’ for the British public. Ruth Tittensor, a specialist in the ecology, history and management of woodland, presents a comprehensive ecological and cultural history of the Sitka spruce, explaining its economic significance and hoping to encourage a wider appreciation of this quite remarkable tree.
Deer and People
Despite deer being central to human cultures throughout time, from hunter-gatherers to post-medieval deer hunting, this is the first multi-disciplinary volume dedicated to research into human–cervid relationships. Covering Europe, North America and Asia, the 24 essays range from the archaezoology of deer to the image of the courtly huntress, and include studies of dispersal patterns, exploitation, symbolic significance, and effects on landscape and land management.
Karl Jordan and the Naturalist Tradition
‘How do we know what we know about biodiversity and, conversely, why do we seem to know so little?’ Kristin Johnson approaches those questions through a study of Karl Jordan (1861–1959), a taxonomist and Curator of Insects at the Natural History Museum, London, who devoted his life to naming, describing and ordering a small subset of Earth’s biodiversity – over 3,000 species of Lepidoptera, Coleoptera and Siphonaptera.
Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana Including the Okavango Delta
Including the Okavango Delta
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.
Pain-Free Horse Riding
An Illustrated Guide to Prevention, Self-Care, and Injury Management for Riders of All Abilities
A physiotherapist and a specialist in the techniques of Myofascial release, Nikki Robinson presents an illustrated guide to self-care and injury management for riders of all abilities. Beginning with posture, the book addresses common conditions affecting riders, including back and neck pain, tendonitis, joint pain and stiffness, and repetitive strain injury, with practical guidance on solving problems and preventing new ones.
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 by 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.
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 Little Guide to Birds
Delicately illustrated by the printmaker Tom Frost and supplemented with facts and fables, this pocket guide features information on 40 avian species from all over the world – from common garden varieties to exotic flyers, birds of prey and sea-faring fowl. A section at the back provides a space to tick off each bird when spotted.
Penguins' anthropomorphic qualities have contributed to their popularity, but it is the extreme conditions in which they live and the extraordinary behaviours that they have evolved that makes them so fascinating. This photographic celebration focuses on the penguins of the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic islands, studying the birds' feeding, courtship, breeding and survival behaviours and remote habitats, and also contains a 'fact file' profiling the 17 commonly recognized species, from the Emperors of the sea-ice to the lesser-known warm-weather penguins.
Songs of Love and War
The Dark Heart of Bird Behaviour
Inspired by his observations of songbirds in the New Forest, Dominic Couzens set out to learn as much as possible about their lives and behaviour, including what compels them to sing. He reveals in this volume a harsh reality, with battles against starvation, predation and disease, and concludes that it is the least we can do to conserve their habitats.
Atlas of Oceans
An Ecological Survey of Underwater Life
All life on Earth depends on the oceans and seas that cover two-thirds of the planet’s surface, and these are now under threat as never before. With maps, diagrams and photographs, this ecological survey explores the geology of the oceans, their tides and currents, their diverse habitats and the array of creatures that live in them. There is also information on environmental dangers such as pollution, over-fishing and climate change, and the ‘red list’ of endangered species.
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.
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.
On the Origin of Species
By Means of Natural Selection
A landmark of scientific investigation and discovery by the pioneer of evolutionary biology, Origin of Species (1859) presented Darwin’s revolutionary theory that the process of natural selection ensures the survival of those species most efficiently adapted to their environment. This is a reprint of the sixth (1872) edition, the last published in Darwin’s lifetime.
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.
Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar
The island of Madagascar boasts almost 1,000 species of orchid, and nearly 90 per cent of those are endemic. Illustrating over 400 species in colour, along with descriptions, distribution maps and keys to genera, this is a detailed botanist’s field guide to Madagascar’s flowering orchids.
The Everyday Guide to British Birds
Designed for bird-watching beginners and nature enthusiasts, the Everyday Guide concentrates on around 80 of Britain’s most abundant species, with a double-page spread of clearly written descriptions and colour photographs for each bird. The entries also include advice on the most likely places to see the species, interesting facts about them and notes on different birds of similar appearance. Off-mint
The Wild Book
Outdoor Activities to Unleash Your Inner Child
On a mission to rediscover the world around him and remind adults of how much fun it is to spend time outside, Scarfe researched over 50 outdoor activities. As well as camping, hiking and skimming stones, this guide covers cloud spotting, free running, yodelling, dowsing and making sloe gin. There are diagrams, instructions and useful background information to help readers discover Wildness on their own doorstep.
The Old Ways
A Journey on Foot
Walking a thousand miles or more along tracks and holloways, drove roads and seaways in England, Scotland and abroad, Macfarlane goes in search of ‘the ghosts and voices that haunt ancient paths’, but encounters both past and present in the landscape. A journey of the imagination as well as over land and sea, the book ranges across topics including sailing to the Shiants, the Calzada Romana in Spain and another walker of old roads, the poet Edward Thomas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wonders of the Atmosphere from Dust Storms to Lightning Strikes
Selecting the most visually striking and unusual examples from around the world, this Met Office collection includes both satellite imagery and ground-based photography to show strange effects such as blood-red mammatus clouds in a post-cyclonic sunset, the concentric rings of a ‘glory’ on Golden Gate Bridge, horizontal lightning or the awesome clouds of supercell thunder storms.
Mapping the World's Greatest Mountains
Combining technology developed by the German Aerospace Center with the experiences of great mountaineers, this volume profiles 13 mountains, including the ‘eight-thousanders’ Everest, K2, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and the ‘killer mountain’ Nanga Parbat. The chapter for each peak comprises photographs, a history of early ascents, geographical information and a mountaineer’s personal account of their climb: in effect, a history of mountaineering, accompanied by 3D maps created from high-resolution satellite data and ‘virtual’ images of some of Earth’s most challenging terrain.
The Creeping Garden
Irrational Encounters with Plasmodial Slime Moulds
Long overlooked by both natural historians and the public, slime moulds are among the strangest life-forms on the planet. Composed of single-celled organisms, they can move around forests and grasslands in a manner that some consider intelligent. This extensively illustrated companion to the documentary The Creeping Garden explains their structure and life cycle, the body of research into them, and the making of the film itself.
A 21st Century Garden
Drowning in Flowers : My Garden
The Austrian conservationist Georg Grabherr aims to inspire amateur horticulturalists to convert their outside space into a 'Noah's Ark' of threatened trees, plants and flowers. Featuring numerous images of his own garden through the seasons by the award-winning photographer Lois Lammerhuber, he explains how, over time, he has created an ecological haven in his back garden. Text in German and English.
of Popular Garden Flowers
The Victorians were passionate about flowers, both in their gardens and in art, and the period saw some of the most superb botanical journals ever published. This volume reproduces hand-coloured lithographs from one of the finest from the 1860s, The Floral Magazine, a collaboration between the botanical illustrator James Andrews and the Rev HH Dombrain. Each of the 95 plants is shown in a full-page reproduction, with Dombrain's text revealing the preoccupations, joys and setbacks of Victorian flower growers.
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.
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.
From the familiar Great Auk to obscure island finches, this listing describes all the bird species known to have disappeared in the last 700 years and now represented by museum specimens, credible accounts and illustration. Each entry includes details of status, range and location of specimens, followed by a description and history, with quotations from written records. There is also a listing of ‘hypothetical birds’, known by very few specimens and unverified accounts, and appendices dealing with doubtful and deficient taxa.
Waiting for the Albino Dunnock
How Birds Can Change Your Life
Despite having written many books about the countryside, including the bestselling Country Wisdom, Rosamond Richardson only started birdwatching in her sixties. This lyrical blend of science, mythology, philosophy and poetic excerpts conveys her growing engagement with the beauty of birds, and the joy and serenity brought by 'ornitheology'. The result is a precisely observed exploration of the importance of nature to one’s mental and emotional wellbeing.
The Last Elephants
A census in 2016 revealed that an elephant is killed every 15 minutes in Africa. This response to the survey’s findings is comprised of observations by conservationists, scientists and activists and over 250 images by the continent’s top wildlife photographers. Together they reveal the efforts of those working for the welfare of the species, but also demonstrate the need for international action to prevent extinction.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Requiring shallow, warm, clean waters to thrive, a coral is a colony of tiny sac-like polyps that over time produces calcified stony reefs of fabulous colour and complexity. This exhibition catalogue, inspired by the collection at the Manchester Museum, presents a series of essays examining various aspects of coral, including its use in jewellery and ornament; its symbolic importance throughout history; its unusual natural history; and the sensitivity of coral reefs to climate change and pollution.
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.
and Bory Latour-Marliac, the Genius Behind Monet's Water Lilies
Water lilies have had symbolic, decorative and practical significance for millennia, but it was only in the 19th century that Bory Latour-Marliac introduced colourful, hardy water lilies to Europe by creating new hybrids, and supplied the specimens for Monet’s garden that inspired 200 world-famous paintings. In this well illustrated volume garden historian Caroline Holmes records Latour-Marliac’s work, including a chapter on Monet’s garden, a short history of water lilies and their legacy, and advice on how to grow them.
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 Aurelian Legacy
British Butterflies and Their Collectors
After a history of butterfly collecting in Britain and a chapter on the methods of the early lepidopterists, this volume presents profiles of 101 collectors, from Thomas Moffet (1553–1604) to John Heath (1922–1987), each illustrated with a contemporary portrait. The ‘Aurelians’ are followed by a survey of some of the historically interesting species they collected, and a discussion of conservation and collecting. Finally, the book lists all British and Irish butterflies, with past and present common names.
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.
Tales from an Organic Farm
Recording the lives of eight of her piglets from birth to six months old, and her consultations with the Soil Association and government ministers, organic farmer Helen Browning demonstrates the importance of considering animal welfare in contemporary discussions about food, climate change and biodiversity.
Idiot's Guides: Dog Training
Eschewing the use of retractable leads, bells or whistles to control your dog, this book favours the 'lure and reward' method of training; the lure is usually food, but toys or balls work for some dogs. The programme includes chapters on understanding your pet's behaviour and house-training, as well as basic obedience training drills and methods for correcting problem behaviours.
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.
From Chelsea Physic Garden
The Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society was founded in 1995 to record the flora of this historic botanic garden. It has since generated an extensive archive of meticulously executed artworks and this volume reproduces over 70 watercolours by the finest contemporary illustrators. Ranging from ferns and flowers to woodland trees, each full-page illustration is accompanied by notes about the plant and its use in traditional and modern medicine.
The Art of Flight
The bestselling author of The Fly Trap continues his exploration of the richness of life in these two tales. A love of pine trees set him on course to trace the life of landscape artist Gunnar Widforss, ‘the painter of the National Parks’, across Europe and America in the first story. The second, inspired by the life of Swedish zoologist Gustaf Eisen, blends memoir and nature writing and reflects on the strange paths life can take us down.
A Season in the Wilderness
This classic of American nature writing records the author’s time as a ranger in the canyons of Utah. A rallying-cry for the protection of wilderness, it describes the stark beauty of the landscape: its terracotta earth, arching rock formations, wild horses and Pueblo Indian petroglyphs. First published half a century ago, this new edition includes an introduction by the writer and wildlife campaigner Robert Macfarlane.
The Coral Triangle
Deep-sea basins, shallow continental shelves and warm waters are the conditions that have produced the largest concentration of coral reefs in the world, making the island-dotted waters between the Pacific and Indian Oceans a haven for divers. With colourful underwater photography, this book explores the enormous biodiversity of the region and the delicate balance of its ecology, introducing each of the countries within the Coral Triangle and reviewing its marine life, endangered species and the conservation work being undertaken.
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.
Working with Nature
Saving and Using the World's Wild Places
Combining memoir and travelogue, the botanist and conservationist Jeremy Purseglove describes how nature has long been exploited across our planet, considering issues such as the palm oil trade in Indonesia, land grabs in Africa and peat farming in Britain. He outlines how the earth's precious resources can be harvested more carefully and suggests workable alternatives to what he refers to as 'grim industrialised monocultures'.
How Britain Has Been Forged by the Wind
The menacing low-pressure system (dubbed Low Z by the meteorological community), gale-force winds and resulting storm surge of 31 January 1953 took 307 lives around the coast of Britain, inundating Canvey Island and its 10,000 inhabitants and sinking the Princess Victoria car ferry off Stranraer, along with 105 passengers. Beattie’s account draws on meteorology, literature and social history to describe how the wind, with its storms and prevailing breezes, has affected Britain’s landscapes and people.
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 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).
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 Natural History
Malcolm Schuyl, a biologist and wildlife photographer with a passion for swans, presents a very accessible introduction to their biology, life cycle and behaviour, their domestication and their significance in cultural life, along with a remarkable collection of photographs taken over many years of observing these beautiful birds. The book concentrates on the Mute or Common Swan, and its special place in folk traditions and in literature and art, from Aesop to the band T. Rex.
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 Abominable History
Graham Hoyland, who once found and filmed yeti footprints in Bhutan, investigates our enduring fascination with the ancient legend of this large primate unknown to science. He considers possible explanations for yeti sightings but also delves deeper into the strange world of ‘cryptids’ to ask why we want to believe in the existence of mythical beasts – and what our ‘post-truth’ world can learn from those reports that have been revealed as hoaxes.
Exploring the Wonders of Animal Navigation
From dung beetles steering by the stars to salmon following scents and birds using geomagnetism, many animals make long journeys with unerring accuracy. This book reveals their amazing feats of navigation and reviews the latest research into the subject.
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.
The Animal's Companion
People and their Pets: A 26,000-Year-Old Love Story
Starting with the earliest known evidence of ‘our role as an animal’s companion’ – the paw- and footprints of a boy and a dog walking in a cave 26,000 years ago – this is a history, not of pets, but of pet owners. Discussing individuals from aristocrats to rat-catchers, Harvey examines our relationship to the animals that we regard as pets, whether goldfish or wombats: how we name them, communicate and connect with them, care for them and mourn their deaths.
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.
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.
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 recounts moth-hunting in June and tree-felling in January. He 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.
Extraordinary Edens from Around the World
Throughout history, monarchs 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 explains the history of the garden, profiles its creators, describes its style, planning and principles, and includes interviews with the present owners.
Eye of the Shoal
A Fishwatcher's Guide to Life, the Ocean and Everything
Dipping below the surface of oceans – and seas, rivers, lagoons and lakes – Helen Scales explores the lives of fish and their underwater world, describing how they move, find food, avoid predators, sing to each other, and use light and colour to send messages. The book reveals the spectacular diversity of species, including ‘ichthyo-curiosities’, and, by letting the wonders of fish capture our attention and respect, aims to convince us to better protect them and their aquatic environment.
The Blue Tit
With its bright plumage, the blue tit is a familiar and much-loved visitor to garden bird feeders. Illustrated with colour photographs of the various species found around the world, this book offers an in-depth account of its habits, life cycle, mating and breeding patterns, and the predators it faces. Up-to-date scientific evidence on taxonomy, distribution and population structure is complemented by a chapter on the blue tit in folklore, anecdote and poetry.
First published in 1951, this literary classic is TH White’s diary of his attempt to train a wild goshawk. As an animal lover he had dreamed of mastering falconry, but he had no experience. The memoir records a psychologically complex battle of wills, in which White tried and failed to tame a free spirit, mirroring his own struggle to fit in to a confusing world. Foreword by Helen Macdonald, author of the award-winning H is for Hawk.
The Story of the Humpback Whale
Humpback whales are found in all the world’s oceans and most make long seasonal migrations from summer feeding areas in colder regions to breeding grounds in tropical waters. This highly illustrated volume describes their life cycle, remarkable hunting methods and song, based on the author’s 30 years of observation and study, and outlines the way the species has been hunted.
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.
Evolution in a Man-Made World
‘The Pekingese is a tinkered wolf, not redesigned wholesale from its wolf ancestors.’ This study examines recent developments in evolutionary biology through the lens of domestication. The rapid physical and behavioural changes which, through centuries of breeding, have been wrought on pets and farm animals, allow us to see evolutionary processes accelerated, and therefore, Francis argues, to understand them better; particularly their conservative nature, a notion espoused by the fields of genomics and evolutionary developmental biology, which feature prominently here. Slightly off-mint.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.