As the climate continues to change, we need more than ever to understand how weather affects the world around us. This practical, user-friendly guide explains basic phenomena such as wind, clouds and precipitation, along with extreme events such as hurricanes and tornadoes. Packed with full-colour photographs and easy-to-follow diagrams, it also explains forecasting techniques – and their limitations – and examines global warming and our influence on the weather. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
A Visual Guide
Beginning with chapters explaining how ‘the weather engine’ works and the role of water, this guide uses diagrams, photographs and satellite imagery, along with concise and informative text, to cover all aspects of weather and climate, including extreme phenomena such as lightning, ice storms and tornadoes, and ending with chapters on global climate and changing climate from the age of the dinosaurs to the threats of ozone depletion and global warming. Slightly off-mint.
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.
How To Read Water
Clues & Patterns from Puddles to the Sea
The ripple pattern around a stone in a pond exactly mirrors the pattern around an island in the ocean. Pacific seafarers can navigate using such ‘ripple maps’. In this fascinating guide to understanding the behaviour of water, Tristan Gooley explains how ripples and currents, colour and light, tides and the abundance of organic life can help us divine what is happening on, around and to different bodies of water.
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. Slightly off-mint.
The Legendary Akhal-Teke
The Akhal-Teke is one of the oldest of horse breeds. Renowned for its speed, stamina and intelligence, it is also distinguished by its striking appearance, in particular its shimmering coat. Over 150 photographs of the animal in movement and at rest, in close-up, silhouette, at full gallop, and within beautiful landscapes from around the world, accompany an account of the origins and genealogy of the breed in a tribute to this most beautiful of horses.
Pilates for Equestrians
Achieve the Winning Edge with Increased Core Stability
Regular Pilates practice can build core strength, improve a rider’s performance and help to prevent injury. With tips on complaints specific to horse-riders, each exercise in this guide is colour coded for difficulty and includes an explanation of its ‘equestrian advantage’.
From the familiar Great Auk to obscure island finches, this exhaustive listing describes all bird species known to have disappeared in the last 700 years and now represented by museum specimens and 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 accounts. There is also a listing of ‘hypothetical birds’, known by very few specimens and unverified accounts, and appendices dealing with doubtful and deficient taxa.
The Birds of Shetland
The most northerly island group in Britain, Shetland is famous for its globally significant populations of breeding seabirds, including such rarities as red-necked phalarope, great snipe and lanceolated warbler. This authoritative, comprehensive guide provides an overview of the climate and ecology of the archipelago, followed by a survey of every species recorded there. With 40 pages of colour photographs and many line drawings throughout the text, it is an essential handbook for any ornithologist with an interest in the islands.
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.
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.
A Passion for Gardening
How the British Became a Nation of Gardeners
From medieval physic gardens to the revival of allotment gardening in the wake of the 2008 credit crunch, the garden historian Twigs Way surveys the progress of Britain’s love affair with its gardens. Illustrated with photographs and reproductions of prints and advertisements from the collections of the Garden Museum, the book explores topics including gardening for children; women in the garden; wartime digging for victory and the gnome phenomenon of 1950s and 1960s suburbia.
In Science, Cultivation, Art and Culture
The cyclamen is one of the most ubiquitous houseplants and, for a genus comprising just 23 species, it has attracted a disproportionate amount of attention from horticulturalists and botanical illustrators. This comprehensive survey explains the plant's botany and structure, its natural habitats, its history of cultivation, and its representation in the arts and crafts. Watercolours illustrate the rich variety of foliage and flower that have contributed to its popularity.
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.
Attracting Butterflies to Your Garden
Every garden has the potential to attract butterflies. This illustrated guide shows how to encourage these vital pollinators by providing them with the right plants to feed on and places to breed and hibernate. Chapters cover the butterfly lifecycle, common garden butterflies, and preferred habitats. A directory lists food plant species, while a final chapter offers tips on photographing butterflies.
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 Bee Orchids of Europe
The genus Ophrys, the bee orchids, is one of the most diverse and biologically intriguing groups of plants found in Europe, particularly in the Mediterranean regions. This comprehensive introduction to the genus serves as both a field guide, with descriptions, colour photographs and keys to subspecies; and as a standard reference covering the plants’ structure, biology, evolution and conservation.
Police Dog Heroes
The first dogs to work with the British Transport Police, at Hull docks in 1907, were trained to protect uniformed police to the extent that they would growl when their handlers wore civilian clothes. Including first-hand accounts, this review of the use of dogs by the force tells over 40 stories of canine heroism, including their actions at major incidents such as the Lockerbie bombing and the 2005 London terror attacks.
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.
Penguins and Other Sea Birds
This visual field guide to sea birds focuses on 50 species, each illustrated by a watercolour portrait, alongside notes on colour and behaviour. The birds range from the well-known – Emperor Penguin, Albatross –to the more unusually named Parasitic Jaegar and Blue-footed Booby. A useful spotting guide displays the birds across seven spreads.
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.
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.
Beautiful Varieties for Home and Garden
This extensively illustrated guide includes a short history of roses, their origin and symbolism, followed by descriptions of more than 60 varieties, from traditional favourites to modern blooms, and offers easy-to-follow advice on cultivation, pruning and care.
Flying the Nest
The Early Days of Britain's Best-Loved Animals
This celebration of Britain’s favourite animals and their offspring contains over 50 watercolours by zoologist Hannah Dale, portraying the young of Britain's best-loved birds and animals, both wild and domesticated. The selection ranges from fox cubs dozing in a tangled heap to a peacock chick displaying its tiny tail feathers. All are accompanied by descriptions of the creatures and their early days.
Champion Trees of Britain and Ireland
The Tree Register Handbook
Illustrated with more than 200 colour photographs, this book profiles every type of tree, native or introduced, growing in the British Isles. The first section lists all the species by their botanical names, with their origins and characteristics, while the second is a guide to visiting the finest specimens throughout Britain and Ireland, by region and county.
All the images in this portfolio, some spectacular and some slightly bizarre, capture dogs in a moment of dynamic vitality, leaping, bounding, playing or catching balls and frisbees. From thoroughbred greyhounds and whippets in full flight to springing spaniels and jumping Jack Russells, every dog is captured in mid-air. Top land speeds are given for each breed.
The Secret Life of Cows
On Rosamund Young’s organic farm, cows live in family groups, rear and wean their own calves, and have personalities and names. Having lived and worked alongside generations of animals and observed their interactions with each other and with humans, Young tells the cows’ stories and offers ‘a glimpse of what goes on in the lives of ordinary bovines as they pursue their daily routine’. With a foreword by Alan Bennett.
The Walker's Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs
Their Meaning and the Art of Making Predictions and Deductions
A bestseller and former BBC Countryfile Book of the Year, this is the ultimate guide to what the land, the sun, moon and stars, plants and animals, sky and clouds can reveal – when you know what to look for. Drawing on two decades of outdoor experience, Tristan Gooley explains how to focus our powers of deduction and prediction on the natural world and provides over 850 clues and signs to get us started.
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.
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.
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.
From the Great Grey Owl hunting in the snowy wastes of northern Finland to Emperor Penguins in Antarctica, the polar regions are not only home to some of the most spectacular wildlife on the planet but also the most surprising and beautiful landscapes. This portfolio by Dutch photographer Jan Vermeer explores these unusual and extraordinary ecosystems in a series of striking images, and includes an introduction and explanatory captions in English and Dutch.
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 colour photographs, this ecological survey explores the geology of the oceans, their tides and currents, their diverse habitats and the dazzling 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.
An Eternity of Eagles
The Human History of the Most Fascinating Bird in the World
This natural and social history of the eagle from an American writer and naturalist traces the evolution of our love-hate relationship with this magnificent bird, from Neolithic rock art and ancient mythology to medieval falconry and contemporary popular culture, and asks what modern-day threats such as habitat loss and pesticides mean for its future. More than 100 photographs and illustrations accompany the text, and novelist Annie Proulx contributes an introduction.
The Story of the Humpback Whale
The biologist Dr Phil Clapham draws on over 30 years of working with humpback whales to describe the lifecycle and migrations of these charismatic animals, their spectacular acrobatics and speculations as to their intelligence. He also tells the story of the ‘merciless pursuit’ by the whaling industry and the humpback’s recovery since the 1973 ban on killing whales. Clapham’s text is accompanied by extraordinary photographs, the result of Colin Baxter’s dedicated whale-watching, from Alaska to Australia.
Songs of Love and War
The Dark Heart of Bird Behaviour
From a commentary on the dawn chorus in a Dorset village, with quotations from the poets as well as explanations of the behaviour compelling the birds to sing, to his final, powerful argument for conserving birds’ habitats, Dominic Couzens’s book illuminates the realities of life for songbirds. Here are the grim truths of sparrows killed by sparrowhawks, the aggression inspired by feeding tables and crows made homeless by tree-felling as well the marvels of the skylark’s song and starlings’ murmurations.
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.
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.
The Power of Coaching
Releasing Surprising Potential in Equestrian Athletes
Aimed at both teachers and students, this guide explores how coaching equestrian athletes can maximise their potential. The authors explain key aspects of learning and teaching, and examine how resilience, self-awareness, mindset and the rider’s relationship with the horse can affect performance.
A Rider's Guide
Designed to help both trainers and instructors, this guide, incorporating diagrams and step-by-step explanations, encourages fitness and correct posture in the rider before addressing problems incurred with walking, trotting, basic training and cantering. The author’s solutions give priority to the well-being of the horse.
Wild Sri Lanka
For an island of its size (25,000 square miles), Sri Lanka has a tremendous diversity of wildlife, with animals ranging from elephants and leopards to dragonflies, and it hosts two great wildlife spectacles, the annual Asian elephant Gathering and Sperm Whale super-pods. Written by a well-known champion of wildlife tourism in Sri Lanka, this book is an authoritative guide to the island’s habitats and its terrestrial and marine species, with spectacular photographs and information for visitors.
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.
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.
Botanical Wall Chart
Art from the Golden Age of Scientific Discovery
This magnificently illustrated volume celebrates a convergence of disciplines – art, science and education – that flourished in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to produce the botanical wall chart. Arranged alphabetically by plant family, from Amaryllis to Vitaceae (Grape), and reproduced in colour, with texts examining their pedagogical use and their historical, botanical and artistic contexts, this collection of around 120 charts from countries across the world represents some of the finest botanical illustration of the period.