The Dog's-Eye View on Caring for Your Pet
Written from the viewpoint of both human and puppy and divided into sections entitled 'brand new', 'settling in', 'heading for adolescence' and 'in it for the long haul', the canine cognition expert Sophie Collins offers clear advice on the issues, such as eating, sleeping, playing, training, socializing and problem-solving, that crop up during a dog's first year of life.
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.
Heather Angel's Wild Kew
Attending Kew Gardens throughout the year, celebrated wildlife photographer Heather Angel has recorded the seasonal changes and weather effects on the trees and plants as well as the resident and visiting birds, insects, water fowl, squirrels and foxes. The book includes photography tips as well as a map of key photographic locations.
What It's Like to Be a Dog
And Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience
Explaining that his aim is 'to raise awareness of the mental lives of the animals with whom we share the planet', Gregory Burns presents an accessible overview of modern neurology. He outlines how, having trained dogs to enter an MRI machine, he was able to compare their brain function to that of humans, revealing the secrets of their inner experience.
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.
Part of the RSPB Spotlight series, this guide to one of the UKs most recognizable insects offers detailed information on their lifecycle, behaviour and role in the ecosystem. Well-illustrated with photographs of different species, the book also introduces their natural history and cultural significance before explaining how to find them and create habitats to help them thrive.
Saving the Last Rhinos
The Life of a Frontline Conservationist
Grant Fowlds is an environmentalist working to save Africa’s rhinos from extinction. In this book, he recalls his upbringing on a South African farm, and how he abandoned hunting in favour of conservation. He then describes his efforts to expose the illegal trade in rhino horn for its alleged medicinal properties, and the dangers faced by park rangers from armed poachers.
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'.
Turned Out Nice Again
On Living with the Weather
In this exploration of Britain’s whimsical weather and our preoccupation with it, past and present, Richard Mabey looks back to events such as the ‘straunge and terrible Wunder’ of ball lightning in Suffolk in 1577 and Coleridge’s moonbow in 1801; he quotes from the letters of the ‘weather laureate’, Gilbert White; and he describes recent hurricanes and halcyon days as he reflects on how we talk about, respond to and remember the weather.
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.
In Search of Harriers
Over the Hills and Far Away
A founder member of the Society of Wildlife Artists and author of the Poyser monograph The Hen Harrier, Donald Watson (1918–2005) presents a collection of his bird paintings, mostly of harriers, but also of species associated with them, including merlins, black grouse and stonechats, all set in their natural landscapes. The reproductions are accompanied by Watson’s engaging personal observations and ornithological information about the various species of harrier – in Britain and abroad – and their habits and habitats. Slightly off-mint.
The History and Practice
Providing practical advice and information for would-be mole catchers, this illustrated handbook includes a history of the trade, descriptions of trap types, useful tips, answers to frequently asked questions, and guidance on the most humane modern methods of capture.
Chinese Medicinal Plants
Herbal Drugs and Substitutes, An Identification Guide
A joint project of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and the Institute of Medicinal Plant Development at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, this comprehensive illustrated reference work is laid out to allow quick and easy cross-referencing of official and substitute species. Accessible to those without botanical training, it covers a wide range of herbal drugs, with a focus on varieties common in international trade and those recognized by Western medical associations.
Syria, Salisbury and Saving Lives at War
The British Army’s leading chemical weapons expert, Hamish de Bretton-Gordon has served in conflict zones around the world. He recalls his first, terrifying encounter with nerve gas in the 1991 Gulf War, his resulting PTSD, and how, after years learning how to prevent attacks and training doctors to treat victims, he was called to his home town of Salisbury to investigate the poisoning of two Russians.
Illustrated in colour throughout, this guide to the biology and ecology of this large, aquatic raptor draws on satellite data to chart its migration routes. It explains the adaptations that make it such an effective hunter of fish – a skill that has resulted in its persecution to the verge of extinction – and the efforts of conservationists to restore its numbers.
Frogs and Toads
This handbook covers Britain’s four tailless amphibians: the common frog, pool frog, common toad and the scarce natterjack toad. Illustrated in colour throughout, it describes their habitats, life cycle and diet, assessing the threats to their survival and efforts made to conserve them. It also examines their role in folklore and culture, from witches’ brews to Kermit the Frog.
Teach Your Puppy
to Be the Dog You Want
Written by a dog breeder/trainer and a vet, this guide to the first year of a dog's life explains how to manage each developmental stage, underscoring the importance of structured training. The chapters, on topics including choosing a puppy, socialization, domestication and basic commands, are illustrated with line drawings and photographs.
Once a familiar sight in cities, sparrows have suffered a severe decline in recent years. Illustrated with colour photographs throughout, this handbook explains the biology, life cycle and behaviour of the two British species, the house and tree sparrow. It examines the reasons for their dwindling numbers and also notes the bird’s symbolic role in human culture.
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.
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.
Birds of the Canary Islands
This handbook describes the appearance, habits and songs of every bird, endemic or migrant, found in the Canaries. Its 73 colour plates illustrate more than 300 species, while the introduction provides information on the islands’ geography, birding sites and conservation.
My Penguin Year
Living with Emperors – A Journey of Discovery
The award-winning cameraman Lindsay McCrae spent a year in Antarctica filming emperor penguins for a BBC documentary. This is his account of the life-cycle of the creatures, which march over 100 miles to reach their breeding grounds before the males, unusually, incubate the eggs. It also reflects on his own feelings as he faced a polar winter thousands of miles from his wife and unborn child.
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.
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.
As a child Portia Simpson was happiest outside – hunting for 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.
Spectacular Moments in Nature Photography
The survey of natural wonders in this photographic collection is the result of the California Academy of Sciences BigPicture competition. Showing over 100 of the best entries, it includes close-up views of sea creatures, a rare image of a Pampas cat in the wild, and aerial shots of pink flamingos, as well as phenomena such as icebergs, hot springs and aurora. Slightly off-mint.
The Walnut Tree
Tales of Growing and Uses
Following a history of its cultivation around the world, this illustrated guide offers practical advice on growing and caring for walnut trees, including information about different varieties and the pests that can damage them. Also discussed are its culinary potential and the use of its timber for ornate doors and furniture, in settings such as Hever Castle and the Royal Château of Blois.
Trailing the Albatross, an Artist's Journey
A mysterious decline in the populations of albatrosses and other seabirds nesting in remote locations in the Southern Ocean has been attributed to their ensnarement in the tackle of long-line fishing vessels. Artist Bruce Pearson highlights the problem in this portfolio, which includes his paintings and sketches made in South Georgia in the 1970s as well as recent paintings and drawings of southern seabirds and the fishing trade that threatens their survival.
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.
A tireless rambler and observer of nature, Henry David Thoreau kept a daily record of the plants he observed on his walks around Concord, Massachusetts, along with notes on the weather and his own philosophical speculations. This chronological selection is illustrated with line drawings by Barry Moser, and includes an introduction, notes, a map and a key to place names.
The Amazing Healing Powers of Nature
How Plants and Animals are Helping to Improve Our Health
How could a horse, a sea cucumber, or brown algae improve your health? This absorbing book contains more than 140 articles on the plants, animals and micro-organisms that have provided the basis for drugs combating such problems as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Illustrated with hundreds of photographs, this volume tells the behind-the-scenes stories of medical breakthroughs, discusses traditional medicines, and gives practical advice on using natural therapies to improve your health.
The Last Great Plant Hunt
The Story of Kew's Millennium Seed Bank
The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership comprises more than 120 plant science institutions in 50 countries and has collected and stored seeds from one in ten of the world’s plant species. This book gives a richly illustrated account of the global network dedicated to conserving plant species for future generations.
This book represents the culmination of more than four decades observing greenshanks in the tarns and flows of Sutherland in northern Scotland. Illustrated with drawings by Donald Watson and a section of photographs, it describes the behaviour and habitat of this elusive wader, its feeding, mating and nesting habits, and its distribution, numbers and movements. Off-mint.
A Sweet, Wild Note
What We Hear When the Birds Sing
‘Birdsong belongs to the birds, but we’ve spent an awful lot of time trying to make it ours too.’ These witty meditations of a birdwatcher explore how humans’ love of birdsong has influenced literature, music and science. They also reveal what such cultural responses say about our dreams and desires, even our ideas of Britishness – and what will be lost if human activity eventually silences the sounds from our trees and hedgerows.
Wild in Europe
The Wildlife Art of Renso Tamse
Born in Rotterdam, the wildlife artist Renso Tamse began drawing at the age of five. This book charts his journeys through Europe – from Ireland to Cyprus, from Spain to Scandinavia – in pursuit of its flora and fauna. In his paintings and drawings he captures the wildlife of the continent in all its majesty and mystery: a roe deer in the Black Forest, a golden eagle in the Pyrenees, a wary fox on Dartmoor, and many other magnificent creatures.
A Naturalist's Guide to the Birds of China
Southeast China, including Shanghai
The characteristics, distribution, habitat and migration patterns of 280 bird species are listed with photographs in this identification guide centred on seven provinces in Southeast China, including Hainan and Guangdong. Practical information for birdwatchers visiting the region is also included.
Wildlife, Wild Places, Wild Weather
It is hard to believe that Niagara Falls could freeze over, but in January 2014 the flow was partially stemmed. Surveying the spectacular and awe-inspiring, this book features more than 300 photographs that reveal, with the aid of explanatory text, captions and fact boxes, the extreme and extraordinary nature of the planet – from the power of earthquakes, volcanoes and the weather to exceptional mountain, ocean and desert environments, including the deepest submarine sinkhole and the deadliest droughts.
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.
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.
Dressage from Medium to Grand Prix
Recognising and Correcting Problems
Aimed at riders, trainers and judges, this illustrated manual describes in detail how to prepare for and execute dressage movements such as travers, tempi-changes and canter pirouettes and offers practical methods to correct the common faults associated with them.
A Modern Glossary of City Trees
The 'greening' of urban spaces is a concept that has taken off in recent years, and programmes of planting are underway across the planet. This volume, with original artwork showing their leaves, fruits and flowers, explores the history and characteristics of trees that flourish in cities across the world.
Incredible Clouds and Weather Events from Above and Below
Hurricanes and thunderstorms are truly awesome and impressive events but the most benign of weather can also produce beautiful and surprising results. From the gently rippling waves of 'Kelvin Helmholtz' clouds to double rainbows and the heavenly shafts of light known as crepuscular rays, this photographic selection displays clouds and weather events of all types photographed from the ground and, by means of satellite imagery, from above.
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.
Wild Flowers of the Mediterranean
This authoritative pocket guide identifies 530 of the most widespread and eye-catching flowering plants growing around the Mediterranean. The key is divided by flower colour, number of petals, and plants with inconspicuous flowers like trees and ferns. Illustrated with large-format colour photos, each entry includes common and scientific names, and describes plant uses, habitats and similar species.
The 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.
Free Jumping – A Practical Handbook
Gymnastic Work, Training and Development
A riding instructor and trained physiologist gives a step-by-step guide to the art and health benefits of free jumping, in which the horse performs riderless. Extensive instructional diagrams and photos explain first steps, jump construction, warming up and advanced exercises.
Show Jumping Made Easy
The Way to Successful Show Jumping
A well-known competition rider herself, Clarissa Busch provides clear, precise advice on the necessary foundations for successful show jumping, from the basic prerequisites, through progressive training to jumping at shows, fault-finding, and improving both horse and rider.
Orchid Print Album
The purchase of a print from a Tokyo bookstore prompted the research and writing of this study of Shotaro Kaga who, with the orchid grower Kenkichi Goto began a pioneering breeding programme in the 1920s. Kaga commissioned watercolourists and woodblock artists to record the plants and the complete set of 83 prints, entitled Rankafu was published in 1946. This volume reproduces these masterpieces of botanical art along with information about the orchids and a further 60 watercolours by Zuigetsu Ikeda.
The result of a seven-year project to document the horse in places as far-flung as Iceland and the deserts of Utah, Equus is a remarkable gallery of over 135 photographs showing the variety of equine physique and breeds as diverse as zebra, donkeys and Thoroughbreds. From a tracking vehicle, Flach captured the image of an Arabian at full gallop, on the Mongolian steppes he photographed wild Przewalzski horses, and other techniques used range from studio close-ups to x-ray and, remarkably, underwater photography.
Earth to Earth
A Natural History of Churchyards
As protected sacred places, churchyards provide a tranquil environment in which wild plants and animals can thrive even when their nearby natural habitats have been destroyed. With photographs, newly commissioned drawings and passages from literature, Professor Buczacki celebrates this abundance of nature among the headstones, exploring the long history of our churchyards and describing the species most commonly found there, from mighty ancient yews to woodlice (nicknamed ‘church pigs’), graveyard beetles and lichens. Foreword by Lord Harries.
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.
Why Birds Sing
A Journey into the Mystery of Birdsong
David Rothenberg is a professor of philosophy, a composer and a jazz clarinettist. In this ‘attempt to answer the beguiling question of why birds sing’ he blends the latest scientific research with a deep understanding of musical aesthetics and form.
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.
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.
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 Thinking Rider
Unlock Your Peak Performance
This manual explores how theories of sports psychology can be applied to equestrianism, explaining how ambitious riders can achieve better focus and emotional control and use techniques such as visualization to help improve their performance in competition.
Stop, Go, Turn
Perfecting the Basics of Riding
Dissecting the three fundamentals of the title to discuss topics such as posture and transitioning between the three basic gaits, this manual includes step-by-step instructions and exercises to help riders improve their technique and develop their relationship with their horse.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.