Work, Rest and Play
The distinction between springer and cocker spaniels was originally simply one of weight: the smaller dogs were used to retrieve woodcock in the shooting field and the larger to flush out or 'spring' game birds and ground game. This photographic celebration of the breed includes portraits of puppies, pets and agility dogs competing on the assault course, as well as many images of enthusiastic gundogs retrieving game in the field.
An Everyday Guide to Solving Behavioural Problems
Anti-social behaviour in dogs can be the result of stress, health problems, a previously learned response or simply miscommunication or confusion of messages from its owner. This training manual sets out the many factors that may result in unwanted behaviour, demonstrates how to recognize when dogs are in a state of stress or confusion and outlines practical methods for correcting specific behaviours and training for obedience in general.
Cormorants, Darters and Pelicans of the World
Birds in the order Pelecaniformes share biological traits such as feeding predominantly on fish and incubating only a limited clutch of eggs (one or two) by the transmission of heat from the foot webs. This meticulous study, first published in 1993, provides a worldwide survey of the 32 species of cormorants and shags, two species of darters and seven species of pelicans, examining their biology, behaviour, plumage, distribution and ecology, and including colour photographs and anatomical drawings.
Messages from the Psyche
People have long marvelled at the patterns on the wings of butterflies and moths without understanding them. This remarkable book shows how they have evolved to deter predators and how, seen from the perspective of a bird or lizard, they appear to be the eyes of a fox or owl, a snake’s head, or the tail of a scorpion. Illustrated with close-up photographs and works of art, the book also explores the way these symbols have influenced human culture.
Chicken and Egg
An Egg-Centric Guide to Raising Poultry
Concerns over commercial poultry farming as well as a trend toward the organic, local and home-produced has led many people in recent years to keep a handful of hens for their own supply of eggs, and sometimes meat. This introduction to chicken keeping reviews the principal egg-laying breeds and how to house, feed and care for them, as well as providing notes on the origins of the bird and the biology of egg production.
Secret Nature of Devon
Devon is a large county with a climate ranging from the subtropical to the subarctic across the diverse habitats of high moorland, woodland, pasture, estuary and seashore. This book is a comprehensive introduction and identification guide to the nature and wildlife of Devon, providing details on its bird, animal and plant life and visitor information about key wildlife locations and nature reserves in the county.
Campbell's Weather Compendium
How big was the largest-known snowflake? What is the speed of a falling raindrop? How many people survive being struck by lightning? And where is the windiest place on the planet? This miscellany of meteorological trivia is interspersed with weather-related jokes, literary quotations and seasonal recipes – in short, a deluge of material to use next time you find yourself conversing about the British climate.
The English Meadow
A Portrait of Country Life
Modern farming almost eliminated meadows from our countryside but these ‘beautiful, therapeutic reservoirs of a unique eco-system’ are now gradually returning. Drawing on the author’s experience of creating and managing a flower meadow, this book surveys different meadow types and the tools, crafts, buildings and wildlife associated with them; it also shows how churchyards, rooftops and roadside verges are helping the resurgence of wild grasses and flowers. Appendices list notable English meadows, rural museums and conservation organizations.
Riddle of the Feathered Dragons
Hidden Birds of China
Recent fossil discoveries in China have been widely hailed as clear evidence that birds had their origins in ‘feathered’ dinosaurs. But Feduccia urges us to be cautious of such hyperbolic claims, which led to ‘the ascendency of a consensus view that has quickly evolved into a dogma’. In this reassessment of the data he critically analyses existing interpretations and methodologies, as well as offering his own theories about the evolution of birds and avian flight.
A Journey Through Birds
From hen harriers nesting on Orkney, Lockhart travels south through Caithness and Sutherland, across to the Outer Hebrides and south again, bird-by-bird, until he reaches his home in Devon - and the sparrowhawks. He is driven by a lifelong passion to explore the habitats of the raptors, and celebrates the birds themselves while reflecting on the ornithologists of the past, including his own great grandfather, Seton Gordon. Raptor received the Royal Society of Literature’s Jerwood Award for Non-Fiction in 2011.
Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?
The Epic Saga of the Bird That Powers Civilization
There are currently more than 20 billion chickens on the planet, constituting humanity’s most important source of protein. But how did a humble fowl rise from the thickets of South Asian jungles to a position of such global supremacy? Reframing how we think about all domesticated animals, this history of our relationship with chickens ranges over four continents to trace their vital role in human cultures and the spread of civilization, from ancient Egyptian processions to the latest flu vaccines.
The Art of Flight
In the two tales that make up this volume, the bestselling author of The Fly Trap continues his exploration of the pleasures and trials of the people who study the smallest details of the natural world. In his characteristic blend of memoir and nature writing, he recalls his childhood and his career as a hoverfly collector, traces the lives of forgotten entomologists who left Sweden for the United States, and reflects on ambition, fear, romance and the richness of life.
The Cat Selector
How to Choose the Right Cat for You
Designed to help you choose the breed of cat that will make your perfect feline companion, David Alderton’s book begins with practical advice on choosing a kitten (or an adult cat), before setting out the history and characteristics of each breed. There is an astonishing variety of breeds, each beautifully photographed and arranged by type, from colourful cats (white, cream, red, lilac, etc.) to talented cats such as the Abyssinian, which you can train to retrieve balls.
Wild geese are found across the entire northern hemisphere, from North America through Europe and Asia, and can migrate vast distances. This comprehensive guide describes every species and sub-species. Illustrated with maps, line drawings and 16 pages of colour plates, the book looks at classification, breeding, migration, ecology and conservation. A special chapter is devoted to identification, with sections on adult, downy young and first-winter birds.
The Peregrine Falcon
The first references to breeding Peregrine falcons in Britain date back to the 13th century, but they had long been identified as among the most spectacular of Britain's birds and, in the middle ages, were highly valued for falconry. This classic study, first published in 1980, considers the bird's nesting, feeding, breeding and migratory behaviour as well as examining its territory and distribution in England, Wales and Scotland, and threats posed by pollution and the use of pesticides.
One of the largest birds to hunt by plunge-diving, the gannet feeds on mackerel and herring and nests in large colonies, often on steep-cliffed islands, along the North Atlantic coasts of Europe. This study, first published in 1978, explores the natural history of the gannet, its appearance, behaviour and distribution, and is illustrated with line drawings, photographs and charts. Additional chapters examine the closely related booby and consider historical and literary accounts of the gannet.
House Guests, House Pests
A Natural History of Animals in the House
However fond of wildlife the British are, we don’t want the birds, butterflies and bats in our houses, still less the beetles and clothes moths. Richard Jones starts his ‘natural history’ with a survey of how human homes evolved, from caves to the first houses, before describing how the hangers-on – from dogs and cats to dust mites – adapted to ‘the attractions of home’. The book ends with an identification guide to the animal life that shares our living space.
Field Guide to Insects of Britain and Northern Europe
This pocket volume focuses on the most visible, widespread and identifiable insect species that occur in Britain and adjacent parts of Europe. The selection covers the whole range of insect orders, and enables the identification of around 1,000 insects. With over 700 colour photographs and additional illustrations, and details of distribution, habitat and behaviour, this book is a practical and accessible guide to the enormous variety of insects in the region.
Anna Pavord, the Independent’s gardening correspondent, freely admits to being obsessed with tulips and her book begins with her search for wild Tulipa bakeri on a Cretan mountainside. Illustrated with magnificent reproductions, the history that follows traces the tulip from the garden of Sultan Mehmed II in 15th-century Constantinople, through its conquest of Western Europe, to the present, and includes discussions of the 17th-century ‘Tulipomania’, tulips in art and literature, and descriptive lists of tulip species and cultivars. Linen bound; no jacket.
Once a rare and exotic sight in Europe, orchids in fact belong to one of the largest families of flowering plants in the world, with over 25,000 recognized species and several times more than that if one counts natural and man-made hybrids. Drawing on specimens from the collection of expert grower Luigi Callini, this book is a celebration of the variety and beauty of the orchid, examining some of the most significant species in large-format, still-life photographs.
100 Ways to Understand Your Dog
Roger Tabor begins his book with chapters on the origins of the dog as a pack hunter and its ancient and complex relationship with man, emphasizing the importance of the dogs’ ancestry for an understanding of its modern character and behaviours. He goes on discuss the different types of breed - from hounds to toy dogs, and presents a comprehensive and richly illustrated guide to training a dog and dealing with behavioural problems.
An Intimate Portrait of a Mysterious Continent
Drawing on her broad travels across the continent, science writer Gabrielle Walker illuminates the many facets of the frozen landmass of Antarctica. She vividly conveys what it feels like to live there, and introduces the diverse people who are drawn to one of the most hostile and alien environments on the planet. With her we witness scientific experiments; visit the South Pole; lodge with American, Italian and French researchers - and listen for Antarctica's warning about climate change.
A Buzz in the Meadow
The Natural History of a French Farm
Conservationist Dave Goulson wrote a much-acclaimed study of bumblebees in A Sting in the Tale, and this sequel reports on how he bought a patch of land in rural France and set about making it a perfect haven for bees and a sanctuary for other creatures and plants. His account of his careful work demonstrates the intricate ecosystem of the meadow, and explains how the modern world is increasingly incompatible with this natural balance.
The Nature of the Beast: The First Scientific Evidence
on the Survival of Apemen into Modern Times
Encounters with an ape-like creature variously called yeti, sasquatch and bigfoot have been reported around the world. Since DNA analysis is revealing unexpected information about our own species, this book sees Oxford University geneticist Bryan Sykes conduct DNA tests on hairs claimed to be from anomalous creatures. Investigating various stories and sightings he stumbles on some startling evidence of an antique race of humans and also concludes that there may be some as-yet-undiscovered 'different type of bear'.
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.
Wetland Bird Songs and Calls
Covering twelve types of wetland birds, from wildfowl to wagtails, this book, together with its audio CD, is a guide to identifying 80 species by their calls. Each entry provides a colour photograph and Owen Roberts's brief account of the bird, its appearance and habitat and a description of its calls or songs, with its track number on the CD. All 80 species have been recorded by the ornithologist and bird-sound collector Hannu Jannes.
Birds of Western Africa
Helm Field Guides
This major new guide covers all of the birds of West Africa, from Mauritania and Senegal east to Chad and south to Congo. It gives detailed descriptions of over 1,300 species, from ostriches to falcons and from parrots to plovers. The 266 colour plates contain more than 3,000 illustrations, and each entry describes the voice, behaviour, habitat, distribution, migration patterns and conservation status of the species. This is the authoritative handbook for one of the world's richest birding destinations.
Philip's Guide to Wetlands
The draining and development of wetlands, often seen as disease-ridden obstacles to progress, was a feature of the march of civilization from the Middle Ages; but in more recent times we have begun to appreciate their value to the environment and many areas are now protected. This guide describes the ecology of wetlands around the world, and examines their flora and fauna in detail with the help of maps, photographs and illustrations.
Collecting the New Naturalists
The New Naturalist Library
Founded after the Second World War, the Collins New Naturalist guides make up the longest-running series of natural-history books in the world, with more than 130 volumes published. Many of the rarer titles are now collector's items, fetching high prices in good condition. This history of the series provides a full bibliography, profiles its creators and reproduces all of its beautiful covers, while well-known naturalists including Nick Baker and Stephen Moss describe their own fascination with the books.
The New Naturalist Library
Terns are small, graceful seabirds commonly seen around our shores in summer months. This guide to the five species breeding in Britain and Ireland draws on a wealth of new information to describe their features, behaviour, habitats, breeding patterns and migration, and the measures in place to protect their populations from coastal flooding, changes in land use and conflict with humans.
Once considered stable, bird populations have undergone huge changes in recent decades as a result of expanding human populations, industrial farming and climate change. This seminal new work explains why species are distributed as they are, how some have declined and others have flourished because of these developments, and how continued monitoring can alert us to impending environmental problems.
Faithful Friends, Then and Now
A dog's accelerated (from a human perspective) journey through life allows us to watch our pets develop from playful infancy to the confidence and vigour of maturity and, eventually, the grey-flecked dignity of old age. This collection of dog portraits presents pairs or sequences of photographs of cherished pets taken at different stages of their lives, showing physical changes over time, but also the sparks of personality that remain the same.
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.
My Dog Has Arthritis - But Lives Life to the Full!
A Practical Guide for Owners
One in five dogs develop arthritis, so this practical guide is very welcome. It includes advice from vets, surgeons and specialists in complementary therapies on a wide range of topics such as early diagnosis, treatment, diet and exercise. Useful case histories give real examples of how dogs and their owners coped, offering hope to all those whose pets are living with this debilitating condition.
Their Natural and Unnatural Histories
Janet Lembke's celebration of the chicken in its every aspect has chapters on classical, medieval, Renaissance and modern chickens, literary and scientific chickens, eggs and urban chicken-keeping. It is also a very practical book, drawing on the author's own experience of building coops, keeping poultry - and eating it. She includes a survey of chicken cuisine and a selection of recipes.
Extraordinary Pets From Ordinary Homes
Cats with lovable foibles, nervous rescue dogs who find their confidence, even a mischievous pet bear - such is the stuff of this collection of stories compiled from the 'Pets' Corner' column of the Sunday Telegraph. These heart-warming tributes from the newspaper's readers extol the everyday pleasures of owning a pet, rather than recounting dramatic tales of rescues or reunions.
The Spirit of the Dog
An Illustrated History
Dogs have a unique and versatile partnership with humans, loyally performing a variety of roles as hunters, herders, guards or simply companions; and among all species of mammals, the dog is the most varied in shape, size and colour. Here, Tamsin Pickeral explores the history and development of major dog breeds around the world, grouping them according to key characteristics such as elegance, speed, power, strength and devotion; while animal photographer Astrid Harrison provides striking portraits of each breed.
Dancing with Cats
While researching their earlier, groundbreaking Why Cats Paint, Burton Silver and Heather Busch discovered another strange phenomenon - people dancing with their cats. Apparently, the ancient art of cat dancing is a method of channelling feline energy. Twenty-one owners and their cats have been interviewed and photographed as they skip the light fantastic... Foreword by Swami Shakya Bahrain and a bibliography (!), should you wish to learn more.
Men and Women Commemorated in the Common Names of Birds
Who was the Adelie of penguin fame? How did the person who named Pamela's Sunbeam get it wrong? And was Bonaparte's Gull named after Napoleon? The answers are all in this A-Z of individuals who have given their name to a species of bird. Altogether the book covers 2,246 birds in potted biographies of 1,124 people, plus information boxes on topics - among them taxidermists, New Zealanders and the East India Company - connected with the scientific discovery and study of birds.
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 well-chosen photographs and illustrations accompany the text, and novelist Annie Proulx contributes an introduction.
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.
An estimated 20 per cent of the world's animal species can be found in Malaysia and the country has a network of reserves and protected areas, from the diverse environments of the vast Taman Negara National Park to the caves of Gunung Mulu. Written by local experts, this extensively illustrated volume examines the flora and fauna of rainforest, wetland, coastal and highland areas and considers its conservation in the country's three regions - Sabah and Sarawak in Borneo and Peninsular Malaysia.
Walking Through Spring
An English Journey
Spring arrives a little later the further north you go, progressing at roughly walking pace. Beginning on the first day of the season on the south coast and arriving in Scotland on the last, three months later, Hoyland's epic walk follows the progress of new growth as he connects ancient tracks, green ways and footpaths for 500 miles, observing the flora and fauna along the way and drawing inspiration from favourite writers' reactions to the landscape he passes through.
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.
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.