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.
The Holistic Cat
A Complete Guide to Natural Health Care
Written by a veterinary surgeon and focused on diet, preventative and integrated health care and natural remedies, this is a comprehensive guide to the holistic approach to feline health. As well as introducing complementary therapies, including herbal medicines and homeopathy, the book covers nutrition and routine health care such as flea and worm treatments. It also has chapters on understanding the feline mind, kittens, elderly cats, multiple-cat households and keeping an ‘indoor cat’.
A Book of Cats
Literary, Legendary and Historical
Scholar, historian, biographer and linguist, Dorothy M Stuart (1889-1963) brought great erudition as well as a love of cats to this survey of cats in art, literature and history, from the earliest Egyptian cat-goddess, Mafdet, to a cat so beloved of a Verger that he was interred in the churchyard under a stone inscribed ‘The Church Cat 1912-1927'. First published in 1959, the book is reprinted here unchanged, along with its many illustrations.
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.
The European Garden Flora
Running to five large hardback volumes, this is an exhaustive reference work for the identification of cultivated ornamental flowering plants. Reorganized and revised in line with the latest taxonomic knowledge, this second edition meets a high scientific standard but is nevertheless aimed at the informed gardener as well as the professional botanist. Nominally a survey of European flora, the information covers species cultivated in most areas of the USA and non-tropical parts of Asia and Australasia.
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.
Pocket Guide to Butterflies
Containing over 200 photographs, this guide helps the amateur lepidopterist to identify more than 70 butterflies common in Britain and on the Continent. The introduction outlines the life-cycle of butterflies, the need for conservation and how to find and observe them, while the entry for each species contains details of its wingspan, markings, flight period, habitat and distribution and notes on similar and confusing species.
Pocket Guide to Wild Flowers
Some 130 species, from water lilies to orchids, are featured in this guide to Britain's most common wildflowers. Alongside the author's own colour photographs, each entry provides both the common and scientific names of the plant and information on its structure, appearance, flowering time and distribution. The guide also includes an introduction, a glossary, a short bibliography and a list of relevant societies and organizations, complete with their websites.
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.
Pets in Portraits
First published in 1998 as The Face in the Corner, this charming book is about the various animals that feature in paintings in the National Portrait Gallery, and their owners. It provides some unusual insights into the special bond between the sitters and their faithful companions, whether they are aristocrats and royalty with their dogs, society beauties with gorgeous cats or Anna Pavlova with her tame swan Jack. With a new introduction by Chris Packham.
The Secret Language of Animals
Primates, carnivores and hoofed animals share basic expressive similarities such as the use of ears and eyes to show excitement, alarm or aggression. This book explains how such actions can be interpreted and reveals how an understanding of environment can make sense of behaviour. Starting with a primer on how such core motivations as feeding, breeding and avoiding predators influence conduct and demeanour, the book is in sections dealing with animals in different regions, and is illustrated with detailed line drawings.
In Search of the Wild Otter
One of Britain's best-loved wild animals, the otter is making a comeback thanks to the efforts of conservationists. Otter Country follows Miriam Darlington's travels from her Devon home to the wilds of Scotland in pursuit of these charismatic beasts. Her writing evokes the beauty of the landscapes otters inhabit as she recounts meetings with ecologists, fishermen, hunters and poets and describes how the stillness required to track these elusive creatures brings its own wonders.
The magnificent Emperor Penguin and King Penguin are just 2 of the 17 species that feature in this celebration of this most photogenic and fascinating acquatic bird. Camping on sea-ice in the South Atlantic and visiting nesting sites in South Georgia and the Falklands, photographer David Tipling has captured the birds in their natural habitat, portraying every aspect of their lives from their long treks to the sea to feed to their extraordinary nesting and breeding behaviour.
An A-Z of Exceptional Dogs
'Unable to love each other,' wrote writer JR Ackerley, 'the English turn naturally to dogs.' This compendium reveals that this trait is not restricted to the English, as it charts the lives of the pets of the famous, from the misanthropic philosopher Schopenhauer's poodle Atma to Catherine the Great's greyhound Zemire, via Picasso's dachshund Lump and Elizabeth Barrett Browning's spaniel Flush, whose biography was penned by Virginia Woolf. Previously published as The Great Grisby.
Spiders, Scorpions and Creepy Crawlies
The pages of this book crawl with some of the biggest, scariest and strangest invertebrates on the planet, as Martin profiles more than 40 species in chapters devoted to spiders, scorpions, ants, flies and wasps, and worms. Colour photos and detailed, annotated illustrations provide close-up views of such fearsome creatures as the king baboon spider, the tarantula hawk wasp and the eerie velvet worm, while the accessible text includes locator maps, facts and figures, and behavioural information.
How to Successfully Re-home a Rescue Dog
Dogs Trust, the UK's largest dog-welfare charity, here offers expert advice on choosing the right rescue dog; training; overcoming behavioural problems; and keeping your dog healthy and happy. Inspiring case studies of successful adoptions show that it can be done, and step-by-step sequences, accompanied by photographs, explain in detail how to address even the most intractable issues with a variety of breeds.
Birds of the West Indies
Helm Identification Guides
More than 560 species of bird are known to occur in the West Indies, including migrants and vagrants (occasional visitors accidentally diverted off their usual routes), each of which is identified and beautifully illustrated in this comprehensive guide. Species notes explain each bird's range, habitat, nesting habits and other information, such as local names, and are accompanied by a distribution map. There is aso a locality checklist charting the occurrence of each species island by island.
The EBCC Atlas of European Breeding Birds
Their Distribution and Abundance
A landmark work for conservationists, this volume presents the first integrated picture of the distribution and abundance of the breeding birds of Europe. Assembled from the national bird surveys initiated in 1971 by the European Ornithological Atlas Committee (later the European Bird Census Council), it combines and maps data gathered by over 10,000 ornithologists working throughout Europe. The accompanying text elaborates on the mapped data and there is an artist's impression for each species. Introduction in 14 languages.
Birds of the Heart of England
Edited for the Banbury Ornithological Society by Trevor Easterbrook, this book draws on a 60-year study of birds in the Banbury area, which includes North Oxfordshire, South Northamptonshire and South Warwickshire, to provide an in-depth, illustrated account of bird life in the region between 1952 and 2011. After descriptions of the various habitats available to birds, the systematic species list covers 269 species recorded, each with a distribution map, population charts and a colour photograph.
Grouse of the World
Grouse are a vast family of birds found throughout the northern hemisphere from the Gulf of Mexico to the Kamchatka Peninsula; they include the Capercaillie, Ptarmigan and Prairie Chicken. This comprehensive English-language guide explores the evolution of the grouse then examines each species in turn, noting its distribution and habitat, diet, breeding habits and conservation issues. The extensive illustrations include maps, paintings, photographs and line drawings that highlight anatomical features and behaviour.
Pick of the Bunch
The Story of Twelve Treasured Flowers
Medieval illuminations, 17th-century Flemish paintings and modern polls show that our favourite flowers have remained remarkably constant down the centuries. Beautifully illustrated with paintings and prints, this attractive volume celebrates 12 of the most enduringly popular, including the rose, daffodil and violet, tulip, lily and the fritillary. It examines their origins and how they reached our flowerbeds, their social history and symbolic associations, and recommends public gardens where they can be enjoyed today.
From Mountain to Garden
This authoritative volume published by the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew tells how plant hunters explored the mountains of eight key regions of the world to collect alpine plants, and describes how nurserymen have worked to perfect the art of growing them in gardens and glasshouses. There is detailed information on dozens of selected species, providing interest for expert gardeners, collectors and those interested in horticultural history.
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 tropical rainforests are the lifeblood of the planet, regulating the climate, producing oxygen and providing a home to over half of the world's known species. This large-format photographic portfolio celebrates the wonders of this unique environment in images ranging from close-up studies of plants and insects to portraits of mammals and aerial views. Many photographers are represented, while the text explores the rainforests' astounding biodiversity and emphasizes why they must be preserved.