Episodes in the Life of a Bulldog Pup
Cecil Aldin (1870–1935), who was said to have ‘captured the very soul of a dog’ in his illustrations, follows the fortunes of a prize-winning bulldog puppy with a somewhat inflated idea of himself, from lording it over his litter sisters, through the high-life with an actress to the simple life on a farm. First published in 1905 as A Gay Dog.
The Dog Guardian
Your Guide to a Happy, Well-Behaved Dog
Nigel Reed invites readers to improve the lives of their dogs by developing a better relationship with them. This guide examines why dogs behave the way they do and looks at specific problems, providing solutions through real case histories and a link to online video tutorials.
The Birds of Essex
Stretching east from suburban London along the Thames and north towards East Anglia, Essex is of national and international importance for many birds, especially the migrant wildfowl and waders that occur on the Stour, Colne, Blackwater, Crouch, Roach and Thames estuaries. Covering the entire Essex list of 384 species, this volume analyses and summarizes data collected over the last 200 years, with an up-to-date status report for each species and its patterns of occurrence within Essex.
An Illustrated Miscellany
An Abyssinian cat, ‘the goddess Bastet in person’; Sylvester; a cat bounding away from Gabriel in Lorenzo Lotto’s Annunciation (1527); Raymond Chandler with his black cat; paintings by Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen... Frédéric Vitoux’s book is a beguiling cabinet of curiosities for the literary and artistically inclined cat-lover: he reflects on different breeds; books and films in which cats play essential roles; writers’ cats; works of art; and a true miscellany of topics including Zen, the Chat Noir and the cats of Venice.
A Sting in the Tale
My Adventures with Bumblebees
Once common in the Kentish marshes, the English short-haired bumblebee became extinct in the UK. Conservationist Dave Goulson tracked down a surviving colony in New Zealand and set about reintroducing them. His informative and entertaining account of his quest details the minutiae of life in the nest, and offers a stark warning about the effects of intensive farming on our bee population and the dangers we face if we continue down this path.
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.
Do You Speak Equis?
Communicative Interactions Using the Headcollar and Bit
Illustrated with photographs, cartoons and diagrams, this comprehensive guide, from one of Italy’s foremost dressage trainers, introduces a non-coercive method of interaction using the head collar and bit, with the aim of developing horses that carry themselves with lightness from the outset of training.
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.
A Story of Love and Loathing in Modern Britain
For some, the fox is a beautiful, intelligent creature; for others, a ravager of henhouses. Lucy Jones probes these conflicted attitudes, and examines her own family history of foxhunting. She investigates the animal’s behaviour and reputation for cunning, charts attempts to exterminate it from the Tudor ‘Vermin Acts’ onwards, and traces the fox through folklore and literature from Aesop’s fables to Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox.
As a child Portia Simpson was happiest outside – hunting 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.
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 Natural History of the Bible
A Guide for Bible Readers and Naturalists
The Bible abounds in references to plants and animals, from the fruit trees and snake in the Garden of Eden to Revelation’s visions of terrifying beasts. This guide to the flora and fauna of the Holy Land links these biblical references with the species that are still visible in today’s landscapes. It also shows how examples from nature were used figuratively in spiritual guidance aimed at an audience with everyday experience of the region’s wide range of habitats.
The Aurelian Legacy
British Butterflies and Their Collectors
After a history of butterfly collecting in Britain and a chapter on the methods of the early lepidopterists, this volume presents profiles of 101 collectors, from Thomas Moffet (1553–1604) to John Heath (1922–1987), each illustrated with a contemporary portrait. The ‘Aurelians’ are followed by a survey of some of the historically interesting species they collected, and a discussion of conservation and collecting. Finally, the book lists all British and Irish butterflies, with past and present common names.
The 50 Best Wildflower Sites in the World
With over 200 photographs, renowned wildlife photographer Bob Gibbons presents his personal pick of the world’s most ‘flowery’ places for armchair readers and travellers alike. From clovers on the Lizard Peninsula to the home of the tulip in Kazakhstan’s Tien Shan Mountains, each location is accompanied by a map, information on local ecology and conservation status, and details of animals in the region. All sites are accessible and some visitor information is included alongside useful websites.
The Philosophy of Cats
Federica Sgarbi combines her passions for philosophy and felines in this account of her successful project to rehome all 78 residents of her local cattery. She tells how she wrote 'lonely-cat ads' for them, and describes their character and appearance before reflecting on what their stories teach us about our relationship with animals, as theorized by philosophers from Plutarch and Schopenhauer to contemporary thinkers on animal rights.
Tails from the Booth
What happens when you put dogs in a photobooth? When Lynn Terry decided to experiment she was delighted with the resulting images, which beautifully brought out their canine sitters' personalities. Her book is a compilation of these joyous and quirky photographs, interspersed with the story of the project and even a few tips to help you capture your own pets striking a pose on camera.
Tails from the Booth Notecards
Mutt Shots in a Flash
Enjoying the conceit that canine pals or partners might go into a photo booth to have their mug shots taken, this amusingly styled set provides twelve different photostrips of dogs posing for the camera, with notecards on which to mount them and write a message or greeting, and matching envelopes.
Budget Horse and Pony Care
Cost Effective Horse Management
Aimed at helping horse owners and riders cut down on costs, this practical guide demonstrates eco-friendly ways of making products and equipment and economizing on stable practices, from making shampoo, horse rugs and boot-racks to treating brittle feet.
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’.
The Seventy Great Mysteries of the Natural World
From 'How did the Earth form?' to 'Human behaviour and saving the planet', the 70 chapters in this colourful survey of natural history draw on the expertise of more than 60 scientists to give concise, lucid explanations of concepts and phenomena as diverse as selfish-gene theory, the eye, asteroid and comet impacts and flu pandemics. The book is arranged in sections on origins, the Earth, evolution, biogeography and environments, plants and animals, animal behaviour and global warming and the future.
A History of the Natural History Museum
This short history, co-authored by two of the Natural History Museum’s former specialists, explores the museum and its origins in the founding collections of the British Museum, and follows its evolution and burgeoning acquisitions from Montagu House in Bloomsbury to its current home in South Kensington. Featuring archival artworks, illustrations and diagrams, the book also highlights key exhibitions and permanent exhibits, as well as the museum’s prominent role in education and research.
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 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.
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 comprehensive introduction and identification guide to the nature and wildlife of Devon provides details of its bird, animal and plant life, and offers information about key wildlife locations and nature reserves in the county.
A Naturalist's Guide to the Primates of Southeast Asia
East Asia and the Indian Sub-continent
Non-human primates in Southeast Asia are under threat, and this field guide lists 120 species with photographs, physical descriptions, ranges, unusual characteristics and tips for conservation-minded beginners searching for primates in the region.
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.
The Bauer Brothers
Images of Nature
Franz and Ferdinand Bauer were ground-breaking 18th- and early 19th-century natural history artists. Growing up in Austria, Franz went on to work at Kew Gardens, while Ferdinand travelled to Australia. This volume includes pioneering microscopical drawings depicting plant anatomy, and newly discovered animals, such as the platypus and koala.
The Art of the First Fleet
Images of Nature
With no official naturalist travelling with the First Fleet, landscape artist turned convict, Thomas Watling, produced many of the watercolours and drawings in this collection. Depicting alien landscapes, flora and fauna and the undeveloped Sydney Cove, these images offer a detailed insight into the lifestyle of the indigenous population.
A Summer of British Wildlife
100 Great Days Out Watching Wildlife
What will the wildlife highlight of your summer be? Hearing the dawn chorus, lying in a meadow of orchids, or a boat trip to an offshore puffin colony? This Bradt guide details 100 such expeditions – one for each day of summer – across England, Scotland and Wales. 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.
Negley Farson (1890–1960) was an American author, adventurer, foreign correspondent (present at the Bolshevik Revolution) and a renowned fisherman. He also, allegedly, partied with F Scott Fitzgerald and out-drank Ernest Hemingway. This autobiography-cum-fishing book describes his experiences of river fishing while travelling in countries from Norway to southern Chile. First published in 1942. Illustrated by CF Tunnicliffe.
A Complete Guide to the Archipelago's Birdlife
Illustrator Hermann Heinzel and photographer Barnaby Hall made their birdwatching expedition to the Galápagos Islands in the mid 1990s and this book, first published in 2000, is the record of their tour. Part one describes the range of habitats and wildlife on the islands; part two is a detailed field guide to the birds that they encountered, illustrated with hundreds of sketches, paintings and photographs; finally there is a checklist of all Galápagos bird species observed.
Eye to Eye with the Unknown
Africa's wildlife has been intensely filmed for decades, but the continent is so vast, and technology advances so rapidly, that there is always something new to amaze. This companion to a major BBC series goes beyond the familiar savannahs to remote locations in Congo, the Kalahari and the Sahara to capture such wonders as sea-bathing hippos, wrestling giraffes and the snow monkeys of the Atlas Mountains. References in the book to interactive elements are no longer valid. Off-mint and no jacket.
Fishing and Flying
A wartime pilot who flew in the Battle of Britain and with the Fleet Air Arm, Terence Horsley (d.1947) was also a dedicated angler. His memoir begins by extolling the joys of flying, then cuts to 1940 and a riverbank where he meets another off-duty pilot fishing, enjoying the river as it ‘anaesthetises the unquiet mind’. Illustrated by CF Tunnicliffe.
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.
Britain's Game Fishes
Celebration and Conservation of Salmonids
Cleaning up British rivers has improved conditions for salmon and other game fish but there is still a long-term decline in numbers that is not fully understood. Assessing the pressures from pollution, land development and climate change, this study gives a detailed natural history of the native game species of salmon, brown or sea trout, Atlantic char, grayling and whitefishes as well as the widespread rainbow trout (introduced from American waters in the 19th century).
A Matter of Breeding
A Biting History of Pedigree Dogs
With retrievers suffering hip dysplasia and some pugs unable to breathe properly, Brandow argues that there is something wrong in the world of pedigree dogs. Having walked, owned, studied and performed with dogs, he combines personal knowledge with social history and research in this exposé of the dog industry and encourages a trip to the local animal shelter to take home a friendly mongrel.
Advanced Bird ID Guide
The Western Palearctic
Nils van Duivendijk’s authoritative guide for serious birdwatchers covers all the essential identification features, including many not dealt with in standard guides, for every plumage of all 1,300 species and subspecies, common residents to rare migrants, recorded in Britain, Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Published in association with British Birds journal, the Guide is a former Birdwatch magazine Book of the Year.
The British Oak
Visiting trees with names like ‘The Monarch’ and ‘Old Knobbley’, Archie Miles’s richly 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.
Wild in Europe
Art by 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.
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.
Nick Baker's British Wildlife
A Month-by-Month Guide
For wildlife enthusiasts, birdwatchers and weekend walkers of all ages, television presenter Nick Baker explains what is happening in nature throughout the course of the year, from the Dorset heaths to the Scottish Highlands. Illustrated with colour photographs and artwork to aid identification of species, this guide explains which mammals, birds, insects and plants will appear each month, and offers practical advice on how and where to find them.
The Secret Life of Puppies
A Dog's-Eye View of its First Year of Life
Blind and deaf at birth, puppies suffer the ‘terrible twos’ at 13 weeks and are awkward teenagers within a year. Illustrated with colour photographs, this companion to the Channel 5 series takes readers through that year in stages, incorporating useful facts, ways to care for your pet and step-by-step training exercises that will help to provide your canine companion with the perfect start in life.
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.