Science & Nature

Nature

  • ERTH
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    A truly awe-inspiring book from DK, Earth: the Definitive Visual Guide helps you explore 400 of the tallest, longest, widest, most significant and unusual physical features of our wonderful planet.

    From volcanoes, deserts and rivers through to weather systems, rocks and minerals, this large-format hardback is very detailed and explores the interaction between people and the environment.

    With a focus on the health of Earth, this is a wonderfully up-to-date coffee table book.
  • WKTH
    Levison Wood
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    An explorer and writer that has led expeditions on five continents, this inspirational book follows Levison Wood as he attempts to walk the entire length of the Himalayas.

    Tying in with a hit Channel 4 show, this is a powerful and enigmatic tale of survival and endurance. Levison reveals how he managed to form strong bonds with local guides, porters, mountain men, soldiers, farmers, smugglers and shepherds as he embarked on his quest.

    By travelling on foot and following the same footpaths as the locals, Levison uncovers hidden stories that reveal the history of the Himalayas and stretch back over two millennia of exploration.
  • WCAT
    Catherine Davidson
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    Answering all the questions you really need to know the answers to, Why Does My Cat Do That? is an essential handbook for any cat owner. From why cats prefer pond water to fresh water and why they'll always head for the visitor with a feline phobia, this book provides a tantalising glimpse into what a cat's life is like.

    Explaining situations from a cat's eye view, and using the latest research, the book will help you solve the riddles of your own cat's behaviour while also offering clear and practical advice on cat care. There are also innovative strategies for dealing with any troublesome moggies!
  • TPBS
    Dominic Couzens
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    Find out all the best places to see our feathered friends with the Top 100 Birding Sites of the World.

    Covering sites across Europe, Asia, Africa, Australasia, North and South America and Antarctica, the gorgeous hardback features first-hand accounts, fascinating information and absolutely stunning photography.

    Awe-inspiring, the coffee table book also features some of the world's best avian spectacles such as the Snow Goose 'blizzard' that takes place in Bosque del Apache and the swarms of Lesser Flamingos on Africa's Rift Valley Lakes.

    Quite simply, a must-have for any birdwatcher.
  • DYSC
    Nick Bailey
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    If you have green fingers and are hoping for that elusive colour-packed 'year-round garden', this book is full of all the inspiration you need. Packed with photos, it covers ideas on how to use, combine, design and prolong those beautiful colours.

    Focusing on achievable ways of growing plants of every tone throughout the 12 months of the year, it has lists for every season and practical advice on establishment and maintenance. There are also ideas of what plants to put in your pots, how to cut them and how to make the most of difficult spaces and tiny gardens.
  • TION
    Andrea Wulf
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    The Invention of Nature was named winner in the Costa Book Awards Biography Category for 2015.

    From the bookshelves of Jules Verne's Captain Nemo to his namesake Mare Humboldtianum on the Moon, the name Alexander von Humboldt is synonymous with adventure and exploration (there's even a penguin and a giant squid named after him) - and while many people may not have heard of him before, his influence on the world's greatest scientific minds is undeniable.

    In this magnificently intellectual biography, The Invention of Nature, Samuel Johnson Prize-longlisted author Andrea Wulf takes readers around the globe with von Humboldt and explores the reasons why his life, ideas and philosophy remain so important today. From exploring deep into the rainforest, climbing the world's highest volcanoes and a huge influence on princes, presidents, scientists and poets alike, his thinking was so far ahead of his time that it's only coming into its own now.

    An inspiration to Charles Darwin, the fuel to Simon Bolivar's revolution and the subject of abject jealousy on the part of none other than Napoleon, Alexander von Humboldt wanted to know and understand everything, and in doing so he invented the way that we now look at nature.

    A truly astonishing book that has won numerous awards from the likes of Costa, the Economist and New York Times. You'll be astounded by this incredible figure from our history.
  • WOFE
    Brian Cox
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    What is Life? Professor Brian Cox's Wonders of Life has wowed BBC television audiences and this tie-in book will show how a few fundamental laws gave birth to life - the most complex, diverse and unique force in the entire universe. There are 100 million different species on Earth, and all are governed by the same laws.

    In this beautiful book, Brian explains the amazing diversity and adaptability of life and how the astonishing inventiveness of nature came about, as well as how the origins of life affect us in the modern day. Aiming to answer all the big questions, Brian uses the latest advances in science and cutting-edge graphics to reveal the secrets of life.
  • WDOG
    Sophie Collins
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    Answering all the questions you really need to know the answers to, Why Does My Dog Do That? is an essential handbook for any dog owner. From why our canine friends get possessive over the sofa to why they'll always get excited when someone knocks on the door, this book provides an entertaining glimpse into what a dog's life is really like.

    Explaining situations from a dog's point of view, and using the latest research, the book will help you solve the riddles of your own dogs's behaviour, while also offering clear and practical advice on how to care for a dog. There are also innovative strategies for dealing with those not-so-'paw'-some problems!
  • BKPS
    James E. Tew
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    With beekeeping become more and more popular every year, there has never been a more important time for seasoned beekeepers and those new to the outdoor hobby to make sure they know how to solve their beekeeping problems. That's where The Beekeeper's Problem Solver by James E. Tew comes in...

    Packed full of problem-handling advice - and problem avoidance, too - the book explains the 100 most common problems beekeepers experience, what the causes of the problems are and how to solve them in a stress-free way - using in-depth yet digestible information alongside clear full-colour photographs and diagrams.

    With an answer to every question would-be and experienced beekeepers will ever be able to think of, James E. Tew's The Beekeeper's Problem Solver has it covered - from deciding apiary sites to beekeeping equipment, producing honey, treating pests and beyond!
  • WOTW
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    Packed with breathtaking photography and insightful information you are unlikely to find anywhere else, Wildlife of the World from DK brings you face to face with the most extraordinary animals on Earth.

    Divided by continent, each animal habitat is explored in rich detail and takes readers from the depths of the Costa Rican rainforest to the lush wetlands of the Okavango, demonstrating the diversity of our natural world and revealing the secret lives of the animals that live there.

    Complete with detailed data panels for quick reference and a foreword from The Really Wild Show and Springwatch presenter Chris Packham, this enormous animal encyclopedia will make the perfect gift for any animal enthusiast.
  • CHKN
    Chris Graham
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    Chicken keeping is becoming ever more popular and this handy guide - written by the editor of Practical Poultry magazine Chris Graham - covers 100 of the most common problems keepers will experience.

    Suitable for those new to looking after chickens and those with much experience, the book shows you how to get everything right - from feeding and breeding to housing and health requirements.

    Showing the causes of problems and how you can avoid them in the first place, there is advice on the health issues that chickens may face, their egg production and much more besides. All the information is accompanied by easy-to-follow instructions, while the highly practical book is also full of clear photographs and diagrams.
  • HARM
    HRH Prince Charles of Wales
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    Written by Charles, Prince of Wales - and his two leading advisors, Ian Skelly and Tony Juniper - Harmony is a practical guide to what we have lost in the modern world, why we have lost it and how easily it is to rediscover.

    A blueprint for a more balanced, sustainable world that the human race must create to survive, the hardback sees HRH the Prince of Wales take a look at different aspects of our modern world to demonstrate how many of the challenges seen in areas as diverse as architecture, farming and medicine can be traced to how we have abandoned a classical sense of balance and proportion.

    It tells the story of how our disconnection from nature has contributed to this crisis, and how seeking balance in our actions will return us to a more considered and comfortable world.
  • WBAN
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    Being able to identify wild creatures in their natural environment adds an extra dimension to the enjoyment of being outdoors. This handy Reader's Digest guide will help you spot, quickly and accurately, every species that you are likely to come across in the countryside and towns, from hares and field mice to deer and badgers. You will find fascinating facts on how wild animals live, where they breed, what they feed on and plenty more. You'll soon be animal spotting with expert eyes.
  • BMPC
    Steve Backshall
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    TV presenter and star of Deadly 60 and Lost Land Of... Steve Backshall takes the lead in this reformatted and redesigned edition of the popular Most Poisonous Creatures. Explaining just how and why poison is an everyday part of the ever-intriguing animal world, this book will help you learn how poison is used in its varying forms, from hunting to defence. From mammals and birds, to insects, reptiles and amphibians, Steve Backshall uncovers just how poison is used as a means of securing a meal, deterring attack and much more. Journeying the world's continents, the stunning, occasionally gruesome, colour photographs and Steve's exciting accounts bring the natural world alive in an entertaining and wholly informative way.
  • BIBE
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    A stunning illustrated guide to European and British birds from the experts at the RSPB. Profiling every species found in Britain and Europe (featuring over 500 in total), the 330 most commonly seen birds, including finches, martins and swallows plus many more, have full-page profiles dedicated to them so you will always be certain when you spot each species. Covering the characteristics of anatomy, life cycle and behaviour and providing a survey of habitats in which the birds live, this handy guide makes bird identification quick and effortless. An essential reference for novice twitchers and the long-time spotter.
  • WBSC
    Hannu Jannes and Owen Roberts
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    Complete with CDs to help you recognise each bird's distinctive song or call, these two books will come in handy for any birdwatcher or lover of nature.

    Recognising songs and calls can help you make more of birdwatching and the handy-sized hardbacks will help you identify 80 of our most popular woodland species and also 80 wetland species.

    Written by ornithologist Hannu Jannes and birding enthusiast Owen Robert, the books also feature colour photographs of each bird, as well as further information on their identifying features, habits, distribution, feeding and nesting routines and calls.
  • AANUJ
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    This is a monumental and extraordinarily beautiful guide to the Earth's natural wonders. 5 years in the making, covering over 5,000 species, "The Natural History Book" is one-of-a-kind; the only book to offer a complete survey of the Earth's natural history. Each geological and biological grouping is introduced and explained in an engaging and highly informative way, making it the perfect addition to every family bookshelf, as well as an ideal gift for every nature lover. It is packed with thousands of stunning, specially commissioned photographs, and written by a worldwide team of natural history experts. From granites to grape vines, from microbes to mammals, "The Natural History Book" is a true visual dictionary of every kingdom of life.
  • ALTGE
    Kathleen Walker-Meikle
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    The perfect gift for any dog lover, this is the story of man's best friend from the canine gods of Ancient Egypt to the heroic mascots of the Second World War. Over the millennia dogs have been hailed as gods, demons, saints, military heroes, even reigning kings - and all the while have been the keen hunters, loyal guards and beloved pets we know today. They feature in Egyptian myth, classical astronomy, medieval romances and early modern portraiture; they took part in the court-life of Imperial China, in early Hollywood film studios and in intrepid expeditions to the North Pole. Featuring the pampered pets of Queen Victoria and Pablo Picasso, popular medieval dog names, regimental mascots of the Napoleonic Wars and tales of canine loyalty through the ages, this beautifully illustrated volume shows how dogs have for millennia been the beloved companions of peasants and princes alike.
  • AGDMC
    Simon Barnes
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    Life on Planet Earth is not weirder than we imagine. It's weirder than we are capable of imagining. And we're all in it together: humans, blue whales, rats, birds of paradise, ridiculous numbers of beetles, molluscs the size of a bus, the sexual gladiators of slugs, bdelloid rotifers who haven't had sex for millions of years and creatures called water bears: you can boil them, freeze them and fire them off into space without killing them. We're all part of the animal kingdom, appearing in what Darwin called "endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful". In this breathtakingly audacious book, Simon Barnes has brought us all together, seeking not what separates us but what unites us. He takes us white-water rafting through the entire animal kingdom in a book that brings in deep layers of arcane knowledge, the works of Darwin and James Joyce, Barnes's own don't-try-this-at-home adventures in the wild, David Attenborough and Sherlock Holmes. Ten Million Aliens opens your eyes to the real marvels of the planet we live on.
  • ADETB
    Association of Pet Dog Trainer
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    Do you want your dog to be socially well-behaved? Are you looking for advice on training and looking after your pet? Covering every aspect of kind, fair and effective dog training as well as authoritative advice on looking after your pet, Train Your Dog is essential reading for all dog owners or those thinking of getting a dog for the first time. Written by the APDT, a guarantee of quality in dog training, this book covers positive reward and motivational techniques that will ensure your dog is socially well-behaved, obedient and, most importantly, able to be a part of your family. It also details different training methods for different types of dog, issues to address before training commences (deciding on your commands and discovering the motivation of your dog), equipment that may aid the training experience and essential tips for training a puppy or a 'problem dog'. Packed full of essential advice on all aspects of being a dog owner, this book will ensure that you get the most out of your pet and vice versa! NOT GOT MUCH TIME? One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started. AUTHOR INSIGHTS Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience. TEST YOURSELF Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress. EXTEND YOUR KNOWLEDGE Extra online articles to give you a richer understanding of dog training. FIVE THINGS TO REMEMBER Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts. TRY THIS Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.
  • AGSIS
    Martin Walters
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    This title offers a guide to the world of arthropods, covering many insect orders, including beetles, flies, stick insects, dragonflies, ants and wasps, as well as microscopic creatures. It provides a fascinating overview of insects and spiders, including their habitats and classification, all shown in over 195 beautiful photographs and illustrations. All aspects of insect life are covered, such as the way insects defend themselves and how they are able to jump, leap and fly. It describes cryptic coloration, and the way insects can use camouflage to blend into their background and escape attack from predators. It offers various methods of feeding are discussed, from biting and chewing to lapping, sucking, piercing and filter feeding, according to their different mouthparts. It outlines their useful role in pollination of crops, production of honey, and removing insect pests. In the arthropoda phylum, insects are one of the most successful species, and spiders are one of the largest groups. This book studies how they organize their lives. The first section provides information of every aspect of insect life: evolution, anatomy, life cycles, flight and social organization. The last section describes the 30 orders within the class Insecta, demonstrating the huge variety of insects, from microscopic creatures to giant stick insects and large beetles. Typical features of insects in each order are highlighted. With expert text, illustrations and clear photographs, this guide will be enjoyed by all who take an interest in natural history.
  • ALTIZ
    Rachelle Blondel
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    They say that dog is a man's (and woman's!) best friend - so show your pooch how much you care by making any one of the 30 lovingly handcrafted projects in this book. Divided into Eat, Nest, Play and Wear, the ideas are both practical and cute, and include everything from a Travelling Dog Bed, Bath Day Towel, Throw-and-Catch Bone and Christmas Stocking to a Jaunty Neckerchief, Crochet Handle for Dull Dog Leads, Fancy Flower for Girls and Bow Tie for Boys, as well as a Dandy Dog Coat for the fashionable four-legged friend. There are even recipes for Doggie Pops, Bitesize Biscuits and the ultimate Doggie Birthday Cake. All of which allow you to pamper your pet without spending a fortune!
  • AQNJO
    Michael Pollan
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    A farmer cultivates genetically modified potatoes so that a customer at McDonald's half a world away can enjoy a long, golden french fry. A gardener plants tulip bulbs in the autumn and in the spring has a riotous patch of colour to admire. Two simple examples of how humans act on nature to get what we want. Or are they? What if those potatoes and tulips have evolved to gratify certain human desires so that humans will help them multiply? What if, in other words, these plants are using us just as we use them? In blending history, memoir and superb science writing, Pollan tells the story of four domesticated species - the apple, the tulip, marijuana and the potato. All four plants are integral to our everyday lives and Pollan demonstrates how each has thrived by satisfying one of humankind's most basic desires. Weaving fascinating anecdote and accessible science, Pollan takes the reader on an absorbing journey through the landscape of botany and desire. It is a journey that will change the way we think about our place in nature
  • AAMHX
    Sir David Attenborough
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    Sir David Attenborough is Britain's best-known natural history film-maker. His career as a naturalist and broadcaster has spanned nearly six decades, and in this volume of memoirs Sir David tells stories of the people and animals he has met and the places he has visited. His first job - after Cambridge University and two years in the Royal Navy - was at a London publishing house. Then in 1952 he joined the BBC as a trainee producer, and it was while working on the "Zoo Quest" series (1954-64) that he had his first opportunity to undertake expeditions to remote parts of the globe, to capture intimate footage of rare wildlife in its natural habitat. He was Controller of BBC2 (1965-68), during which time he introduced colour television to Britain, then Director of Programmes for the BBC (1969-1972). However, in 1973 he abandoned administration altogether to return to documentary-making and writing, and has established himself as the world's leading Natural History programme maker with several landmark "BBC" series, including "Life on Earth" (1979), "The Living Planet" (1984), "The Trials of Life" (1990), "The Private Life of Plants" (1995), "Life of Birds" (1998), "The Blue Planet" (2001), "Life of Mammals" (2002), "Planet Earth" (2006) and "Life in Cold Blood" (2008). Sir David is an Honorary Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, a Fellow of the Royal Society and was knighted in 1985. He is also Britain's most respected, trusted and lauded natural history broadcaster and writer, championing conservation and standing at the forefront of issues concerning the planet's declining species. A lot has changed since his first television documentary, and in this updated edition of "Life on Air" Sir David tells us of his experiences of filming in the 21st century.