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Nature & Outdoors

  • GCRJ
    Rt Hon Michael Portillo
    • £6.99
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    All aboard and get ready to explore some of Europe's finest journeys by train in Great Continental Railway Journeys, a beautiful tie-in book to the hit BBC series presented by Michael Portillo.

    Lavishly illustrated, the book captures the beauty and excitement of journeying across the continent by train and also looks at the engineering feats which made the journeys possible and so famous.

    From London to Paris, Copenhagen, Berlin, Rome, Budapest and all the way down to Jerusalem, this is a celebration of both trains and the vibrancy of Europe.
  • Landmark - A History of Britain in 50 Buildings - Hardback - 9780711236455 - Anna Keay
    • £8.00
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    A beautiful gift book published in association with the Landmark Trust, this book celebrates the Trust's greatest achievements in saving important pieces of British architecture and heritage.

    With beautiful photography throughout, the book places the buildings in the order in which they were built. From the unusual and utilitarian to the enchanting and spectacular, each building offers a glimpse into our past history.

    Stretching all the way back to 1250, this hardback features 50 buildings that were rescued from oblivion and among the highlights are a 15th century inn in Suffolk, an Elizabethan hospital in Yorkshire and a lighthouse on Lundy. The way the Trust saved them is also covered, making this not only a celebration of British history and architecture but also of the phenomenal work the Landmark Trust puts in.
  • GHWK
    T. H. White
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    A classic memoir about the bond between man and animal, this edition of T. H. White's The Goshawk includes a foreword from H is for Hawk author Helen Macdonald.

    First published in 1951, the book finds White describing the struggles (and enjoyment) he experienced while trying to train a wild goshawk, a notoriously difficult bird. With no training and only a few out-of-date books on falconry to guide him, he set about trying to bend the will of Gos to his own.

    Suffering setback after setback, White found himself becoming more and more attached to his new animal friend and together he believed they could soar.
  • Private Gardens of England - Hardback - 9781472121011 - Tania Compton
    Tania Compton
    • £16.00
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    Have you ever wondered what lies behind the hedges and lanes of England's private gardens?

    Wonder no more! From the petite to the vast and the rustic to lavish, this book provides an awe-inspiring peek into the country's best-kept horticultural secrets. You'll get to discover everything from the Bannermans' romantic Cornish castle to Jasper Conran in Dorset, and all the gardens have stories that bring them to life.

    Full of breathtaking photography and sumptuous detail, the book will delight and inspire gardeners of every level.
  • GRBW
    Jilly Macleod
    • £3.99
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    This handy guide from the National Trust explores 100 family-friendly walks through some of Great Britain's most spectacular countryside. The walks are between two and eight miles in length and are organised by region, making it easy to explore historical sites, spot regional wildlife and take in stunning views wherever you are in the country.

    Graded according to ease, from rambles across parkland, adventurous hikes and everything in between, the book is filled with important information on transport links, facilities, local attractions and fun stuff for the kids, along with maps of each route.

    The perfect guide for taking in Britain's countryside and discovering your new favourite walk.
  • Labrador - Hardback - 9780007549016 - Ben Fogle
    Ben Fogle
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    Crufts, One Man and His Dog, Countryfile and Country Tracks host Ben Fogle is well known for his love of dogs. Here he presents a social history of the world's favourite breed, Labradors, and investigates how they have captured the imagination of we humans for hundreds of years.

    Native to Newfoundland, Labradors were brought to England in the 1800s and became popular for their skills in hunting, tracking, receiving and rescuing. But what really drew us to Labradors was their extraordinary capacity for companionship, intelligence and loyalty - such is their popularity as guide dogs. With stories of Labs at war to dogs working with the RNIB, Ben passionately discusses our lasting love of one of man's best friends.

    Exploring their origins, early characteristics and - possibly most importantly - their role in the family, Ben draws on extraordinary experiences to tell the story of a breed of dog that we have truly fallen in love with.
  • ISDR
    Dan Boothby
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    With his lifelong obsession with Gavin Maxwell's Ring of Bright Water trilogy, Dan Boothby jumped at the chance to move into the author's former home - a tiny island on the western seaboard of the Highlands of Scotland.

    Island of Dreams: A Personal History of a Remarkable Place is the memoir of Boothby's time living there. It covers the people he met and the stories they told, as well as the author's attachment to the remote landscape - and the otters that inhabited it.

    After drifting about for more than 20 years, Boothby felt he had found home when he arrived. Living in such exquisite surroundings also gave Boothby the chance to embark on his own quest to better understand the mysterious Gavin Maxwell.

    A wonderfully personal memoir about the search for home.
  • 365 Days of Colour - Hardback - 9780857832696 - Nick Bailey
    Nick Bailey
    • £4.00
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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.
  • The Country Set - Hardback - 9781909881761
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    Full of bright, characterful watercolour illustrations and an informative text detailing habitats, habits and folklore, this book is a celebration of our nation's animals, compiled by award-winning artist Hannah Dale in association with the National Trust.

    Featuring 50 furry, fluffy and feathery friends, the book provides charming insight into the diversity of Britain's wildlife - from the resourceful red fox to the gorgeous grey seal.

    A beautiful gift for both art and animal lovers.
  • Wildlife of the World - Hardback - 9780241186008
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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.
  • TRDL
    Tom Jones
    • £5.99
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    'When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford' - Samuel Johnson.

    London is a fascinating city with plenty of activities and things to do in all the seasons, but many people find themselves resorting to visiting the same places time and time again.

    When author Tom Jones found himself doing this, he made the decision to follow Samuel Johnson's famous quote - and this book offers ideas for what to do in London every day of the year. Whether you want to explore East London by canoe, walk in the treetops at Kew Gardens or go birdwatching at Rainham Marshes, you'll find all the information you need.

    Written in a personal and quirky style, the book will help you explore a whole new side to London and encourage you to take a chance on new experiences - including catching the last tube home!
  • Off the Leash 3: It's a Dog's Life - Hardback - 9780752265742 - Rupert Fawcett
    Rupert Fawcett
    • £2.00
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    A worldwide phenomenon on Facebook, this is the third book based around Rupert Fawcett's hilarious Off the Leash cartoons.

    The perfect present for anyone passionate about pooches, the cartoons capture the secret thoughts and dreams of all kinds of different dogs and shows just why they steal sofa, like nothing more than outsmarting cats and crave our attention.

    A funny celebration of the mutual bond between man and man's best friend.
  • RVBK
    Tessa Wardley
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    The River Book provides you with 101 ways that you can enjoy being by the river - whether you want to play, relax or watch some wildlife!

    With suggestions for rivers to visit, Tessa Wardley also reveals which ones are best for the fun-packed activities mentioned in the book. So whether you want to go on a hunt for minibeasts, look for crayfish or go for a swim, this is the book for you.

    It's packed full of facts about how rivers work, why some are fast and some are slow and information about the plants and animals that live by the water's edge.
  • WLKY
    David Bathurst
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    If you love the great outdoors, this will quickly become your go-to handbook.
    Whether you're exploring the countryside, the shore, cliffs or forests, it's bursting with tips, facts and folklore to help guide you on your way.

    From the areas of outstanding natural beauty to the diverse wildlife that can be found across Britain, David Bathurst's The Walker's Year is genuinely charming and informative.
  • 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.
  • SMLL
    Suzie Baldwin
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    A guide to keeping and caring for poultry and lifestock on a small scale, Suzie Baldwin's The Smallholder's Handbook is the perfect guide to living the Good Life - whether you're an expert or just getting started.

    With her friendly tone, Suzie offers help and advice to anyone who is interested in this increasingly popular way of life. From setting up and keeping hens and quails to ducks, pigs, sheep, goats and cows, it has all the advice you need for rearing and raising these animals. There is even a section on beekeeping so you can extract your own honey!

    The book also offers advice on cultivating your land, all the essentials you'll need to keep the animals and tips for farrowing, lambing, kidding and calving.
  • Owls - Hardback - 9780091959999 - Matt Sewell
    Matt Sewell
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    This charming guide offers an illustrated overview of the owls that can be found across the world.

    Written and illustrated by avid ornithologist and street artist Matt Sewell, the book is tremendously evocative and is full of whimsical descriptions that shine a spotlight on each different type of owl's personality.

    All hand-picked and painted in pop-art watercolour, this gift book will appeal to owl lovers, birdwatchers and those who appreciate nature and beautiful artwork.
  • PLG
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    This guide contains 28 walks in Glasgow, the Clyde Valley, Ayrshire and Arran.

    Each walk features an easy to follow route description, background and historical detail, and recommendations for points of interest and highlights.

    The colour maps are clearly detailed with the route and markers corresponding to the text description.
  • CANA
    Liz McIvor
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    Accompanying a six-part BBC Four series, Canals: The Making of a Nation takes us all on a fascinating journey into the heart of industrial Britain.

    In Britain, canals are often associated with lazy summer afternoons and walks and water journeys through lush green countryside, but this book reveals just how important they are and the legacy they had in the birth of modern Britain. Canals helped open up the trade of the Industrial Revolution; furthered the science of geology; and ushered in a new form of architecture.

    Written by Liz McIvor, the history of canals also takes in everything from greedy investors and cheap labour to the struggle for workers' rights and welfare. Waterways are a modern invention that changed all our lives. This book shows how.
  • FWSY
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    Thousands of Brits love to walk and the famous county of Surrey has many areas that are just perfect for rambling.

    Compiled by the AA, this book features mapped walks of between two and ten miles that are suitable for all abilities. Full of all the practical detail you'll need, including the difficulty of the walk, the book also offers background reading on the history and wildlife of the area.

    In addition to this, all local points of interest and refreshment stops are featured!
  • BWGR
    Hazel Johnson
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    The Birdwatcher's Garden is ideal for people who wish to attract birds to their gardens, whether to aid the bird population or purely for pleasure. The reference tables scattered throughout identify the food and plants that attract specific birds.

    The most regular contact many people have with wildlife is the pleasure of watching birds in the garden and this book aims to help increase the attraction of their garden for birds by supplementing the food, shelter, roosting and nesting sites that are available.

    Hazel and Pamela Johnson show the most effective means of ensuring that birds will flourish and also detail the principles of sympathetic gardening, discussing how best to enhance local habitats - whether in cities, suburbs, a village or rural setting. Even patios and balconies can be attractive and useful to birds!
  • 101 Things for Kids to Do Outside - Paperback - 9780857831835 - Dawn Isaac
    TFKD 7 years +
    Dawn Isaac
    7 years +
    • £3.00
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    Dawn Isaac's 101 Things for Kids to Do Outside builds on the success of her blog Little Green Fingers and inspires children (and grown-ups) to get away from computer and TV screens and get outdoors.

    From quick 10-minute activities to full days of fun, the ideas cover all four seasons and include building a human sundial, creating an outdoor collage and setting up a wormery.

    Outdoors fun for everyone!
  • CBOX
    Duncan Petersen
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    Whether you prefer a fun afternoon out on your bike or a more challenging expedition, Cyclist's Britain In A Box contains a fun, local cycle route for you.

    With each route presented on an individual card, complete with a description and illustration, this box is perfect for exploring Britain's loveliest towns and cities by bike.

    For those wishing to get back in the saddle for summer or to reawaken the spirit of holiday excitement, grab a card and head out on your adventure!
  • VXG
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    This handy guide containing a wide variety of 50 walks in and around Glasgow and the South West Scotland region is great for any ability of walker. Including walks of two to ten miles, each comes with plenty of practical details that you'll need to ensure safety and success, as well as a host of fascinating background reading on the history and wildlife found in the area. The walks also come complete with annotations about local points of interest and refreshments points you can find along the way, and the summary of distance, time, level of difficulty and dog friendliness, along with many other tips. This is a comprehensive and must-have guide for all walkers, hikers and strollers.