Ecology & Environment
Dedicated botanist Professor Stefan Buczacki talks through the natural history of churchyards, cemeteries and burial grounds in this informative and entertaining book.
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Complete with beautiful photographs, illustrations and literary quotes, the naturalist and gardener (whose name you may recognise from Radio 4's Gardener's Question Time) covers everything you ever wanted to know about churchyards - from how they're featured in landscapes to the plants, mammals and birds that reside in them.
He also explores the history of churchyards and the important role of conservation in their future. He also, of course, looks at the mighty churchyard yew.
Sir David Attenborough is now in the seventh decade of his hugely successful television career as a broadcaster and naturalist. His success began with the famous Zoo Quest in 1954, where he travelled the world to discover exotic animals for a zoo exhibition in the UK.
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In this fascinating memoir, David revisits his journeys from Madagascar and New Guinea to the Pacific Islands and the Northern territory of Australia.
Originally published in the late 1950s, this warm and humorous account finds David exploring some of the most remarkable cultures and wildlife from this time including his encounters with paradise birds, chameleons and sifakas.
BBC nature presenter Simon King presents the ultimate guide to watching British wildlife in NatureWatch, a book that is perfect for anyone who wants to find mammals, birds, mini-beasts, amphibians and more.
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If you love exploring the countryside, this book will show you exactly where to look to spot wild animals in their natural habitats. Simon will teach you how to use your eyes and ears to find and follow creatures and identify tracks and signs that will lead you closer to them (without disturbing them).
More than just a nature handbook, Simon offers up his insider knowledge to get closer to the wild, describes the essential kit you need to get started and also provides photography tips.
If you want to connect with the seasons through gardening, foraging and even picking flowers, The Almanac 2018 is the book for you. It's a practical, historical and contemplative guide to nature's offering every month of the year.
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Inspired by the rural almanac, this book is written by award-winning gardener and food-writer Lia Leendertz and is packed with advice on the tools and inspiration you'll need.
Lia also shares her favourite recipes using seasonal ingredients as well as covering all the key phenomena of the universe including festivities, lunar eclipses and sunrise and sunset times.
Foxes Unearthed: A Story of Love and Loathing in Modern Britain provides a rich and fascinating examination of Britain's most loved - and most vilified - wild animal.
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Engaging from start to finish, Lucy Jones' book is based on historical research and includes interviews with scientists, huntsmen, farmers, activists and celebrities including Chris Packham, Ricky Gervais and Roger Scruton.
No other British animal attracts as much controversy and debate as the fox and this book show just how misunderstood the animal is. Lucy travels the length of the country to look into why the creature is so ambiguously perceived in modern society. An up-and-coming nature writer, this book adds depth to the contentious debate surrounding the animal and our wider relationship with the natural world.
Tristan Gooley's Wild Signs and Star Paths follows his bestsellers The Walker's Guide and How to Read Water and will help you enjoy the great outdoors in a way that is new and exciting but based on ancient theories.
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He talks about how you can achieve a level of outdoors awareness by following the stars and plants, forecast the weather that is coming by listening out for woodland sounds and even predicting an animal's next action by considering its body language.
Tristan shows how anyone can develop the ability to read nature and the outdoors in this way.
Archie Miles provides a celebration of the oak tree in Britain and explores its history, culture, topography and biology in this endlessly interesting book.
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A comprehensive overview of everything that the famous oak tree signifies to Britain and its people, it looks at its importance in industry, architecture and ship building, as well as evaluating its role in myth, art and literature.
Perfect for anyone who loves nature, the book includes fascinating profiles of Britain's 50 most famous oak trees, an examination of the disease, management and conservation issues facing them and a whole host of stunning photographs.
This evocative collection celebrates the best of the British countryside. It includes two books from The Darling Buds of May creator H.E. Bates and an essay about the grand houses you'll find there from Vita Sackville West.
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Very nostalgic, English Country Houses is Sackville West's brief history that spans from the Middle Ages to the 20th century and the people who built and lived in these houses - from common squires to kings and queens.
The Happy Countryman is Bates' celebration of country towns, spray-swept seaside promenades and strolls among sand dunes. Complete with illustrations of wood engravings by wildlife artist C.F. Tunnicliffe; In the Heart of the Country is presented in similar fashion and looks at how the countryside is affected by different seasons - from winter blizzards to the sweetness of spring and the colours of autumn.
Anyone who loves getting outdoors will find these little guides to be essential companions on their next adventure.
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Covering wild flowers, trees, butterflies and garden wildlife, the books provide concise descriptions of their subjects which include information on their appearances, habitats and much more. There are also beautiful illustrations of over 150 species in each book.
Ideal for beginners and amateur naturalists alike, the Green Guides come in a pocket size.
The only official companion to BBC Radio 4's Shipping Forecast, this miscellany reveals how the likes of North Utsire and South Utsire got their names and a history of the broadcast.
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Featuring poems, parodies and covering the most important and key moments the forecast has seen, it is wonderfully evocative and will delight anyone who tunes into the forecast.
A lovely gift for fans who tune in daily of those insomniacs, daydreamers and seafarers who value its importance.
Jack Cooke loves nothing more than climbing trees. Especially those trees that line the streets of London.
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In this witty and personal memoir, he talks about exploring England's capital city through the treetops. Part-guidebook and part-meditation on the joys of nature, this is a thoroughly entertaining read that finds Jack climbing all sorts of trees and scurrying up a Scots pine to get views that very few have seen.
From London's parks, canals and rivers to the secret gardens he spots sometimes just 10 foot above street level, this is an oddball celebration of viewing things from a different angle. It might inspire you to go outside and climb a tree - but please be careful among the bark and branches!
From the Ice Age to the 21st century, Coast presenter (and president of the Royal Geographical Society) Nicholas Crane looks back over 12,000 years of the British landscape in this beautiful book.
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Part-journey, part-history, this book describes the evolution of Britain's countryside and cities and concludes with an examination of where things will head next. It even includes a number of photographs for you to pore over.
We are now in one of the most extreme centuries of change since the Iron Age and this book examines how we got to this point. From major landscape events including the Black Death, urbanisation and recreation to the role played by geology (and our 6,000-mile coastline) in its development, it's a must for anyone interested in nature.
It's now a decade since the BBC's Planet Earth wowed everyone with its groundbreaking footage that showed us our planet from an entirely new perspective. To mark this occasion, not only will there be a second series - Planet Earth II - but you can also own this jaw-dropping tie-in book.
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Providing the most exciting and immersive picture of our world's wildlife yet, this book has over 250 breathtaking photographs and stills from the show's spectacular footage and will help you make sense of the complex life of some of our most amazing places. Each chapter focuses on a different environment, from the most desolate desert to the depths of the jungle and Stephen Moss' informative text explains how the resident creatures have evolved and adapted to these extreme conditions.
This book also looks at how the animals compete with each other in their efforts for survival. It even focuses on the urban environment and the range of behaviours occurring right under our noses.
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.
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Two hundred million years ago the earth consisted of a single vast continent, Pangea, surrounded by a great planetary sea. Continental drift tore apart Pangaea, and for millennia the hemispheres were separate, evolving almost entirely different suites of plants and animals. Columbus's arrival in the Americas brought together these long-separate worlds. Many historians believe that this collision of ecosystems and cultures-the Columbian Exchange-was the most consequential event in human history since the Neolithic Revolution. And it was the most consequential event in biological history since the extinction of the dinosaurs. Beginning with the world of microbes and moving up the species ladder to mankind, Mann rivetingly describes the profound effect this exchanging of species had on the culture of both continents.
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"Frozen Planet" is the exciting successor to the ground-breaking "Planet Earth" and "Blue Planet" series, and has been created by the same award-winning team. Most of us will never travel to these great wildernesses and, even for those lucky enough to have gone, this portrait of our polar regions will surprise and astound. Take a journey to the last truly great wilderness regions. From the Great Melt in Spring to the 24-hour summer, the beginning of the Big Freeze and long dark winter, this epic series will follow the dramatic landscapes and the emotional life stories of the animals that live there. Following the stories of the polar bear and wolf in the North Pole and the adelie penguin and killer whale in the South Pole, we see how they survive these extremes, how they feed, mate and rear their young. Using the latest hi-tech cameras, the series will reveal animal behaviour as we've never seen before - the long, tender mating ritual of the polar bears, the vast penguin colonies, the Arctic's most impressive hunter, the wolf as well as eider ducks, gentle seals and socialable ravens. But the real star of this series is the ice and "Frozen Planet" will tell its story, from its formation to its movement and its beauty. And of course what the future holds for it. This is the last chance to explore our Frozen Planet before it changes forever.
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From the peat bogs and woodlands that help to secure our water supply, to the bees and soils that produce most of the food we eat, Britain is rich in 'natural capital'. Yet we take supplies of clean water and secure food for granted, rarely considering the free work nature does for Britain. In fact for years we have damaged the systems that sustain us under the illusion that we are keeping prices down, through intensive farming, drainage of bogs, clearing forests and turning rivers into canals. As Tony Juniper's new analysis shows, however, the ways in which we meet our needs often doesn't make economic sense. Through vivid first hand accounts and inspirational examples of how the damage is being repaired, Juniper takes readers on a journey to a different Britain from the one many assume we inhabit, not a country where nature is worthless or an impediment to progress, but the real Britain, the one where we are supported by nature, wildlife and natural systems at almost every turn.
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From the rabbit-sized Black-footed Cat of southern Africa to bear-killing Amur tigers of the Russian Far East, the 38 members of the Cat Family include some of the world's most fascinating and magnificent species on earth. Supremely adapted for the kill, all cats are obligate carnivores; they survive only by preying upon other animals, and they have become one of evolution's most successful predatory lineages of mammals. Wild Cats of the World explores the spectacular Cat Family in unprecedented depth. Drawing on thousands of scientific papers and direct observations in the field, each species is profiled at length, covering all aspects of felid behaviour and ecology. The book is profusely illustrated with colour plates, black-and-white sketches showing important aspects of cat life and accurate images of every species' skull. Over 400 spectacular photographs are included, many of them showing extremely rare and little-known cats published here for the first time. Each profile includes an up-to-date range map and explains the most current science on how cats are classified and related to each other, including some very recent, surprising discoveries. Despite their great evolutionary success, the challenges facing felids in the modern world are profound. Only one, the ubiquitous domestic cat, does not require dedicated conservation action to ensure survival for the next century. The book also explores the current conservation issues facing wild cats, the increasingly perilous status of many species and how they can be saved.
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James Lovelock described his previous book, "The Revenge of Gaia", as 'a wake-up call for humanity'. Stark though it was in many respects, in "The Vanishing Face of Gaia Lovelock" says that even though the weather seems cooler and pollution lessens as the recession bites, the environmental problems we will face in the twenty-first century are even more terrifying than he previously realised. The Arctic and Antarctic ice-caps are melting very quickly, and water shortages and natural disasters are more common occurrences than at any time in recent history. The civilisations of many countries will be jeopardised and life as we know it severely disrupted. 'Our wish to continue business as usual will probably prevent us from saving ourselves' says Lovelock, so we must adapt as best we can and try to ensure that enough of us survive to allow a more capable species to evolve from us. There could hardly be a more important message for humankind.
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Discover over 400 species of animals and plants found in the coastal regions of Britain and make the most of your surroundings, whether you are on a holiday browse or serious quest. This is the definitive photographic reference guide for nature enthusiasts. This informative photographic guide will help nature enthusiasts visiting the seashore to discover and quickly and accurately identify the animals and plants commonly found in the coastal areas of Britain. The book is illustrated with beautiful photographs throughout, the perfect seashore companion for 'staycation, travelling nature enthusiasts as well as general natural history buffs. Young and old alike keen to discover the wildlife of Britain's coastal areas will delight in this beautifully practical guide.
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We asked 100 conservation groups around the world: 'if you could pick one species that epitomises your work, which would it be?' From the RSPB to WWF to the Cheetah Conservation Fund, and many, many more, the answers came rolling in. Each provided a synopsis of the threats faced by their selected species, a summary of their degree of threat, an outline of the work being done to save them, and a number of ways in which the reader could help to conserve that species. With beautiful full-page photographs of each of the 100 species, this is a book that will both fascinate and educate and, hopefully, help to secure the future of the threatened animals and plants that it showcases.
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Described as 'Britain's greatest living nature writer', Richard Mabey has revealed his passion for the natural world in eloquent stories for BBC Wildlife Magazine. This volume features his favourite pieces and presents a fascinating and inspiring view of the changing natural landscape in which we live. Peppered throughout with references to the heritage of nature writing, and great writers from Richard Jefferies and John Clare to Roger Deakin and Robert MacFarlane, A Brush With Nature is part memoir, part nature journal, part social history, giving us a unique insight into a nature lover's reflections over a quarter of a century.
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This is the fourth edition of the most comprehensive and authoritative dictionary of ecology available. Written in a clear, accessible style, it contains over 6,000 entries on all aspects of ecology and related environmental scientific disciplines such as biogeography, genetics, soil science, geomorphology, atmospheric science, and oceanography. Coverage is wide-ranging and includes plant and animal physiology, animal behaviour, pollution, conservation, habitat management, population, evolution, environmental pollution, climatology and meteorology. It also includes many line drawings and useful appendices including estimations of population parameters, the geologic time-scale, SI units, and - new to this edition - a web linked appendix of relevant organizations including both governmental agencies and conservation societies. Fully revised, updated, and expanded, with over 100 new entries, this new edition also contains new web links for dozens of entries - which are accessed and kept up to date via the Dictionary of Ecology companion website. The dictionary will be invaluable to students of ecology, biology, conservation studies, environmental sciences, and professionals in related areas, as well as the general reader with an interest in the natural world.
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Tie-in to the landmark 25-part Radio 4 series with Kew. Our peculiarly British obsession with gardens goes back a long way and Plants: From Roots to Riches is going to take us back to where it all began. Across 25 vivid episodes, Kathy Willis, Kew's charismatic Head of Science, will show us how the last 250 years transformed our relationship with plants. Behind the scenes at the Botanical Gardens all kinds of surprising things have been going on. As the British Empire painted the atlas red, explorers, adventurers and scientists brought the most interesting specimens and information back to London. From the discovery of Botany Bay to the horrors of the potato famine, from orchid hunters to quinine smugglers, from Darwin's experiments to the unexpected knowledge unlocked by the 1987 hurricane, understanding how plants work has changed our history and could safeguard our future. In the style of A History of the World in 100 Objects, each chapter tells a separate story, but, gathered together, a great picture unfolds, of our most remarkable science, botany. Plants: From Roots to Riches is going to be a beautifully designed hardback, packed with 200 images in both colour and black and white from Kew's amazing archives, some never reproduced before. Kathy Willis and Carolyn Fry, the acclaimed popular-science writer, have also added all kinds of fascinating extra history, heroes and villains, memorable stories and interviews. Their book takes us on an exciting rollercoaster ride through our past and future and shows us how much plants really do matter.
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