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Anyone who has an interest in the environment or ecology will find plenty of exciting books in our hand-picked range of science books.

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Anyone who has an interest in the environment or ecology will find plenty of exciting books in our hand-picked range of science books.

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    Blue Planet II (Hardback)

    James Honeyborne

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    Head beneath the waves and discover all about life under the sea with this hardback Blue Planet II book, a companion to the BBC's sequel to 2001's incredible nature series.

    The ocean is full of mysteries and this book explains how its life has changed dramatically over the past decade, with new species, behaviours and habitats being discovered all the time. This book is full of breathtaking photographs and stills from the show and brings to life the different parts of the ocean.

    From voyages of migration that show how the oceans are connected to the coral reeds and arctic ice communities that thrive and the shorelines that throw up challenges for their residents, this is a beautiful book for any nature lover. It also has a final chapter dedicated to the science and technology that was used in the making of the show.
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    Journeys to the Other Side of the World (Hardback)

    Sir David Attenborough

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    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.

    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.
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    Wild Signs and Star Paths (Hardback)

    Tristan Gooley

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    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.

    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.
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    Naturewatch - Simon King (Hardback)

    Simon King, OBE

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    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.

    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.
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    The Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to 2018 (Hardback)

    Lia Leendertz

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    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.

    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.
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    Earth to Earth (Hardback)

    Stefan Buczacki

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    Dedicated botanist Professor Stefan Buczacki talks through the natural history of churchyards, cemeteries and burial grounds in this informative and entertaining book.

    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.
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    No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference (Paperback)

    Greta Thunberg

    The history-making, ground-breaking speeches of Greta Thunberg, the young activist who has become the voice of a generation 'Everything needs to change. And it has to start today' In August 2018 a fifteen-year-old Swedish girl, Greta Thunberg, decided not to go to school one day. Her actions ended up sparking a global movement for action against the climate crisis, inspiring millions of pupils to go on strike for our planet, forcing governments to listen, and earning her a Nobel Peace Prize nomination. This book brings you Greta in her own words, for the first time. Collecting her speeches that have made history across Europe, from the UN to mass street protests, No One Is Too Small to Make A Difference is a rallying cry for why we must all wake up and fight to protect the living planet, no matter how powerless we feel. Our future depends upon it.
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    Erebus: The Story of a Ship (Paperback)

    Michael Palin

    THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER In the early years of Queen Victoria's reign, HMS Erebus undertook two of the most ambitious naval expeditions of all time. On the first, she ventured further south than any human had ever been. On the second, she vanished with her 129-strong crew in the wastes of the Canadian Arctic. Her fate remained a mystery for over 160 years. Then, in 2014, she was found. This is her story. _______________ BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK `Beyond terrific . . . I didn't want it to end.' Bill Bryson `Illuminated by flashes of gentle wit . . . It's a fascinating story that [Palin] brings full-bloodedly to life.' Guardian `This is an incredible book . . . The Erebus story is the Arctic epic we've all been waiting for.' Nicholas Crane `Thoroughly absorbs the reader. . . Carefully researched and well-crafted, it brings the story of a ship vividly to life.' Sunday Times `A great story . . . Told in a very relaxed and sometimes - as you might expect - very funny Palin style.' David Baddiel, Daily Mail `Magisterial . . . Brings energy, wit and humanity to a story that has never ceased to tantalise people since the 1840s.' The Times
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    Chernobyl (Paperback)

    Serhii Plokhy

    Award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy's Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy is the winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2018. It's a must-read for anyone with an interest in modern history and those who have been compelled - and shocked - by the stunning Sky Atlantic TV series Chernobyl starring Jared Harris.

    On 26 April 1986 at 1.23am, a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Soviet Ukraine exploded. While the authorities scrambled to understand what was occurring, workers, engineers, firefighters and those living in the area were abandoned to their fate - and the blast put the world on the brink of nuclear annihilation.

    This book draws on recently opened archives to recreate events in all their drama, providing a moment-by-moment account of the heroes, perpetrators and victims of the Cold War tragedy.
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    This Is Not A Drill (Paperback)

    Extinction Rebellion

    Extinction Rebellion are inspiring a whole generation to take action on climate breakdown. Now you can become part of the movement - and together, we can make history. It's time. This is our last chance to do anything about the global climate and ecological emergency. Our last chance to save the world as we know it. Now or never, we need to be radical. We need to rise up. And we need to rebel. Extinction Rebellion is a global activist movement of ordinary people, demanding action from Governments. This is a book of truth and action. It has facts to arm you, stories to empower you, pages to fill in and pages to rip out, alongside instructions on how to rebel - from organising a roadblock to facing arrest. By the time you finish this book you will have become an Extinction Rebellion activist. Act now before it's too late.
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    The Lost Words: Spell Songs (Other)

    Robert Macfarlane

    In 2018 Folk by the Oak Festival commissioned Spell Songs, a musical companion piece to The Lost Words by author Robert Macfarlane and artist Jackie Morris; a celebrated `spell book' rich with poetic rhythms and imagined birdsong that naturally invited a musical response. Spell Songs gathered together eight remarkable musicians whose music engages deeply with landscape and nature, to respond to the creatures, art and language of The Lost Words. Spell Songs allowed these acclaimed and diverse musicians to weave together elements of British folk music, Senegalese folk traditions, and experimental and classical music to create an inspiring new body of work. In February 2019 Spell Songs enjoyed standing ovations at sell-out performances at major venues around the including QEH at the Southbank Centre; shows in 2019 include Hay Festival, and a prom at the Royal Albert Hall. Here are 14 songs which capture the essence of The Lost Words. Spoken voice, whispers, accents, dialects, native languages, proverbs, sayings, birdsong, river chatter and insect hum all increase the intimacy of the musical world conjured by the songs. Inspired by the words and art of the original book, each musician brings new imaginings, embellishments and diversions which are rooted in personal experience, a deep respect for the natural world, protest at the loss of nature and language or appreciation for wildness and beauty. Art inspired music and music inspired art. Jackie Morris immersed herself in the musical residency where she generously created new iconesque artwork of each musician and their instruments portrayed in an unexpected and enchanting way. These new paintings, along with stunning photography by renowned photographer Elly Lucas, from the residential gathering, the recording of the album and the sell-out tour, fill this book with beauty. Writings by Robert, Jackie and Karine elaborate on the project itself and its eco-musicological message, further exploring the relationship between art and nature, music and conservation. There are songs here that would live with me for the rest of my years, even if I'd had no part in their making.", Robert Macfarlane
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    101 Ways to Go Zero Waste (Paperback)

    Kathryn Kellogg

    We all know how important it is to reduce our environmental footprint, but it can be daunting to know where to begin. Enter Kathryn Kellogg, who can fit all her rubbish from the past two years into a 16-ounce jar. How? She starts by saying "no" to straws and grocery bags and "yes" to a reusable water bottle and compostable dish scrubbers. In 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste, Kellogg shares these tips and more, along with DIY recipes for beauty and home; advice for responsible consumption and making better choices for home goods, fashion and the office; and even secrets for how to go waste free at the airport. "It's not about perfection", she says. "It's about making better choices." This is a practical, friendly blueprint of realistic lifestyle changes for anyone who wants to reduce their waste.
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    Winnie-the-Pooh's 50 things to do before you're 5 3/4 (Paperback)

    AA Milne

    Have you ever made mud pies? Or a secret den? Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and their friends have come up with 50 outdoor activities they think everyone should enjoy before their 6th birthday. With helpful hints and spaces for your records and photographs, this book is the perfect introduction to the wonders of the outdoors and a helpful guide for parents. It's packed with ideas to keep little ones busy at weekends and during school holidays. Activities range from spotting animal babies to making your own tree monster so that, whatever the weather, children can enjoy the magic of playing outdoors.
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    Homage to Gaia (Paperback)

    James Lovelock

    A new edition in the year of James Lovelock's 100th birthday With over fifty patents to his name and innumerable awards and accolades, James Lovelock is a distinguished and original thinker who has been widely recognized by the international scientific community. In this inspiring book, republished in the year of his 100th birthday, Lovelock tells his life story, from his first steps as a scientist to his work with organisations as diverse as NASA, Shell and the Marine Biological Association. Homage to Gaia describes the years of travel and work that led to his crucial scientific breakthroughs in environmental awareness, uncovering how CFCs impact on the ozone layer and creating the concept of Gaia, the theory that the Earth is a self-regulating system. Written in a sharp and energetic style, James Lovelock's book will entertain and inspire anyone interested in science or the creative spirit.
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    The Uninhabitable Earth (Hardback)

    David Wallace-Wells

    The Uninhabitable Earth is the Sunday Times and New York bestseller from American journalist David Wallace-Wells.

    The slowness of climate change is a fairy tale, perhaps as pernicious as the one that says it isn't happening at all, and if your anxiety about it is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime of a teenager today.

    Over the past decades, the term 'Anthropocene' has climbed into the popular imagination - a name given to the geologic era we live in now. But however optimistic you might be about the proposition that we have ravaged the natural world, it is another thing entirely to consider that we have only provoked it, engineering first in ignorance and then in denial. In the meantime, it will remake us and transform the way we live - the planet no longer nurturing a dream of abundance, but a living nightmare.
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    The White Darkness (Hardback)

    David Grann

    One man's perilous quest to cross Antarctica in the footsteps of Shackleton. Henry Worsley was a devoted husband and father and a decorated British special forces officer who believed in honour and sacrifice. He was also a man obsessed. He spent his life idolizing Ernest Shackleton, the 19th-century polar explorer, who tried to become the first person to reach the South Pole and later sought to cross Antarctica on foot. Shackleton never completed his journeys, but he repeatedly rescued his men from certain death and emerged as one of the greatest leaders in history. Worsley felt an overpowering connection to those expeditions. He was related to one of Shackleton's men, Frank Worsley, and spent a fortune collecting artefacts from their epic treks across the continent. He modelled his military command on Shackleton's legendary skills and was determined to measure his own powers of endurance against them. He would succeed where Shackleton had failed, in the most brutal landscape in the world. In 2008, Worsley set out across Antarctica with two other descendants of Shackleton's crew, battling the freezing, desolate landscape, life-threatening physical exhaustion and hidden crevasses. Yet when he returned home he felt compelled to go back. On November 2015, at age 55, Worsley bid farewell to his family and embarked on his most perilous quest: to walk across Antarctica alone. David Grann tells Worsley's remarkable story with the intensity and power that have led him to be called `simply the best narrative nonfiction writer working today'. Illustrated with more than 50 stunning photographs from Worsley's and Shackleton's journeys, The White Darkness is both a gorgeous keepsake volume and a spellbinding story of courage, love and a man pushing himself to the extremes of human capacity. Praise for David Grann's Killers of the Flower Moon `A riveting true story of greed, serial murder and racial injustice' JON KRAKAUER `A fiercely entertaining mystery story and a wrenching exploration of evil' KATE ATKINSON `A fascinating account of a tragic and forgotten chapter in the history of the American West' JOHN GRISHAM `Disturbing and riveting...Grann has proved himself a master of spinning delicious, many-layered mysteries that also happen to be true...It will sear your soul' DAVE EGGERS, New York Times Book Review `An extraordinary story with extraordinary pace and atmosphere' Sunday Times `A marvel of detective-like research and narrative verve' Financial Times
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    Call of the Reed Warbler (Paperback)

    Charles Massy

    In Call of the Reed Warbler, Charles Massy explores regenerative agriculture and the vital connection between our soil and our health. It is the story of how a grassroots revolution--a true underground insurgency--can save the planet, help reduce and reverse climate change, and build healthy people and healthy communities, pivoting significantly on our relationship with growing and consuming food. Using his personal experience as a touchstone--from an unknowing, chemical-using farmer with dead soils to a radical ecologist farmer carefully regenerating a 2000-hectare property to a state of natural health--Massy tells the real story behind industrial agriculture and the global profit-obsessed corporations driving it. With evocative stories, he shows how other innovative and courageous farmers are finding a new way. At stake is not only a revolution in human health and in our communities, but the very survival of the planet. For farmers, backyard gardeners, food buyers, health workers, policy makers, and public leaders alike, Call of the Reed Warbler offers a tangible path forward and a powerful and moving paean of hope. It's not too late to regenerate the earth. Call of the Reed Warbler shows the way forward for the future of our food supply, our planet, and our health.
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    Say No to Plastic (Paperback)

    Harriet Dyer

    We've reached an environmental crisis point with plastic, and it's time to take action. But is it possible to make positive changes without radically changing your lifestyle? Absolutely! This practical book suggests eco-friendly alternatives to plastic, including budget options, high-street substitutes and DIY ideas to help you drastically reduce your plastic consumption. With 101 simple ways to use less plastic, you'll find it easy to take the first step and make a difference.
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    The Little Book of Going Green (Paperback)

    Harriet Dyer

    The Little Book of Going Green aims to shed light on the ways humans are harming the environment, from pollution and deforestation to industrial production and farming methods. Filled with facts, theories and tips on how we can do our bit for the planet, this is your one-stop guide to making every aspect of your life earth-friendly.
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    How to Live off-Grid (Paperback)

    Nick Rosen

    Off-grid: a place, building or person without mains water or power. Static or mobile - in a house or a hut, a boat or a camper van - to live off-grid is all about loosending the ties that bind us to teh fmailiar world of commuting, mortgages, no time and fast food, in order to rediscover our place in the natural world. Complete with camper van, Nick sets off around the UK to find off-grid heaven and meet people who are living the dream. Along the way he runs into backpackers and businessmen, radical hermits and right-wing survivalists - and plenty of ordinary working-parent families too. Sincere but irreverent, this is Nick's guide to avoiding pitfalls, to finding solutions (and some brilliant gadgets) as he strives to perfect the skills of this practical, freewheeling kind of self-sufficiency. 'Timely and highly readable' Sunday Telegraph ' Nick Rosen has caught the zeitgeist.' The Times
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    Eager (Paperback)

    Ben Goldfarb

    In Eager, environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb reveals that our modern idea of what a healthy landscape looks like and how it functions is wrong, distorted by the fur trade that once trapped out millions of beavers from North America s lakes and rivers. The consequences of losing beavers were profound: streams eroded, wetlands dried up, and species from salmon to swans lost vital habitat. Today, a growing coalition of Beaver Believers including scientists, ranchers, and passionate citizens recognizes that ecosystems with beavers are far healthier, for humans and non-humans alike, than those without them. From the Nevada deserts to the Scottish highlands, Believers are now hard at work restoring these industrious rodents to their former haunts. Eager is a powerful story about one of the world s most influential species, how North America was colonized, how our landscapes have changed over the centuries, and how beavers can help us fight drought, flooding, wildfire, extinction, and the ravages of climate change. Ultimately, it s about how we can learn to coexist, harmoniously and even beneficially, with our fellow travellers on this planet.
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    Novacene (Hardback)

    James Lovelock

    Creator of the Gaia hypothesis James Lovelock argues that after 300 years, anthropocene - the age in which humans acquired planetary-scale technologies - is now coming to an end in Novacene: The Coming Age of Hyperintelligence.

    He passionately believes that new beings will emerge from existing artificial intelligence systems. They will think 10,000 times faster than we do and they will regard us as we now regard plants - as desperately slow acting and thinking creatures.

    But this will not be the cruel, violent machine takeover of the planet imagined by sci-fi writers and film-makers. These hyper-intelligent beings will be as dependent on the health of the planet as we are...
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    On the Marsh (Hardback)

    Simon Barnes

    How the rewilding of eight acres of Norfolk marshland inspired a family and brought nature even closer to home. When writer Simon Barnes heard a Cetti's warbler sing out as he turned up to look at a house for sale, he knew immediately that he had found his new home. The fact that his garden backed onto an area of marshy land only increased the possibilities, but there was always the fear that it might end up in the wrong hands and be lost to development or intensive farming. His wife saw through the delicate negotiations for the purchase. Once they'd bought it, they began to manage it as a conservation area, working with the Wildlife Trust to ensure it became as appealing as possible to all species. For their son Eddie, who has Down's syndrome, it became a place of calm and inspiration. In On The Marsh, we see how nature can always bring surprises, and share in the triumphs as new animals - Chinese water deer, otters and hedgehogs - arrive, and watch as the number of species of bird tops 100 and keeps on growing. As the seasons go by, there are moments of triumph when not one but two marsh harrier families use the marsh as a hunting ground, but also disappointments as chemical run-off from neighbouring farmland creates a nettles monoculture in newly turned earth. For anyone who enjoyed books such as Meadowland, or the writing of Stephen Moss, Roger Deakin or Adam Nicolson, this is a vivid and beautifully written account of the wonders that can sometimes be found on our doorsteps, and how nature can transform us all.
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    Sands of Time (Hardback)

    Lindsay Sutton

    Cedric Robinson has held the historic office of `Queen's Guide to the Kent Sands of Morecambe Bay' for more than 55 years. His role has given him a unique insight into changes affecting the bay and its coastal communities. Now, as he takes on a new ambassadorial role, he passes on his experience and observations - and reveals the startling effects of climate change. Lindsay Sutton is a triple awardwinning journalist, author, and a former TV broadcaster and producer. He has plied his media trade for nearly 50 years, and has known `Ced' Robinson for much of that time. This book - "a labour of love for an old friend" - is more than a `thank you,'as Cedric moves from being the record-breaking Queen's Guide to the Sands to the position of `Ambassador of the Sands,' and adviser to his successor. `Sands of Time' examines the health and well-being of Morecambe Bay over the past 55 years of Cedric's tenure. The book looks at the bay and its surrounding communities through the prism of Cedric's keen observations and thoughts. With characteristic openness, he tells it how he sees it. His views are fearless, but also illustrate his fondness, sprinkled with his often-wicked sense of humour. Cedric Robinson has held the historic office of`Queen's Guide to the Kent Sands of Morecambe Bay' for more than 55 years. His role has given him a unique insight into changes affecting the bay and its coastal communities. Now, as he takes on a new ambassadorial role, he passes on his experience and observations - and reveals the startling effects of climate change. Following in the footsteps of Cedric Robinson on Morecambe Bay `Sands of Time' deals with today's burning issues:- * How climate change is affecting the bay dramatically. * How the channels have changed since the `Swinging Sixties.' * The effect on wildlife, in and out of the water. * Ecology and pollution threats, affecting the bay and its coast. * Technology and its impact, including future plans. Cedric likes the scope and content of the book: he hopes you do too.
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