Wildlife Books

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    You can learn so much about our feathered friends through their birdsong. It's the natural soundtrack to our lives and can evoke so many memories - as well as helping us understand about birds' lives and behaviours.

    This RSPB-endorsed guide will help you learn and identify different bird sounds at your own pace. It's suitable for novices and experienced birdwatchers and comes with a CD full of 100 songs and calls of 65 garden, woodland and farmland birds, so that you know exactly what to listen out for.

    It also contains a reference section detailing the sounds of another 185 birds found in Britain and north-west Europe.

    Why should you buy this book?It will help you get closer to nature and learn more about our feathered friends.
  • EVGB
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    Learn all about 80 of the most common species of bird with this witty and informative book. It's suitable for both birdwatching beginners and nature enthusiasts.

    Illustrated and written in a friendly style, the descriptions of each bird describe what makes them unique and tell you what to look for - whether in your back garden or in the wider countryside. This book is packed with facts that will fascinate non-birders and birders alike.

    The birds are ordered into broad and straightforward groups (Woodlands, Parks and Gardens, Farmland and Wild Spaces, Birds of Prey, Seabirds etc) and the text explains why each is so significant. This book will also help you recognise when you've seen something rare or out of the ordinary.
  • BNFI
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    Published by the experts at the RSPB, this book tells you how, where and when you can expect to find various British wildlife.

    It highlights one species per page and offers tips that will help you find the animal you're after. There are also 'Watching Tips' that will help you make the most of any encounter. These tell you how to observe the species at length and - with a bit of luck - witness its most fascinating behaviour.

    There is also a calendar that reveals when each species is present or active in the UK and a full-colour map stating 'Super Sites' where a species is particularly abundant or regular.
  • WAFR
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    Go wild for the day - and then drive back home or to a cosy hotel within a couple of hours - by exploring the trips and adventures featured in this inspiring guide.

    The 100 British destinations featured in this book are accessible and not completely remote but are bursting with an abundance of wildlife that you can get close to - including wild mammals, birds, insects and flowers.

    All the sites can be found within a short walk of where you park the car, but many do not have facilities - making them perfect for picnics. You could even enjoy a pub lunch before you go exploring.
  • LGBI
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    Alison Davies' The Little Guide to Birds will help you learn about 40 of the most spectacular birds from all around the world - from common garden birds to sea birds and exotic flyers.

    Featuring stunning illustrations by printmaker Tom Frost, each bird has a stunning profile that explains where they originate from, how many eggs they lay and the incredible journeys they undertake.

    This charming book also contains a spotter's guide so you can tick off when you see each bird.
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    Learn all about beautiful butterflies with Alison Davies' The Little Guide to Butterflies. Featuring stunning illustrations by Tom Frost, this is a modern nature reference guide for anyone who wants to know more about these incredible creatures.

    This pocket-sized book features profiles and illustrations of 40 butterflies and is sure to delight armchair nature lovers and those who like to get outdoors and explore.

    Featuring the Orange Tip, Monarch and Crimson Rose, each profile includes information about habitats and wingspans, as well as facts or fables related to the specific butterfly. This book also includes a spotter's guide so you can tick off whenever you spot one!
  • LGBU
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    Alison Davies' handy pocket guide will help you learn everything you need to know about 40 creepy-crawlies including bees, worms and moths.

    Beautifully illustrated by Tom Frost, this modern reference guide includes information about each bug's habitat, size and also includes facts and fables.

    Sure to inspire you to get outside and exploring, this book contains an interactive spotter's guide so you can check off whenever you see a new insect.
  • WSAS
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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.
  • Planet Earth II - Hardback - 9781849909655 - Stephen Moss
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    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.

    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.
  • The Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to 2018 - Hardback - 9781783524044 - 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.
  • The Bee Book - Hardback - 9780241217429 - DK
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    Bees are not only beautiful, natural insects but they're also vital to human existence. From the experts at DK, The Bee Book celebrates their existence and provides an introduction to beekeeping.

    From their role in nature to how they impact our gardens and what they do in the hive, this book is full of fascinating facts like how a honey bee visits up to 1,000 flowers a day yet only produces one-twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in its entire lifetime.

    It also explains how the human race can support and benefit from bees' presence. It describes how intelligent they are and the important but turbulent role of a queen bee. It also includes recipes for home remedies and beauty treatments that make use of honey, wax and propolis. You can even learn how to create a bee 'hotel'.
  • AGMYQ
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    In this brilliantly informative new title, compiled by expert Chris Mattison, readers will find instant, impartial advice about over 150 varieties of reptile and amphibian, including salamanders and newts, frogs and toads, tortoises and turtles, lizards, and snakes. Each entry includes a profile detailing the origin in temperament of the animal, plus question-and answer advice on how much time the owner will have to devote to it, what special equipment or housing set-up will be needed, what its care needs are, what it eats, how easily it will breed and an assessment of any possible drawbacks to round off the balance sheet.

    The book is lavishly illustrated with more than 340 colour pictures, most of them photographed in fascinating close-up detail in studio conditions, this invaluable 'buyer's guide' provides prospective new reptile keepers with easy-to-digest essential information on how to care for a wide range of exotic reptiles and amphibians. Every entry includes a price guide revealing what you can expect to pay for each animal, and the related set-up and running costs.
  • AAPUI
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    Written in an accessible and easygoing style, "Citizens of the Sea" describes the ocean and its incredible biodiversity using the theme of champions - mixing obvious categories (like the largest, the smallest, and the deepest-dwelling creatures) with less obvious ones, such as the most social (killer whales and snapping shrimp), the best farmers (damselfish), and the most imitated (bath sponges). The book features dozens of stunning Census of Marine Life photos, images, maps, and other visualisations to help tell each mini-story. The champions are loosely organized in groups according to criteria such as size and shape, habitat and ecology, behaviour, and human connections. The book's themes cross a vast range: the various ocean realms (poles, deep sea, shore, and open ocean), types of organisms (vertebrates, invertebrates, plankton, plants, and bacteria), and modes of scientific discovery (remotely operated vehicles, DNA barcoding, and tagging). The remarkable variety of marine life is at the heart of "Citizens of the Sea", whose author claims that estimates of ocean diversity are too low by a factor of ten. Whether large or small, tropical or polar, predator or prey, the creatures of the ocean have great significance to the environmental health of our planet - and their stories, captivatingly reported and photographed, will enchant a wide audience of readers.
  • AKQDG
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    Have the world in your hands with these compact, affordable, illustrated natural history guides. From tiny frogs in the rainforest to giant tropical crocodiles, leaf through Nature Guide Snakes and Other Reptiles and Amphibians profiling the world's snakes, reptiles and amphibians. Nature Guide Snakes and Other Reptiles and Amphibians is packed full of stunning images that reveal intricate details and unique characteristics of the snakes, reptiles and other amphibians featured. Expertly written and including examples from across the globe, these guides will give you knowledge of the natural world at your fingertips. With detailed sections on what a reptile or amphibian is, their reproduction and their feeding habits, Nature Guide Snakes and Other Reptiles and Amphibians is the ideal identification guide.
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    Lawrence Anthony's South African game reserve is home to many animals he has saved, from a remarkable herd of elephants to a badly behaved bushbaby called George. Described as 'the Indiana Jones of conservation', when one of his rhinos was brutally slaughtered for her horn, he didn't hesitate to lead an armed response against the poachers. Then he learned that there were only a handful of northern white rhinos left in the wild, living in an area of the Congo controlled by the infamous Lord's Resistance Army and soon to be hunted into extinction. Lawrence knew he had to take action. What followed was an extraordinary adventure, as he headed into the jungle to negotiate with the rebels, while battling to save his own animals from terrible drought and to save the eyesight of his beloved elephant matriarch Nana. The Last Rhinos is peopled with unforgettable characters, both human and animal, and is a sometimes funny, sometimes moving, always exciting read.
  • ANJAU
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    As a boy, Richard Kerridge loved to encounter wild creatures and catch them for his back-garden zoo. In a country without many large animals, newts caught his attention first of all, as the nearest he could get to the African wildlife he watched on television. There were Smooth Newts, mottled like the fighter planes in the comics he read, and the longed-for Great Crested Newt, with its huge golden eye. The gardens of Richard and his reptile-crazed friends filled up with old bath tubs containing lizards, toads, Marsh Frogs, newts, Grass Snakes and, once, an Adder. Besides capturing them, he wanted to understand them. What might it be like to be cold blooded, to sleep through the winter, to shed your skin and taste wafting chemicals on your tongue? Richard has continued to ask these questions during a lifetime of fascinated study. Part natural-history guide to these animals, part passionate nature writing, and part personal story, Cold Blood is an original and perceptive memoir about our relationship with nature. Through close observation, it shows how even the suburbs can seem wild when we get close to these thrilling, weird and uncanny animals.
  • AABUZ
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    A photographic field guide to 1,500 species of insects found in Britain and Ireland A photographic field guide to all the common and some unusual species of insects across Britain that the keen amateur naturalist is likely to spot. Over 1,500 species are illustrated with detailed photographs chosen for their help in identification. / Includes photographs of larvae / Each section is coded with a symbol for easy reference / Differences between similar species are highlighted to avoid confusion / Information given on when to look and where to find each species Insect groups dealt with include butterflies and moths, mayflies, dragonflies, damselflies, grasshoppers, crickets, earwigs, lacewings, bugs, bees, wasps, ants and beetles, all with keys to ensure accurate identification.
  • AIHGA
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    This is the biggest-ever selection of first-hand accounts and news reports of shark attacks, both recent and historical. It shows how sharks are masters of the ocean and how we enter their domain at our own risk. Think you're safe in the Med? Read about the Great Whites that thrive near holiday beaches. Think you're safe in large groups? Read about the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in 1945 when hundreds of sailors floated for days in shark-infested waters, being picked off one-by-one. Think you're safe at home? Read about the 69-year-old man, taking his regular evening swim, jumping off his backyard dock straight into the mouth of a bull shark. Many more extraordinary and gruesome accounts, including the shark-boat skipper who slit open the belly of a 360-kg tiger shark only to have a human head, pelvis, and arm come tumbling out, provide horrific and moving tales of shark encounters. The courage of survivors and those who have risked their lives to save shark attack victims is truly inspirational. Where can you find sharks? Features on different shark species with illustrations, fact boxes and maps show where they lurk around the world. Also included are a selection of full-colour photographs and special sections on the life cycle of a shark, how to avoid a shark attack and how to survive one.
  • ACSSE
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    Leading sharkeologists David O'Doherty, Claudia O'Doherty and Mike Ahern bring you a hundred things you definitely didn't know about the oceans' most terrifying creatures. Would you ever have guessed, for example, that: the great white shark hates jazz music; a group of hammerhead sharks is called 'a toolbelt'; the reef shark can send intimidating telephone text messages with its mind; "Dancing With the Sharks" was Bulgarian TV's least successful ever television show; and, the word 'shark' actually looks quite like a shark. Your knowledge of sharks is about to get a hundred facts more knowledgeable.
  • AFTSL
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    Thoroughly revised and updated to include the latest research in the field, A Dictionary of Environment and Conservation provides over 9,000 A to Z entries on scientific and social aspects of the environment--its key thinkers, treaties, movements, organizations, concepts, and theories. Covering subjects such as sustainable development, biodiversity, and environmental ethics, it is at the cutting edge of environmental and conservation studies. This is the ideal reference for students studying these subjects and anyone with an interest in environment and conservation.
  • AFLGB
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    This is an authoritative visual dictionary of every order of the insect world including beetles, cockroaches, flies, crickets, wasps, bees, moths and butterflies, as well as spiders, mites, ticks, centipedes and microscopic creatures. It features a stunning worldwide directory detailing more than 650 arthropod species, with accurate descriptions to aid identification. It includes an in-depth look at insect defence methods such as camouflage, claws for nipping, mouth parts for biting and chewing, stings, hissing noises and warning hues that suggest danger to deter predators. Every stage of the life cycle of each group of insects is described, with illustrations depicting different development phases from egg to larva, pupa and adult. Insects belong to a group known as arthropods, which includes many easily recognizable families such as beetles, flies, wasps, stick insects, dragonflies and ants. This beautifully illustrated guide provides a fascinating overview of the world of arthropods. A directory of arthropod species is organized according to geographical region, then by taxonomic order. Every insect type is included, from the tiniest wingless creature to the largest and most spectacular beetle. Many are illustrated with detailed artworks. Each entry gives a profile outlining the physical traits and characteristics of each insect. Identification details are provided, with a description of their habitat. This expert text visual reference guide will be enjoyed by all natural history enthusiasts.
  • APCKD
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    Get your one-stop guide for understanding and raising this popular pet lizard. Reptiles are now kept in one out of every seven pet homes, so it's no surprise that millions have gone gaga for geckos. This fun, easy-to-follow guide provides the scoop on caring for these colourful, gentle creatures, with savvy tips on everything from diet and exercise to housing and veterinary care.

    The book covers how to properly handle a gecko, what to do if a gecko drops his tail, how to keep the right cage temperatures, ways to protect geckos from other pets, and where to find the best supplies. Liz Palika (Oceanside, CA) is an award-winning pet writer with more than 45 books to her credit, including Turtles & Tortoises For Dummies
  • ALGFY
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    In this revised and updated edition of Creatures of the Deep, award-winning nature and science writer Erich Hoyt gives readers a glimpse of the amazing variety of creatures found in the deepest parts of the ocean. Weaving together details from the latest scientific research about sharks, giant squid, dragonfish, huge tube worms, clams and tiny microbes of the deep-sea vents, Hoyt embarks on a magical journey roaming across the abyssal plains and descending into deep-sea trenches more than 6,000 metres down. Hoyt unravels the complex predator-prey relationships, from 'killer' copepods to battles between giant squid and sperm whales, presenting compelling portraits of animals that are superbly adapted denizens of a dark high-pressure world. There are life forms, independent of sunlight and photosynthesis, which flourish around the hot, sulfurous deep-sea vents in the magnificent rift valley of the mid-ocean ridge, the world's longest mountain range. Surviving in conditions that appear to be close to the very soup of primordial Earth, these microbes have become the basis for the latest research into Earth's origins. Fully illustrated with fantastic underwater imagery.
  • AIODH
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    Plants provide us with food and fuels; those under threat of extinction might provide tomorrow's health cures, or the nutrition to stave off world starvation. Botanist Timothy Walker explains how we can all make a difference by adapting our behaviour as gardeners. For example, growing natives plants, not using peat and choosing to include threatened plants in our gardens are three ways to help the GSPC achieve these goals. In engaging prose peppered with wit, Walker deftly describes local and international initiatives underway to tackle environmental threats before it is too late. Best of all, this book inspires us to take more care of plants not just because we need them to survive but because it's the right thing to do!