Wildlife Books

  • 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.
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    The Elephant Whisperer was a bestseller when it was published in 2009 but sadly the book's author - renowned conservationist Lawrence Anthony - died in 2012.

    In An Elephant in My Kitchen, Lawrence's surviving partner Francoise Malby Anthony looks back over her grief and the way she had to take over the running of South African game reserve Thula Thula - even though she knew little about conservation.

    She had to contend with a lack of funds, poachers and a rogue elephant charging at Land Rovers full of terrified guests. Among her other incredible experiences were a baby getting lost in her kitchen; a baby hippo who hated water making friends with a little girl rhino; and a German Shepherd called Duma who became a nursemaid to the elephants.

    Witty and poignant, this is a book about how Francoise overcame her grief with the help of a new tusked family - and then went on to fulfil her dream of building a rescue centre for orphaned rhinos and other wildlife.
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    From a grateful humpback whale to squirrels that adopt their grandchildren, this beautiful book looks at how various creatures from the animal kingdom think and feel.

    Many humans assume we're the only living things able to experience intense feelings and to make decisions with a conscience but this book, backed by the latest research, shows that animals experience a rich variety of emotions, too.

    Covering the big philosophical, ethical and scientific questions, this book explains all about how bees plan for the future, the pigs who are able to learn their own names and - finally - the reasons why wasps exist.
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    When veterinarian Massimo was at a low spot in his life he found himself looking after a little hedgehog. Little was he to know just how much of a difference Ninna would make.

    Ninna was only a few days old when he met her but Massimo soon became enamoured with her curious, playful and affectionate ways. However, when Ninna wakes from her first hibernation, she's desperate to move on and embrace the freedom that nature can offer...

    Letting Ninna go signals a new beginning for Massimo and he sets up a sanctuary for injured, orphaned and fragile hedgehogs. This book will appeal to animal lovers and fans of A Streetcat Named Bob and Finding Gobi.
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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.
  • RHS Companion to Wildlife Gardening - Hardback - 9780711237919 - Chris Baines
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    A classic book that has been fully revised, updated and freshly illustrated, The RHS Companion to Wildlife Gardening shows just how much of an important part wildlife plays in any garden.

    Relying on RHS research and best practice, it provides information on everything from using pesticides to planting for birds and the idea of habitat creation.

    It looks at how much importance gardeners should put on wildlife when they make their decisions and will even show you how to attract and sustain butterflies.
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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.
  • Foxes Unearthed - Hardback - 9781783961498 - Lucy Jones
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    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.

    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.
  • The Almanac - 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 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.
  • Flying the Nest - Hardback - 9781911358107
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    This is a gorgeous gift book full of award-winning artist Hannah Dale's illustrations of adorable baby birds and animals.

    Quirky and full of character, it features everything from fluffy ducklings to fox cubs and every design is accompanied by insightful text about the animal's character.

    Anyone who loves wildlife will be delighted to receive this wonderful book.
  • The Zoo - Hardback - 9780241240687 - Isobel Charman
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    A wild and wonderful tale, this non-fiction book reveals how London Zoo was founded - and how it went to become one of the most-loved places in the world.

    A story that is almost unbelievable, Isobel Charman's book looks at how scientists, rival zookeepers and naturalists came together to collect animals from all over the world. Only the second zoo in the world, it was founded during the Dickensian era when London was changing as never before.

    Situated in the heart of England's capital city, this book will also introduce you to the incredible characters - both human and animal - who helped shape the zoo into the worldwide attraction it is today. It covers everyone from Charles Darwin to Jenny the Orang-utan and Obaysch the celebrity hippo - the first of this animal anyone in Britain had ever seen!
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    Described as 'warm, evocative and funny' by the Daily Telegraph, Julian Norton's A Yorkshire Vet Through the Seasons is an inspirational memoir that finds the vet recounting some of his favourite - and most heartbreaking - experiences.

    In his 20-year career, Julian has treated animals ranging from cats and dogs to snakes, horses, cows and alpacas and here he talks through some of his biggest challenges and most surprising patients. It's all told with compassion, charm and candour.

    You will recognise Julian from Channel 5's The Yorkshire Vet and this book showcases his professionalism and compassion. Whether treating a pet at his practice or performing an emergency procedure in the middle of the night, this hardback is full of drama, sadness and happiness.
  • Steve Backshall's Wildlife Adventurer's Guide - Paperback - 9781472930552 - Steve Backshall
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    Steve Backshall is a popular explorer and familiar figure from TV who is renowned for his intrepid attitude and love of animals and nature. In this eye-opening book, he gives tips on everything from snorkelling to tree climbing.

    A very hands-on guide bursting with practical advice on how to get involved with wildlife, it mainly focuses on Britain and northern Europe and is packed with practical advice. Among its activities are ones you can carry out on the coast, in the mountains and in wetlands and woodlands. He even reveals how mountain-biking and climbing are among the best ways of exploring our natural beauty.

    A great book for anyone who wants to get closer to nature, Steve also offers practical advice on bushcraft and survival.
  • 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'.
  • Top 100 Birding Sites of the World - Hardback - 9781472919847 - 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.
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    Birdsong is the soundtrack to our world. Wherever we go, it always seems to be there - it's woven into our culture, emotions and landscape.

    In A Sweet, Wild Note, nature writer Richard Smyth asks why we love birdsong so much and explores the various ways it has influenced literature, music and science. He even discusses how it has affected our feelings of what it means to be British.

    With birdsong growing increasingly quieter, this book provides a celebration of the complex relationship between birds, people and land. Smyth also reveals how our thoughts on birdsong say as much about us as they do about our feathered friends.
  • The Goshawk - Hardback - 9781474601665 - T. H. White & Helen Macdonald
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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.
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    Following three fishing fanatics as they head off on an epic adventure around the globe, Fishing Impossible is an ITV programme that has had so many people hooked. Described as Top Gear for fishing, it's full of extreme situations...

    This tie-in book is just as funny and fascinating as the show and finds Charlie, Jay and Blowfish looking back over their trips. From spear-fishing in the Bahamas to bungee jumping in British Columbia and dodging crocodiles in Kenya, they look at how they managed to catch fish in entertaining and bizarre ways.

    You'll feel as if you are with the gang as you read about their adrenalin-fuelled trips.
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    Since this book was first published a decade ago, turtle, tortoise and terrapin species have continued to suffer from human intervention. Sought for food, as pets and for tortoiseshell they are under attack on land and sea and populations are in decline around the world due to loss of habitat and food sources. At the same time, however, humans have been working hard to ensure the survival of turtles, tortoises and terrapins. Understanding these species is not only interesting but critical to their future. Turtles, tortoises and terrapins have been on Earth since the Triassic Period, approximately 200 million years ago. It has long been unclear from which group of reptiles turtles sprang. Although the earliest fossils are clearly turtles, their anatomy changed dramatically over time. In addition, turtle species vary greatly in such basic characteristics as anatomy and habitat preferences. Turtles, Tortoises and Terrapins surveys turtle anatomy, their habitat and life cycles throughout the ages, bringing the knowledge up to date with recent discoveries and research. Contents include: Why Turtles Matter; What Turtles Are; How Turtles Live; Will Turtles Survive? Turtles of the World; Turtle Watching; How to Help Conserve Turtles. The battle to save turtles goes on, and this book provides an important voice in turtle ecology. Turtles, Tortoises and Terrapins is the perfect resource for anyone interested in these amazing and diverse reptiles.
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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.
  • The Beekeeper's Problem Solver - Hardback - 9780600630128 - 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!
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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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    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.
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    Sharks are exquisite creatures refined and honed by competitive forces that have lived in balance with ocean prey for millions of years. They live in every ocean habitat on Earth, from shallow tide pools to the deep abyss, and from the open ocean to where rivers meet the sea. In Sharks a top research scientist explores what has made sharks such successful predators, how they differ from other animals in their biological success and what unique advantages evolution has conferred. Sharks is illustrated with uniquely sourced photography demonstrating newly observed behaviour, scientific findings and recent developments in our understanding of how they live. Sharks is both a spectacular visual celebration, and a scientific document that explores in detail their unique physiology. A powerful swimming stroke is delivered from sharks' muscles directly to their tough skin shell forcing their body to 'inflate' like a car tyre with each flex, then quickly become fluid to glide as the muscles relax. By diving through the various water layers, a shark may locate and follow chemical scent trails that could lead to food concentrations. Thus a shark moving from one temperature layer to the next can expose its sensory equipment to new chemical cues and potentially new food sources. Some deep-sea sharks also lure prey with their light-producing organs. Salvador Jorgensen has combined the latest discoveries of new species, newly documented shark behaviour, and the best photographs, to give a 'state-of-knowledge' picture of sharks. Unique pictures of shark births, recently discovered creatures from the Ocean Census research, and details of sharks' skin, eyes, teeth and heads (including a comparison of nine different hammerhead varieties) make this a book every shark enthusiast will want. It will also debunk many myths about shark behaviour, and give libraries a true, 21st-century documentation of a very popular wild animal. Sharks features illustrated profiles of species living in the shallow reefs and also those living in the open ocean along with a unique 'cladogram' family tree that opens into a gatefold and profiles every known species.