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Nature Books

  • NWSK
    Simon King, OBE
    • £5.99
    • RRP £20.00
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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.
  • Lakeland Fells Collection - 7 Books - Collection - 9780711234925 - Alfred Wainwright
    WAIN
    Alfred Wainwright
    (5)
    • £19.99
    • RRP £109.99
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    • Just £2.86 per book
    A beautiful anniversary edition of all seven of the Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells by the fell-walking legend A. Wainwright.

    The pages have been freshly reproduced from the original artwork and then printed and bound to match the first-edition books as closely as possible. Completely unabridged and unedited, the maps and text are just how Wainwright wrote them.

    There simply is nothing quite like Wainwright's guides, and having been treasured by generations of keen walkers, this set makes a wonderful gift for a new enthusiast. Perfect for walkers and lovers of the Lakeland Fells, as well as those who simply love stunningly presented books.
  • BLPY
    • £12.99
    • RRP £35.00
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    Celebrating all those who enter the prestigious Landscape Photographer of the Year Award, this is a coffee table book full of gorgeous imagery from the decade that the competition has been running.

    Printed on special art paper, the 250 photographs cover everything the British landscape is renowned for. Your jaw will drop at the majesty of the shots of rural countryside, rugged lochs, mountains and stark industrial scenes.

    Celebrating 10 years of the competition, this book will delight those who love the British countryside and those who have an interest in photography.
  • PETH
    Stephen Moss
    • £11.99
    • RRP £25.00
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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.
  • HDWW
    Guy Barter
    • £4.99
    • RRP £14.99
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    This horticultural book is ideal for anyone who has green fingers. It covers every aspect of gardens and gardening. It provides expert answers to all the questions a gardener wants to ask - and a few you may not have thought of...

    From how worms breathe to why trees get so big, this book is packed with photographs, engravings and diagrams that explain all you need to know about gardening.

    Written by the head of the RHAS Members' Advisory Service, this is ideal for fact-loving gardeners and covers everything from the quirky and whimsical to the practical.
  • URBN
    Max Bainbridge
    • £5.99
    • RRP £16.99
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    Max Bainbridge's The Urban Woodsman is a hardback book that shows how you can work with wood to make bespoke cutlery including spoons, bowls and boards.

    Max will show you where to source local timber from (without having to pay much at all) and then explains the tools you'll need and the cutting techniques you should learn to make them. He also reveals the ways to achieve the perfect finish.

    Wood you believe it? This book is ideal for both novices and experienced carvers and will show you how to make some stunning contemporary homeware.
  • LGTL
    Tom Frost
    • £3.99
    • RRP £7.99
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    This handy pocket guide will lead you through the intriguing world of leaves. Beautifully illustrated, it's perfect for helping nature lovers identify the trees and plants that surround them.

    Delicately illustrated by printmaker Tom Frost and with 40 spectacular leaves featured, including those from common British trees, this handy journal also provides profiles of exotic palms, ferns and houseplants. The text explains where the leaves come from and where they can be found and even the fables associated with each one.

    Similar in style to the Matt Sewell books that have proven so popular with Book People customers, this book even has an interactive spotter's guide at the back to help you learn more about nature.
  • WFAP
    Rachel Pedder-Smith
    • £4.99
    • RRP £14.99
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    Produce beautiful botanical paintings with this guide to watercolour painting. The pages are printed on specialist watercolour art paper and there are even step-by-step tutorials for you to follow.

    Ranging from stems and blooms to floral images and more intricate designs, Rachel Pedder-Smith's fine illustrations have been recreated by the artist in outline-only form and are ready for you to paint. One side of each spread has flowers and recommendations for colours; the other has an image to paint.

    There are recommended colour palettes and artworks to copy and the pages are perforated, making them easy to remove and be painted on directly. The paper also works well with acrylic paints, artists' pencils and fibre-tip pens.
  • BKPS
    James E. Tew
    • £3.99
    • RRP £12.99
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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!
  • SBWA
    Steve Backshall
    • £4.99
    • RRP £14.99
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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.
  • ANDN
    Alison Maloney
    • £3.99
    • RRP £9.99
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    What's the weather like today? Is it cold out? Are we going to have a white Christmas? Hark at the rain... All of these are sayings that us Brits hear on an almost day-to-day basis.

    This book celebrates our national obsession with the weather and answers questions like 'where did it's raining cats and dogs' originate from. An almanac and miscellany, it's packed with illustrations, maps and line drawings, as well as tables showing some of the most impressive records.

    Among this book's features are 'The Lore of Weather', which is a guide to the myths, legends and old wives' tales told about the weather; 'Lost in Translation', an observation of the colloquial names for weather around the country including mizzle; and 'Extreme Weather', which looks at the most bizarre events inspired by weather - including a downpour of frogs and fish!
  • OUNT
    Steve Backshall
    • £4.99
    • RRP £18.99
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    A popular adventurer and wildlife presenter with all ages, Steve Backshall has been climbing since his teens and has a genuine love for the mountains.

    This book is peppered with anecdotes of his climbs and is a celebration of the power of natural landscapes and how they can make us feel very small but also very alive. Despite breaking his back while climbing in 2008, Steve was not put off and managed to seek a variety of new challenges.

    He looks back at some of his greatest achievements while climbing including the first ascent of Mount Kuli in the Bornean rainforest, his trek up K2 in Karakorum and describes the terror of a travelling companion's fall into a crevasse while trailing a snow leopard.

    Exciting, inspiring and sure to make you feel on top of the world, this is a stunning autobiography about Steve's incredible achievements.
  • AG1074
    Charlie Butcher
    • £4.99
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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.
  • TBRO
    Archie Miles
    • £9.99
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    Archie Miles provides a celebration of the oak tree in Britain and explores its history, culture, topography and biology in this endlessly interesting book.

    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.
  • TCAW
    Times Atlases
    • £19.99
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    A stunning book that comes in a protective slipcase, this fully revised and updated edition of The Times: Concise Atlas of the World provides beautiful and comprehensive reference mapping for countries across the world.

    The atlas covers all the most important geographical issues we face and the populations of the major cities are also included. Historical maps show the political make-up of the world over the past 150 years and there are also plans for 41 of the world's major cities.

    The expanded satellite imagery section contains overview images of each continent, and they're all complemented by further detailed images. A wonderful addition to any household, the reference book helps you explore the world without even having to leave your armchair.
  • NTBC
    Clare Gogerty
    (1)
    • £9.99
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    If you or someone you know loves the Britain's stunning coastlines and costal towns, this beautiful hardback book from the National Trust will take on exhilarating walks, introduce you to wildlife and provide you with fascinating historical insight to one of our most wonderful natural treasures.

    From the Gower Peninsula to the coves of Cornwall and the white cliffs of Dover, the book looks at our most picturesque and important costal areas and celebrates them by presenting readers with stunning photographs and things to do in the area when you visit.

    With a foreword from celebrity chef and TV presenter Rick Stein, The National Trust Book of the Coast is all you need to make the most of the fascinating, life-enriching coastline of the British Isles.
  • PCCH
    • £4.99
    • RRP £14.99
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    Plants may be all around us, but have you ever stopped and thought about what kind of impact they have on our day-to-day life?

    From turning them into medicine to giving them on special occasions, this beautifully presented guide looks at the effect flowers have had on human civilisation throughout our history. Each plant featured in the book is judged by its influence in the categories of Edible, Medicinal, Commercial and Practical.

    We're also dependent on flowers for sustenance, and this book celebrates everything from crop staples like wheat and rice to herbs and spices that have medicinal qualities.
  • GTNS
    Storm Dunlop
    • £2.99
    • RRP £6.99
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    If you're fascinated by the night sky but have never had the chance to get into stargazing, make sure 2018 is finally the year you reach for the stars...

    From the experts at Collins, this bestselling and very practical handbook explains which planets, stars and constellations will be visible from the northern hemisphere from January to December, 2018.

    It also provides advice on where to start looking and contains easy-to-use star maps for every month with descriptions of what you will see. It even includes monthly updates on the positions of the moon.

    Handy for both new and seasoned stargazers, this book has been written for use in Britain and Ireland but can be used anywhere in the world between 40 DegreesN and 60 DegreesN (most of Europe, southern Canada and the northern United States).
  • TBOT
    William Thomson
    (1)
    • £5.99
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    Covering the main forms of water that affect Britain, William Thomson's The Book of Tides is a rich and personal guide to our rivers, seas and shores.

    Presented in an illustrated and idiosyncratic style, the book covers rips, rapids, wells, streams, tides, waves, whirlpools and tsunamis. It explains how the waters surrounding us affect our daily lives and shape our actions (as well as our landscapes).

    Anyone who loves the coast will find so much to love in this book, which was inspired by William's own journey travelling the coastline of Britain with his young family in a panel van.
  • MTBL
    Nicholas Crane
    • £7.99
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    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.

    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.
  • Green Guides Collection - 4 Books - Collection - 9781472933911
    GRGU
    • £4.99
    • RRP £27.96
    • Save £22.97
    • Just £1.25 per book
    Anyone who loves getting outdoors will find these little guides to be essential companions on their next adventure.

    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.
  • GMKE
    Portia Simpson
    • £5.99
    • RRP £16.99
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    Portia Simpson was Scotland's first ever qualified female gamekeeper and in this memoir - set against the glorious backdrop of the Scottish Highlands - she talks about the highs and lows she has experienced during her career.

    A lover of the great outdoors from a very early age, Portia talks about her childhood and how she managed to break into what is traditionally a conservative and male-dominated profession. She explains how she honed her skills, where she trained and the dedication that set her apart from the crowd - and even inspired a character in the BBC's Monarch of the Glen.

    This is a captivating read that provides a fascinating and unique look at the life of a huntswoman while also offering a sense of wonder at nature's beauty.
  • WKTH
    Levison Wood
    • £6.99
    • RRP £14.99
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    An explorer and writer that has led expeditions on five continents, this inspirational book follows Levison Wood as he attempts to walk the entire length of the Himalayas.

    Tying in with a hit Channel 4 show, this is a powerful and enigmatic tale of survival and endurance. Levison reveals how he managed to form strong bonds with local guides, porters, mountain men, soldiers, farmers, smugglers and shepherds as he embarked on his quest.

    By travelling on foot and following the same footpaths as the locals, Levison uncovers hidden stories that reveal the history of the Himalayas and stretch back over two millennia of exploration.
  • THWA
    • £6.99
    • RRP £30.00
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    Featuring wide-ranging, carefully chosen routes from the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path to the wilderness of Jamaica, 1001 Walks You Must Experience Before You Die is an essential guide to the world's most beautiful mountain passes, woodland paths, Native-American trails and much, much more.

    Packed with facts and a wealth of information about every must-try walk - which range from 1-hour beginner routes to week-long expeditions - including essential details about its start and finish points, overall distance, difficulty rating, maps and more, this is the perfect partner for those looking for some time in the great outdoors both at home and abroad.

    Fully illustrated and including beautiful photography, this guide will make a great gift for all those who love to lace up their walking boots and explore the world - whatever their level of experience.