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Nature & Outdoors Books

  • FOAC
    • £3.99
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    Encourage children to put down their devices and embrace the great outdoors by following the fun-filled activities in this inspiring book. There are over a hundred to try out!

    From making leaf art bunting to dream catchers and toy rafts, there are so many activities to enjoy. There are also more fitness-based activities including beach hopscotch, animal tracking and developing hunter-gathering skills.

    As well as improving children's health and fitness levels, this book can help them get closer to nature and enjoy all aspects of the great outdoors. There are fun activities including making a wormery and bug attractor and reference pictures to help identify plants, flowers and wildlife.
  • WLDB
    David Scarfe
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    Run, jump, craft, cook and wander with the help of the practical activities featured in The Wild Book. It shows how adventure can be closer than you think...

    From a homemade tree swing to your very own slip-n-slide and even cooking your own meals, this is a celebration of the natural world and the fun things you can do with it.

    Whether you want to reconnect with the great outdoors, are fed up of staring at a screen or fancy a night sleeping under the stars, the ideas and advice in this beautifully illustrated book are inspiring.
  • 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.
  • RDKA
    Steph Scott
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    Wet weather doesn't mean your children have to stay inside in front of a screen. This amazing book is packed with outdoor games and activities that can be played in the wind, rain and snow!

    Written by a pair of outdoor enthusiasts, this book has many new and novel ways to encourage children to get outside. From puddle painting to making windspinners from golden leaves, all of these projects are fun and easy to complete.

    If you don't want to stay out for too long, this book also lists things that can be collected while outside and then used in a variety of stay-at-home projects.
  • Green Guides Collection - 4 Books - Collection - 9781472933911
    GRGU
    • £4.99
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    • 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.
  • TILA
    Peter Wohlleben
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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.
  • NWSK
    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.
  • ALMN
    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.
  • BLPY
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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.
  • TREE
    Jack Cooke
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    Jack Cooke loves nothing more than climbing trees. Especially those trees that line the streets of London.

    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!
  • UWLK
    Julia Bradbury
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    Tying in with the popular TV show Best Walks with a View, Julia Bradbury presents eight of the country's most-loved walks in a book that is part-practical guide and part-love letter to walking.

    Complete with maps and landscapes, the walks take in the likes of the South Downs, the Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District. As she writes about each walk, Julia focuses on the sights and sounds, flora and fauna and past and present of each path.

    They may be well-trodden, but each walk is still full of wonder and discovery - and a few pubs! Accompanied by maps and illustrations, each walk is under 10 miles showcase the diverse and beautiful landscapes of Great Britain.
  • HDWW
    Guy Barter
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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.
  • HDYW
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    This is a great gift book for anyone who wants to learn all the ins and outs of woodworking. It provides simple explanations for the techniques you'll need and suggestions for all the tools that are needed.

    The inspirational projects to make include a frame, a wine rack and a bookcase while there is also advice on preparing wood, making different kinds of joints, veneering, finishing techniques and working safely.

    There are also photographs of the tools you need and suggestions of how to use them and take care of them.
  • VANL
    Foster Huntington
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    Foster Huntingdon is the 'vandweller' who created the #vanlife hashtag. After sharing many photographs of his adventures while travelling the country living in his van, he found there was a whole community of like-minded individuals who love exploring nature at their own pace.

    This book is packed with crowd-sourced photographs of beaches, forests and rocky mountains (many of which have never been seen before) that Foster has taken on his travels and will inspire you to ditch the conventional way of life and enjoy the freedom and adventure of life on the road.
  • WGBI
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    Explore the beauty of Great Britain and Ireland with this informative book from DK Eyewitness Travel. It shares the best places to visit - and when you should go to make the most of them.

    From family seaside breaks to walks and hikes in the country, this big hardback is packed with all the details you need, while the awe-inspiring photography will give extra insight into what you can expect from these sites and attractions.

    This book also has regional listings and practical advice on local transport, hotel and restaurant options. It's perfect for when you want to plan your next staycation, trip away or feel like discovering some more of the British Isles' hidden secrets.
  • The Secret Life of Cows - Hardback - 9780571336777 - Rosamund Young
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    Rosamund Young
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    Republished with a foreword from none other than Alan Bennett, Rosamund Young's The Secret Life of Cows is an affectionate and heart-warming chronicle of the natural behaviour of our bovine friends.

    Rosamund explains how cows are as varied as people and they can be intelligent, slow, vain, proud, shy or inventive. Although much of their day is spent eating, cows always find time for extra-curricular activities including babysitting, playing hide and seek or even fighting a tree.

    This is a charming and gorgeously illustrated book that will help you view the domestic cow in a new light.
  • BKPS
    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!
  • SBWA
    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.
  • SGFB
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    Learn all about the stars in our sky with this fantastic, introductory book from DK. It will show you all the basics of stargazing and help you on your way to becoming an accomplished amateur astronomer.

    Full of practical advice, it shows you how to make observations with the naked eye before then explaining how you can make the most of binoculars and telescopes. It even reveals the best ways of taking jaw-dropping photographs of the night sky.

    This book also includes a year-by-year calendar of night-sky events, alongside a detailed atlas that shows what happens on a month-by-month basis and clear star charts to help you identify the major constellations.
  • ANDN
    Alison Maloney
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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
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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
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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
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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.
  • TSGA
    Victoria Summerley
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    Have a wander through some of Britain's favourite celebrities' (including Prue Leith, Cath Kidston and Julian Clary) gardens in this gorgeous book.

    With plenty of photographs to pore over, this book includes essays from the owners that explain their inspiration and passion for their private sanctuaries.

    With never-before-seen photographs, this book is a must for those who love gardens of all sizes and want inspiration for their own and for those who just like to be nosy and see how the other half lives!