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Nature & Outdoors

  • HLND
    Stephen Moss
    • £8.99
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    Accompanying the BBC series of the same name, Highlands: Scotland's Wild Heart is a book that follows a year in the lives of a cast of wild animals as they try to survive in this tough yet beautiful landscape.

    Europe's greatest wilderness, the Scottish Highlands is a stunning land full of snow-capped mountains, incredible lochs and some truly breathtaking wildlife. Red Deer stags fight for the right to win a mate on the main land, while the offshore islands are homes to millions of seabirds and the seas themselves contain basking sharks, orcas and bottlenose dolphins.

    Full of spectacular photography and Stephen Moss' authoritative yet accessible text, this is a brilliant book for people who love nature. It also includes a foreword from the programme's narrator, Ewan McGregor.
  • TREE
    Jack Cooke
    • £5.99
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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!
  • LRWK
    Julian Holland
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    In his latest book, Lost Railway Walks, Julian Holland explores 100 of Britain's lost railways and reveals how you can explore them by foot or bicycle.

    Presented in a vintage style, the book covers railways from all over the country and includes maps of every single one. Each route is accompanied by a brief history of the railway that used to be there and points of interest you can spot while walking along the route.

    With historical and modern-day photography featured throughout, this is a great book for ramblers and people who love trains. In his previous books, Julian has kept track of The History of Britain's Railways and provided us with a first-class commentary of the Great Railway Journeys of the World - this book is just as compelling, you could say it's just the ticket!
  • 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.
  • GCRJ
    Rt Hon Michael Portillo
    • £6.99
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    All aboard and get ready to explore some of Europe's finest journeys by train in Great Continental Railway Journeys, a beautiful tie-in book to the hit BBC series presented by Michael Portillo.

    Lavishly illustrated, the book captures the beauty and excitement of journeying across the continent by train and also looks at the engineering feats which made the journeys possible and so famous.

    From London to Paris, Copenhagen, Berlin, Rome, Budapest and all the way down to Jerusalem, this is a celebration of both trains and the vibrancy of Europe.
  • GHWK
    T. H. White
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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.
  • WKTH
    Levison Wood
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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
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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.
  • LHBB
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    A beautiful gift book published in association with the Landmark Trust, this book celebrates the Trust's greatest achievements in saving important pieces of British architecture and heritage.

    With beautiful photography throughout, the book places the buildings in the order in which they were built. From the unusual and utilitarian to the enchanting and spectacular, each building offers a glimpse into our past history.

    Stretching all the way back to 1250, this hardback features 50 buildings that were rescued from oblivion and among the highlights are a 15th century inn in Suffolk, an Elizabethan hospital in Yorkshire and a lighthouse on Lundy. The way the Trust saved them is also covered, making this not only a celebration of British history and architecture but also of the phenomenal work the Landmark Trust puts in.
  • RVBK
    Tessa Wardley
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    The River Book provides you with 101 ways that you can enjoy being by the river - whether you want to play, relax or watch some wildlife!

    With suggestions for rivers to visit, Tessa Wardley also reveals which ones are best for the fun-packed activities mentioned in the book. So whether you want to go on a hunt for minibeasts, look for crayfish or go for a swim, this is the book for you.

    It's packed full of facts about how rivers work, why some are fast and some are slow and information about the plants and animals that live by the water's edge.
  • GRBW
    Jilly Macleod
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    This handy guide from the National Trust explores 100 family-friendly walks through some of Great Britain's most spectacular countryside. The walks are between two and eight miles in length and are organised by region, making it easy to explore historical sites, spot regional wildlife and take in stunning views wherever you are in the country.

    Graded according to ease, from rambles across parkland, adventurous hikes and everything in between, the book is filled with important information on transport links, facilities, local attractions and fun stuff for the kids, along with maps of each route.

    The perfect guide for taking in England, Wales and Northern Ireland's finest countryside and discovering your new favourite walk.
  • ISDR
    Dan Boothby
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    With his lifelong obsession with Gavin Maxwell's Ring of Bright Water trilogy, Dan Boothby jumped at the chance to move into the author's former home - a tiny island on the western seaboard of the Highlands of Scotland.

    Island of Dreams: A Personal History of a Remarkable Place is the memoir of Boothby's time living there. It covers the people he met and the stories they told, as well as the author's attachment to the remote landscape - and the otters that inhabited it.

    After drifting about for more than 20 years, Boothby felt he had found home when he arrived. Living in such exquisite surroundings also gave Boothby the chance to embark on his own quest to better understand the mysterious Gavin Maxwell.

    A wonderfully personal memoir about the search for home.
  • DYSC
    Nick Bailey
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    If you have green fingers and are hoping for that elusive colour-packed 'year-round garden', this book is full of all the inspiration you need. Packed with photos, it covers ideas on how to use, combine, design and prolong those beautiful colours.

    Focusing on achievable ways of growing plants of every tone throughout the 12 months of the year, it has lists for every season and practical advice on establishment and maintenance. There are also ideas of what plants to put in your pots, how to cut them and how to make the most of difficult spaces and tiny gardens.
  • WLKY
    David Bathurst
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    If you love the great outdoors, this will quickly become your go-to handbook.
    Whether you're exploring the countryside, the shore, cliffs or forests, it's bursting with tips, facts and folklore to help guide you on your way.

    From the areas of outstanding natural beauty to the diverse wildlife that can be found across Britain, David Bathurst's The Walker's Year is genuinely charming and informative.
  • TPBS
    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.
  • WOTW
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    Packed with breathtaking photography and insightful information you are unlikely to find anywhere else, Wildlife of the World from DK brings you face to face with the most extraordinary animals on Earth.

    Divided by continent, each animal habitat is explored in rich detail and takes readers from the depths of the Costa Rican rainforest to the lush wetlands of the Okavango, demonstrating the diversity of our natural world and revealing the secret lives of the animals that live there.

    Complete with detailed data panels for quick reference and a foreword from The Really Wild Show and Springwatch presenter Chris Packham, this enormous animal encyclopedia will make the perfect gift for any animal enthusiast.
  • OWMS
    Matt Sewell
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    This charming guide offers an illustrated overview of the owls that can be found across the world.

    Written and illustrated by avid ornithologist and street artist Matt Sewell, the book is tremendously evocative and is full of whimsical descriptions that shine a spotlight on each different type of owl's personality.

    All hand-picked and painted in pop-art watercolour, this gift book will appeal to owl lovers, birdwatchers and those who appreciate nature and beautiful artwork.
  • GWKS
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    Walking is one of the nation's favourite leisure activities and this unique collection of walks provides a fresh approach to enjoying the very best of Britain's countryside.

    Spread through England, Wales and Scotland, each walk is detailed on a removable information card. All you need to do is remove the card from the binder, pop it into the included waterproof plastic sleeve and set off.

    Covering starting points, difficulty, length, terrain and more, each card features step-by-step instructions and route directions, so you don't have to be an expert map reader ? and points of interest are highlighted throughout through stunning photographs and artwork.

    Lighter to carry than a complete walking guide and featuring pub walks, nature trails, challenging long walks and family strolls, this is a walking guide with an extra dimension.
  • Lakeland Fells Collection - 7 Books - Collection - 9780711234925 - Alfred Wainwright
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    Alfred Wainwright
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    • £20.00
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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 or edited, the maps and text are just how Wainwright wrote them too.

    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.
  • WBSC
    Hannu Jannes and Owen Roberts
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    Complete with CDs to help you recognise each bird's distinctive song or call, these two books will come in handy for any birdwatcher or lover of nature.

    Recognising songs and calls can help you make more of birdwatching and the handy-sized hardbacks will help you identify 80 of our most popular woodland species and also 80 wetland species.

    Written by ornithologist Hannu Jannes and birding enthusiast Owen Robert, the books also feature colour photographs of each bird, as well as further information on their identifying features, habits, distribution, feeding and nesting routines and calls.
  • AGPAP
    Ammonite Press
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    This book is the RGS' only official publication on the expedition in 2013, marking the 60th anniversary of the first successful ascent and includes a foreword by Jan Morris. It contains the largest assemblage of images ever published in a book solely about the 1953 Mount Everest Expedition. It features over 250 unique photographs, hand-picked by the RGS' own collections staff. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first successful ascent of Mount Everest on 29th May, 1953, by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, Ammonite Press, in association with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), presents a lavish photographic record of this historic event. The Earth's highest mountain, with a peak 8,848m (29,029ft) above sea level, located in the Himalayas between Nepal and China, has long been a lure for mountaineers and explorers. The dangers of altitude sickness, adverse weather conditions and ferocious winds make the peak tantalisingly difficult to attain. The ninth British expedition, led by John Hunt, made two attempts in 1953. The first climbing pair came to within 100m (300ft) of the summit on 26th May, but were forced to turn back after experiencing oxygen problems. Two days later New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, a Nepali Sherpa, made a second assault, reaching the summit at 11:30am on 29th May via the South Col Route. The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)'s extensive archives contain an astonishingly detailed and intimate record of the landmark 1953 expedition, with many fascinating and beautiful images captured by the photographers who accompanied the climbing team. This is the first time the RGS has worked in association with a publisher to produce a photographic art book on the subject.
  • AHZLE
    Alan Hinkes
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  • ANOUE
    Keith Partridge
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    Keith Partridge is probably the world's most experienced and famous practitioner of a rare trade. His filming has recorded expeditions all over the world in some of its most beautiful and hostile environments. The Adventure Game is the story of his life told through several expeditions ranging from the deep caves of Papua New Guinea to the summit of Mount Everest.
  • ATLZK
    Ben Law
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    Accompany woodsman Ben Law as he celebrates the amazing diversity of craft products made from materials sourced directly from the woods. Including brooms, rakes, pegs, spoons, chairs, baskets, fencing, yurts and even a caravan, the items are hewn from freshly cut green wood, shaped by hand and infused with a simple, rustic beauty. Detailed instructions and advice are given for each craft, along with essential knowledge about tools and devices. With fascinating information on the history, language and traditions of the crafts, coppice management and tree species, this book teaches about all aspects of the low-impact woodland way of life.