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Natural History (general)

  • Camouflaged Wildlife
    Camouflaged Wildlife by Joe McDonald, Mary Ann McDonald

    This beautifully illustrated book on camouflaged animals will include some nature's greatest designs and in one of the most remarkable compilations of pictures on the subject ever published. Some of the images have to be seen to be believed in terms of the subjects' remarkable imitations of their natural backgrounds, which often aid them in their roles as hunting predator of prey attempting to avoid capture.

    Hardback £16.99 Info
  • The Naming of the Shrew: A Curious History of Latin Names
    The Naming of the Shrew: A Curious… by John Wright

    Latin names – frequently unpronounceable, all too often wrong and always a tiny puzzle to unravel – have been annoying the layman since they first became formalised as scientific terms in the eighteenth century. Why on earth has the entirely land-loving Eastern Mole been named Scalopus aquaticus, or the Oxford Ragwort been called Senecio squalidus – 'dirty old man'? What were naturalists thinking when they called a beetle Agra katewinsletae, a genus of fish Batman, and a Trilobite Han solo? The Naming of the Shrew will unveil these mysteries, exploring the history, celebrating their poetic nature and revealing how naturalists sometimes get things so terribly wrong.

    Paperback £9.99 Buy Now
  • Herring Tales How the Silver Darlings Shaped Human Taste and History
    Herring Tales How the Silver Darlings… by Donald S Murray

    Following a journey from the western edge of Norway to the east of England, from Shetland and the Outer Hebrides to the fishing ports of the Baltic coast of Germany and the Netherlands, culminating in a visit to Iceland's Herring Era Museum, Donald S. Murray has stitched together tales of the fish that was of central importance to the lives of our ancestors, noting how both it - and those involved in their capture - were celebrated in the art, literature, craft, music and folklore of life in northern Europe.Blending together politics, science, history, religious and commercial life, Donald contemplates, too, the possibility of restoring the silver darlings of legend to these shores.

    Paperback £9.99 Buy Now
  • Fingers in the Sparkle Jar
    Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham

    Chris Packham brings to life his childhood in the 70s, from his bedroom bursting with fox skulls, birds' eggs and sweaty jam jars, to his feral adventures. But pervading his story is the search for freedom, meaning and acceptance in a world that didn't understand him. Beautifully wrought, this coming-of-age memoir will be unlike any you've ever read.

    Hardback £20.00 Buy Now
  • Madagascar Wildlife (Bradt Travel Guide)
    Madagascar Wildlife (Bradt Travel Guide) by Nick Garbutt, Daniel Austin

    Lavishly illustrated and completely updated, this fourth edition of Bradt's Madagascar Wildlife is a celebration of the island's extraordinary flora and fauna, 90% of which is endemic. The pace of change in Madagascar's biodiversity is staggering, over the past decade a new species of frog has been discovered at a rate of one every six weeks, and this is the only guide to keep abreast of such scientific developments. Containing over 280 colour photographs, updated information on 22 of the country's top parks and reserves, plus lively species descriptions, this handbook is perfect for natural history enthusiasts and travellers alike.

    Paperback £16.99 Buy Now
  • Sex on Earth
    Sex on Earth by Jules Howard

    1,000 million years ago, a sexual revolution occurred on Earth. Sex happened for the first time; from this moment the world became ever more colourful and bizarre, ringing with elaborate songs and dances, epic battles, and rallying cries as the desires of males and females collided, generation after generation. Sex made planet Earth sexy. Written in a brilliantly engaging style by biologist Jules Howard, this fascinating and highly readable work covers the how and why of sex on Earth, in all its diversity. From sperm wars to cuckoldry, hermaphrodites and virgin births, spent males, racy harems, clitoral births, hips, breasts and birdsong, penis-percussion, and those riskiest and most elusive of all traits, monogamy and true love, all this and more is discussed in Sex on Earth, as Jules takes us on a voyage of discovery of the ins and outs of animal reproduction.

    Paperback £9.99 Buy Now
  • Being a Beast
    Being a Beast by Charles Foster

    An intimate look at the life of animals, neuroscience, psychology, nature writing, memoir and more, it is a journey of extraordinary thrills and surprises, containing wonderful moments of humour and joy, but also providing important lessons for all of us who share life on this precious planet.

    Paperback £8.99 Buy Now
  • Top Wildlife Sites of the World
    Top Wildlife Sites of the World by Natalie Burrard-Lucas

    Fifty sites are covered in this astounding book, each with a locator map, several photographs, a fact file of information such as best time to visit and key species and spectacles and a beautifully written evocative account of what it's like to go there. Destinations range from Kangaroo Island in Australia to Kamchatka in the far east of Russia, and from African hot-spots such as the Okavango and Masai Mara to American wildernesses such as the Amazon and Alaska.

    Hardback £19.99 Buy Now
  • Extreme Animals
    Extreme Animals by Dominic Couzens

    Extreme Animals is a must-have for all wildlife enthusiasts and it showcases the extremes of nature, from the biggest and smallest mammals and reptiles to the highest flying birds and insects, from the deepest swimming creatures to those that live in hottest and coldest places, to those that form the biggest gatherings, and so on.

    Hardback £19.99 Buy Now
  • Crossbill Guide Eastern Andalucia
    Crossbill Guide Eastern Andalucia by Dirk Hilbers et al.

    Andalucía is too large and diverse to do it justice in a single guidebook. This book covers the eastern half – roughly the provinces of Córdoba, Jaen, Granada and Almería. Like all other Crossbill Guides, it answers two questions: What makes this area so special, and how you can see this for yourself.

    Paperback £25.95 Buy Now
  • Crossbill Guide Western Andalucia
    Crossbill Guide Western Andalucia by Dirk Hilbers

    Andalucía is too large and diverse to do it justice in a single guidebook. This book covers the western half – roughly the provinces of Huelva, Seville, Cádiz and Málaga. Like all other Crossbill Guide, it answers two questions: what makes this area so special, and how you can see this for yourself.

    Paperback £26.95 Buy Now
  • RSPB Handbook of Garden Wildlife
    RSPB Handbook of Garden Wildlife by Peter Holden, Geoffrey Abbott

    Offering practical advice on attracting wildlife to your garden, this friendly handbook is full of tips on how to encourage garden visitors to stick around. It also includes appendices containing practical guides to wildlife gardening projects that have been expanded for the second edition.

    Paperback £12.99 Buy Now
  • The Arctic Guide: Wildlife of the Far North
    The Arctic Guide: Wildlife of the Far… by Sharon Chester

    The Arctic Guide presents the traveller and naturalist with an authoritative, portable guide to the flora and fauna of Earth's northernmost region. Featuring superb color illustrations, this one-of-a-kind book covers the complete spectrum of wildlife – more than 800 species of plants, butterflies, fishes, birds, and mammals – that inhabit the Arctic's polar deserts, tundra, taiga, sea ice, and oceans.

    Paperback £22.95 Buy Now
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