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Ecology, Earth and Environmental Science

Jurassic trees to present day hedgerows, cartwheeling caterpillars to snoozing mosquitoes, oceans to garden ponds, clouds, snowflakes, rocks, wetlands and how you can do your bit to save the planet!

We have hundreds of books in this diverse and fascinating section to satisfy everyone from the natural science student to conservation managers - or simply anyone with a curiosity and sense of wonder for the diversity and fragility of life on our planet.

  • The What on Earth? Wallbook of Natural History
    The What on Earth? Wallbook of Natural… by Christopher Lloyd, Andy Forshaw

    Tells the complete story of natural history from the formation of the Earth to the latest breakthroughs in evolutionary science. A3 in size and comprising a remarkable 2.3 metre long, fully illustrated timeline, it can either be read like a book or unfolded and stuck on a wall. On one side the 4.5 billion year timeline presents a unique illustrated guide to the past, cleverly linking subjects together from asteroids to algae. Perfect for younger readers but also relevant to all ages.

    Paperback £17.50 Buy Now
  • Woodland Creation for Wildlife and People in a Changing Climate: Principles and Practice
    Woodland Creation for Wildlife and… by David Blakesley, Peter Buckley

    Describes how to create new native woodland for wildlife. Descriptions of case study woodlands illustrate many of the issues raised on woodland design and management practices. Colour photographs, maps, tables, 171pp. 2010

    Paperback £24.95 Buy Now
  • Do Whales Get the Bends? Answers to 118 Fascinating Questions about the Sea50% OFF
    Do Whales Get the Bends? Answers to 118… by Tony Rice

    Using a question and answer format, this entertaining narrative addresses a multitude of general interest questions about the sea, sea life, seabirds and man's relationship with the sea. Do you ever wonder whether drinking seawater will drive you mad? Whether fish drink water or does anything eat jellyfish? This title will answer these and over 100 intriguing questions. B/w diagrams, 165pp. 2010

    Paperback £4.99 RRP: £9.99Buy Now
  • House Guests House Pests; A Natural History of Animals in the Home
    House Guests House Pests; A Natural… by Richard Jones

    Covers a wide range of domestic animals, pets as well as pests. Some we have invited into our homes, others are notorious pests, but many are mild mannered visitors eking out a quiet living without harming us or our possessions. This title poses questions such as where did these animals come from? Can we live with them? Can we get rid of them, and should we?

    Hardback £16.99 Buy Now
  • Chris Packham's Back Garden Nature Reserve
    Chris Packham's Back Garden Nature… by Chris Packham

    Explains the best ways to attract wildlife to gardens and encourage it to stay there. Written in a light hearted, yet passionate and authoritative style, the guide challenges popular notions of 'weeds' and 'pests' and invites gardeners to think again about the choices they make.

    Paperback £16.99 Buy Now
  • Escaping from Predators
    Escaping from Predators -

    When a predator attacks, prey are faced with a series of 'if', 'when' and 'how' escape decisions – these critical questions are the foci of this book. Cooper and Blumstein bring together a balance of theory and empirical research to summarise over fifty years of scattered research and benchmark current thinking in the rapidly expanding literature on the behavioural ecology of escaping.

    Hardback £64.99 Buy Now
  • Experiments and Observations Concerning Agriculture and the Weather
    Experiments and Observations Concerning… by William Marshall

    William Marshall (1745–1818), from farming stock, became a farmer and then estate manager and land agent after several years conducting business in the West Indies.

    Paperback £18.99 Buy Now
  • Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age
    Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age by Errol Fuller

    Complete mammoths lie frozen in the icy wastes of Siberia, and from time to time one is exposed as the temperature and conditions change. This provides excellent specimens that inform us how they lived and died. Illustrations, 48pp. 2004

    Hardback £5.95 Buy Now
  • Meadowland: The Private Life of an English Field
    Meadowland: The Private Life of an… by John Lewis-Stempel

    What really goes on in the long grass?. Meadowland gives an unique and intimate account of an English meadow's life from January to December, together with its biography.

    Paperback £8.99 Buy Now
  • Wildlife Conservation in Managed Woodlands and Forests
    Wildlife Conservation in Managed… by Esmond Harris, Jeanette Harris

    Written for conservationists and foresters the book aims to demonstrate that commercial management of woodlands need not be inconsistent with a varied and thriving population of flora and fauna and that if specialist guidance is followed then much can be done to sustain wildlife in productive forest environments. 1992

    Hardback £55.00 Buy Now
  • National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Fossils
    National Audubon Society Field Guide to… by Ida Thompson

    507 colour photos b/w line drawings 846pp 1994 reprint

    Paperback £16.00 Buy Now
  • Practical Conservation: Boundary Habitats
    Practical Conservation: Boundary Habitats by M Bell, S Carr

    Well managed boundaries can be rich in wildlife as they often combine a variety of habitat types such as woodland scrub grassland aquatic & cultivated areas. This book is a well informed & practical guide to their conservation. B/w drawings, maps, tables, 127pp. 1991

    Paperback £15.25 Buy Now
  • Restoration of Endangered Species; Conceptual Issues, Planning and Implementation
    Restoration of Endangered Species;… by Bowles M.L. Whelan C.L. (eds.)

    The restoration of an animal or plant community & the ability to make it function properly represents a critical test of ecological understanding. Restoration as a technique for ecological studies which in turn leads to improved restoration methods is the main subject of this book. What emerges is the outline of a new approach & the basis of a stronger relationship between ecological theory & practice. B/w photographs maps tables graphs 394pp 1994

    Hardback £60.00 Buy Now
  • Collins New Naturalist; Yorkshire Dales
    Collins New Naturalist; Yorkshire Dales by John Lee

    Illustration type: Colour photographs, Diagrams, 496pp. 2015

    Paperback £35.00 Buy Now
  • Collins New Naturalist; Lakes, Loughs and Lochs
    Collins New Naturalist; Lakes, Loughs… by Brian Moss

    Illustration type: Colour photographs, Diagrams, 496pp. 2016

     

     

    Hardback £60.00 Buy Now
  • Collins New Naturalist; Lakes, Loughs and Lochs
    Collins New Naturalist; Lakes, Loughs… by Brian Moss

    Illustration type: Colour photographs, Diagrams, 496pp. 2016

    Paperback £35.00 Buy Now
  • Collins New Naturalist; Yorkshire Dales
    Collins New Naturalist; Yorkshire Dales by John Lee

    Illustration type: Colour photographs, Diagrams, 496pp. 2015

     

    Hardback £60.00 Buy Now
  • At Home on the Earth:  A new selection of the later writings of Richard Jefferies
    At Home on the Earth: A new selection… by Jeremey Hooker

    Richard Jeffries was a 'poet naturalist' with an ecological vision, he was both mystic and realist, and his writings show the beauty of 'wild England' but also the harsh conditions of labouring life in the Victorian countryside.

    Paperback £9.95 Buy Now
  • Social Calls of the Bats of Britain and Ireland
    Social Calls of the Bats of Britain and… by Neil Middleton et al.

    The authors start with an overview of the species of bats in Britain and Ireland, and then introduce us to communication within the social world of bats. Referencing the latest research, the authors explore how these calls can be classified according to their structure, and in many cases the context in which the calls are thought to be emitted, and addresses aspects of survey methodology to be considered by those studying social calls.

    Paperback £31.99 Buy Now
  • Ecosystem Services: From Concept to Practice
    Ecosystem Services: From Concept to… -

    Despite the growing popularity of the concept of ecosystem services, policy makers and practitioners continue to struggle with the challenge of translating it into practice. Drawing on a range of interdisciplinary perspectives, this volume takes up the challenge to provide a framework for the effective implementation of simple concepts into complex ecosystem related decision making

    Hardback £40.00 Buy Now
  • The Biology of Mangroves and Seagrasses
    The Biology of Mangroves and Seagrasses by Peter Hogarth

    Third edition of a classic introductory text, revised and updated throughout. Concise and affordable overview provides complete coverage of the field. This accessible textbook assumes no previous knowledge of mangrove or seagrass ecology and is intended for senior undergraduate and graduate students, as well as professional ecologists, conservation practitioners, and resource managers.

    Paperback £34.99 Buy Now
  • Economy and Ecology of Heathlands
    Economy and Ecology of Heathlands -

    Heathlands in Europe reflect a long history of human activity and use. Through the ages heathlands have been of importance as (semi)agricultural areas, hunting territories and various other uses of mankind. The editors combine a broad variance in knowledge of heathlands varying from all aspects of ecology, land use, as well as economy.

    Hardback £59.95 Buy Now
  • Herring Tales: How the Silver Darlings Shaped Human Taste and History
    Herring Tales: How the Silver Darlings… by Donald S Murray

    Throughout the long centuries men have fished around their coastlines and beyond, the herring has done much to shape both human taste and history. Men have co-operated and come into conflict over its shoals, setting out in boats to catch them, straying, too, from their home ports to bring full nets to shore. Women have also often been at the centre of the industry, gutting and salting the catch when the annual harvest had taken place, knitting, too, the garments fishermen wore to protect them from the ocean's chill. 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.

    Hardback £16.99 Buy Now
  • Wildlife Adventurer's Guide
    Wildlife Adventurer's Guide by Steve Backshall

    A naturalist's equivalent to the Dangerous Book for Boys, this book includes tips on everything from beachcombing, snorkelling and building your own hedgehog hotel, to tree climbing, natural foods and how to make traps for insects and mammals. This hands-on guide to enjoying nature is filled with practical advice on how to get involved with wildlife. Focusing mainly on Britain and northern Europe, it's packed with ideas for wildlife-watching and other activities in different habitats, including coast, mountains, heathland, garden, wetland, woodland and farmland. Alongside the practical advice on bushcraft and survival are suggestions on how to get close to nature through activities such as mountain-biking and climbing.

    Paperback £14.99 Buy Now
  • The Greater World of Little Things
    The Greater World of Little Things by Ross Gardiner

    This is a book that seeks to encourage a different view of the supposedly "normal" view of nature. When we consider nature we tend to concentrate on the familiar and the well-known, whilst meanwhile, hosts of smaller creatures buzz, run, crawl, and glide past us, largely unaware of us as we are of them. Discovering them and their interactions with each other and their environment is intriguing as it is overwhelming, and enlightens us by revealing our place in, and connection with, the natural world.

    Paperback £8.99 Buy Now
  • The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
    The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural… by Elizabeth Kolbert

    Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions of life on earth. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. Elizabeth Kolbert combines brilliant field reporting, the history of ideas and the work of geologists, botanists and marine biologists to tell the gripping stories of a dozen species – including the Panamanian golden frog and the Sumatran rhino – some already gone, others at the point of vanishing.

    Paperback £9.99 Buy Now
  • Lapwings, Loons & Lousy Jacks: The How and Why of Bird Names
    Lapwings, Loons & Lousy Jacks: The How… by Ray Reedman

    The Lapwing once had many regional names; the Loon has a British–American identity crisis and the respectable-sounding Apostlebird is often called a Lousy Jack. Why do bird names, both common and scientific, change over time and why do they vary so much between different parts of the English-speaking world? Wandering through the scientific and cultural history of ornithology takes us to the heart of understanding the long relationship between birds and people.

    Hardback £19.99 Buy Now
  • Fossils: A Photographic Field Guide
    Fossils: A Photographic Field Guide by Chris and Helen Pellant

    This is a reissue of Fossils: A Photographic Field Guide, formerly on the natural history list of New Holland publishers. This title offers a new, reformatted and updated edition of this popular title which is suitable for experts and armchair enthusiasts alike.

    Paperback £12.99 Buy Now
  • Early Humans (Collins New Naturalist)
    Early Humans (Collins New Naturalist) by Nicholas Ashton

    Setting the scene on the Norfolk coast almost a million years ago, Ashton tells the story of the fauna, flora and developing geography of Britain against the backdrop of an ever-changing climate. Above all, he explores how early people began as brief visitors to this wild remote land, but over time through better ways of acquiring food and developing new technologies, they began to tame, shape and dominate the countryside we see today.

    Paperback £35.00 Buy Now
  • Early Humans (Collins New Naturalist)
    Early Humans (Collins New Naturalist) by Nicholas Ashton

    Setting the scene on the Norfolk coast almost a million years ago, Ashton tells the story of the fauna, flora and developing geography of Britain against the backdrop of an ever-changing climate. Above all, he explores how early people began as brief visitors to this wild remote land, but over time through better ways of acquiring food and developing new technologies, they began to tame, shape and dominate the countryside we see today.

    Hardback £60.00 Buy Now
  • Statistics for Ecologists Using R and Excel
    Statistics for Ecologists Using R and… by Mark Gardener

    This is a book about the scientific process and how you apply it to data in ecology. You will learn how to plan for data collection, how to assemble data, how to analyze data and finally how to present the results. The book uses Microsoft Excel and the powerful Open Source R program to carry out data handling as well as producing graphs.

    Paperback £34.99 Buy Now
  • Wonderland: A Year of Britain's Wildlife, Day by Day
    Wonderland: A Year of Britain's… by Brett Westwood, Stephen Moss

    Wonderland is a book for anyone who wants to experience the world and to observe how it changes throughout the year.

    Hardback £20.00 Buy Now
  • A Sweet, Wild Note: What We Hear When the Birds Sing
    A Sweet, Wild Note: What We Hear When… by Richard Smyth

    In this fascinating account, Richard Smyth asks what it is about birdsong that we so love. Exploring the myriad ways in which it has influenced literature, music, science and our very ideas of what it means to be British, Smyth's nuanced investigation shows that what we hear says as much about us, our dreams and desires, as it does about the birds and their songs.

    Hardback £14.99 Buy Now
  • Nightingales in November: A Year in the Lives of Twelve British Birds
    Nightingales in November: A Year in the… by Mike Dilger

    Have you ever wondered what 'our' birds get up to when they're not pinching our peanuts, pilfering our pyracantha berries or nesting under the eaves of our homes? The One Show's natural history star Mike Dilger tells us the answers in Nightingales in November.

    This brilliant almanac tells the very different personal and annual stories of twelve well-known birds we deign to call 'British'. Through a lyrical narrative, Nightingales in November showcases amazing avian facts gleaned over decades by birdwatchers, ringers, nest recorders and migration recorders. The perfect 'dip-into' book, any enquiring naturalist will be able to find out such facts as where British-breeding swallows spend Christmas Day, when to look out for juvenile tawny owls, or when is the best date in the calendar to listen out for nightingales.

    By using a combination of cutting-edge satellite technology and millions of ringing records, Nightingales in November reveals the mysteries of migration, tracking the regular movements of, for example, cuckoos for the eight months they're not in the UK, or divulging why not all robins are the 'stay-at-home' territorial types we once imagined. Illustrated throughout by Darren Woodhead, the birds featured include a rich mix of resident birds, summer visitors, winter visitors and passage migrants.

    Nightingales in November is a great read for anyone with a fondness for British birds.

    PAPERBACK £9.99 Buy Now
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