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Hunt for the shadow wolf  by Derek Gow

Hunt for the shadow wolf

Derek Gow

"Renowned rewilder Derek Gow has a dream: that one day we will see the return of the wolf to Britain as it has already returned elsewhere. As Derek worked to reintroduce the beaver, he began to hear stories of the wolf, both real and mythical, and his...

A photographic guide to mushrooms and other fungi of New Zealand  by G. S. Ridley

A photographic guide to mushrooms and other fungi of New Zealand

G. S. Ridley

"A Photographic Guide to Mushrooms & Other Fungi of New Zealand introduces readers to New Zealand’s mushrooms and fungi, which number up to some 19,000 species and include extraordinarily diverse types, from the familiar ‘mushroom’ to brackets, coral and cup...

Shells of the world  by M. G. Harasewych

Shells of the world

M. G. Harasewych

"A marvelously illustrated natural history of the world’s mollusks. Mollusks are invertebrate animals with a remarkable natural history and a rich fossil record, and their shells are prized for their breathtaking variety and exquisite beauty. Shells of the...

The lives of butterflies  by David G. (David Geoffrey) James

The lives of butterflies

David G. (David Geoffrey) James

"There are more than fifteen thousand butterfly species in the world, fluttering through a wide variety of habitats. Bright and beautiful, butterflies also have fascinating life histories and play an important role in our planet's ecosystems. The Lives of...

Frogs of the world : a guide to every family  by Mark O'Shea

Frogs of the world : a guide to every family

Mark O'Shea

"With more than 7,600 known species, frogs exhibit an extraordinary range of forms and behaviors, from those that produce toxins so deadly that they could kill a human many times over to those that can survive being frozen in ice. Frogs of the World is an...

Wasps of the world  by Simon Van Noort

Wasps of the world

Simon Van Noort

"A richly illustrated guide to wasps around the world. Wasps have been around since before the dinosaurs and are one of the world’s largest insect groups. More than 150,000 species have been identified, and while the black-and-yellow insect with a cinched...

Of time and turtles  by Sy Montgomery

Of time and turtles

Sy Montgomery

"When acclaimed naturalist Sy Montgomery and wildlife artist Matt Patterson arrive at Turtle Rescue League, they are greeted by hundreds of turtles recovering from injury and illness. Endangered by cars and highways, pollution and poachers, these turtles--with...

The ancestor's tale  by Richard Dawkins

The ancestor's tale

Richard Dawkins

"A fully updated edition of one of the most original accounts of evolution ever written, featuring new fractal diagrams, six new 'tales' and the latest scientific developments.THE ANCESTOR'S TALE is a dazzling, four-billion-year pilgrimage to the origins of...

Plankton  by Tom Jackson


Tom Jackson

"Plankton are the unsung heroes of planet Earth. Passive drifters through the world's seas, oceans, and freshwater environments, most are invisible or very small, but some are longer than a whale. They are the global ocean's foundation food, supporting almost...

Chris Packham's birdwatching guide  by Chris Packham

Chris Packham's birdwatching guide

Chris Packham

"Chris is a lifelong birdwatcher and the perfect guide on a day out bird spotting. Through a series of chapters, he can build you from an absolute beginner exploring your own backyard, giving you tips and insights that he has gained from years of birdwatching....

Genetics  by René Fester Kratz


René Fester Kratz

"Evolve your knowledge of the fast-moving world of genetic research. Genetics For Dummies shines a light on the fascinating field of genetics, helping you gain a greater understanding of how genetics factors into everyday life. Perfect as a supplement to a...

Piping hot bees and boisterous buzz-runners  by Thomas D. Seeley

Piping hot bees and boisterous buzz-runners

Thomas D. Seeley

"Thomas Seeley has spent his career unraveling the mysteries of honey bee behavior. His goal has been to understand how the 30,000 or so bees in a colony work together as a unit to accomplish such things as finding and occupying a snug nest cavity, furnishing...

Metamorphosis  by Erica McAlister


Erica McAlister

"Insects are incredibly weird. Their morphology is about as alien to us as you can get without leaving this planet. They outnumber us 200 million to one. Before humans stamped their mark on this planet, insects had shaped it into the colourful and...

Madagascar wildlife  by Nick (Zoologist) Garbutt

Madagascar wildlife

Nick (Zoologist) Garbutt

"This new, fifth edition of Bradt's Madagascar Wildlife, first published over 25 years ago, celebrates the unique fauna of this remarkable Indian Ocean island. Written by naturalist tour-leaders and Madagascar experts, and aimed at visitors and natural-history...

A year of garden bees and bugs  by Dominic Couzens

A year of garden bees and bugs

Dominic Couzens

"A fascinating journey into the secret life of insects, with QR codes linked to videos that bring every creature to life. Just as birds have yearly rhythms, so do bees, beetles, butterflies and other insects. Wildlife experts Dominic Couzens and Gail Ashton...

Humpback highway  by Vanessa Pirotta

Humpback highway

Vanessa Pirotta

"Acclaimed wildlife scientist Vanessa Pirotta has been mugged by whales, touched by a baby whale and covered in whale snot. In Humpback Highway, Pirotta dives beneath the surface to reveal the mysterious world of humpback whales - from their life cycle and the...

A photographic guide to wildflowers of New Zealand  by Geoff Brunsden

A photographic guide to wildflowers of New Zealand

Geoff Brunsden

"Wildflower experts Geoff and Liz Brunsden introduced wildflower landscaping to New Zealand. They are known particularly for their work with wildflower planting alongside the contry's highways." --Back cover.

A housefly buzzes in the key of F  by Simon Nicholls

A housefly buzzes in the key of F

Simon Nicholls

"Did You Know That... A housefly buzzes in the key of F? A cockroach can live for a week without its head, before dying of starvation? Slugs have four noses? So, if you thought that couldn't get slimier, now imagine them with a cold ... The fingerprints of a...

The curious world of seahorses  by Till Hein

The curious world of seahorses

Till Hein

"In this entertaining and informative book, science writer Till Hein shares the most tantalizing findings from the world of seahorses, opening up some of the secrets of these magical creatures of the sea. He reveals their intriguing biological features, such...

The evolution of power  by Geerat J. Vermeij

The evolution of power

Geerat J. Vermeij

"A sweeping new account of the role of power in the evolution of all life on Earth. Power has many dimensions, from individual attributes such as strength and speed to the collective advantages of groups. The Evolution of Power takes readers on a breathtaking...

The end of Eden  by Adam Welz

The end of Eden

Adam Welz

"The stories we tell ourselves about climate change tend to focus on the damage inflicted on human societies by big storms, severe droughts, and rising sea levels. Walz provides a revelatory exploration of climate change from the perspective of wild species...

Walking with trees  by Glennie Kindred

Walking with trees

Glennie Kindred

"Walking with trees takes us on an intimate journey with 13 native trees of Britain and Europe. Glennie leads us into their world, describes their unique characteristics, natural history, healing properties, mythologies and crafts, and opens us to their subtle...

Tree spirits grass spirits  by Hiromi Itō

Tree spirits grass spirits

Hiromi Itō

"A collected series of intertwined poetic essays written by acclaimed Japanese poet Hiromi Ito--part nature writing, part travelogue, part existential philosophy. Written between April 2012 and November 2013, Tree Spirits Grass Spirits adopts a non-linear...

The ethnobotanical  by Sarah Edwards

The ethnobotanical

Sarah Edwards

"Since the beginning of humanity's existence, plants have provided us with everything we need for our survival - they sustain us with air to breathe, food to eat, materials to make clothes and shelter with, and medicine to treat and prevent disease. Their...

The little book of aliens  by Adam Frank

The little book of aliens

Adam Frank

"Everyone is curious about life in the Universe, UFOs and whether ET is out there. Over the course of his thirty-year career as an astrophysicist, Adam Frank has consistently been asked about the possibility of intelligent life in the universe. Are aliens...

Squirrel nation  by Peter A. Coates

Squirrel nation

Peter A. Coates

"A wide-ranging meditation on belonging and citizenship through the story of two squirrel species in Britain. Squirrel Nation is a history of Britain's two species of squirrel over the past two hundred years: the much-loved, though rare, red squirrel and the...

What we sow  by Jennifer Jewell

What we sow

Jennifer Jewell

"In What We Sow, Jennifer Jewell brings readers on an insightful, year-long journey exploring the outsize impact one of nature's smallest manifestations--the simple seed. She examines our skewed notions where "organic" seeds are grown and sourced, reveals how...

Trees  by Carolyn (Science writer) Fry


Carolyn (Science writer) Fry

"Discover the wonders at the centre of our planet's ecosystem. In ten short and accessible essays, science and nature writer Carolyn Fry takes us on an awe-inspiring journey of the Earth's lungs. From what makes a plant a tree and the incredible impact of...

Magic eyes of Masoala  by Armin Dett

Magic eyes of Masoala

Armin Dett

"Madagascar is regarded as a jewel of nature, where due to its isolated location away from all continents, a unique flora and fauna could develop with numerous species that are found nowhere else in the world. This includes an amazing and unique variety of...

Bitch  by Lucy Cooke


Lucy Cooke

"What does it mean to be female? Mother, carer, the weaker sex? Think again. In the last few decades a revolution has been brewing in zoology and evolutionary biology. Lucy Cooke introduces us to a riotous cast of animals, and the scientists studying them,...

Darwin and the art of botany  by James T. Costa

Darwin and the art of botany

James T. Costa

"Charles Darwin is best known for his work on the evolution of animals, but a large part of his scientific study and writing was devoted to plants. This book gathers key excerpts from these lesser-known works for the first time. Each of the 45 short chapters...

The book of animal secrets  by David Agus

The book of animal secrets

David Agus

"From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The End of Illness comes an ingenious guide to what our fellow animals can teach us about living longer, healthier, happier lives. Mother nature has a lot to teach us, if only we open our eyes. Pigeons and...

Fungi  by Lynne Boddy


Lynne Boddy

"A stunning, authoritative book on the fungal kingdom, uncovering the hidden world of more than 300 global species. Discover the fascinating stories behind some 300 species of fungi and understand the world of mushrooms like never before! Did you know that...

The meaning of geese  by Nick Acheson

The meaning of geese

Nick Acheson

"Renowned naturalist and conservationist Nick Acheson spent countless hours observing and researching wild geese, transported through all weathers by his mother's forty-year-old trusty red bicycle. He meticulously details the geese's arrival, observing what...

Watching wildlife  by Jim Crumley

Watching wildlife

Jim Crumley

""If you have been still enough for long enough, your eyes will have attuned and begun to read the seasurge fluently, so you recognize the blunt curve and flourished tail of a diving otter. Home your eyes in on that portion of the sea, permit nothing else to...

How life works  by Philip Ball

How life works

Philip Ball

"A cutting-edge new vision of biology that will revise our concept of what life itself is, how to enhance it, and what possibilities it offers. Biology is undergoing a quiet but profound transformation. Several aspects of the standard picture of how life...

Butterfly safari  by Andrew Fusek Peters

Butterfly safari

Andrew Fusek Peters

"Andrew Fusek Peters has spent five years travelling round the UK to document and celebrate British butterflies. In Butterfly Safari, he shows butterflies in a new light, capturing close-ups of wing scales and the delicate structure of eggs, eyes and antennae....

The man who loved Siberia  by Roy Jacobsen

The man who loved Siberia

Roy Jacobsen

"Siberia, to me, is a fairy-tale land. Fritz Dorries set out on his first trip to Eastern Siberia in 1877, when there were still blank spaces on maps of the world. Travelling alone or with his brothers, he climbed mountains, traversed great rivers, explored...

The master builder  by Alfonso Martinez Arias

The master builder

Alfonso Martinez Arias

"What defines who we are? For decades, the biological answer has been our genes. In The Master Builder, leading biologist Alfonso Martinez Arias breaks with decades of scientific and popular tradition to make a bold argument: what defines us is our cells....

Goshawk summer  by James (Tree climber) Aldred

Goshawk summer

James (Tree climber) Aldred

"In early 2020, wildlife film-maker James Aldred was commissioned to make a documentary following the lives of a family of Goshawks in the New Forest - the place of his childhood. He began to plan a treetop hide in a remote site that would allow him to film...

Avian architecture  by Peter Goodfellow

Avian architecture

Peter Goodfellow

"Birds are the most consistently inventive builders, and their nests set the bar for functional design in nature. Describing how birds design, engineer and build their nests, Avian Architecture deconstructs all types of nests found around the world using...

The tree almanac 2024  by Gabriel Hemery

The tree almanac 2024

Gabriel Hemery

"A wondrous seasonal journey through Britain and Ireland's trees. Uncover the majesty and minutiae of the arboreal world in forest scientist Dr Gabriel Hemery's illustrated month-by-month guide - including tree folklore and traditions, recipes and crafts, key...

Kings of their own ocean  by Karen Pinchin

Kings of their own ocean

Karen Pinchin

"In 2004, an enigmatic charter captain named Al Anderson caught and tagged one Atlantic bluefin tuna off New England's coast. Fourteen years later that same fish -- dubbed Amelia for her ocean-spanning journeys -- was caught again, this time in a Mediterranean...

Nature's wonders  by Jane V. Adams

Nature's wonders

Jane V. Adams

"Britain's nature year, from the first flower to the last leaf. With a mix of evocative writing, beautiful photographs and facts that are too good to keep to yourself, this book explores 50 magical moments that define our seasons. It's an inspiring guide to...

How to do ecology  by Richard Karban

How to do ecology

Richard Karban

"The essential insider's guide for ecologists at all career stages - now completely updated and expanded. Most books and courses in ecology focus on facts and concepts but do little to explain the process of research. How to Do Ecology provides nuts-and-bolts...

Cronin's key guide to Australian rainforest plants  by Leonard Cronin

Cronin's key guide to Australian rainforest plants

Leonard Cronin

"This comprehensive guide to the rainforest flora of Australia is packed with information on more than 300 commonly observed species from rainforests around the continent. Each plant is beautifully illustrated and described in detail in clear, concise language...

Deep listening to nature  by Andrew Skeoch

Deep listening to nature

Andrew Skeoch

"Deep Listening to Nature is an invitation to open our ears to the natural world. Beginning by tuning in to the sounds of creatures around us, Andrew discusses how to identify species by call, interpret their communications and find empathy for their...

The book of killer plants  by Kit (Botany professor) Carlson

The book of killer plants

Kit (Botany professor) Carlson

"This illustrated compendium puts a spotlight on 100 of Mother Nature's most lethal creations, from those that can harm wild animals to the those that can kill humans. Every entry in this beautiful but practical guide features important facts about the...

Last chance to see  by Douglas Adams

Last chance to see

Douglas Adams

"Join Douglas Adams, bestselling and beloved author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and zoologist Mark Carwardine on an adventure in search of the world's most endangered and exotic creatures. In this book, Adams' self-proclaimed favourite of his own...

Tasmanian devil  by David Owen

Tasmanian devil

David Owen

"At night their shrieks and growls echo through the Tasmanian bush, and they are famous for their ferocious bite and scavenging habits. In fact the Tasmanian devil is quite shy and solitary, and one of Australia's most treasured native animals. This is the...

The lives of seaweeds  by Julie A. Phillips

The lives of seaweeds

Julie A. Phillips

"As photosynthetic organisms, seaweeds and other algae transfer billions of tons of carbon globally from the atmosphere to the deep ocean each year. Coming in all manner of colors, shapes, and sizes, from bioluminescent single-celled algae to giant kelps, they...

A naturalist's guide to the butterflies of Australia  by John Nielsen

A naturalist's guide to the butterflies of Australia

John Nielsen

"A Naturalist’s Guide to the Butterflies of Australia is an easy-to-use, photographic guide to 280 butterfly species most commonly seen in Australia, and is perfect for residents and visitors alike. The 2nd edition includes extensive updates to the text,...

Flowers of the field  by Steve Nicholls

Flowers of the field

Steve Nicholls

"From the machair grasslands of the Outer Hebrides to the chalk cliffs of Kent, and from the dense pinewoods of Abernethy forest to the wetlands of the Fens of eastern England, Britain offers a richly varied array of habitats for our wild flowers. The...

The milkweed lands  by Eric Lee-Mäder

The milkweed lands

Eric Lee-Mäder

"Follow a year in the life of milkweed, and discover the remarkable role this often-overlooked plant plays in sustaining the meadow ecosystem. The text by Lee-Mäder celebrates the resilience and significance of this native North American plant and the many...

Shells  by Fabio Moretzsohn


Fabio Moretzsohn

"Shells have captivated humans from the dawn of time: the earliest known artwork was made on a shell. As well as containers for food, shells have been used as tools, jewelry, decorations for dwellings, and to bring good luck or to ward off spirits. Many...

Microbe science for gardeners  by Robert Pavlis

Microbe science for gardeners

Robert Pavlis

"Microscopic organisms are as important to plant growth as water and light. Microbe Science for Gardeners highlights the essential role of microbes in plant biosystems and health, provides practical how-to gardening advice for enhancing plant microbiomes and...

Birds of Western Australia  by Simon Nevill

Birds of Western Australia

Simon Nevill

"Simon Nevill's celebrated Birds of Western Australia is quite simply the most accessible yet effectively comprehensive guide to all the species that are commonly - and even not so commonly - found in the state, covering the vast majority of sedentary birds...

Wild new world  by Dan L. (Dan Louie) Flores

Wild new world

Dan L. (Dan Louie) Flores

"A deep-time history of animals and humans in North America, by the best-selling and award-winning author of Coyote America. In 1908, near Folsom, New Mexico, a cowboy discovered the remains of a herd of extinct giant bison. By examining flint points embedded...

The lives of octopuses & their relatives  by Danna Staaf

The lives of octopuses & their relatives

Danna Staaf

"Dive deep into the fascinating world of cephalopods - octopuses, squid, cuttlefish, and the mysterious nautilus - to discover the astonishing diversity of this unique group of intelligent invertebrates and their many roles in the marine...

The lives of sharks  by Daniel C. Abel

The lives of sharks

Daniel C. Abel

"A richly illustrated and comprehensive introduction to the world’s sharks. Sharks are the top predators in many marine ecosystems. But tales of the killer instincts and fearsomely sharp senses of these hunters can obscure their full life histories. In fact,...

Cronin's key guide to Australian wildflowers  by Leonard Cronin

Cronin's key guide to Australian wildflowers

Leonard Cronin

"Featuring approximately 600 species from all parts of the country, this is a handy reference for identifying Australian wildflowers"--Publisher's description.

Seaweed  by Julia Bird


Julia Bird

"Celebrate the natural beauty of seaweeds and find inspiration to display them in your home. Seaweed seekers and designers Melanie Molesworth and Julia Bird share a love of nature and the outdoors, pressing seaweeds they gather themselves to create unique...

The complete insect

The complete insect

"A beautifully illustrated exploration of the world's most extraordinary animals. With an astounding 3.5 million species occupying virtually every habitat on Earth, insects are one of the most diverse groups of animals on the planet, from the humble bee to the...

Rare air  by Sarah Kaizar

Rare air

Sarah Kaizar

"RARE AIR, the culmination of artist Sarah Kaizar's dedication to illustrating endangered fauna, features 66 endangered species of flight-33 birds, 5 bats, 12 bees, and 16 butterflies-presented in her scientifically accurate and utterly engaging pen-and-ink...

Honey bee biology  by Brian R. Johnson

Honey bee biology

Brian R. Johnson

"It is not an exaggeration to say that the honey bee is the most well understood insect. We know more about Drosophila genetics, but our integrative understanding of that species pales in comparison to our understanding of every facet of honey bee biology....

Beetles of the world  by M. V. L. (Maxwell V. L.) Barclay

Beetles of the world

M. V. L. (Maxwell V. L.) Barclay

"Beetles make up about a quarter of known animal species and are arguably the most diverse group of organisms on Earth: almost 400,000 species have been formally described so far, and it is likely that this number merely scratches the surface. In Beetles of...

The owl  by Stephen Moss

The owl

Stephen Moss

"Owls are among the most mysterious birds in the world. Their hauntingly beautiful calls at dusk and nocturnal habits have long captured our collective imaginations - inspiring more superstitions, folktales and myths around the world than any other group of...

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