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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...

Animal magic

Animal magic

"This edition of Griffith Review illuminates the magic and mystery of animals - those we're lucky enough to still share the planet with, and those, like dodos and dinosaurs, who are no longer here... The stories in this collection explore in life and in death,...

In search of the old ones  by Anthony D. Fredericks

In search of the old ones

Anthony D. Fredericks

"An extraordinary journey to visit the oldest trees in the United States that beautifully reveals the connection between humans and natural history"--Publisher's description.

Call of the kingfisher  by Nick Penny

Call of the kingfisher

Nick Penny

"Composer and wildlife recordist Nick Penny has walked beside the River Nene at Oundle in Northamptonshire for four decades. But a chance encounter with a kingfisher on New Year's Day leads to a deeper relationship with the waterway and woods nearby. The more...

The big year  by Mark Obmascik

The big year

Mark Obmascik

"Every January 1, a quirky crowd storms out across North America for a spectacularly competitive event called a Big Year--a grand, expensive, and occasionally vicious 365-day marathon of birdwatching. For three men in particular, 1998 would become a grueling...

The devil's teeth  by Susan Casey

The devil's teeth

Susan Casey

"Great white sharks are enigmas. They ruled the oceans long before dinosaurs inhabited the earth, yet we know surprisingly little about them. Scientists speculate they can live for 60 years and grow to a massive 20 feet long. They heal miraculously from severe...

Cronin's key guide to Australian trees  by Leonard Cronin

Cronin's key guide to Australian trees

Leonard Cronin

"An authoritative and indispensable guide to Australia's fascinating trees, fully updated and revised. It features more than 325 species from all parts of the continent"--Publisher's description.

Tasmanian tiger  by David Owen

Tasmanian tiger

David Owen

"The tragic story of how ignorance, fear and lack of care led to the disappearance of the famous Tasmanian tiger. This updated edition includes the latest research on whether it could ever be cloned and returned to the wild. Is it still out there? People claim...

Planet Earth III  by Matt Brandon

Planet Earth III

Matt Brandon

"The iconic series that started it all returns: accompanying an 8-part program narrated by David Attenborough,Planet Earth IIItakes you closer than ever to the world's most fascinating animals and landscapes - and humanity's irrevocable impact upon them. There...



"This big, glorious big book mines Te Papa's collections to explore and expand upon the way we think about our botanical world and its cultural imprint. A true treasure, it features over 400 selections by an expert, cross-disciplinary museum curatorial team...

Native insects of Aotearoa  by Julia Kasper

Native insects of Aotearoa

Julia Kasper

"Part of the Te Papa Te Taiao Nature Series, this accessible introduction to a range of the native insects encountered in New Zealand is written by two expert entomologists from our national museum, Te Papa. It features fifty species, from moths and...

Native shells of Aotearoa  by Bruce Marshall

Native shells of Aotearoa

Bruce Marshall

"Part of the Te Papa Te Taiao Nature Series, this accessible introduction to a range of the aquatic and terrestrial shell-bearing molluscs encountered in New Zealand is written by two experts from our national museum, Te Papa. It features over 160 species,...

The return of wolves  by Eli Francovich

The return of wolves

Eli Francovich

"The gray wolf has made an astonishing comeback in Washington. After near complete eradication in the 1990s, conservationists and environmentalists have cheered this native species' robust return to the state over the last two decades. Washington ranchers are...

The life of birds  by David Attenborough

The life of birds

David Attenborough

"Over 9,000 species, the most widespread of all animals: on icebergs, in the Sahara or under the sea, at home in our gardens or flying for over a year at a time. Earthbound, we can only look and listen, enjoying their lightness, freedom and richness of plumage...

One thousand shades of green  by Mike Dilger

One thousand shades of green

Mike Dilger

"For most of 2020, Mikes Dilger's day-job of travelling to the four corners of the British Isles all but disappeared. Having been confined to one place by the Covid pandemic, and with daily dog walks his sole permitted outdoor pursuit, the simple pleasure of...

Tongariro National Park  by Desmond Bagley

Tongariro National Park

Desmond Bagley

"When Desmond Bovey returned to his native New Zealand after thirty years in France, he felt a need to reconnect with the landscapes of his youth. He chose Tongariro National Park, inspired by a chance encounter with a karearea, the New Zealand falcon. He...

Botanic gardens of the world  by Deborah Trentham

Botanic gardens of the world

Deborah Trentham

"Discover the lavish beauty and fascinating history of the 40 most important and inspiring botanic gardens from across the globe. From the Renaissance gardens of Italy to the futuristic botanic gardens of Singapore, this gorgeous book tells the story of these...

Entangled life  by Merlin Sheldrake

Entangled life

Merlin Sheldrake

"The smash-hit Sunday Times bestseller now illustrated with over 100 spectacular full-colour images, showcasing this wondrous and wildly various lifeform as never before. The more we learn about fungi, the less makes sense without them. They can change our...

Getting to know the birds in your neighbourhood  by Darryl Jones

Getting to know the birds in your neighbourhood

Darryl Jones

"It’s also easy to understand, friendly, and packed full of information about these urban birds; and offers tips and suggestions on how to enjoy, protect and encourage more birds into your area. And one of the best features is that it works just as well in...

The bald eagle  by Jack E. Davis

The bald eagle

Jack E. Davis

"The bald eagle is regal but fearless, a bird you're not inclined to argue with. For centuries, Americans have celebrated it as 'majestic' and 'noble,' yet savaged the living bird behind their national symbol as a malicious predator of livestock and, falsely,...

Habitats  by Derek Harvey


Derek Harvey

"Come with us on an epic journey through Earth's incredible biomes, ecosystems, and habitats, home to an estimated 8.7 million species. You'll meet everything from frogs that can survive in sub-zero conditions to the weird and wonderful life-forms that thrive...

Europe  by Tim F. (Tim Fridtjof) Flannery


Tim F. (Tim Fridtjof) Flannery

"It is hard to overstate just how unusual Europe was towards the end of the age of the dinosaurs. It was a dynamic island arc whose individual landmasses were made up of diverse geological types, including ancient continental fragments, raised segments of...

The psilocybin mushroom bible  by Virginia Haze

The psilocybin mushroom bible

Virginia Haze

"Readers will learn how to produce their own magic mushrooms quickly, safely, and effectively. The book features over 40 step-by-step photographic instruction guides to each step of the process, including: sterilising the equipment to produce mushrooms; how to...

Your psilocybin mushroom companion  by Michelle Janikian

Your psilocybin mushroom companion

Michelle Janikian

"With so much misinformation surrounding magic mushrooms out there, it can be hard to separate fact from fiction. This is where Your Psilocybin Mushroom Companion comes in to help. In this book, you'll find a comprehensive yet friendly guide to everything...

Origin Africa  by Jonathan Kingdon

Origin Africa

Jonathan Kingdon

"Africa has properties that ensure that most of human evolution could have occurred nowhere else. A greater diversity of mammal, bird and many other forms of life has forced more and more species to squeeze into narrower and narrower niches. Human complexity...

Flaws of nature  by Andrew P. Dobson

Flaws of nature

Andrew P. Dobson

"Consider that an elephant will not grow a seventh set of teeth, even though wearing down the sixth will condemn it to starvation; that hosts of the European cuckoo seem unable to tell that the overgrown monster in their nest is not their own chick; and that...

The forgotten forest  by Robert author. Vennell

The forgotten forest

Robert author. Vennell

"Deep in the forest, in places you would never think to look, are some of the most remarkable creatures. Overlooked and unsung, this is the forgotten forest: a world of glow-in-the-dark mushrooms and giant mosses, where slime moulds travel the forest in search...

The origin of species and The voyage of the Beagle  by Charles Darwin

The origin of species and The voyage of the Beagle

Charles Darwin

"This title is presented with an introduction by Darwin's great-great-granddaughter, Ruth Padel. When the eminent naturalist Charles Darwin returned from South America on board the H.M.S Beagle in 1836, he brought with him the notes and evidence which would...

The 50 best birdwatching sites in New Zealand  by Liz Light

The 50 best birdwatching sites in New Zealand

Liz Light

"New Zealand has a diverse range of bird species and is especially important for pelagics. Thirteen of the world's 18 penguin species have been recorded in the New Zealand region (including the Ross Dependency). Nine of these species breed here. Of petrels, 37...

Life on our planet  by Tom Fletcher

Life on our planet

Tom Fletcher

"Today there are 20 million species on our planet. Yet what we see is just a snapshot in time. 99% of Earth's inhabitants are lost to our deep past. The story of what happened to these lineages, their rise and their fall, is truly remarkable. Accompanying the...

A short history of the world in 50 animals  by Jacob Field

A short history of the world in 50 animals

Jacob Field

"Although humans have done much to shape our planet, examining the impact of other animals provides a deeper and more complete understanding of its long and complex story. A Short History of the World in 50 Animals sets out a new perspective, looking back...

Footprints in the woods  by John Lister-Kaye

Footprints in the woods

John Lister-Kaye

"Footprints in the Woods is John Lister-Kaye's account of a year spent observing the comings and goings of otters, beavers, badgers, weasels and pine martens. This family - Mustelidae - all live in the wild at Aigas, the conservation and field study centre...

The reign of Wolf 21  by Rick McIntyre

The reign of Wolf 21

Rick McIntyre

"The Druid Peak Pack was the most famous wolf pack in Yellowstone National Park, and maybe even in the world. This is the dramatic true story of its remarkable leader, Wolf 21--whose compassion and loyalty challenges commonly held beliefs about alpha males. In...

Black lion  by Sicelo Mbatha

Black lion

Sicelo Mbatha

"Wilderness guide Sicelo Mbatha shares lessons learnt from a lifetime's intimate association with Africa's wildest nature. Black Lion begins in rural South Africa where a deeply traumatic childhood experience, a cousin being dragged away by a crocodile, should...

Tyranny of the gene  by James Tabery

Tyranny of the gene

James Tabery

"The United States is embarking on a medical revolution. Supporters of personalized, or precision, medicine--the tailoring of health care to our genomes--have promised to usher in a new era of miracle cures. Advocates of this gene-guided health-care practice...

From one cell  by Ben Stanger

From one cell

Ben Stanger

"Each of us began life as a single cell. From this humble origin, we embarked on a risky journey fraught with opportunities for disaster. Yet, amazingly, we reached our destination intact, emerging as dazzlingly complex, exquisitely engineered assemblages of...

Mystical mushrooms  by Aurora Kane

Mystical mushrooms

Aurora Kane

"Mushrooms have been the stuff of dreams, fairy tales, and even hallucinations. Kane explores the history, folklore, and future of common and not-so-common fungi. She catalogs iconic fungi species and details their lore and mystical properties. She also...

A photographic guide to trees of New Zealand  by L. J. (Lawrence James) Metcalf

A photographic guide to trees of New Zealand

L. J. (Lawrence James) Metcalf

"A reprint ... this handy reference guide is a compact yet comprehensive guide to identifying and learning about New Zealand's trees. Each species in the guide is illustrated with one or more photographs, and where possible juvenile forms have also been...

Fishes of Aotearoa  by Paul Caiger

Fishes of Aotearoa

Paul Caiger

"With a long and complex coastline scattered with countless islands, and freshwater waterways weaving all through our rugged landscape, Aotearoa really is an aquatic nation. As such, it is home to a bounty of colourful and characterful fishes. 'Fishes of...

A naturalist's guide to the birds of New Zealand  by Oscar Thomas

A naturalist's guide to the birds of New Zealand

Oscar Thomas

A Naturalist's Guide to the Birds of New Zealand is an introductory photographic identification guide to 250 bird species, including the most commonly seen, unique and endemic species. High-quality photographs from one of New Zealand's youngest nature...

New Zealand's biggest year  by Harry Boorman

New Zealand's biggest year

Harry Boorman

"New Zealand's Biggest Year is an epic birding tale of how two friends become rivals and set out to break the all-time record for the most Aotearoa New Zealand bird species seen in one calendar year. Their rivalry results in more birds being spotted in a...

The hedgehog diaries  by Sarah Sands

The hedgehog diaries

Sarah Sands

"It is the Winter Solstice and Sarah Sands is sitting by her father's bedside, bracing herself for loss. What her father needs to do, she thinks, is conserve his energy - to hibernate like a hedgehog. When the hedgehog curls up in its bed of leaves, its heart...

The observant walker  by John Wright

The observant walker

John Wright

"When we go for a walk, whether in the countryside or city, we pass through landscapes full of natural beauty and curiosities both visible and invisible - but though we might admire the view, or wonder idly about the name of a flower, we rarely have the...

A photographic guide to birds of New Zealand  by Geoff Moon

A photographic guide to birds of New Zealand

Geoff Moon

"In this fully revised edition with attractive new cover, species accounts have been updated according to the 4th edition of the Ornithological Society's official Checklist of the Birds of New Zealand . The many changes include updates to classification,...

Eve  by Cat Bohannon


Cat Bohannon

"In Eve, Cat Bohannon answers questions scientists should have been addressing for decades. With boundless curiosity and sharp wit, Bohannon covers the past 200 million years to explain the specific science behind the development of the female sex. Eve is not...

Edible  by Kevin Hobbs


Kevin Hobbs

"An illustrated celebration of sustainable and often little-known edible plants from around the world that are revolutionizing how we grow, eat, and appreciate food"--Publisher's description.

Late light  by Michael Malay

Late light

Michael Malay

"Late Light is the story of Michael Malay's own journey, an Indonesian-Australian-American making a home for himself in England and finding strange parallels between his life and the lives of the animals he examines. Mixing natural history with memoir, this...

Silk & venom  by James O'Hanlon

Silk & venom

James O'Hanlon

""There are more than 50 000 species of spiders. They surround us in our daily lives and, contrary to popular belief, the vast majority are completely harmless to humans. In Silk & Venom, James O’Hanlon takes us from his backyard to all corners of the globe...

Must love trees  by Tobin Mitnick

Must love trees

Tobin Mitnick

"Must Love Trees is an unconventional guide into the world of trees-- it is a blend of witty humor, engaging tree-related stories, and beautiful illustrations, featuring a hundred types of North American trees. Tobin Mitnick, JewsLoveTrees creator and...

The voices of nature  by Nicolas Mathevon

The voices of nature

Nicolas Mathevon

"What messages do animals send to each other using sound? How can we decipher them? What lessons might these messages offer for understanding the origins and workings of our own communication? Scientists who study bioacoustics try and answer these questions,...

Explaining life through evolution  by Prosanta Chakrabarty

Explaining life through evolution

Prosanta Chakrabarty

"A friendly, non-threatening, and accessible introduction to evolution, emphasizing both the evidence for evolution and the importance of understanding it in contemporary social context"--Publisher's description.

Wild air  by James Macdonald Lockhart

Wild air

James Macdonald Lockhart

"A book about birds, birdsong and the countryside they inhabit, from the critically acclaimed author of Raptor. In Wild Air, James Macdonald Lockhart sets out to write about a series of birds as though he has his granny's role of listening to birds' songs and...

Twelve words for moss  by Elizabeth-Jane Burnett

Twelve words for moss

Elizabeth-Jane Burnett

"A moving tale of recovery and reconnection and an immersive journey through British wetlands. Glowflake, Rocket, Small Skies, Kind Spears, Marilyn... Moss is known as the living carpet but if you look really closely, it contains an irrepressible light. In...

New Zealand bird calls  by Lynnette Moon

New Zealand bird calls

Lynnette Moon

"New Zealand is known for its birds, and the melodic quality of their song. Here is a selection of 60 of the most popular, important or interesting birds. In New Zealand Bird Calls, each bird entry includes information about habitat, distribution, appearance...

Sea mammals  by Annalisa Berta

Sea mammals

Annalisa Berta

"A richly illustrated introduction to the world’s living and extinct sea mammals. From the gregarious sea otter and playful dolphins to the sociable narwhal and iconic polar bear, sea mammals are a large, diverse, and increasingly precious group. In this book,...

Birds with personality  by Georgia Angus

Birds with personality

Georgia Angus

"Birds with Personality is a fun gift book that takes you around the world through the eyes of some of the most charismatic bird species on the planet. Across Earth's diverse ecosystems - from the deserts of Mexico to the rainforest-blanketed mountains of...

Bite club  by Douglas Wight

Bite club

Douglas Wight

"It's a trauma like no other. Being perceived as a threat or, worse, hunted as food makes an animal attack a unique ordeal. Suddenly you're helpless, at its mercy. When an animal strikes it is lightning fast, determined and can't be reasoned with. Often...

Black ops and beaver bombing  by Fiona Mathews

Black ops and beaver bombing

Fiona Mathews

"From eccentric hedgehog behaviour to red squirrels making their last stand in the battle against the greys, here are the mammals of Britain as you've never seen them before. Join Fiona Mathews and Tim Kendall on an overnight stakeout in search of the elusive...

Beyond DNA  by Benjamin P. Oldroyd

Beyond DNA

Benjamin P. Oldroyd

"Uncover how a new approach to epigenetics affects the basis for our understanding of evolutionary biology. Beyond DNA is a journey through uncharted territory, advancing new ways of thinking about evolution and adaptation. For nearly a hundred years...

Secret life of the city  by Hanna Bjørgaas

Secret life of the city

Hanna Bjørgaas

"Discover who's living in your own backyard. More than half of all humans now live in cities, with a mixture of plants, animals, and fungi that have never been together before. Yet not only do few of us see and appreciate these creatures, we often try to...

Extinctions  by M. J. (Michael J.) Benton


M. J. (Michael J.) Benton

"A journey through the great mass-extinction events that have shaped our Earth. Drawing on the latest research, this timely and original book lays out the current scientific understanding of mass extinction on our planet. Cutting-edge techniques across...

Tooth and claw  by Robert M. Johnson

Tooth and claw

Robert M. Johnson

"Tooth and Claw presents the world's top predators as you have never seen them before, from big cats and wild dogs to sharks, reptiles, and killer whales. Blending gorgeous photos and illustrations with spellbinding storytelling, this book is packed with the...

Top 100 hot-spots for sea fishes in Australia  by Nigel Marsh

Top 100 hot-spots for sea fishes in Australia

Nigel Marsh

"Australia is blessed with an abundance of fishes. More than 5,000 species of fish are found Down Under around 15% of the known species making Australia one of the best places in the world to see fishes, and lots of them. But where are the best spots to see a...

Taking flight  by Lev Parikian

Taking flight

Lev Parikian

"This is the miracle of flight as you've never seen it before: the evolutionary story of life on the wing. A bird flits overhead. It's an everyday occurrence, repeated hundreds, thousands, millions of times daily by creatures across the world. It's something...

Around the ocean in 80 fish & other sea life  by Helen Scales

Around the ocean in 80 fish & other sea life

Helen Scales

"Dive beneath the waves to meet 80 of the ocean's strangest and most surprising inhabitants. This beautifully illustrated aquatic world tour tells the fascinating stories of beguiling sea creatures and their ingenious feats of survival - from producing...

Birds of Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands  by Juan F. Freile

Birds of Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands

Juan F. Freile

"For sheer diversity of birds, Ecuador cannot be beaten. Nowhere else is it as easy to experience such a range of habitats, from the high Andes to the Amazon and Chocó rainforests and those jewels in the ocean, the Galápagos Islands. The avifauna is similarly...

Move like water  by Hannah Stowe

Move like water

Hannah Stowe

"The seas cover over two thirds of our planet and yet most of us live our lives on land, creatures of a different element, at once fascinated and terrified by the beauty and power of these great bodies of water. There are some, though, who go to sea, who get...

The Slater field guide to Australian birds  by Peter Slater

The Slater field guide to Australian birds

Peter Slater

"The most updated bird ID book on the market. Beginners and experienced birdwatchers turn to this guide to identify the birds they see in their backyards and on bushwalking or birdwatching expeditions. Designed to slip easily into a pocket, back- pack or glove...

Meetings with moths  by Katty Baird

Meetings with moths

Katty Baird

"Mossy greens, conker browns, cream, chocolate and deepest black; add stripes, swirls and splotches and you have some of the most striking wildlife Britain has to offer. In Meetings with Moths ecologist Katty Baird roams Scotland seeking out, documenting and...

Handbook of mammals of Madagascar  by Nick Garbutt

Handbook of mammals of Madagascar

Nick Garbutt

"Madagascar is home to one of the most remarkable assemblages of mammals on earth. Millions of years of isolation has resulted in the evolution of a suite of species that are exceptional for two major reasons. Firstly, every native non-volant species...

Eight bears  by Gloria Dickie

Eight bears

Gloria Dickie

"Bears have always held a central place in our collective memory, from Indigenous folklore and Greek mythology to nineteenth-century fairytales and the modern toy shop. But as humans and bears come into ever-closer contact, our relationship nears a tipping...

The little book of mushrooms  by Alex Dorr

The little book of mushrooms

Alex Dorr

"From sweet little toadstools to giant puffballs, mushrooms come in all shapes and sizes. With over 10,000 mushrooms in the world, some are cute and colorful, while others may look super adorable but are actually deadly. No matter the kind, it's time to...

Biology  by Lindsay Turnbull


Lindsay Turnbull

"From the origins of life to the structure of modern ecosystems, this beautifully illustrated and full-colour book follows the story of life on Earth, stopping along the way to relate how key developments have influenced events in history. It is indispensable...

Biomimetics  by Brian Clegg


Brian Clegg

"An exploration of the transformative ways in which nature has inspired the technological advancement of humankind. Biomimetics literally means emulating biology and in a broader sense the term covers technological advances where the original inspiration came...

In the herbarium  by Maura C. Flannery

In the herbarium

Maura C. Flannery

"How herbaria illuminate the past and future of plant science. Collections of preserved plant specimens, known as herbaria, have existed for nearly five centuries. These pressed and labeled plants have been essential resources for scientists, allowing them to...

Dancing cockatoos and the dead man test  by Marlene Zuk

Dancing cockatoos and the dead man test

Marlene Zuk

"A lively exploration of animal behavior in all its glorious complexity, from tiny wasps to lumbering elephants--and humans. It's time to leave behind the tired nature-versus-nurture debate. In Dancing Cockatoos and the Dead Man Test, Marlene Zuk asks a more...

Demystifying orchid pollination  by Adam P. Karremans

Demystifying orchid pollination

Adam P. Karremans

"Demystifying Orchid Pollination explores the fascinating natural history of orchids and the extraordinary means by which they reproduce. Author Adam P. Karremans reveals their hidden secrets, from the cruel obsession of sexual deception to sweet rewards and...

This is a book for people who love mushrooms  by Meg Madden

This is a book for people who love mushrooms

Meg Madden

"For amateur mycologists and experienced foragers alike, this delightful guide acts as a welcome to the wonderful world of mushrooms. From the most common and recognizable varieties frequently found in your supermarket aisle or backyard to the rarest, most...

Edible perennials  by Rebecca Stewart

Edible perennials

Rebecca Stewart

"Perennials in the vege garden are nothing new, many old gardens would have had easy care perennials and self sowers as the basis of their food supply. It is only in more modern times that we have stepped away from these foods and embraced the hybrid...

How to read a tree  by Tristan Gooley

How to read a tree

Tristan Gooley

"Each tree we meet is filled with signs that reveal secrets about the life of that tree and the landscape we stand in. The clues are easy to spot when you know what to look for, but remain invisible to most people. In How to Read a Tree, you'll discover the...

Sleeping beauties  by Andreas Wagner

Sleeping beauties

Andreas Wagner

"Why do some of nature's marvels have to wait millions of years for their time in the sun? Life innovates constantly, producing perfectly adapted species, but there's a catch. Many animals and plants eke out seemingly unremarkable lives. Passive, constrained,...

Alien worlds  by Steve Nicholls

Alien worlds

Steve Nicholls

"Insects are the busy, teeming arthropods on whose activities much of life on earth depends, and whose global populations are currently under the gravest of threats, with unimaginable consequences for us all. In Alien Worlds, Steve Nicholls explores nothing...

Pandora's gamble  by Alison (Journalist) Young

Pandora's gamble

Alison (Journalist) Young

"This fearless, deeply reported book about laboratory accidents asks the haunting question some elite scientists don't want the public to entertain: Did the COVID-19 pandemic start with a lab leak in Wuhan, China? This is an obvious question. Yet there's been...

One midsummer's day  by Mark Cocker

One midsummer's day

Mark Cocker

"It takes a whole universe to make one small black bird. Swifts are among the most extraordinary of all birds. Their migrations span continents and their twelve-week stopover, when they pause to breed in European rooftops, is the very definition of summer....

Across a waking land  by Roger Morgan-Grenville

Across a waking land

Roger Morgan-Grenville

"A veteran nature writer walks the length of Britain in pursuit of spring, and of hope for the natural world—from the author of Shearwater and Taking Stock. Fed up with bleak headlines of biodiversity loss, acclaimed nature writer Roger Morgan-Grenville sets...

The liars of nature and the nature of liars  by Lixing Sun

The liars of nature and the nature of liars

Lixing Sun

""A natural history of cheating from selfish genes to lying politicians. Nature is rife with cheating. Possums play possum, feigning death to cheat predators. Crows cry wolf to scare off rivals. Amphibians and reptiles are inveterate impostors. Even genes and...

Nature's temples  by Joan Maloof

Nature's temples

Joan Maloof

"An impassioned case for the importance of ancient forests and their preservation. Standing in an old-growth forest, you can instinctively sense the ways it is different from forests shaped by humans. These ancient, undisturbed ecosystems are increasingly rare...

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