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Natural history new titles

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If you’re fascinated by flora and fauna, our natural history section has everything you need. This list updates when we add new titles to the collection.

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Fathoms  by Rebecca Giggs

Fathoms

Rebecca Giggs

Book

When Rebecca Giggs encountered a humpback whale stranded on her local beach in Australia, she began to wonder how the lives of whales might shed light on the condition of our seas. How do whales experience environmental change? Has our connection to ...

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Braiding sweetgrass  by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Braiding sweetgrass

Robin Wall Kimmerer

Book

"A a botanist, Robion Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. [Here], Kimmerer brings these lenses...

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Lost gold  by Colin Miskelly

Lost gold

Colin Miskelly

Book

This special book-format issue of Birds New Zealands journal Notornis is devoted to the birds of the Auckland Islands Maukahuka/Motu Maha, the largest and biologically most diverse island group in the New Zealand subantarctic region. Its 19 chapters,...

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Tree story  by Valerie Trouet

Tree story

Valerie Trouet

Book

This book tells engaging stories about the science of dendrochronology, the study of tree growth rings. From studying tree rings, scientists can learn about the past climate on earth, and sometimes tree-ring data provide evidence of natural events th...

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Australian wildlife  by Stella Martin

Australian wildlife

Stella Martin

Book

A new, thoroughly updated second edition of Bradt's Australian Wildlife, covering habitats, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, the marine environment and where to go. Wildlife writer Stella Martin combines the encyclopaedic knowledge...

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A lifetime in Galapagos  by Tui De Roy

A lifetime in Galapagos

Tui De Roy

Book

"Tui De Roy was a year old in 1955 when her family left Europe aboard a banana boat, bound for the Pacific to lead a different sort of life on Galapagos, one of self-sufficiency and living close to nature. She grew up on the islands and returned to them...

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Wintering  by Stephen Rutt

Wintering

Stephen Rutt

Book

In the autumn of 2018 Stephen Rutt and his partner moved to a house near the Solway Firth in Dumfries. As they settled into their new home thousands of pink-footed geese were arriving on the Firth from the Arctic Circle to make it their winter home. ...

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Spiders of the world

Spiders of the world

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Spiders are among the most versatile creatures on the planet, inhabiting six of the seven continents and thriving in environments ranging from deserts and rain forests to Arctic tundra and cities. Spiders of the World is a captivating look at these w...

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Biological extinction

Biological extinction

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The rapidly increasing human pressure on the biosphere is pushing biodiversity into the sixth mass extinction event in the history of life on Earth. The organisms being exterminated are integral working parts of our planet's life support system, and their...

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The gospel of the eels  by Patrik Svensson

The gospel of the eels

Patrik Svensson

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I can't recall us ever talking about anything other than eels and how to best catch them, down there by the stream. Actually, I can't remember us speaking at all. Maybe because we never did.' The European eel, Anguilla anguilla, is one of the strange...

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Bonobo and chimpanzee  by Takeshi Furuichi

Bonobo and chimpanzee

Takeshi Furuichi

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This book describes the similarities and differences between two species, bonobos and chimpanzees, based on the three decades the author has spent studying them in the wild, and shows how the contrasting nature of these two species is also reflected in...

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The secret lives of garden bees  by Jean Vernon

The secret lives of garden bees

Jean Vernon

Book

A friendly, accessible insight into the weird, but wonderful world of bees in your garden. From the common or garden bumblebees that nest in bird boxes, compost heaps and old mouse holes, making Winnie the Pooh' style honey pots to feed their babes, to...

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Under the stars  by Matt Gaw

Under the stars

Matt Gaw

Book

Light pollution is everywhere. Not only is it damaging to humans and to wildlife, disrupting our natural rhythms, but it obliterates the subtler lights that have guided us for millennia. Moonlight, starlight, the ethereal glow of snow in winter ... When...

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The accidental countryside  by Stephen Moss

The accidental countryside

Stephen Moss

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In The Accidental Countryside, author and naturalist Stephen Moss makes a journey of discovery through Britain, in search of the hidden corners where wildlife survives against the odds. From Shetland's Iron Age stone structures to London's most moder...

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Bonobos

Bonobos

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The bonobo, along with the chimpanzee, is one of our two closest living relatives. Their relatively narrow geographic range combined with the history of political instability in the region, has made their scientific study extremely difficult. Because...

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The little book of orchids  by Mark W. Chase

The little book of orchids

Mark W. Chase

Book

The Little Book of Orchids introduces you to 75 exquisite examples from around the world. Orchids are elegant, exotic and mysterious. Discover 75 amazing examples in this beautiful little book. One in every seven flowering plants on earth is an orchid,...

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The little book of shells  by M. G. Harasewych

The little book of shells

M. G. Harasewych

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Dip into the intriguing world of shells with this beautifully illustrated guide to 75 weird and wonderful examples. When we pick up a shell on the beach, we notice its beautiful shape or attractive colours, but how often do we consider what it tells us...

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Nests, eggs, birds  by Kelsey Oseid

Nests, eggs, birds

Kelsey Oseid

Book

Discover the world’s birds, their homes, and their eggs in this gorgeously illustrated, entertaining, and educational guide. Did you know that the tailorbird 'sews' leaves together to make its nest? Or that hummingbird eggs are the size of jellybeans?...

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A field guide to butterflies of Australia  by Garry Sankowsky

A field guide to butterflies of Australia

Garry Sankowsky

Book

A comprehensive guide to the country's butterflies covering everything from the eye-catching Common Jezabel and Ulysses Butterfly, to the gigantic Cairns Birdwing, to the more cryptic Blues and Skippers. The key features that separate this book from all...

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A naturalist's guide to the birds of Australia  by Dean Ingwersen

A naturalist's guide to the birds of Australia

Dean Ingwersen

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This easy-to-use identification guide to the 280 bird species most commonly seen in Australia is perfect for resident and visitor alike. High quality photographs from one of Australia's top nature photographers are accompanied by detailed species des...

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Bird love  by Wenfei Tong

Bird love

Wenfei Tong

Book

Exploring the sex life of birds and their wide range of mating and parenting habits, Bird Love gives you a detailed insight into bird family life. Discover the amazing array of courtship techniques employed by birds around the world, such as ospreys ...

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Migration  by Melissa Mayntz

Migration

Melissa Mayntz

Book

Flight has fascinated humans since we first looked into the sky and saw birds on the wing, and no flights are more fascinating than the extraordinary migrations birds make every day, week, month, and season of the year. Migration explores how birds make...

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Elephants  by Hannah Mumby

Elephants

Hannah Mumby

Book

Elephants are as unique as people. They can be clever and curious or headstrong and impulsive, shy or sociable. Learn to know them as individuals as well as a species in this evocative account of years spent studying elephant behaviour in the wild. Watching...

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Genetics  by T. R. (Tara Rodden) Robinson

Genetics

T. R. (Tara Rodden) Robinson

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Are you a student of the sciences? Into research? Curious about how genetics affects your life? Then this book is for you! Here's a no-nonsense guide to help you understand genetics without boggling your mind. Get an overview of the basics, including...

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The last giants  by Levison Wood

The last giants

Levison Wood

Book

This book comes at a critical time. Fifty years ago, Africa was home to just over 1.3 million elephants, but by 1990 the number had halved. Meanwhile in the span of a lifetime, the human population has more than doubled. In Levison Wood's The Last Giants,...

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Some assembly required  by Neil Shubin

Some assembly required

Neil Shubin

Book

The great transformations in the history of life brought about whole scale shifts in how animals live and how their bodies are organized: the evolution of fish to land-living creature, the origin of birds, the beginnings of bodies in single-celled cr...

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Feeding the birds at your table  by Darryl N. Jones

Feeding the birds at your table

Darryl N. Jones

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Feeding the Birds at Your Table is designed to provide detailed, comprehensive advice and suggestions for people wishing to feed wild birds in Australia from their own backyards and balconies. Millions of Australians feed wild birds in their gardens....

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A history of plants in 50 fossils  by Paul Kenrick

A history of plants in 50 fossils

Paul Kenrick

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This is the story of plant life on Earth, uniquely retold through a remarkable record of spectacular fossils. Palaeobotanist Paul Kenrick explains the importance of each fossil and how it marks a crucial inflection point in plant evolution. Each discovery...

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Turning the boat for home  by Richard Mabey

Turning the boat for home

Richard Mabey

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Britain's most-influential nature writer reflects on a lifetime of close observation and celebrates the positive force of the natural world. From the rediscovery of foraging that led to Food for Free, through his groundbreaking expeditions in the 'ed...

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The seafarers  by Stephen Rutt

The seafarers

Stephen Rutt

Book

The British Isles are remarkable for the extraordinary diversity of seabird life that they support: spectacular colonies of charismatic Arctic terns, elegant fulmars and stoic eiders, to name just a few. Often found in the most remote and dramatic reaches...

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Packing for Mars  by Mary Roach

Packing for Mars

Mary Roach

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The author of Stiff and Bonk explores the irresistibly strange universe of space travel and life without gravity. Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration...

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Ingenious  by Peter D. Gluckman

Ingenious

Peter D. Gluckman

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Evolution is the process by which species adapt over time to their environments. The tricky part about human evolution is that, as technology builders, we have the power to alter our environments--and even build new, unprecedented conditions in which...

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30-second zoology

30-second zoology

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Covering everything from the origins of life and the most basic of organisms, all the way through to the more complex creatures that we recognise today, 30-Second Zoology aims to showcase the most fantastic examples of life on our earth, all in 300 words...

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New Zealand seaweeds  by W. A. (Wendy A.) Nelson

New Zealand seaweeds

W. A. (Wendy A.) Nelson

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"This fully revised edition of the first ever photographic identification guide to New Zealand’s unique marine algae is by the country’s pre-eminent seaweed expert, Dr Wendy Nelson. New Zealand Seaweeds: An Illustrated Guide describes over 150 genera...

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Plant names  by Roger Spencer

Plant names

Roger Spencer

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"Plant Names" is a plain English guide to the use of plant names and the conventions for writing them as governed by the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants and the International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants....

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The story of trees  by Kevin Hobbs

The story of trees

Kevin Hobbs

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The Story of Trees takes the reader on a visual journey from some of the earliest known tree species on our planet to the latest fruit cultivars. The chosen trees have all had a profound effect on the planet and humankind. Starting with the Ginkgo bi...

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Wildhood  by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz

Wildhood

Barbara Natterson-Horowitz

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Trekking the globe and drawing from their latest research, Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers discovered that all animals and humans on the journey to adulthood face four core challenges: how to stay safe, negotiate status, navigate sexuality,...

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World of insects

World of insects

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A stunning photographic celebration of the planet's myraid six -legged inhabitants. Incorporating everything from dragonflies, stick insects and grasshoppers through to flies, fleas and beetles, the world's million or more insect species are essential...

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World of mammals

World of mammals

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A stunning photographic celebration of the planet's mammals, from aardvarks to zebras. Covering everything from elephants to elephant shrews to elephant seals, and from mouse-deer to deermice, World of Mammals is a photographic celebration of the diversity...

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Aliens among us  by Daniel Kariko

Aliens among us

Daniel Kariko

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With more than sixty stunning photographs of pillbugs, silverfish, moths, and other household insects, Aliens Among Us depicts a hidden world flourishing in our homes. Over the course of his photography career, Daniel Kariko came to realize that many...

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The field guide to dumb birds of North America  by Matt Kracht

The field guide to dumb birds of North America

Matt Kracht

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Perfect for the anti-aviary (or bird fanatic with a sense of humor), this snarky illustrated handbook is equal parts profane, funny, and--let's face it--true. Featuring 50 common North American birds, such as the White-Breasted Butt Nugget and the Go...

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The imperiled ocean  by Laura Trethewey

The imperiled ocean

Laura Trethewey

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On a life raft in the Mediterranean, a teenager from Ghana wonders whether he will reach Europe alive, and if he does, whether he will be allowed to stay. In the North Atlantic, a young chef disappears from a cruise ship, leaving a mystery for his friends...

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World of reptiles.

World of reptiles.

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World of Reptiles is a visual celebration of the diversity of the planet's scaly inhabitants. It is a unique book in that it distils the 10,800 species of reptiles into 240 full-page images, with these photographs depicting representatives from 68 of...

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Becoming the Iceman  by Wim Hof

Becoming the Iceman

Wim Hof

Book

Becoming the Iceman is a project inspired by Wim and Justin to show the world that anyone can adopt the ability to become an Iceman or Icewoman. The project's goal is to show that the ability to control the body's temperature is not a genetic defect in...

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