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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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Coral reefs  by Charles (Charles R. C.) Sheppard

Coral reefs

Charles (Charles R. C.) Sheppard

Book

"Corals are among the most varied lifeforms on Earth, ranging from mushroom corals and leather corals to button polyps, sea fans, anemones, and pulse corals. Bridging the gap between plant and animal, these marine invertebrates serve as homes to reef...

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Gathering moss  by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Gathering moss

Robin Wall Kimmerer

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"Living at the limits of our ordinary perception, mosses are a common but largely unnoticed element of the natural world. Gathering moss is a mix of science and personal reflection that invites readers to explore and learn from the elegantly simple lives...

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The secret of life  by Howard Markel

The secret of life

Howard Markel

Book

"A definitive history of the race to unravel DNA's structure, by one of our most prominent medical historians. Biologist James Watson and physicist Francis Crick's 1953 revelation about the double helix structure of DNA is the foundation of virtually...

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Mycelium running  by Paul Stamets

Mycelium running

Paul Stamets

Book

""Growing more mushrooms may be the best thing we can do to save the environment, and mushroom expert Paul Stamets explains how in this groundbreaking manual. The science goes like this: fine filaments of cells called mycelium, the fruit of which are...

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Hurricane lizards and plastic squid  by Thor Hanson

Hurricane lizards and plastic squid

Thor Hanson

Book

"In his three previous books-Feathers, The Triumph of Seeds, and Buzz-Thor Hanson has taken his readers on unforgettable journeys into nature, rendered with great storytelling, the soul of a poet, and the insight of a biologist. In this new book, he is...

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Into green  by Caro Langton

Into green

Caro Langton

Book

"Into Green is an invitation to journey into nature, no matter how urban your environment or green your neighbourhood. It's a book of projects, wisdom and ideas that not only inspire you to get outside and enjoy this beautiful planet, but to find mea...

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Silent Earth  by Dave Goulson

Silent Earth

Dave Goulson

Book

"Insects are essential for life as we know it. As they become more scarce, our world will slowly grind to a halt; we simply cannot function without them. Drawing on the latest ground-breaking research and a lifetime's study, Dave Goulson reveals the ...

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Field guide to the wildlife of New Zealand  by Julian Fitter

Field guide to the wildlife of New Zealand

Julian Fitter

Book

"New Zealand's dramatic scenery is home to some equally dramatic wildlife, featuring a host of endemics found nowhere else in the world. From giant wetas and the ancient Tuatara to a suite of beautiful birds, including flightless wonders such as the Kiwi...

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Save our birds  by Matt Sewell

Save our birds

Matt Sewell

Book

"Save Our Birds is a celebration of our endangered birds and call to arms for bird-lovers of all ages to help protect them. Matt has created new, beautiful watercolour artworks of Britain's most loved birds, and their habitats, all of which are sadly...

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Rebugging the planet  by Vicki Hird

Rebugging the planet

Vicki Hird

Book

"Meet the intelligent insects, marvellous minibeasts and inspirational invertebrates that bring life to our planet. Discover how we can 'rebug' our attitudes and embrace these brilliant, essential insects, so that we can avoid an 'insectageddon' and help...

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The secret life of fish  by Doug Mackay-Hope

The secret life of fish

Doug Mackay-Hope

Book

"There are 33,000 species of fish on our planet, and that number is constantly increasing. In context, that is more than all the species of mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles added together, making fish the most numerous vertebrates on our planet....

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Above the treeline  by Alan Francis Mark

Above the treeline

Alan Francis Mark

Book

New Zealand's alpine environment is challenging, not only for the humans who explore it but for the plants and animals that inhabit it. The extremes of temperature, short summers and high rates of erosion make for an uncertain environment, and the flora...

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The trail to Kanjiroba  by William DeBuys

The trail to Kanjiroba

William DeBuys

Book

"In 2016 and 2018 acclaimed author and conservationist William deBuys joined extended medical expeditions into Upper Dolpo, a remote, ethnically Tibetan region of northwestern Nepal, to provide basic medical services to the residents of the region. H...

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New Zealand seabirds  by Kerry-Jayne Wilson

New Zealand seabirds

Kerry-Jayne Wilson

Book

"New Zealand is the seabird capital of the world - no other country has so many species of breeding seabirds, while about a third of them are only found here. Despite this, many New Zealanders have little awareness of them, or know of the remarkable ...

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Wild Mull  by Stephen Littlewood

Wild Mull

Stephen Littlewood

Book

"High above the mountaintops on the Isle of Mull, a huge bird is soaring. Its all-encompassing gaze records people in its Hebridean territory far below, but they are of no interest. The eagle is about its business: concentrating on the deer and fidgety...

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Living planet  by David Attenborough

Living planet

David Attenborough

Book

"Plants and animals thrive or survive within every extreme of climate and habitat that it offers. Single species, and often whole communities adapt to make the most of ice cap and tundra, forest and plain, desert, ocean and volcano. These adaptations...

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On animals  by Susan Orlean

On animals

Susan Orlean

Book

"'How we interact with animals has preoccupied philosophers, poets, and naturalists for ages,' writes Susan Orlean. Since the age of six, when Orlean wrote and illustrated a book called Herbert the Near-Sighted Pigeon, she's been drawn to stories about...

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The lonely islands  by author Thomsen Terry

The lonely islands

author Thomsen Terry

Book

"From kiwi to tree fern, and weta to tuatara, this is the story of how animal and plant life came to New Zealand and how they have evolved. It presents a historical perspective on a range of debates and events that changed accepted thinking. Fossil a...

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A portrait of the tree  by Adrian Houston

A portrait of the tree

Adrian Houston

Book

"A Portrait of the Tree is a repository of memories, and a testament to the British landscape. Trees are revealed as religious signifiers, historical landmarks, national emblems. Sparked by a simple question: 'What is your favourite tree?', photographer...

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Turtles of the world  by Jeffrey E. Lovich

Turtles of the world

Jeffrey E. Lovich

Book

"A lavishly illustrated guide to the world's turtles that covers every family and genus. Turtles of the World reveals the extraordinary diversity of these amazing reptiles. Characterized by the bony shell that acts as a shield to protect the softer b...

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Crabs  by Peter Davie

Crabs

Peter Davie

Book

"A richly illustrated natural history of the world's crabs that examines their diversity, ecology, anatomy, behavior, and more. This lavishly illustrated book offers a remarkable look at the world’s crabs. More than 7,000 crab species, in 100 differe...

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Wild fathers  by Erna Walraven

Wild fathers

Erna Walraven

Book

"Wild animal fathers are often seen merely as sperm donors with little contribution or influence on family affairs. This is indeed the case in plenty of species but many other wild animal dads have evolved to be significant and, in some instances, es...

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Animals  by Hebe Uhart

Animals

Hebe Uhart

Book

"Hebe Uhart's animals tells of piglets that snack on crackers, parrots that rehearse their words at night, southern screamers that lurk at the front door of a decrepit aunt's house, and, of course, human animals, whose presence is treated with the sa...

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Underwater wild  by Craig (Filmmaker) Foster

Underwater wild

Craig (Filmmaker) Foster

Book

"Craig Foster and Ross Frylinck regularly dive together in the awe-inspiring kelp forests off South Africa, without wetsuits or oxygen tanks. Craig had dived this way for years, including alongside the octopus that inspired My Octopus Teacher. In Ross,...

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The eternal season  by Stephen Rutt

The eternal season

Stephen Rutt

Book

"Summer is traditionally a time of plenty, of warmth, of breeding; a time to celebrate the abundance of nature teeming in our hedgerows, cities, marshlands and woodlands. But in the twenty-first century, ‘summer’ is becoming harder to define. The cha...

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A (very) short history of life on Earth  by Henry Gee

A (very) short history of life on Earth

Henry Gee

Book

"In the tradition of E.H. Gombrich, Stephen Hawking, and Alan Weisman-an entertaining and uniquely informed narration of Life's life story. In the beginning, Earth was an inhospitably alien place-in constant chemical flux, covered with churning seas,...

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Colliding worlds  by Simone Marchi

Colliding worlds

Simone Marchi

Book

"Simone Marchi presents the emerging story of how cosmic collisions shaped both the solar system and our own planet, from the creation of the Moon to influencing the evolution of life on Earth. The Earth emerged out of the upheaval and chaos of massi...

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The glitter in the green  by Jon (Conservationist) Dunn

The glitter in the green

Jon (Conservationist) Dunn

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"Hummingbirds are a glittering, sparkling collective of over three hundred wildly variable, colorful species. For centuries they have captured our imaginations - revered by indigenous Americans, coveted by European collectors, and to this day admired...

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The whale in the living room  by John (Producer) Ruthven

The whale in the living room

John (Producer) Ruthven

Book

"The Whale in the Living Room follows the thrilling adventures of award-winning wildlife documentary producer, John Ruthven, on a journey of discovery - by turns memorable, touching and often funny -that has helped the undersea world flow into countless...

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Wonder  by Sophie Cunningham

Wonder

Sophie Cunningham

Book

"They sit in the physical and emotional heart of our city, and have done so for 175 years. Most of us have spent time there, and they mean different things to each of us. The Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne have been a place of calm, a site for re...

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Illustrated plant glossary  by Enid Mayfield

Illustrated plant glossary

Enid Mayfield

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"The "Illustrated Plant Glossary" is a comprehensive glossary of over 4000 terms related to plant sciences, featuring superb colour illustrations to aid comprehension of many of the plant terms.The topics covered in this glossary include anatomy; ang...

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12 birds to save your life  by Charlie Corbett

12 birds to save your life

Charlie Corbett

Book

"Can you recognise the cheerful chirrups of the house sparrow? A song thrush singing out at winter's darkest hour? Or the beautiful haunting call of the curlew? At a time of great anxiety and uncertainty, while coping with the untimely death of his m...

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Nature is never silent  by Madlen Ziege

Nature is never silent

Madlen Ziege

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"In forests, fields, and even gardens, there is a constant exchange of information going on. Animals and plants must communicate with one another to survive, but they also tell lies, set traps, talk to themselves, and speak to each other in a variety...

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Amanka stories  by Lou Grossfeldt

Amanka stories

Lou Grossfeldt

Book

"Amanka is a word from one of the languages used by people living in the rural north west of Uganda. It's a beautiful, rich word that means "family". Yet, in the forests and villages of this part of Uganda - and across much of tropical Africa and Asia...

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Jungle  by Patrick Roberts

Jungle

Patrick Roberts

Book

"Jungle tells the remarkable story of the world's tropical forests, from the arrival of the first plants millions of years ago to the role of tropical forests in the evolution of the world's atmosphere, the dinosaurs, the first mammals and even our own...

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Parrot conservation  by Rosemary Low

Parrot conservation

Rosemary Low

Book

"One third of the world's nearly 400 species of parrots are threatened with extinction or already close to it. These include some of the most spectacular and iconic bird species on the planet, such as the Hyacinth Macaw from South America, the Kakapo...

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Micro life  by Derek Harvey

Micro life

Derek Harvey

Book

"This book combines graceful design and beautiful photography to provide an elegant introduction to microscopic nature Explore the everyday miracle of the microscopic world With spectacular macro photography and microscope images, this book reveals a...

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Taking leave of Darwin  by Neil Thomas

Taking leave of Darwin

Neil Thomas

Book

"University professor Neil Thomas was a committed Darwinist and agnostic -- until an investigation of evolutionary theory led him to a startling conclusion: "I had been conned!" As he studied the work of Darwin's defenders, he found himself encounter...

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The genome odyssey  by Euan A. Ashley

The genome odyssey

Euan A. Ashley

Book

"In The Genome Odyssey, Dr. Euan Ashley, Stanford professor of medicine and genetics, brings the breakthroughs of precision medicine to vivid life through the real diagnostic journeys of his patients and the tireless efforts of his fellow doctors and...

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Creatures of the deep  by Erich Hoyt

Creatures of the deep

Erich Hoyt

Book

"Weaving together details from the latest scientific research about sharks, giant squid, dragonfish, huge tube worms, clams and tiny microbes of the deep-sea vents, Hoyt embarks on a magical journey roaming across the abyssal plains and descending in...

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The nation of plants  by Stefano Mancuso

The nation of plants

Stefano Mancuso

Book

"As plants see it, humans are not the masters of the Earth but only one of its most unpleasant and irksome residents. They have been on the planet for only about 300,000 years (nothing compared to the three billon years of plant evolution), yet have ...

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Soil  by James Matthew Evans

Soil

James Matthew Evans

Book

"What we do to the soil, we do to ourselves. Soil is the unlikely story of our most maligned resource as swashbuckling hero. A saga of bombs, ice ages and civilisations falling. Of ancient hunger, modern sicknesses and gastronomic delight. It features...

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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek  by Annie Dillard

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Annie Dillard

Book

"Collection of essays on the natural world during a year spent in the Blue Ridge Mountains reflects the author's interactions with her wilderness surrounding"--Publisher's description.

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Treasures of the natural world

Treasures of the natural world

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"Treasures of the Natural World catalogue accompanies an exhibition at the Melbourne Museum. A collection of some of the most fascinating and rare treasures from the Natural History Museum, London and enriched by the addition of First Peoples' narratives,...

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Extinct  by Benjamin Gray

Extinct

Benjamin Gray

Book

"Australia is home to an incredible diversity of native animals. While Australian animals are among the most unique in the world, they are also among the most endangered, with hundreds currently on the brink of extinction. We must act quickly if we are...

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Britain's trees  by Joanne Woolf

Britain's trees

Joanne Woolf

Book

"A guide to identifying Britain's trees and to the rich folklore and traditions connected with them. From hawthorn to holly and from beech to blackthorn, each of Britain's forty or so native trees are illustrated and a text weaves together the fascin...

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Camouflage  by Steve Parker

Camouflage

Steve Parker

Book

"Camouflage is essential to surviving in the wild. Both a built-in defence mechanism and a cunning tactic for attack, this biological advantage helps animals hide from dangerous predators and catch unsuspecting prey. It is used in many different ways...

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Fuzz  by Mary Roach

Fuzz

Mary Roach

Book

"Join "America's funniest science writer" (Peter Carlson, Washington Post) Mary Roach on an irresistible investigation into the unpredictable world where wildlife and humans meet. What's to be done about a jaywalking moose? A grizzly bear caught breaking...

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100 flying birds  by Peter Cavanagh

100 flying birds

Peter Cavanagh

Book

"100 Flying Birds: Photographing the Mechanics of Flight offers a vivid and varied glimpse into the world of birds. A white-tailed eagle plummeting through a Japanese sky, a brown pelican striking a silhouette against an Ecuadorian sunset, an Atlantic...

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Earth's wild music  by Kathleen Dean Moore

Earth's wild music

Kathleen Dean Moore

Book

"In her newest collection, Moore selects essays that celebrate the music of the natural world as a reminder of what can be taken from us-the yowl of wolves, tick of barnacles, laughter of children, shriek of falling mountains. Alongside these selections...

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A tree a day  by Amy-Jane Beer

A tree a day

Amy-Jane Beer

Book

"The beauty and power of the world's trees is timeless. Our appreciation of one of the oldest forms of life is particularly relevant in our age of climate concern. Immerse yourself in the world of trees with a tree a day - illuminating tree folklore,...

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Secrets of the whales  by Brian Skerry

Secrets of the whales

Brian Skerry

Book

"This provocative book of photography offers bold new insight into the lives of the world's largest mammals, along with their complex societies. In these pages, we learn that whales share an amazing ability to learn and adapt to opportunities, from s...

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Ashkenazi herbalism  by Deatra Cohen

Ashkenazi herbalism

Deatra Cohen

Book

"The definitive guide to the medicinal plant knowledge of Ashkenazi herbal healers–from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Until now, the herbal traditions of the Ashkenazi people have remained unexplored and shrouded in mystery. Ashkenazi Herbalis...

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The blue wonder  by Frauke Bagusche

The blue wonder

Frauke Bagusche

Book

"In The Blue Wonder, marine biologist and diver Frauke Bagusche brings readers on a fascinating and beautiful deep-sea dive into the ocean"--Publisher's description.

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Much ado about mothing  by James Lowen

Much ado about mothing

James Lowen

Book

"Although mostly unseen by us, moths are everywhere. And their capacity to delight astounds. Inspired by a revelatory encounter with a Poplar Hawk-moth a huge, velvety-winged wonder wrapped in silver James Lowen embarks on a year-long quest to celebrate...

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The natural history book

The natural history book

Book

"DK's biggest natural history book is given a fresh update. The only book to offer a complete visual survey of all Earth's kingdoms of life, plus rocks and minerals, it remains the benchmark of illustrated natural history reference. A monumental and ...

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