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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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Around the world in 80 birds  by Mike Unwin

Around the world in 80 birds

Mike Unwin

Book

"This beautiful and inspiring book tells the stories of 80 birds around the world: from the Sociable Weaver Bird in Namibia which constructs huge, multi-nest 'apartment blocks' in the desert, to the Bar-headed Goose of China, one of the highest-flying...

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Wild green wonders  by Patrick Barkham

Wild green wonders

Patrick Barkham

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"Wild Green Wonders brings you a selection of twenty years' worth of Patrick Barkham's writings for the Guardian, bearing witness to the many changes we have imposed upon the planet and the challenges lying ahead for the future of nature. From Norwegian...

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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

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"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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Platypus matters  by Jack Ashby

Platypus matters

Jack Ashby

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"A compelling, funny, first-hand account of Australia's wonderfully unique mammals and how our perceptions impact their future. Think of a platypus: they lay eggs (that hatch into so-called platypups), they produce milk without nipples and venom without...

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The ocean hero handbook  by Tessa Wardley

The ocean hero handbook

Tessa Wardley

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"Focusing on so much more than plastic pollution, this ahead-of-the curve book exposes the extensive damage being done to the oceans that most of us don't know about, and what simple, everyday changes we can make to help protect our seas. When we think...

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The complete language of herbs  by S. Theresa Dietz

The complete language of herbs

S. Theresa Dietz

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"The Complete Language of Herbs is a comprehensive and definitive dictionary/reference presenting the history, symbolic meaning, and visual depiction of 500 herbs and spices from around the world in one volume"--Publisher's description.

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Japan  by Mark Brazil

Japan

Mark Brazil

Book

"This richly illustrated guide is the first comprehensive and accessible introduction to the extraordinary natural history of the Japanese archipelago. It explains how Japan’s geology, geography, climate, seas and currents have forged conditions supporting...

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A Greek island nature diary  by Jani Tully Chaplin

A Greek island nature diary

Jani Tully Chaplin

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"A unique and personal record of the flora and fauna of the Greek Islands. This lavish journal presents highly-detailed watercolors and accompanying pencil drawings of flora, fauna, and other natural objects observed and collected by the artist Jani ...

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The story of New Zealand's unique birds  by Alan Froggatt

The story of New Zealand's unique birds

Alan Froggatt

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"The Story of New Zealand's Unique Birds explores why the remarkable birdlife of New Zealand is subject to so much attention from birders, scientists, and the general public around the world. It begins by looking at why New Zealand is such an odd and...

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Thinking like a parrot  by Alan B. Bond

Thinking like a parrot

Alan B. Bond

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"From two experts on wild parrot cognition, a close look at the intelligence, social behavior, and conservation of these widely threatened birds. People form enduring emotional bonds with other animal species, such as dogs, cats, and horses. For the most...

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This book is a plant

This book is a plant

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"We've become used to thinking of plants as things for us to use: as food, tools, resources, or just as an attractive background to our own lives. But it's time to change our minds. New research shows that plants can think, plan - and may even have m...

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Life on the rocks  by Juli Berwald

Life on the rocks

Juli Berwald

Book

"Coral reefs are a microcosm of our planet: wondrously diverse, deeply interconnected, and critically imperiled. They sustain entire ecosystems and protect vulnerable coasts. But corals across the planet are in the middle of an unprecedented die-off,...

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The last days of the dinosaurs  by Riley Black

The last days of the dinosaurs

Riley Black

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"In The Last Days of the Dinosaurs, Riley Black walks readers through what happened in the days, the years, the centuries, and the million years after the impact, tracking the sweeping disruptions that overtook this one spot, and imagining what might...

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Thriving with microbes

Thriving with microbes

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"Let's face it, microbes rule the world! Bacteria, fungi, archaea, protozoa, algae, even viruses-these microorganisms may go unseen, but the impact they have on our lives is unmistakable. From panspermia (the bacteria dust from our galaxy) and the mi...

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Whales of Tonga  by Tim Rock

Whales of Tonga

Tim Rock

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"This book is a bit of a new departure for author Tim Rock, who usually produces guides to famous scuba diving destinations. While Tonga does have some amazing scuba diving, in this book, Rock concentrates on viewing and interacting with humpback whales...

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Human origins

Human origins

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""Homop sapiens is the most successful and the most influential specials ever to walk the Earth. In the blink of an evolutionary eye we have spread around the globe, taken control of Earth's biological and mineral resources, transformed the environme...

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Flights of fancy  by Richard Dawkins

Flights of fancy

Richard Dawkins

Book

"Richard Dawkins explores the wonder of flight. A book for ages 8-80 about flying, from the mythical Icarus, to the sadly extinct but magnificent bird Argentavis magnificens, to the British Airways pilots of today. The Wonder of Flight. The Science o...

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The book of the barn owl  by Sally Coulthard

The book of the barn owl

Sally Coulthard

Book

"Few of us know what goes on after dark, underneath the moon. Sally Coulthard shines a light on the Barn Owl, one of the most mesmerising and elusive icons of the countryside. With its heart-shaped face and silent, graceful flight, the Barn Owl regularly...

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Bitch  by Lucy Cooke

Bitch

Lucy Cooke

Book

"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...

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The secret social lives of reptiles  by J. Sean Doody

The secret social lives of reptiles

J. Sean Doody

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"Covering diverse species from garter snakes to Komodo dragons, this book delves into the evolutionary origins and fascinating details of the mysterious social lives of reptiles. Reptiles have been too often dismissed as dull animals with tiny brains...

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Jellyfish age backwards  by Nicklas Brendborg

Jellyfish age backwards

Nicklas Brendborg

Book

"A deep-dive into the astonishing nature and true science of longevity Molecular Biologist Nicklas Brendborg takes us on a journey from the farthest reaches of the globe to the most cutting-edge research to explore everything the natural world and science...

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The redemption of wolf 302  by Rick McIntyre

The redemption of wolf 302

Rick McIntyre

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"From the renowned wolf researcher and author of The Rise of Wolf 8 and The Reign of Wolf 21 comes a stunning account of an unconventional alpha male. A lover, not a fighter. That was wolf 302. A renegade with an eye for the ladies, 302 was anything ...

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Discovering us  by Evan Hadingham

Discovering us

Evan Hadingham

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"Over the past fifty years, researchers have made extraordinary discoveries that help us to understand who we are, where we came from, and what makes us human. Discovering Us brings our shared history to life and tells the stories behind fifty of the...

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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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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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The selfish gene  by Richard Dawkins

The selfish gene

Richard Dawkins

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"First published in 1976, and aimed at a general audience, using non technical language, The Selfish Gene has become a classic. The important biological work of such figures as W. D. Hamilton and Robert Trivers was introduced to a wider public for the...

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Birds of the Cook Islands  by Wolfgang J. Daunicht

Birds of the Cook Islands

Wolfgang J. Daunicht

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The great forest  by David Lindenmayer

The great forest

David Lindenmayer

Book

"The city of Melbourne lies on the edge of a vast plain surrounded by a green and blue mountainous rim, whose hills and peaks are home to the magnificent Mountain Ash, the tallest flowering plant on the planet. The Mountain Ash forests were 20 million...

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Braiding sweetgrass  by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Braiding sweetgrass

Robin Wall Kimmerer

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""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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The social lives of animals  by Ashley Ward

The social lives of animals

Ashley Ward

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"Some animal societies hold a mirror up to the human world: elephants hold funerals for departed family members. Pinyon jays run collective creches. Rats will go out of their way to help a cold, wet stranger. Other lifestyles can seem intensely alien....

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The field guide to dumb birds of the whole stupid world  by Matt Kracht

The field guide to dumb birds of the whole stupid world

Matt Kracht

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"Following in the footsteps of the bestselling first book THE FIELD GUIDE TO DUMB BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA, the ever-annoyed-by-birds author Matt Kracht brings us THE FIELD GUIDE TO DUMB BIRDS OF THE WHOLE STUPID WORLD. This time he ventures around the...

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The sloth lemur's song  by Alison F. Richard

The sloth lemur's song

Alison F. Richard

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"This is a sweeping account of Madagascar past and present, from a land locked in the heart of Gondwana to its emergence as an island, from landscapes populated by dinosaurs to forests filled with the unique array of species alive today, and from a p...

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The science of plants

The science of plants

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"Discover the extraordinary diversity of the plant world - and how plants work - with this photographic celebration of the trees, flowers, and foliage plants that share our planet. From tiny mosses and delicate ferns to vibrant blooms and stately palms,...

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We are all whalers  by Michael J. (Marine biologist) Moore

We are all whalers

Michael J. (Marine biologist) Moore

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"Marine scientist Michael J. Moore says we are all whalers, but we don't have to be. Eating fish leads to North Atlantic right whales' entanglement and death. Buying goods made around the world requires global shipping routes, which do not accurately...

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Biochemistry  by John T. Moore

Biochemistry

John T. Moore

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"In Biochemistry For Dummies, you'll explore the carbons, proteins, and cellular systems that make up the biochemical processes that create and sustain life of all kinds using easy-to-follow diagrams and real-world examples"--Publisher's description.

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Into the forest  by Susan Tyler Hitchcock

Into the forest

Susan Tyler Hitchcock

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"For millennia, trees have offered renewal and inspiration. They have provided for humanity on every level, from spiritual sanctuary to the raw material for our homes, books, and food. In this beautiful and revealing book, National Geographic combine...

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Shells  by S. Peter Dance

Shells

S. Peter Dance

Book

"An extensive guide to over 500 species of seashells, with a detailed entry on each species featuring vivid photography"--Publisher's description.

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Notes from a summer cottage  by Nina Burton

Notes from a summer cottage

Nina Burton

Book

"'I went for a walk around the garden. A great tit warbled above a patch of coltsfoot. I felt a thousand discoveries awaited.' Notes from a Summer Cottage by Nina Burton is a beautifully written nature memoir about the time spent renovating her late ...

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Bird

Bird

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"Bring the diversity and drama of the bird world to life with this encyclopedic new edition. A must-have for every avian enthusiast, this catalogue showcases thousands of bird species pictured in their native environment. Shot by photographers around...

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Drunk flies and stoned dolphins  by Oné R. Pagán

Drunk flies and stoned dolphins

Oné R. Pagán

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"From the cup of coffee that jumpstarts the day to dangerously addictive drugs, the recreational use of plants with psychoactive properties has a long history among humans. But, as with many things, it turns out that other animals got there first. From...

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Origin  by Jennifer Raff

Origin

Jennifer Raff

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"20,000 years ago, people crossed a great land bridge from Siberia into Western Alaska and then dispersed southward into what is now called the Americas. Until we venture out to other worlds, this remains the last time our species has populated an entirely...

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The tree book  by Michael Scott

The tree book

Michael Scott

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"Discover trees as you've never seen them before in this illustrated blend of science, culture, and history The secret world of trees is revealed in this beautiful and absorbing guide to the giants of the plant world Trees have been a part of human h...

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The soaring life of the lark  by John Lewis-Stempel

The soaring life of the lark

John Lewis-Stempel

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"Skylarks are the heralds of our countryside. Their music is the quintessential sound of spring. The spirit of English pastoralism, they inspire poets, composers and farmers alike. In the trenches of World War I they were a reminder of the chattering...

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The bird  by Philip Kennedy

The bird

Philip Kennedy

Book

"The Bird is a splendid celebration of ornithological illustration, featuring remarkable images of all kinds of birds, from the smallest wrens to colourful exotics. The Bird explores the fascinating world of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century ornitho...

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Birds of prey  by Tom Jackson

Birds of prey

Tom Jackson

Book

"Birds of Prey - or raptors - are some of the most captivating bird species in the world. Think of eagles and condors, vultures, hawks and kites, but also owls and ospreys. Think of the peregrine falcon, which, reaching speeds of up to 320km/h (200mph),...

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Can fish count?  by Brian Butterworth

Can fish count?

Brian Butterworth

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"Every pet owner thinks their own dog, cat, fish or hamster is a genius. What makes CAN FISH COUNT? so exciting is the way it unveils just how widespread intelligence is in nature. Pioneering psychologist Brian Butterworth describes the extraordinary...

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Sounds wild & broken  by David George Haskell

Sounds wild & broken

David George Haskell

Book

"The Earth's sounds are wonderfully diverse, complex and beautiful -- but they are under threat. A lyrical exploration of the diverse sounds of our planet, the creative processes that produced these marvels, and the perils that sonic diversity now faces....

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Drawn to nature  by Simon Martin

Drawn to nature

Simon Martin

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"Since its publication in 1789, Gilbert White's Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne has inspired generations of artists, writers and naturalists. From Thomas Bewick to Eric Ravilious and Clare Leighton, many artists' depictions of animals, birds...

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Bones  by Roy A. Meals

Bones

Roy A. Meals

Book

"Human bone is versatile and entirely unique: it repairs itself without scarring, it's lightweight but responds to stresses, and it's durable enough to survive for millennia. In Bones, orthopedic surgeon Roy A. Meals explores and extols this amazing ...

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Field study  by Helen Humphreys

Field study

Helen Humphreys

Book

"Award-winning and beloved author Helen Humphreys discovers her local herbarium and realises we need to look for beauty in whatever nature we have left no matter how diminished Award-winning poet and novelist Helen Humphreys returns to her series of ...

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The loneliest polar bear  by Kale Williams

The loneliest polar bear

Kale Williams

Book

"The heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful story of an abandoned polar bear cub named Nora and the humans working tirelessly to save her and her species, whose uncertain future in the accelerating climate crisis is closely tied to our own. Six days after...

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When there were birds  by Roy (Roy A.) Adkins

When there were birds

Roy (Roy A.) Adkins

Book

"Birds are a joy and solace in troubled times, as well as a reminder of past experiences and a symbol of hope for the future. For centuries, they were also seen as a source of food, feathers and even fuel, and being so numerous, many were persecuted as...

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Thirteen ways to smell a tree  by David George Haskell

Thirteen ways to smell a tree

David George Haskell

Book

"Thirteen Ways to Smell a Tree takes you on a journey to connect with trees through the sense most aligned to our emotions and memories. Thirteen essays are included that explore the evocative scents of trees, from the smell of a book just printed as...

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A spotter's guide to countryside mysteries  by John Wright

A spotter's guide to countryside mysteries

John Wright

Book

"The natural world is full of mysteries, whether the masses of twigs that look like abandoned nests, fuzzy red balls on roses, stranded ponds on hilltops, or even the shaded ways we walk along. One of Britain's best-known naturalists, John Wright her...

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The future is fungi  by Michael Lim

The future is fungi

Michael Lim

Book

"The kingdom of fungi has survived all five major extinction events. They are the architects of the natural world, integral to all life. They sustain critical ecosystems, recycling nutrients and connecting plants across vast areas, and help to produce...

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Edible flowers  by Monica Nelson

Edible flowers

Monica Nelson

Book

"Bring the vibrant beauty of the garden to your table with this illuminating guide to edible flowers. Introducing more than one hundred blooms that you can consume, this book reveals each plant's Latin name, origins, cultural and culinary history, and...

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Aesop's animals  by Jo Wimpenny

Aesop's animals

Jo Wimpenny

Book

"In Aesop's Animals, zoologist Jo Wimpenny turns a critical eye to the fables and ask whether there is any scientific truth to Aesop's portrayal of his animals. She brings the tales into the twenty-first century, introducing the latest scientific research...

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Habitats of the world  by Iain Campbell

Habitats of the world

Iain Campbell

Book

"The first field guide to all of the world's major land habitats-richly illustrated and packed with essential information to help you get the most out of your outdoor adventures. Accurately identifying and understanding habitats in detail is essential...

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A scurry of squirrels  by Polly Pullar

A scurry of squirrels

Polly Pullar

Book

"Polly Pullar has had a passion for red squirrels since childhood. As a wildlife rehabilitator, she knows the squirrel on a profoundly personal level and has hand-reared numerous litters of orphan kits, eventually returning them to the wild. In this book...

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