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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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The last lions of Africa  by Anthony Ham

The last lions of Africa

Anthony Ham

Book

This is the riveting and illuminating story of Australian writer Anthony Ham's extraordinary journey into the world of lions. Haunted by the idea that they might disappear from the planet in our lifetime, he ventured deep into the African wilderness,...

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The bird way  by Jennifer Ackerman

The bird way

Jennifer Ackerman

Book

'There is the mammal way and there is the bird way.' But the bird way is much more than a unique pattern of brain wiring, and lately, scientists have taken a new look at bird behaviours they have, for years, dismissed as anomalies or mysteries. What they...

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The oak papers  by James Canton

The oak papers

James Canton

Book

James Canton spent two years sitting with and studying this unique tree. It was an exercise in discipline- he needed to slow down in order to appreciate it fully, to tune in to it, to connect with the ecosystem that lives around, inside and under it....

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Vesper flights  by Helen Macdonald

Vesper flights

Helen Macdonald

Book

Presents a collection of essays about humanity's relationship with nature, exploring subjects ranging from captivity and immigration to ostrich farming and the migrations of songbirds from the Empire State Building.

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Tiger wars  by Al Cimino

Tiger wars

Al Cimino

Book

The global smash-hit Netflix documentary mini-series, Tiger King, introduced viewers to the weird, crazy and chaotic life of private zoo owner and big cat breeder, Joe Exotic, and his war against Carole Baskin. Baskin, who runs the Big Cat Rescue in Florida,...

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The living world  by Rachel Rohloff

The living world

Rachel Rohloff

Book

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Fire  by Stephen J. Pyne

Fire

Stephen J. Pyne

Book

What does a full-blown Fire Age look like? We are about to find out, and Australia will feel the looking-glass transition from an ice world to a fire world more fully and suddenly than elsewhere. Over vast expanses of time, fire and humanity have interacted...

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How zoologists organize things  by David Bainbridge

How zoologists organize things

David Bainbridge

Book

A reproductive biologist and popular science writer shows how categorization has shaped our view of the natural world, in this fascinating book that unveils wild truths and even wilder myths about animals, as perpetrated by zoologists, revealing how much...

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The language of butterflies  by Wendy Williams

The language of butterflies

Wendy Williams

Book

An enthralling look at one of the world's most beautiful and resilient animals, and the role they play in our ecosystem. Butterflies are beloved across the globe, adorning gardens, parks and zoos. Their feats are staggering - monarchs migrate thousands...

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Complete birds of Britain and Europe  by Rob Hume

Complete birds of Britain and Europe

Rob Hume

Book

From owls to auks, from Kingfishers to pipits, find out everything you need to know about the birds we see every day. RSPB Birds of Britain and Europe is a necessary addition to any birdwatching enthusiasts collection, from experienced to beginner. F...

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Entangled life  by Merlin Sheldrake

Entangled life

Merlin Sheldrake

Book

Living at the border between life and non-life, fungi use diverse cocktails of potent enzymes and acids to disassemble some of the most stubborn substances on the planet, turning rock into soil and wood into compost, allowing plants to grow. Fungi not...

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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

Book

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

Book

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

Book

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

Book

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

Book

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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