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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 champions of camouflage  by Jean-Philippe Noël

The champions of camouflage

Jean-Philippe Noël

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Whether to escape predators or to surprise their prey, the talented strategists of nature in The Champions of Camouflage survive using visual trickery and fascinating biology.

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Trees of life  by Max Adams

Trees of life

Max Adams

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A captivatingly informative and visually beautiful survey of the tree species – from all over the world – that human cultures have found most useful. Each tree species is the subject of a concise text centred on a story – or stories – about the tree ...

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The good bee  by Alison Benjamin

The good bee

Alison Benjamin

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Bees are our most loyal ally. These fascinating, enigmatic creatures are a key lynchpin in the working of our planet. Without them the landscape, as well as every aisle in our supermarkets would look radically different. And we're not just talking about...

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Fantastic fungi

Fantastic fungi

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Companion to the film Fantastic Fungi. Contributions from Michael Pollan, Andrew Weil, Eugenia Bone, and many more expterts make Fantastic Fungi an awe-inspiring visual journey through the exotic, little-known realm of fungi and its amazing potential...

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Emperors of the deep  by William McKeever

Emperors of the deep

William McKeever

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Sharks are ruthlessly efficient predators, the apex of 450 million years of evolution. They are older than trees, have survived five extinction events and are essential to maintaining balanced ocean ecosystems, but how much do we really know about their...

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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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The elephant whisperer  by Lawrence Anthony

The elephant whisperer

Lawrence Anthony

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"It had been nearly a century since elephants had lived in Southern Zululand, South Africa, where Lawrence Anthony founded his Thula Thula wildlife reserve. Yet one day a phone call changed all that. A troubled, unpredictable herd needed a new home. In...

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The pollinator victory garden  by Kim Eierman

The pollinator victory garden

Kim Eierman

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The passion and urgency that inspired WWI and WWII Victory Gardens is needed today to meet another threat to our food supply and our environment-the steep decline of pollinators. The Pollinator Victory Garden offers practical solutions for winning the...

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Insects of the world  by Paul Zborowski

Insects of the world

Paul Zborowski

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Insects are quite literally the largest subjects in the natural world, with more than 1 million species known. Using the simple observation that every picture is worth a thousand words, the 1,000+ photographs in this book are all presented with a caption...

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Gene machine  by Venki Ramakrishnan

Gene machine

Venki Ramakrishnan

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Everyone knows about DNA. It is the essence of our being, influencing who we are and what we pass on to our children. But the information in DNA can t be used without a machine to decode it. The ribosome is that machine. Older than DNA itself, it is the...

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Never home alone  by Rob R. Dunn

Never home alone

Rob R. Dunn

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A natural history of the wilderness in our homes, from the microbes in our showers to the crickets in our basements.

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The great naturalists

The great naturalists

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From Classical times to the 19th century, the great quest to discover and define the intoxicating diversity of the natural world attracted a host of intrepid thinkers and explorers. Aristotle and Linnaeus set out to classify nature; Joseph Banks and ...

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Animals reviewed

Animals reviewed

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Are you ready to #RateASpecies? Zoos and aquariums have poked wild fun at their animal friends - and their "product reviews" will leave your pack howling! Packed with adorable animal photos and laced with wit and humor, Animals Reviewed is a must-read...

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Nano comes to life  by Sonia Contera

Nano comes to life

Sonia Contera

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Increasingly, scientists are gaining control over matter at the nanometer scale. Spearheaded by physical scientists operating at the interfaces of physics and biology (such as the author herself), advances in nanoscience and technology are transforming...

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Name that flower  by Ian Clarke

Name that flower

Ian Clarke

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Name That Flower is a valued source of clear and concise information on identifying flowering plants from around the world, both cultivated and in the wild. This edition is updated to align with current systems of plant classification that incorporate...

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When animals speak  by Eva Meijer

When animals speak

Eva Meijer

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A groundbreaking argument for the political rights of animals. In When Animals Speak, Eva Meijer develops a new, ground-breaking theory of language and politics, arguing that non-human animals speak—and, most importantly, act—politically. From geese and...

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Fungipedia  by Lawrence Millman

Fungipedia

Lawrence Millman

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Fungipedia presents a delightful A-Z treasury of mushroom lore. With more than 180 entries-on topics as varied as Alice in Wonderland, chestnut blight, medicinal mushrooms, poisonings, Santa Claus, and waxy caps-this collection will transport both ge...

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Moths  by David Conway Lees

Moths

David Conway Lees

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Accessible introduction to the biology, life cycle, natural history, and classification of moths. Moths are a crucial insect group encompassing more than 160,000 species, and they are among the most ancient of Earth's inhabitants, with some fossils believed...

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Reef life  by Callum Roberts

Reef life

Callum Roberts

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A hugely affecting memoir by the world's leading coral reef scientist, revealing the thrill of diving and the vital science and story of these majestic reefs. How did one of the world's preeminent marine conservation scientists fall in love with coral...

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A tribute to reptiles and amphibians of Australia and New Zealand  by author Australian Herpetological Society

A tribute to reptiles and amphibians of Australia and New Zealand

author Australian Herpetological So...

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"[This book] showcases 125 of the best photographs ever assembled of the countries' most spectacular reptiles and frogs.Twenty-five of the best photographers specialising in herpetology each submitted five of their most awe-inspiring images, culminating...

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The genesis of living forms  by Raymond Ruyer

The genesis of living forms

Raymond Ruyer

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The philosophy of Raymond Ruyer was an important if subterranean influence on twentieth-century French thought, and explicitly engaged with by figures such as Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Georges Canguilhem, Gilbert Simondon, and Gilles Deleuze. The Genesis...

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Transcendence  by Gaia Vince

Transcendence

Gaia Vince

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Humans are the most successful species on Earth; a planet-altering force of nature. Meanwhile, our closest living relatives, the now-endangered chimpanzees, continue to live as they have for millions of years. Yet we evolved through the same process....

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Imagined life  by James Trefil

Imagined life

James Trefil

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It is now known that we live in a galaxy with more planets than stars. The Milky Way alone encompasses 30 trillion potential home planets. Scientists Trefil and Summers bring readers on a marvelous experimental voyage through the possibilities of lif...

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New Zealand's native trees  by John Dawson

New Zealand's native trees

John Dawson

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New Zealand's native trees are truly remarkable. From the massive kauri, the third-largest tree in the world, the showy pohutukawas and ratas, and the ubiquitous cabbage tree to rare and endangered species found only on offshore islands, our glorious...

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Looking for whales  by Wade Hughes

Looking for whales

Wade Hughes

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Graceful, intelligent and huge, whales cast a spell over the human species. But their thoughts and ways of life lie beyond our understanding, in an alien habitat. A few people who've dived and made their acquaintance come closer to penetrating the un...

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A Claxton diary  by Mark Cocker

A Claxton diary

Mark Cocker

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For seventeen years, as part of his daily writerly routine, the author and naturalist Mark Cocker has taken a two-mile walk down to the river from his cottage on the edge of the Norfolk Broads National Park. Over the course of those 10,000 daily paces...

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Thus spoke the plant  by Monica Gagliano

Thus spoke the plant

Monica Gagliano

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In this "phytobiography" a collection of stories written in partnership with a plant research scientist, Monica Gagliano, reveals the dynamic role plants play in genuine first-hand accounts from her research into plant communication and cognition. By...

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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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A short philosophy of birds  by Philippe J. Dubois

A short philosophy of birds

Philippe J. Dubois

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A French ornithologist and philosopher teach us to pause, look to the sky, and reconnect with the natural world, in twenty-two short lessons inspired by the secret lives of birds. There is a lot we can learn from birds if we pay attention. This elegant...

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Making Eden  by D. J. Beerling

Making Eden

D. J. Beerling

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From the first tiny green scouts that clung to watery banks, plants spread across the land, opening their leaves to the sun, growing tall, turning the world green. How did plants accomplish this extraordinary feat? The author takes us through the story,...

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The hidden world of the fox  by Adele Brand

The hidden world of the fox

Adele Brand

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We've all seen the fox. A flash of his brushy tail disappearing between the gap of a fence, a blaze of orange caught in the headlights as he scampers across the road. We've heard him too, his strange barks echoing in the city night. Perhaps we've even...

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100 birds to see in your lifetime  by David Chandler

100 birds to see in your lifetime

David Chandler

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Part aspirational encyclopedia, part identification guide, 100 Birds to See in Your Lifetime provides detailed summary information and range maps, along with profiles featuring unusual facts, anecdotes and its significance. Whilst many of the species...

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Wild cats of the world  by Luke Hunter

Wild cats of the world

Luke Hunter

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From the rabbit-sized Black-footed Cat of southern Africa to bear-killing Amur tigers of the Russian Far East, the 38 members of the Cat Family include some of the world's most fascinating and magnificent species on earth. Supremely adapted for the kill,...

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Animal languages  by Eva Meijer

Animal languages

Eva Meijer

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Dolphins and parrots call each other by their names. Fork tailed drongos mimic the calls of other animals to scare them away and then steal their dinner. In the songs of many species of birds, and in skin patterns of squid, we find grammatical structures....

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The last dance  by Alan Knight

The last dance

Alan Knight

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The Last Dance looks at how the barbaric practice of dancing bears worked and how the coalition set about bringing it to an end and rescuing every bear off the streets of India. It exposes the terrible suffering the bears endured to make them dance.

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Earth to earth  by Stefan Buczacki

Earth to earth

Stefan Buczacki

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Few spaces are as enchanting and romantic--with a touch of the tantalizingly morbid--as an churchyard. From the earliest pagan sites to modern urban cemeteries, these burial grounds have always enjoyed a sacred, protected status. Their preservation, and...

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Believe it or snot  by Nick Caruso

Believe it or snot

Nick Caruso

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A compendium of slimy and repulsive facts from the authors of DOES IT FART? What is hyena butter, and would you want to put it on toast? A hagfish can produce how much slime in 60 seconds? Which animal produces a snotty sleeping bag? How does a bubble...

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Saving the last rhinos  by Grant Fowlds

Saving the last rhinos

Grant Fowlds

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What would drive a man to 'smuggle' rhino horn back into Africa at great risk to himself? This is just one of the situations Grant Fowlds has put himself in as part of his ongoing fight against poaching, in order to prove a link between southern Africa...

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Life finds a way  by Andreas Wagner

Life finds a way

Andreas Wagner

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Every single one of the millions of species alive today is the most recent link in an almost-endless chain of creation going all the way back to the origins of life. The amazing diversity and complexity we see all around us are products of nature's c...

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The science of animals  by Jamie Ambrose

The science of animals

Jamie Ambrose

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From tiny insects to sleek sharks and majestic elephants, this book invites you to explore the animal kingdom up close - from nose to tail. Whether you're interested in specific animal groups such as mammals or birds or have a passion for wildlife ph...

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Gorillas in the wild  by Joe McDonald

Gorillas in the wild

Joe McDonald

Book

Joe McDonald and Mary Ann McDonald hold the record for treks to Rwanda to photograph mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. In this book, Joe shares his vast knowledge of the apes, and the pair present an unprecedented collection of images that ...

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The eight master lessons of nature  by Gary Ferguson

The eight master lessons of nature

Gary Ferguson

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In Eight Master Lessons of Nature, Gary Ferguson reveals the wisdom of the natural world. By keenly observing and admiring wildlife and their surroundings, he shows us why sympathy is our greatest asset and crucial to our survival, that feminine rule...

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The ecology book

The ecology book

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Explore ecology in this accessible introduction to how the natural world works and how we have started to understand the environment, ecosystems, and climate change. Using a bold, graphic-led approach, The Ecology Book explores and explains over 85 of...

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The primate family tree  by Ian Redmond

The primate family tree

Ian Redmond

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"The Primate Family Tree" is a beautiful and comprehensive resource on the subject of our animal relatives: apes, monkeys and lemurs. Readers will learn an abundance of facts, review recent research and conservation efforts and discover the remarkabl...

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Harvest  by Edward Posnett

Harvest

Edward Posnett

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In a centuries-old tradition, farmers in northwestern Iceland scour remote coastal plains for the down of nesting eider ducks. High inside a vast cave in Borneo, men perched atop rickety ladders collect swiftlets' nests, a delicacy believed to be a cure...

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Buzz, sting, bite  by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson

Buzz, sting, bite

Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson

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Insects comprise roughly half of the animal kingdom, and they live everywhere. Most of us think life would be better without bugs. In fact, life would be impossible without them. Without the pinhead-sized chocolate midge, cocoa flowers would not pollinate....

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Altered inheritance  by Françoise Baylis

Altered inheritance

Françoise Baylis

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With the advent of CRISPR gene-editing technology, designer babies have become a reality. Françoise Baylis insists that scientists alone cannot decide the terms of this new era in human evolution. Members of the public, with diverse interests and per...

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Extraterrestrial languages  by Daniel Oberhaus

Extraterrestrial languages

Daniel Oberhaus

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If we send a message into space, will extraterrestrial beings receive it? Will they understand? The endlessly fascinating question of whether we are alone in the universe has always been accompanied by another, more complicated one: if there is...

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After man  by Dougal Dixon

After man

Dougal Dixon

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What exotic creatures does tomorrow hold? Dougal Dixon's classic work of speculative anthropology blends science and fantasy in a stunning zoology of the future.

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Blueprint  by Nicholas A. Christakis

Blueprint

Nicholas A. Christakis

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For too long, scientists have focused on the dark side of our biological heritage: our capacity for aggression, cruelty, prejudice, and self-interest. But natural selection has given us a suite of beneficial social features, including our capacity for...

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Sharks  by Callum Denness

Sharks

Callum Denness

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For as long as people have lived in Australia, the shark has loomed large in our fears. From the Noongar people of Western Australia who stayed out of the water for fear of being taken, to media hysteria about attacks and even sightings today, sharks...

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Close to birds  by Roine Magnusson

Close to birds

Roine Magnusson

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A stunning celebration of birds and why we love them. Gorgeous, close-up photographs highlight the magic in every feather, with enchanting essays about how birds touch our lives. Our lives intertwine with birds like no other wild creature. Every day birds...

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Walks in the wild  by Peter Wohlleben

Walks in the wild

Peter Wohlleben

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Can you tell the difference between wolf and dog prints? Which trees are best to shelter under a storm? How do you tell a deciduous and coniferous tree apart? Bestselling author of The Hidden Life of trees, Peter Wohlleben, lets you in on the quinte...

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Buzz  by Thor Hanson

Buzz

Thor Hanson

Book

Bees are like oxygen: ubiquitous, essential, and, for the most part, unseen. While we might overlook them, they lie at the heart of relationships that bind the human and natural worlds. In Buzz, the beloved Thor Hanson takes us on a journey that begins...

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Consider the platypus  by Maggie Ryan Sandford

Consider the platypus

Maggie Ryan Sandford

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Consider the Platypus explores the history and features of more than 50 animals to provide insight into our current understanding of evolution. Using Darwin's theory as a springboard, Maggie Ryan Sandford details scientists' initial understanding of ...

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The orchid  by Lauren Gardiner

The orchid

Lauren Gardiner

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Produced in association with Kew, this wonderful book is enhanced with botanical illustrations by the great orchid artists, 40 of which have been also been selected to include as prints and presented in a handsome collector's box. Captivating, beauti...

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My penguin year  by Lindsay McCrae

My penguin year

Lindsay McCrae

Book

When the BBC asked BAFTA-winning cameraman Lindsay McCrae to go to Antarctica to film emperor penguins he was thrilled. After discussing it with his wife Becky they agreed that, although it would mean him being away for 11 months, he should do it. But...

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End times  by Bryan (Bryan R.) Walsh

End times

Bryan (Bryan R.) Walsh

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What is going to cause our extinction? How can we save ourselves and our future? End Times answers the most important questions facing humankind. End Times is a compelling work of skilled reportage that peels back the layers of complexity around the....

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Slime  by Ruth Kassinger

Slime

Ruth Kassinger

Book

Say "algae" and most people think of pond scum. What they don't know is that without algae, none of us would exist. There are as many algae on Earth as stars in the universe, and they have been essential to life on our planet for eons. Algae created the...

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The dark stuff  by Donald S. Murray

The dark stuff

Donald S. Murray

Book

People living on the edge or in the midst of moorland have interacted with their environment for centuries, utilizing its resources and drawing upon its unique features to provide shape and meaning for their lives. Donald S. Murray's new book is an e...

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Orca  by Erich Hoyt

Orca

Erich Hoyt

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This revised fifth edition includes Hoyt's original account of his trips to the waters off Vancouver Island in the 1970s to help make a documentary about the killer whale, about which little was known then. Exciting new chapters bring readers up-to-date...

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Latin for bird lovers  by Roger J. Lederer

Latin for bird lovers

Roger J. Lederer

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Identifies and briefly explains over three thousand Latin words used to describe birds, referring to species, body parts, colors, patterns, and sizes, and profiles twelve ornithologists as well as twenty popular birds.

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Zoology

Zoology

Book

Whether you're interested in specific animal groups such as mammals or birds or have a passion for wildlife photography, this beautiful book will delight, fascinate, and surprise. DK's elegant new introduction to wild animals is packed with dramatic....

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Nature's explorers

Nature's explorers

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Nature's Explorers celebrates the individuals who made great personal endeavours to document the natural world. Superb artworks and photographs spanning three centuries have been chosen to illustrate each essay. From ground-breaking theorists such as...

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Seven worlds one planet  by Jonny Keeling

Seven worlds one planet

Jonny Keeling

Book

Long ago, our planet had only one gigantic land mass. Then something monumental happened. That supercontinent ruptured and seven different worlds were born. Each of those worlds - or continents - evolved, and continues to evolve, its own way of life....

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Father of lions  by Louise Callaghan

Father of lions

Louise Callaghan

Book

Between 2014 and 2017, the 'Islamic State' ruled the city of Mosul, in northern Iraq, killing 'traitors', destroying books and oppressing women. But miraculously, in a park on the eastern edge of the Tigris, a zoo was kept open. Father of Lions is the...

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The 50 best birdwatching sites in New Zealand  by Liz Light

The 50 best birdwatching sites in New Zealand

Liz Light

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"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,...

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The waterside ape  by P. H. Rhys Evans

The waterside ape

P. H. Rhys Evans

Book

Why are humans so fond of water? Why is our skin colour so variable? Why aren’t we hairy like our close ape relatives? mA savannah scenario of human evolution has been widely accepted primarily due to fossil evidence; and fossils do not offer insight...

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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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Curious creatures on our shores  by Chris Thorogood

Curious creatures on our shores

Chris Thorogood

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This veritable marine treasure trove of a book is richly illustrated by the author, with fifty of the most beautiful, easily encountered, and sometimes astonishing marine organisms found on British coasts, from seemingly exotic seahorses and starfish,...

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Remarkable trees  by Christina (Horticulturist) Harrison

Remarkable trees

Christina (Horticulturist) Harrison

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More than 60,000 species of trees are found in an amazing variety of forms, sizes and habitats. Every tree has its own story and here are over 60, selected for their particular resonance and connection with humankind and representing most of the world's...

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A fortunate universe  by Geraint F. Lewis

A fortunate universe

Geraint F. Lewis

Book

Over the last forty years, scientists have uncovered evidence that if the Universe had been forged with even slightly different properties, life as we know it - and life as we can imagine it - would be impossible. Join us on a journey through how we ...

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Bee  by Claire Preston

Bee

Claire Preston

Book

Claire Preston’s Bee is a history of our long, complex relationship with this industrious, much-admired insect. The book moves from ancient political descriptions of the bee to Renaissance debates about monarchy, to the conversion of the virtuous, civil...

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Wild leadership  by Erna Walraven

Wild leadership

Erna Walraven

Book

What can we learn about leadership from wild animals? This book looks at leadership from a completely different perspective. Our closest living relatives are chimpanzees and bonobos - we are less hairy and may wear a business suit, but are driven by ...

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Endangered  by Tim Flach

Endangered

Tim Flach

Book

We can’t save the world if we don’t care about the world. Visual imagery plays a huge role in helping us to care about what is happening around us. Endangered is an experiment by award-winning photographer Tim Flach in how and why we connect emotionally...

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Bloom  by Ruth Kassinger

Bloom

Ruth Kassinger

Book

Say "algae" and most people think of pond scum. What they don't know is that without algae, none of us would exist. There are as many algae on earth as stars in the universe, and they have been essential to life on our planet for aeons. Algae created...

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Rākau = Trees  by Erin Forsyth

Rākau = Trees

Erin Forsyth

Book

"Rakau, Trees, A-Z is the second journal in the Tauhou series combining refreshed information & contemporary natural history illustrations of plants, animals & ecosystems - the biological diversity - of Aotearoa, New Zealand. As the name of this jour...

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Origins  by Lewis Dartnell

Origins

Lewis Dartnell

Book

When we talk about human history, we focus on great leaders, mass migration and decisive wars. But how has the Earth itself determined our destiny? How has our planet made us? As a species we are shaped by our environment. Geological forces drove our...

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Urban aviary  by Stephen Moss

Urban aviary

Stephen Moss

Book

A unique guide to the unusual and often surprising birds that soar above our cities around the world. From frigatebirds wheeling over Rio de Janeiro to bowerbirds displaying in the suburbs of Canberra, penguins in Cape Town to pelicans in San Francisco,...

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Hauturu

Hauturu

Book

Often described as the most intact native ecosystem in the country, Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier Island holds a special place in the minds of all New Zealanders interested in preserving our country's unique natural heritage. Written by experts across...

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The brilliance of birds  by Skye Wishart

The brilliance of birds

Skye Wishart

Book

"Who knew that the morepork, our only surviving native owl, can turn its head 270 degrees? Or that the bar-tailed godwit triples its body weight before undertaking an epic and continuous migration of 11,000 kilometres? Or that the tūī has two voicebo...

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