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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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Birdwatching for beginners in New Zealand  by Alan Froggatt

Birdwatching for beginners in New Zealand

Alan Froggatt

Book

"With jaw-dropping endemic species such as Kiwi, Kea and Takahe, New Zealand is a birdwatcher's paradise. For New Zealand birders and visitors to the country alike, this innovative and useful book is the perfect accompaniment to a good field guide such...

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100 Natural history treasures of Te Papa.

100 Natural history treasures of Te Papa.

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Since the Colonial Museum opened in 1865 and the first director, Sir James Hector, began collecting items of geological and natural history significance, the collections of New Zealand's national museum have become enormously significant - not to men...

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Corridor ecology  by Jodi A. Hilty

Corridor ecology

Jodi A. Hilty

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"Migrating wildlife species across the globe face a dire predicament as their traditional migratory routes are cut off by human encroachment. Forced into smaller and smaller patches of habitat, they must compete more aggressively for dwindling food r...

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The meaning of trees  by Robert Vennell

The meaning of trees

Robert Vennell

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"Atreasure trove of unique, bizarre and wonderful plants, The Meaning of Trees explores the myriad ways in which New Zealand's extraordinary flora has been used in cuisine, crafts, medicine and culture, providing everything from seafaring canoes and ...

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The blind watchmaker  by Richard Dawkins

The blind watchmaker

Richard Dawkins

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A brilliant and controversial book which demonstrates that evolution by natural selection - the unconscious, automatic, blind yet essentially non-random process discovered by Darwin - is the only answer to the biggest question of all: why do we exist...

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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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Incredible journeys  by David (Explorer) Barrie

Incredible journeys

David (Explorer) Barrie

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Weaving interviews with leading experts on animal behaviour with the groundbreaking discoveries of Nobel-Prize winning neuroscientists, Barrie shines a light on the astounding skills of animals of every stripe. Dung beetles that steer by the light of...

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The end of ice  by Dahr Jamail

The end of ice

Dahr Jamail

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A firsthand chronicle of the catastrophic reality of our planet's changing ecosystems and the necessity of relishing this vulnerable, fragile Earth while we still can.

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The seven daughters of Eve  by Bryan Sykes

The seven daughters of Eve

Bryan Sykes

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The Seven Daughters of Eve presents the theory of human mitochondrial genetics to a general audience. Sykes explains the principles of genetics and human evolution, the particularities of mitochondrial DNA, and analyses of ancient DNA to genetically ...

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Close encounters with marine life  by Nigel Marsh

Close encounters with marine life

Nigel Marsh

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Close Encounters with Marine Life details Nigel's underwater adventures with camera in hand, featuring some of his best images and many remarkable stories of his experiences with amazing marine life.

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The last elephants

The last elephants

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The Africa-wide Great Elephant Census of 2016 produced shocking findings: a decimated elephant population whose numbers were continuing to plummet. Elephants are killed, on average, every 15–20 minutes – a situation that will see the final demise of ...

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Moss  by Ulrica Nordstrom

Moss

Ulrica Nordstrom

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Moss is all around us. While it is most often associated with damp, shady spaces, it can be found in the most unexpected and far-flung places, from deserts to Antarctica. This book is a celebration of its quiet, unassuming beauty and a primer to unde...

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The tree  by Richard Woldendorp

The tree

Richard Woldendorp

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In this spectacular volume, acclaimed landscape photographer Richard Woldendorp AM, best known for his book Down to Earth with Tim Winton, explores Australian trees of all shapes and sizes. From abstract close-ups to aerials, Woldendorp's images reveal...

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Waddle

Waddle

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Penguins. We love them. Seemingly upright caricatures of us, it is easy to bond with these black and white 'little people'. They have become perennial favourites of cartoonists, because they are fun. They make us laugh. Waddle is a compendium of deli...

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The deep  by Alex Rogers

The deep

Alex Rogers

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Fewer people have been to the deepest part of the ocean than have been to the moon. Even now, the vast majority of this wilderness - which covers over 70% of the planet and forms its largest ecosystem - has never been seen by human eyes, let alone explored...

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A little book of Latin for gardeners  by Peter Parker

A little book of Latin for gardeners

Peter Parker

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Evolved over many centuries and often thought to belong to the rarefied world of scholars and scientists, this invented language is in fact a very useful tool for everyday gardening. It allows us to find our way around nurseries; it sorts out confusions...

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The hidden life of trees  by Peter Wohlleben

The hidden life of trees

Peter Wohlleben

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"In his international bestseller, The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben opened readers' eyes to the wonders and amazing processes at work in the forest. Now this new, breathtakingly illustrated edition brings those wonders to life like never before....

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Virusphere  by Frank Ryan

Virusphere

Frank Ryan

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A fascinating and long overdue examination of viruses from what they are and what they do, to the vital role they have played in human history. What are viruses? Do they rely on genes, like all other forms of life? Do they follow the same patterns of...

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Birds New Zealand  by Paul Gibson

Birds New Zealand

Paul Gibson

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"This book take you on a journey full of colour and living imagery that showcases the beauty and variety of New Zealand’s birds. From the huge albatross of the southern ocean to the tiny rifleman of New Zealand's bush, 210 birds are illustrated...

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Dragonflies & damselflies  by Dennis R. Paulson

Dragonflies & damselflies

Dennis R. Paulson

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Dragonflies are often called birdwatchers' insects. They are large, brightly coloured, active in the daytime, and with complex and interesting behavior. Like butterflies, they appeal even to people who don't think highly of insects in general. They have...

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The complete guide to Australian birds  by George Adams

The complete guide to Australian birds

George Adams

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This book is the most up-to-date guide to Australian birds available. Written in everyday language, with crisp, brilliant digital images taken in the wild. The easily accessible information on each bird includes: common and scientific names, size, de...

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Mama's last hug  by F. B. M. de (Frans B. M.) Waal

Mama's last hug

F. B. M. de (Frans B. M.) Waal

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A whirlwind tour of new ideas and findings about animal emotions, based on De Waal's renowned studies of the social and emotional lives of chimpanzees, bonobos, and other primates. De Waal discusses facial expressions, animal sentience and consciousn...

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Our planet  by Alastair Fothergill

Our planet

Alastair Fothergill

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With a foreword by Sir David Attenborough, breathtakingly beautiful still photography, specially commissioned maps and graphics, and compelling text expanding on the remarkable TV stories and giving the reader a depth of information that is impossible...

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The wisdom of wolves  by Elli H. Radinger

The wisdom of wolves

Elli H. Radinger

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Love your family, care for your those around you, never give up and always find time to have fun -- these are the golden rules of wolves. These remarkably intelligent animals take empathetic care of their old and injured, bring up their young lovingly...

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Out there  by Michael (Biologist) Wall

Out there

Michael (Biologist) Wall

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"We've all asked ourselves the question. It's impossible to look up at the stars and NOT think about it: Are we alone in the universe? Books, movies and television shows proliferate that attempt to answer this question and explore it. In OUT THERE Sp...

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A history of trees  by Simon Wills

A history of trees

Simon Wills

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"Have you ever wondered how trees got their names? What did our ancestors think about trees, and how were they used in the past? This fascinating book will answer many of your questions, but also reveal interesting stories that are not widely known. ...

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Return of the grizzly  by Cat Urbigkit

Return of the grizzly

Cat Urbigkit

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"The Yellowstone grizzly population has grown from an estimated 136 bears when first granted federal protection as a threatened species to as many as 1,000 grizzlies in a tri-state region today. No longer limited to remote wilderness areas, grizzlies...

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Primate change  by Vybarr Cregan-Reid

Primate change

Vybarr Cregan-Reid

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PRIMATE CHANGE is a wide-ranging, polemical look at how and why the human body has changed since humankind first got up on two feet. Spanning the entirety of human history - from primate to transhuman - Vybarr Cregan-Reid's book investigates where we...

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Rewild yourself  by Simon Barnes

Rewild yourself

Simon Barnes

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We're not just losing the wild world. We're forgetting it. We're no longer noticing it. We've lost the habit of looking and seeing and listening and hearing. But we can make hidden things visible, and this book features 23 spells that will bring the magic...

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30-second biology

30-second biology

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"30-Second Biology tackles the vital science of life, dissecting the 50 most thought-provoking theories of our ecosystem and ourselves. At a time when discoveries in DNA allow us to feel more connected than ever to the natural world, this is the fastest...

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The tales teeth tell  by Tanya M. Smith

The tales teeth tell

Tanya M. Smith

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"Why do anthropologists study teeth? Teeth contain detailed records of growth, health, and diet, as well as our evolutionary history. So what are the tales teeth tell? The French naturalist George Cuvier famously remarked, "Show me your teeth and I will...

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The empire of the eagle  by Mike Unwin

The empire of the eagle

Mike Unwin

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Eagles hold a unique allure among birds for their combination of power, grace, and predatory prowess. Captivating the human imagination, these raptors have symbolized pride, freedom, and independence of spirit since humankind's earliest times. This b...

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Atlas of poetic botany  by Francis Hallé

Atlas of poetic botany

Francis Hallé

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"Botanical encounters in the rainforest: trees that walk, a leaf as big as an awning, a plant that dances. This Atlas invites the reader to tour the farthest reaches of the rainforest in search of exotic―poetic―plant life. Guided in these botanical ...

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Bird brain  by Tim Appleton

Bird brain

Tim Appleton

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"An ornithological quiz book packed with challenging questions for birders, based on the popular `Bird Brain of Britain' contest at the annual BirdFair. The British Birdwatching Fair, held every August at Rutland Water Nature Reserve, attracts over 3...

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Mindful thoughts for birdwatchers  by Adam Ford

Mindful thoughts for birdwatchers

Adam Ford

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Noticing and appreciating the awesome nature of birdlife is a spiritually affirming activity-reconnecting us to the natural world each and every day. Mindful Thoughts for Birdwatchers presents a meaningful flock of enriching thoughts on the interconn...

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