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BBC Wildlife Selection: July 2011



Countryfile - Great British Walks
100 Unique Walks Through Our Most Stunning Countryside
Cavan Scott

Combining insightful and descriptive writing about our countryside with easy-to-follow practical information and clear, detailed OS mapping, "Countryfile: Great British Walks" will inspire you to explore some of the most striking areas that our nation has to offer. Offering 100 walks spread across varying terrain, this practical guidebook features a range of outings, from gentle strolls through peaceful scenery to more challenging journeys that take you to the very heart of the Great British wilderness. Covering regions across the country, from the Peak District and Lake District in the Heart of England to the highlands of Scotland and the rolling hills of the South East, this compact guide offers the tried-and tested knowledge of the Countryfile team - providing detailed descriptions of routes and levels of difficulty, as well as comprehensive Ordnance Survey mapping plus practical information to help you plan your trip. Let "Countryfile: Great British Walks" be your guide to our outstanding countryside.

Price £12.99
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The 100 Best Astrophotography Targets
Ruben Kier

Any amateur astronomer who is interested in astrophotography, particularly if just getting started, needs to know what objects are best for imaging in each month of the year. These are not necessarily the same objects that are the most spectacular or intriguing visually. The camera reveals different things and has different requirements. What objects in the sky tonight are large enough, bright enough, and high enough to be photographed?

This book reveals, for each month of the year, the choicest celestial treasures within the reach of a commercial CCD camera. Helpful hints and advice on framing, exposures, and filters are included. Each deep sky object is explained in beautiful detail, so that observers will gain a richer understanding of these astronomical objects. This is not a book that dwells on the technology of CCD, Webcam, wet, or other types of astrophotography. Neither is it a book about in-depth computer processing of the images (although this topic is included). Detailed discussions of these topics can be found in other publications. This book focuses on what northern latitude objects to image at any given time of the year to get the most spectacular results.

Price £22.99
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100 Ways to Take Better Nature and Wildlife Photographs
Guy Edwardes

This is a practical, accessible guide to photographing nature and wildlife from one of the UK's top nature photographers. Suitable for all levels of photographer, "100 Ways to Take Better Nature and Wildlife Photographs" features 100 practical and inspiring tips on every aspect of the genre. Guy Edwardes' beathtaking pictures accompany his easy-to-follow advice on a wide range of subjects from capturing the actions of large mammals to snapping wild birds and flowers in the garden. With tips on everything from technique to composition, coping with extreme field conditions to Photoshop software manipulation, this is an invaluable guide for anyone with a passion for photography or the natural world.

Price £24.99
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The 50 Most Extreme Places in Our Solar System
David Baker and Todd Ratcliff

The extreme events that we hear about daily-hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions-are extreme in purely human terms, in the devastation they do. But this book moves our understanding of the extreme into extraterrestrial dimensions and gives us an awe-inspiring sense of what our solar system at its utmost can do. Martian dust devils taller than Mount Everest. A hurricane that lasts over 340 years. Volcanoes with "lava" colder than Antarctica. Hail made of diamonds. Here, as the authors say, the "WOW" factor is restored to our understanding of scientific discovery, as we witness the grandeur and the weirdness that inspire researchers to dig deeper and go ever farther into the mysteries of the universe.

The 50 Most Extreme Places in Our Solar System combines a fascination with natural disasters and the mesmerizing allure of outer space to take readers on a journey that will forever change the way they view our solar system. Full of dazzling photographs from NASA's most recent observations, this book explores extreme regions on Earth and beyond-giant turbulent storms, explosive volcanoes, and the possibility of life surviving in harsh conditions.

Price £19.95
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Adventures Among Ants
A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions
Mark W Moffett

Intrepid international explorer, biologist, and photographer Mark W. Moffett, 'the Indiana Jones of entomology', takes us around the globe on a strange and colorful journey in search of the hidden world of ants. In tales from Nigeria, Indonesia, the Amazon, Australia, California, and elsewhere, Moffett recounts his entomological exploits and provides fascinating details on how ants live and how they dominate their ecosystems through strikingly human behaviors, yet at a different scale and a faster tempo. Moffett's spectacular close-up photographs shrink us down to size, so that we can observe ants in familiar roles; warriors, builders, big-game hunters, and slave owners.

We find them creating marketplaces and assembly lines and dealing with issues we think of as uniquely human - including hygiene, recycling, and warfare. "Adventures among Ants" introduces some of the world's most awe-inspiring species and offers a startling new perspective on the limits of our own perception. Ants are world-class road builders, handling traffic problems on thoroughfares that dwarf our highway systems in their complexity Ants with the largest societies often deploy complicated military tactics. Some ants have evolved from hunter-gatherers into farmers, domesticating other insects and growing crops for food.

Price £20.95
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Allotment Month by Month
Alan Buckingham

How to grow your own fruit and veg all year round on your allotment or in your garden? For tasty, delicious fruit and veg that hasn't traveled halfway around the world, you can't beat home grown produce from your own allotment or vegetable patch. Here's how to ensure your plot provides fresh, healthy food all year round. This book lets you follow month-by-month, easy-to-follow advice on what to do on your allotment and how to do it. Pick up time saving tips and techniques on everything from pruning to dealing with pests. There's clear guidance on when to sow, plant, and harvest for excellent results. Get more from your allotment with this indispensable companion.

Price £16.99
2009 - Order Code: #189382W hbk Add to basket
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Animalkind
What We Owe to Animals
Jean Kazez

By exploring the ethical differences between humans and animals, "Animalkind" establishes a middle ground between egalitarianism and outright dismissal of animal rights. This title presents a thought-provoking foray into our complex and contradictory relationship with animals. It advocates that we owe each animal due respect. It offers readers a sensible alternative to extremism by speaking of respect and compassion for animals, not rights. It balances philosophical analysis with intriguing facts and engaging tales.

Price £15.99
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Animal Migration
Remarkable Journeys by Air, Land and Sea
Ben Hoare

This spectacular guide explores the mysteries of animal migration over land, through oceans and by air.

Lavishly illustrated with more than 300 colour photographs, maps, and illustrations, "Animal Migration" covers every continent as it traces the routes of 50 remarkable migrations - including those of polar bears, wildebeest, hummingbirds, iguanas, sharks and many others. There is an illustrated introduction that explains how migration works and why animals migrate, either as part of mass migrations or on individual journeys. It also describes the navigation, reproduction and feeding strategies of these animals, as well as discussing the growing threats facing migratory wildlife today.

The three sections that follow look in detail at the most extraordinary voyages animals take across land, oceans and by air. Profile boxes give fast facts on each species; informative maps draw on the latest research to show migration routes in different seasons; and, special features focus on topics of particular interest.

With a supplementary catalogue of the world's greatest places to observe migration, this beautiful and authoritative book will appeal to all wildlife enthusiasts.

Price £14.99
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Antarctica
Secrets of the Southern Continent
David McGonigal

The Antarctic is the coldest, driest, and windiest region on Earth--yet it continues to capture our imagination. Antarctica: Secrets of the Southern Continent tells its story as we know it so far. The book features up-to-the-minute coverage of Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic islands, including geology and geography, flora and fauna, current scientific research, conservation issues, and the impact of global warming.

Antarctica also includes inspiring stories of polar exploration and scientific enterprise, from early hypotheses about an unknown southern land, through Amundsen's conquest of the South Pole in 1911, the ratification of the Antarctic Treaty of 1959, and the subsequent cooperative effort to preserve Antarctica as "a continent for peace and science." The authoritative and reader-friendly text is compiled by an expert team of Antarctic scientists, expeditioners, and historians and is illustrated with more than 600 superb photographs.

Price £44.99
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Apollo: Through the Eyes of the Astronauts
Robert Jacobs, Stephen Hawking, Lucy Hawking and Michael Cabbage

July 20, 2009 marks the 40th anniversary of the first manned landing on the Moon by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin of Apollo 11. The eleven Apollo missions are a benchmark in the annals of human exploration. "Apollo" is a photographic commemoration of the Apollo lunar missions as seen through the eyes of its astronauts. Each of the surviving 24 astronauts from the Apollo missions has chosen a favorite photograph from his mission especially for this book. These selections are accompanied by other iconic photographs from the Apollo missions. Best-selling astrophysicist Stephen Hawking contributes a foreword; veteran journalist Michael Cabbage's introduction explores the role of the astronaut as a witness to history; and, Robert Jacobs gives a brief narrative account of each mission.

Price £12.99
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The Apple Book
Rosie Sanders

This book contains 144 detailed watercolours to depict the unrivalled range of form, colour and texture which characterize such varieties of apple as Beauty of Bath, Peasgood Nonsuch, Cox's Orange Pippin and Egremont Russet. The author has also included detailed descriptions recording their shape, colour, aroma, flavour and season as well as something of the history of each variety.

Price £24.99
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The Arctic
The Complete Story
Richard Sale

Richard Sale is one of the world's leading Arctic scholars and explorers and a professional glaciologist. He has written widely on Polar history, exploration and wildlife (including Arctic Odyssey), and in 2003 won the Outdoor Book of the Year award for To the Ends of the Earth.

This book is the culmination of a lifetime's work in the field, and with 275,000 words and around 500 illustrations it will be, as its title indicates, the complete story of a region that is daily attracting more attention from politicians and ordinary people alike, and is annually becoming more open to tourism as the end of the cold war, and the onset of global warming makes access easier, and more commercially attractive. With its stunning photographs and authoritative text this book will be the basic resource for anyone interested in one of the world's most fascinating and little known regions.

Price £44.99
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The Art of the New Naturalists
Forms from Nature
Peter Marren and Robert Gillmor

The stunning, specially commissioned cover illustrations are one of the great joys of the New Naturalist series, lending it a distinctive style which has inspired nature enthusiasts for many decades.

The Collins New Naturalist series is the longest-running and arguably the most influential natural history series in the world with over 100 volumes published in over 60 years. Throughout the years, the highly characteristic dust jacket illustrations have become iconic, lifting the books to a level of collectibility and increasing the level of admiration for an already well-established and respected series.

With early cover illustrations prepared by Clifford and Rosemary Ellis, later and more recent covers have been designed by Robert Gillmor. Featuring prints of the awe-inspiring artwork of the New Naturalists, the book will offer a unique insight into Gillmor's approach to each subject matter and the intricate and creative way through which he has brought his own distinctive style and craft of printmaking to the New Naturalist series.

Marren explores the findings from the Ellis archive, which has thrown up considerable information on how the old covers were developed, approved, in some cases rejected, and then proofed.

The Art of the New Naturalists offers a fascinating insight into how the creation of these eminent cover designs has developed and progressed and will be essential reading for everyone interested in the frantic workings behind the seemingly serene collection of artwork that is one of Britain's iconic book series.

Price £60
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Arthur Ransome: Master Storyteller
Writing the Swallows and Amazons Books
Roger Wardale

Arthur Ransome's delightful adventure series of children's books, "Swallows and Amazons", has captured the imagination of children and adults alike ever since they were first published in the 1930s. Even today, eighty years after the very first book was published, the series remains as popular and enduring as ever. Ransome once described writing books for children as like reliving the best part of childhood, but this was far from the whole truth. His genius as a storyteller stemmed from an almost infinite capacity for painstaking perfectionism. Once Ransome had completed the first draft, he would then settle down to write a complete revision and the most difficult chapters were written over and over again. Unhappy with the illustrations produced for the first book, Ransome persuaded the publishers to go to print with none at all, save for the cover image and by book three, he'd taken the decision to do all his own illustrations. Using primary written sources, including letters, diary entries and Ransome's own working notes, Roger Wardale expertly pieces together the fascinating story of how the twelve "Swallows & Amazons" books came to be written against the odds. Wardale observes how the stories evolved from the point of view of all those who were closely involved - Ransome's publisher, his mother, his wife, his friends and fans - as well as Ransome himself. It is an amazing story of a dedicated writer battling against the problems of ill health, a critical and argumentative wife, his own perceived shortcoming and an expectant publisher. Wardale's account provides a new fresh look at the enduring "Swallows and Amazons" series and how and why they came into being - a must-read for any Ransome fan.

Price £16.99
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Astronomy
A Self-Teaching Guide
Dinah L Moché

This book lets you discover the wonders of the night sky with this bestselling astronomy guide. For a generation, "Astronomy: A Self-Teaching Guide" has introduced hundreds of thousands of readers worldwide to the night sky. Now this classic beginner's guide has been completely revised to bring it up to date with the latest discoveries and graphics. This book features over 80 new photos and illustrations, including a full-color insert. It reviews the newest telescopes and spacecraft.

It includes an overview of the best astronomy Web sites. It is written by award-winning author Dinah Moch. Packed with valuable tables, charts, and star and moon maps, this user-friendly guide makes it easy for you to quickly grasp the basic principles of astronomy and start observing the night sky. The book includes objectives, reviews, and self-tests, and can be used on its own as a self-teaching guide or as a supplement to astronomy course materials.

Price £13.99
2009 - Order Code: #183617W pbk Add to basket
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At the Edge of the Solar System
Icy New Worlds Unveiled
A Doressoundiram and Emmanuel Lellouch

Beginning with a description of the structure of the solar system, this book describes the discoveries of Pluto and its moon Charon and shows how the knowledge of this mysterious world has grown over the last 80 years of its study. The authors also look at the discoveries of the first unusual objects in the outer solar system - Chiron and the first Centaurs - and trace the discoveries of the first Kuiper Belt objects.

Examining these objects in more detail, they present the arguments concerning the status of Pluto and conclude with a discussion of the essential characteristics of the Kuiper Belt and a look at how future observations may lead to yet more discoveries and a greater understanding of these bodies.

Price £29.99
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Atlas of the Messier Objects
Highlights of the Deep Sky
Ronald Stoyan, Stefan Binnewies, Susanne Friedrich and Klaus Schroeder

The 110 star clusters, nebulae and galaxies of Messier's catalog are among the most popular of all the deep sky objects and are beautiful targets for amateur observers of all abilities. This stunning new atlas presents a complete and lively account of all of the Messier objects. Details for each object given include a thoroughly-researched history of its discovery, historical observations and anecdotes, the latest scientific data detailing its astrophysical findings, and clear observational descriptions from naked eye through to large telescopes.

In addition, this atlas has some of the world's finest colour astrophotos, inverted and labelled photos pointing to hidden details and neighboring objects, as well as historical sketches alongside new deep sky drawings. Quite simply, this is the most far-reaching and beautiful reference on the Messier objects there has ever been, and one that no observer should be without!

Price £36.99
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Atlas of Rare Birds
Dominic Couzens

A guide to some of the rarest birds in existence, brought together by the maps showing where in the world you can find them. The book focuses on 50 captivating stories of the very rare, including remarkable discoveries of species new to science, rediscoveries of species not seen for centuries and 'back from the brink of extinction' successes like Seychelles Magpie-Robin and California Condor. Each species has its own mini-chapter and the book will be broken down into key groups of species, with the five most amazing tales of island endemics, five most bizarre cases of a bird becoming threatened, and so on.

This is an accessible, readable and visually appealing take on a serious subject of threatened birds and possible extinctions - a topic that is constantly in the news due to increasing concerns over climate change and habitat destruction. The atlas format shows the global nature of the problem and brings together the many strands of the concerted bird conservation effort that is taking place on every continent. It also lends and element of accessibility to the reader as many of the species featured can be watched on birding tours these days.

Price £24.99
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At the Water's Edge
A Personal Quest for Wildness
John Lister-Kaye

For the last thirty years John Lister-Kaye, one of Britain's best-known nature writers, has taken the same circular walk from his home deep in a Scottish glen up to a small hill loch. Drawing on this lifetime of close observation, John Lister-Kaye's new book encourages us to look again at the nature around us and to discover its wildness for ourselves. It also forges wonderful connections between the most unlikely subjects, from photosynthesis and the energy cycle to Norse mythology, to weasels and perfume and to the over-population of our planet.

Price £18.99
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Back Roads Great Britain

This driving holiday guide will take you via scenic routes to discover charming British villages, local restaurants and intimate places to stay. Unearth the real soul of Great Britain relying on all the practical information you could need, from road conditions and length of drive to parking information and opening hours. Twenty-five themed drives, each lasting one to seven days, reveal breathtaking views, hidden gems and authentic local experiences in Great Britain that can only be discovered by road. Each tour is bursting with insider knowledge and loaded with ideas for varied activities from short walks and longer hikes, days on the beach and children's attractions, to cycling trips and local attractions.

Meanwhile, the most friendly, best-value hotels and guest houses and charming restaurants specialising in regional produce have been selected by expert authors. Full-colour throughout, with a pull-out map of the entire country for easy navigation between tours and even postcode information for use with 'Sat Nav'.

Price £14.99
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Badger
Tim Roper

The badger is a large mammal, common but very rarely seen in Britain, which has become one of Britain's best-loved animals. It is a very social animal, living in large family groups and maintaining large territories. It is its nocturnal lifestyle that makes it so difficult to see.

This new volume in the New Naturalist series reveals the extraordinary complex life style that allows this secretive animal to live in even the most built-up areas of Britain. It also reveals the facts behind the current role of badgers in transmitting tuberculosis to cattle, a theory that has resulted in some of the most intense wildlife investigation in the past ten years.

Price £50
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Price £29.99
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Badger Behaviour, Conservation and Rehabilitation
70 Years of Getting to Know Badgers
George E Pearce

A fascinating insight into badger biology, life in the sett, rescue and rehabilitation, consultancy, badgers and farming, and badger-watching with George E. Pearce - an expert on badgers. He has surveyed over 700 sites, visited over 1,500 setts, been consulted as an expert in 120 animal cruelty cases and rehabilitated over 100 badgers. Brought up on a farm, he earned his living as a farmer for 45 years. Today, George is a badger consultant; and the foremost expert on the British mammal he admires the most.

For many years, the RSPCA, police, veterinary surgeons and conservation groups all over the country have relied on George Pearce's knowledge and his instinctive feel for animal behaviour. Now you can share in his experience and enthusiasm for badgers from his 70 years of badger watching and his vast professional wildlife experience. The book includes colour photographs of the incredible animal behaviour George describes in the text.

Price £24.99
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The Barley Bird
Notes on the Suffolk Nightingale
Richard Mabey and Derrick Greaves

Richard Mabey, described as "Britain's greatest living nature writer", explores the nightingale's links with Suffolk culture and landscape, and traces the bird's course through myth, lore and tradition. He plumbs his subject for its fascinating literary and historical references, and opens the reader's ears to the bird itself.

Price £22.99
2010 - Order Code: #185182W hbk Add to basket
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Barn Owl
David Chandler

The sight of a ghostly Barn Owl quartering a field at dusk is not one that is easily forgotten, but the day-to-day lives of these captivating birds are little known to most people. In this book, insightful text coupled with rarely seen images of the species' life and behaviour introduces the reader to some of the most fascinating aspects of a remarkable nocturnal existence. There are chapters on subjects such as hunting, courtship and survival. The owls are further brought to life through a series of personal anecdotes from the author and photographer, which are woven into the text.

Price £12.99
2011 - Order Code: #187651W hbk Add to basket
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Bats of Britain, Europe and Northwest Africa
Christian Dietz, Otto von Helversen and Dietmar Nill

This comprehensive and superbly illustrated handbook presents for the first time all 51 bat species that occur across Europe and Northwest Africa, taking in to account recent taxonomic advances and new species descriptions from over the last few years. The discovery of new species in Europe, after a century of intensive investigations, indicates the limits of our knowledge and how far we are from a comprehensive understanding of bat ecology, biology, behaviour and biogeography. It was this need, especially as it affected conservation in the light of habitat loss and fragmentation, that motivated the authors of this landmark work.

The aim has been both to inspire a wide readership and to make the book exciting for specialists. Extensive introductory chapters reveal the remarkable biology of bats and explore the latest findings in bat evolution and echolocation. The in-depth species accounts cover life history, conservation status and identification, and are accompanied by the fine photography of Dietmar Nill.

The book was first published in German in 2007. For this English edition a number of corrections and updates have been incorporated and there is additional information on species occurring in the UK. A table reflects the latest IUCN conservation status assessments for species, including 5 extra species which are briefly discussed in the species accounts.

Price £45
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Collins Beekeeper's Bible
Bees, Honey, Recipes and Other Home Uses

The most comprehensive beekeeping resource ever published. This ultimate guide covers all the practical essentials and will teach you everything about caring for bees and safe hive management, with clear instructions and step-by-step illustrations. It also contains a wealth of information about the culinary, medicinal, cosmetic and domestic uses of honey, beeswax and pollen. So much more than just a practical handbook, this beautiful almanac is also a fascinating read, overflowing with charming bee trivia, fascinating folklore, an engaging history of beekeeping and much more besides. Discover bees in literature, learn how to craft beeswax candles, preserve fine wood with your own home-made furniture polish, or indulge your skin with lavender and beeswax hand cream.

Enjoy over 100 glorious honey recipes for cakes and breads, sauces and marinades, drinks and even flavoured spirits! Fully illustrated with practical photography, stunning illustrations and unique etchings, this is an invaluable handbook as well as a beautiful addition to your coffee table, whether you're an active beekeeper with buzzing hives, or an armchair enthusiast who daydreams about harvesting your own honey. The plight of the honeybee has been widely reported, as numbers fall at an alarming rate. But its vital role in crop pollination and global agricultural means that the survival of the honeybee is essential; if it is to endure into the next century, we must take it seriously now. The Collins Beekeeper's Bible does just that, bestowing readers with all there is to know about bees, in the hope that it will help secure the future of this fascinating insect.

Price £29.99
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Beware Invisible Cows
My Search for the Source of the Universe
Andy Martin

What really happened at the moment of the Big Bang? And how the hell do we know? And why is finding out so important? And who are these people who design and build these experiments? And is it all worth it? Andy Martin sets out on a road trip to search for the soul of the universe. In his personal quest for the mother of all truths, he has to go all the way back to the origin of time and space. He climbs up to the highest observatory in the world and sticks his head inside a 4 km-long laser tube capable of surfing waves from the Big Bang. He sees himself the way he used to be in a mirror and he discovers where you go when you die. He has close encounters with aliens and intimations of immortality. This book has everything -- science, philosophy, literature, religion, Einstein, Weinstein, God, the Godfather, all seen through a glass darkly.

Price £12.99
2009 - Order Code: #181419W pbk Add to basket
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Birdwatchingwatching
One Year, Two Men, Three Rules, Ten Thousand Birds
Alex Horne

Alex Horne's dad has always been a 'twitcher' - a birdwatcher, constantly on the look-out for his next bird sighting. Alex wasn't so sure. But, determined to get to know his father better, Alex challenged him to a competitive Big Year: from January 1st to December 31st 2006, they would each attempt to see as many species of bird as possible, governed by the basic rules of birdwatching, plus a couple of their own: the birds had to be wild, free and alive; they had to actually see the birds; and they could travel anywhere in the world to do it. The one who saw the most birds over the course of 365 days would be declared the winner. Along the way, Alex would try to finally understand why his dad did what he did, and perhaps even 'get into' birdwatching himself.

Following their year-long quest from Alex's first bird sighting at home to birding breaks in Romania, a stag-weekend spent twitching in Wales and a penguin-spotting trip to South Africa, this is the charming story of a father and son, of manliness, obsessive behaviour, families and friendship. It's the story of birdwatching told from the outsider's point of view, celebrating the eccentricities of two very different species.

"Enjoyable and entertaining" - Stephen Moss, The Guardian

"As Horne himself realises at the end of the competition, it's not about who won or lost, but the joy of taking part." - Stephen Moss, The Guardian

Price £12.99
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Birds Britannia
Why the British Fell in Love with Birds
Stephen Moss

Birds and bird lore provide a fascinating window onto British social and cultural history, and can tell a lot about the changing relationship between the landscape, people and society.

British people love their birds. They hold a special place in their hearts - whether it's the sound of birdsong on a spring morning, the sight of a Barn Owl hunting on a summer's evening, or a Robin perched on a garden spade. In this book, Stephen Moss focusses on some of the most beloved and charismatic birds. He explores their fascinating biology, and their place in the evolving culture and history of the British people.

The author delves into the worlds of Sea Birds (Puffin, Sea Eagle and Gannet), Water Birds (Kingfisher, Swan and Avocet), Countryside Birds (Red Grouse, Nightingale and Skylark ) and Town and Garden Birds (Robin, House Sparrow and Magpie), weaving their stories together to tell four very different stories about the changing face of Britain.

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Bird Migration
Ian Newton

The phenomenon of bird migration has fascinated people from time immemorial. The arrivals and departures of different species marked the seasons, heralding spring and autumn, and providing a reliable calendar long before anything better became available. Migration is shown by many kinds of animals, including butterflies and other insects, mammals, marine turtles and fish, but in none is it as extensively developed as in birds. The collective travel routes of birds span almost the entire globe, with some extreme return journeys covering more than 30,000 km. As a result of migration, bird distributions are continually changing - in regular seasonal patterns, and on local, regional or global scales. Migration has repeatedly prompted familiar questions, such as where birds go or come from, why do they do it, how do they know when and where to travel, and how do they find their way?

In this seminal new book, Ian Newton sets out to answer these - and other - questions. The book is divided into four main sections: the first is introductory, describing the different types of bird movements, methods of study, and the main migration patterns seen around the British Isles; the second part is concerned mainly with the process of migration - with timing, energy needs, weather effects and navigation; the third with evolution and change in migratory behaviour; and the fourth with the geographical and ecological aspects of bird movements.

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Birds of Seychelles
Adrian Skerrett and Tony Disley

This compact field guide, based on Birds of Seychelles by Adrian Skerrett, Ian Bullock and Tony Disley (Helm 2000), is the only field guide to cover every species recorded in Seychelles. It covers more than 250 species, including all residents, migrants and vagrants. Concise text on facing pages highlights key identification features, including habitat, distribution, status and voice. The plates are based on the authors' previous work, but with the addition on many new images. The text has been completely re-written and revised for this edition, and the plates are been re-worked to accommodate a number of new additions to the country's list. There are now 12 more plates than in the first edition.

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The Bluffer's Guide to the Cosmos
Daniel Hudon

Be an instant expert on the cosmos. No science required.

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Book of the Farm
Henry Stephens and Alex Langlands

The Book of the Farm, written by the 19th-century farming expert Henry Stephens, was the indispensable farming 'bible' referred to by the historians living and working on the BBC series Victorian Farm. This brand new version has been fully revised and edited by Alex Langlands, who starred on the programme, to bring its timeless wisdom to a fresh audience. Beautifully illustrated throughout with both black-and-white and colour illustrations, the book is a complete guide to the farming year, from planting thorn hedges in winter to pulling up potatoes in autumn.

Along the way it gives fascinating information about every aspect of farming, from sheep shearing to bringing in the harvest, and practical instructions for skills such as cheese-making, animal husbandry, sheepdog training and other traditional country pastimes. Although farming has changed irrevocably since the 19th century, there are some aspects that remain timeless, and this exquisite book is a nostalgic celebration of our rural past.

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Books and Naturalists
David Allen

Natural history, perhaps more than any other pursuit or study, has always relied very heavily on books to help it develop and gain momentum. Without a way of defining and categorizing the many thousands of species of plants and animals, the subject could not exist as it does today.

Though met with mixed responses from scientists and naturalists across the centuries, believing the world around them was to be purely 'known' and not read, books on natural history have also come to incite passion and excitement in so many of their readers, and illustrations as much as text have helped to propel this. To have the world around us neatly categorized and named has, to an extent, made it a less daunting place in which to live.

In the latest book from the highly acclaimed New Naturalist series, Dr. David Allen explores the world of nature publishing through the course of history, from its very early days in the dawn of publishing, through various significant new discoveries and into the birth of the New Naturalist series itself, highlighting the extraordinary personal stories behind many seminal works.

Natural history is an area that is constantly developing and improving as our own understanding of the world develops, and as this fascinating book explores, publishing is always standing by to record and present this to its readers.

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Botanic Gardens
Modern Day Arks
Sara Oldfield

All life depends on plants but they are often taken for granted in our everyday lives. It is easy to ignore the fact that we are facing a crisis, with scientists estimating that one third of all flowering plant species are threatened with extinction. "Modern Day Arks" considers the essential conservation role of botanic gardens. Chapters feature gardens from around the world, including the UK, US, Australia, Germany, Turkey, Uganda, South Africa, Mexico, Brazil and China, revealing how a global network is striving to save our botanical heritage.

Comments and photographs from the botanists involved lend an important personal angle to the text and reveal the important but little-known work that goes on behind the scenes of these beautiful gardens. In this elegant and engaging book, Sara Oldfield shows how botanic gardens truly are 'modern day arks' safeguarding species and saving resources on which we may soon depend. It is to be published in 2010, a year that sees the culmination of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.

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Bradt Travel Guide: Northern Lights
A Practical Travel Guide
Polly Evans

The northern lights are one of the major tourist draws of the Arctic and sub-Arctic winter. This book covers information on everything from how to photograph the aurora, to what to wear, to how the forecast works. It offers advice on the best European countries in which to see them - and why - and provides information on tour operators offering northern lights packages.

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Brecon Beacons
Adam Burton

Covering a vast and varied landscape, the Brecon Beacons is one of Southern Britain's most spectacular National Parks. Encompassing three imposing mountain ranges, much of the area is remote and untamed wilderness, rich in windswept moorland, sandstone summits and dramatic valleys. Within these natural mountain boundaries lies a varied and beautiful landscape of rivers and waterfalls, rolling pastoral countryside, canalways and forest. Adam Burton's glorious photographs of the Brecon Beacons in all seasons and weathers will captivate all who love this most special of Britain's wild places.

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A Brief History of the Universe
From Ancient Babylon to the Big Bang
JP McEvoy

Since the dawn of humanity, men have attempted to divine the nature of the heavens. The first astronomers mapped the movement of the seasons and used the positions of the constellations for augurs and astrology. Today, the search goes ever deeper into the nature of reality and life itself. In this accessible overview, astrophysicist J.P. McEvoy tells the story of how our knowledge of the cosmos has developed. He puts in context many of the greatest discoveries of all time and many of the dominant personalities: Aristotle, Copernicus, and Isaac Newton, and as we approach the modern era, Einstein, Eddington, and Hawking.

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Britain and Ireland's Best Wild Places
500 Essential Journeys
Christopher Somerville

Christopher Somerville takes us a journey of discovery through Britain and Ireland, spanning their length and breadth as he seeks out 500 of his favourite Wild Places in fields and green lanes, in forests and mountains and on lonely coasts, in all of nature's moods and every kind of weather.

"Britain and Ireland's Best Wild Places" is the key to discovering Scottish mountainsides covered in rare Ice Age flowers, Cornish standing stones and holy wells, Midlands wildflower meadows, storm-battered Welsh headlands and seabird islands, hill ranges and boglands in Ireland where only hares and skylarks go. But this adventurous book roams far beyond conventional landscapes. Among its wild treasures are medieval Green Men spewing mouthfuls of leaves, the ruins of haunted chapels deep in forgotten woods, old mines and quarries being recaptured by nature, villages where pagan rituals are still enthusiastically observed, rusting sea-forts tottering on sandbanks. Each Wild Place is enhanced with mapping and travel instructions, suggestions about walks and other useful information.

Britain and Ireland are crammed full of wild places, often astonishingly close to home. Here is one man's poetical yet practical account of the State of the Wild in Britain and Ireland, how it is being both threatened and nurtured, and how - whether you are heading out for a Sunday stroll or planning your next holiday - you can go out and discover it in all its extraordinary vigour and variety.

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British Mammals
An audio introduction to the mammals of Britain
British Library Sound Archive

The chilling screams of the Red Fox, the rutting calls of the Fallow Deer and the rumbling growls of the Badger are just a few of the sounds that can be heard on "Sounds of British Mammals".

This new identification guide from the British Library Sound Archive presents a comprehensive collection of recordings that will help listeners learn how to identify the sounds of British mammals. It includes the call of the species such as the Red Deer, Red Squirrel and Grey Seal that are celebrated features of the British landscape. It also features the sounds of our more secretive mammals such as the Otter,Yellow-necked Mouse and Pine Marten.

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Britain's Mammals
A Concise Guide
People's Trust for Endangered Species

The experts at the People's Trust for Endangered Species have compiled this introduction to the mammals in the UK and around its coast. From timid shrews to commonly seen rabbits, red deer to minke whales, and including the wide range of bats, there are over 60 resident wild mammal species in the UK or around its coasts. The aim of this book is to provide a brief account of these and also of some that are no longer here. They represent a diverse and sometimes surprising group.

*Features 64 mammal species found in Britain and around its coast, along with some that are now extinct - one species per page
*Describes each species and gives key facts relating to size, lifespan, reproduction, diet, habitat and predators
*Includes notes on threats, status and conservation
*Colour photographs illustrate each mammal and its identifying features
*Individual maps show the distribution of each species in the British Isles
*Includes a mammal `family tree' showing how the main mammal groups evolved and a guide to the tracks of foxes, badgers, rabbits and deer
*Foreword by Pat Morris.

The People's Trust for Endangered Species
Established for over 30 years, the People's Trust for Endangered Species is a conservation charity working worldwide to ensure a future for endangered species. It has a special interest in protecting Britain's wild mammals, runs wildlife events for people to enjoy our sometimes elusive mammals in their natural habitats and involves thousands of people nationwide in monitoring how they are doing.

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British Moths and Butterflies
A Photographic Guide
Chris Manley

Packed with the stunning photography of Chris Manley, this new photographic guide is the perfect guide to Britain's moths and butterflies. Its coverage is broad, including all of the 800 or so macro-moths (within which the butterflies are placed), including all vagrants, and many of the micros, along with some 300 types of caterpillars.

The authoritative text provides important information on identification, size and larval food plant for each species, within introductory sections detailing habitats, life cycles, conservation,and trapping and photographic techniques. With many people now setting up their own backyard moth traps or interested to know which species are fluttering around their light bulbs, this book provides a superb introduction to this fascinating insect group.

Foreword by Alan Titchmarsh.

"...quite simply, sensational" - Alan Titchmarsh

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British Wildlife Photography Awards
Collection 1

The British Wildlife Photography Awards were devised by British wildlife photographer Chris Weston and curator of photography Maggie Gowan. The first awards were held in 2009 to widespread acclaim, with support from esteemed organisations including Natural England, WWF and Outdoor Photography magazine. The winning and commended images were unveiled at Hooper's Gallery in London, with the exhibition subsequently touring Britain.

For the 2010 competition, the very best images are being brought together in book form. Not to be confused with the Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

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A Brush with Nature
25 Years of Personal Reflections on Nature
Richard Mabey

Described as 'Britain's greatest living nature writer', Richard Mabey has revealed his passion for the natural world in eloquent stories for "BBC Wildlife Magazine". This definitive collection brings together his favourite pieces and presents a fascinating and inspiring view of the changing natural landscape in which we live. With marvellously observed detail, Mabey recalls following a barn owl he'd encountered while walking near his home in Norfolk, and talks of studying lichens through the lens of a Victorian microscope.

Alongside tales of ants and hornets, swifts and pink-footed geese, we read about the hustle and bustle of his village in the heat of the summer, and his musings on the significance of Constable's "The Cornfield". Mabey's fascination lies in the way that we live and work within the nature that surrounds us. Peppered throughout with references to the heritage of nature writing, and great writers from Richard Jefferies and John Clare to Roger Deakin and Robert MacFarlane, "A Brush With Nature" is part memoir, part nature journal, part social history, giving us a unique insight into a nature lover's reflections over a quarter of a century.

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BTO Garden Birds and Wildlife
Mike Toms and Paul Sterry

Written by Dr. Paul Sterry, a leading wildlife author and Mike Toms of the B.T.O. (British Trust for Ornithology) "Garden Birds and Wildlife" is a truly unique, must-have guide perfect for all wildlife watchers. The guide includes unique information from the BTO, providing readers with more information about birds and wildlife in their gardens than any other guide. Each entry is accompanied by numerous photographs and illustrations to help with identification, regardless of the time of year or what the bird is doing. The pictures also underline behaviour and help readers understand why the bird behaves the way it does. Each entry is highly detailed and includes distribution patterns and seasonal trends presented in clear, easy-to-use graphs; details of size, food, nest and eggs; bird numbers; and typical lifespan and the longest recorded lifespan.

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Bugs Britannica
Peter Marren and Richard Mabey

Bugs Britannica will be a nationwide chronicle of bug life in the 21st century. It will look at why bugs matter to us and why we care about them. It will record our continuing love-hate relationship with small life and how it influences our life and times, in a word, our culture. We want to find out what meaning we attach to bugs, what uses and entertainments we have made of them, how they inspire us whether in poetry, prose, film or song, and what we do to attract and conserve them.

This book follows in the footsteps of the immensely popular Flora Britannica (1997) and Birds Britannica (2005).

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Building a Roll-off Roof Observatory
A Complete Guide for Design and Construction
John Hicks

Almost every practical astronomer who takes the pursuit to its second level aspires to a fixed, permanent housing for his telescope, permitting its rapid and comfortable use and avoiding hours of setting-up time for each observing session. A roll-off roof observatory is the simplest and by far the most popular observatory design for today's practical astronomers.

Building a Roll-off Roof Observatory will help you decide whether to embark on the venture and will certainly provoke your enthusiasm for the project.

The author, both an amateur astronomer and professional landscape architect, answers many of the common questions asked around observatory construction covering the following topics:

* Site planning, zoning, and by-law requirements common to most states, towns and municipalities
* Opportunities for locating the observatory
* Tailoring the observatory for your particular use
* Tools and structural components required to build it
* Variations in footing design to suit your soil conditions
* Variations possible in design through photographs from owners throughout USA and Canada
* Opportunity to utilize the structure for in combination with others - (incorporating a Garden patio under the gantry for example).

This fully-detailed book outlines step-by-step construction and the accompanying CD-R provides complete, professional, detailed diagrams for each phase of construction.

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The Bumper Book of Nature
Wildlife Facts and Fun for All the Family
Stephen Moss

When is the last time you climbed a tree? Went pond-dipping? Picked blackberries? Held a snail race? Or tracked down a badger set? If the answer is 'can't remember', or even 'never', "The Bumper Book Of Nature" will inspire you to change all that for good.

Whether you live in the heart of the city, in the suburbs or the deepest countryside, "The Bumper Book Of Nature" is a treasure trove of nature activities, ideas and information, to inspire and entertain you wherever you are. Go pishing for birds; become a bat detective; take a city safari; find snakes and lizards; identify spiders and their webs; look for owl pellets ...Make nettle soup; or itching powder from rosehips; make a bark rubbing; an elder-stem peashooter; or elderflower fritters.Wake up in time to hear the dawn chorus; listen to the heartbeat of a tree; or just stand out in the rain for half an hour ...

With "The Bumper Book Of Nature" the whole family will want to switch off the television and computer, pull on their Wellingtons and get outside to discover the endless bounty, beauty and fascination of nature right on our doorstep.

Lavishly designed with over 160 full-colour illustrations of British wildlife and flora, along with gorgeous black-and-white line drawings throughout, this beautiful and timeless book will be treasured for years to come by children and parents alike.

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The Butterfly Isles
A Summer in Search of Our Emperors and Admirals
Patrick Barkham

Butterflies animate our summers but the 59 species found in the British Isles can be surprisingly elusive. Some bask unseen at the top of trees in London parks; others lurk at the bottom of damp bogs in Scotland. A few survive for months while other ephemeral creatures only fly for three days. Several are virtually extinct. This bewitching book charts Patrick Barkham's quest to find each of them - from the Adonis Blue to the Dingy Skipper - in one unforgettable summer.

Barkham brings alive the extraordinary physical beauty and amusingly diverse character of our butterflies. He witnesses a swarming invasion of Painted Ladies, experiences the curse of the Purple Emperor, makes a euphoric sighting of an exceedingly rare migrant and as summer draws to a close, suffers from butterfly burnout. He meets some deeply knowledgeable and eccentric butterfly obsessives and reconnects with lovely, overlooked corners of our countryside. As he goes, he looks back at the butterfly collectors of the past and ahead to a future in which many of our butterflies will struggle to survive on an overcrowded and overheating island.

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The Caldwell Objects and How to Observe Them
Martin Mobberley

The Messier's catalog of 109 'non-stellar' objects is still used by amateur astronomers as a guide to interesting objects to view and image. In 1995, the notable English astronomer and broadcaster Sir Patrick Moore published his own catalog of a further 109 objects, to complement the Messier catalog and provide an extended list of fascinating targets for amateur astronomers. He called it the "Caldwell Catalog" (Sir Patrick's full name is Patrick Alfred Caldwell-Moore), the 'M' designation having already been used by Messier. Some of the objects included are Caldwell 11 (The Bubble Nebula), spiral galaxy Calwell 30, and Caldwell 49 and 50 (The Rosette Nebulae).

Along with Messier's list and Herschel's list of mostly faint 'non-stellar' objects, the Caldwell objects are now programmed into many automated telescope controllers. This allows all of these objects to be located easily even by newcomer astronomers. The Caldwell objects are just as spectacular as the 'M' objects, especially when using the large telescopes and the sensitive CCD cameras readily available today. "The Caldwell Objects and How to Observe Them" comprehensively describes all of the 109 Caldwell objects, with specific advice on how to find them (if necessary with a 'Go-To' telescope), how to visually observe or image them, and how to image-process the results. There is information about the optimum astronomical equipment to use for each object and, for those who prefer to make sketches, there is advice on drawing these extended objects at the eyepiece.

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The Cambridge Double Star Atlas
James Mullaney

This magnificent atlas contains the most attractive and interesting double and multiple stars for viewing with binoculars and telescopes. It is a must-have for stargazers who want to explore these fascinating objects. The first modern star atlas devoted to double and multiple stars, it plots over 2,000 selected pairs of stars, each labeled with discoverer, catalog, and/or observatory designations.

A superb introduction to this important class of celestial objects, it is spiral bound and printed in red-light friendly colors, making it ideal for use in the field. Written by experienced observer James Mullaney, and beautifully illustrated by renowned celestial cartographer Wil Tirion, it provides an easy-to-use `celestial roadmap' to locate and identify double and multiple stars. Other deep-sky objects such as star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies are also included, and are color-coded for easy recognition and identification, making this an all-purpose observing reference.

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Choosing and Using a New CAT
Getting the Most From Your Schmidt Cassegrain or Any Catadioptric Telescope
Rod Mollise

"Choosing and Using the New CAT" will supersede the author's successful "Choosing and Using a Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope", which has enjoyed enthusiastic support from the amateur astronomy community for the past seven years. Since the first book was published, a lot has changed in the technology of amateur astronomy. The sophistication and variety of the telescopes available to amateurs has increased dramatically. Computerized SCTs, Maksutov-Cassegrains, and most recently Meade's new and acclaimed Ritchey-Chretiens have come to dominate the market.
That means that all amateurs considering the purchase of a new telescope (not only a SCT, and not just beginners) will benefit from this detailed guide. Choosing the right telescope for particular kinds of observation (or even for general work) is far from easy - but Rod Mollise gives invaluable advice and guidance. Today's commercially-made astronomical telescopes are more complex than ever, and a new owner will swiftly discover that the manuals shipped with these telescopes leave much to be desired. Further guidance is a must. "Choosing and Using the New CAT" provides the missing information in a friendly but authoritative fashion, including imaging the solar system and deep space with the CCD cameras, video, and webcams that have almost completely supplanted 'film' cameras.

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Choosing and Using a Refracting Telescope
Neil English

This book has been written for the many amateur astronomers who already own, or are intending to purchase, a refracting telescope or for the specialist who requires a particular refractor for serious astronomical applications or nature studies. The author celebrates the remarkable history and evolution of the refracting telescope and looks in detail at the instruments, their development and their use. He also compares different classes of refractors and the telescopes of each class that are sold by various commercial manufacturers.

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Chris Packham's Nature Handbook
Enjoy the Wonders of the Natural World
Chris Packham

This title explore the wonders of the natural world with Chris Packham and the RSPB. The natural world is on your doorstep; whether you live in the heart of a concrete jungle, or on top of a mountain - so why not explore it? From woodlands to beaches, let Chris Packham take you on a sensory journey through some of the world's key habitats. You'll meet the wildlife that lives there and discover how the natural world really works.

Explore the sights, sounds and smells, learn about the plants, animals, weather and ecological processes at work and find out how to interact with the wild while still conserving it. Packed with practical activities for every season and location, so you can learn about and engage with the wildlife around you; from raising butterflies from caterpillars to leaving a bucket of rainwater out to develop into an ecosystem.

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Coast and Beyond
Steve Evanson

A beautifully illustrated, in-depth companion to BBC TWO's BAFTA-winning series "Coast". It tells the fascinating stories of our own magnificent coastline and, for the first time, goes further afield to explore those of our neighbours, too. Steve Evanson, the producer of the television series, is our guide to great coastal landmarks, such as Blackpool's Tower and Illuminations, St Michael's Mount in Cornwall and the enormous Great Laxey Water Wheel on the Isle of Man.

He also investigates local stories and events, including Brighton's little-known silent-movie industry, the mysterious collapse of the Tay Bridge in 1879 and Spike Island - the 'Irish Alcatraz'. What's more, this book looks beyond the shores of the British Isles towards the coastlines of northwest Europe and northern France, which are inextricably tied to our own through trade, war, culture and geology. How can the crumbling white cliffs of Normandy help us to understand the erosion of our own chalk walls? What do Norwegian fiords and Scottish lochs have in common? And what impact did the Vikings have on the British coast?

"Coast and Beyond" provides a wealth of information about the landscape, history and geography of our coastal regions, as well as maps and practical information for visitors, so that you, too, can discover the secrets of our coast...and beyond.

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The Coasts of Devon
David Entrican

From the stunning Jurassic coastline and the sheltered natural harbours of Dartmouth and Salcombe to the high exposed cliffs of North Devon around Hartland point, Ilfracombe and Lynton, Devon's coastline contains a vast and changing landscape. Golden beaches and exposed dunes, sheer cliffs and towering rock stacks, havens and headlands are all found in this photographic journey from the North to the South coast.

Often photographed in the dramatic light of sunrise or sunset, David Entrican's spellbinding images show the Coasts of Devon from a fresh perspective.

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Collins Bird Guide
The Most Complete Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe
Lars Svensson, Killian Mullarney, Dan Zetterstrom and Peter J Grant

Written by one of Europe's leading ornithologists and illustrated by two of the world's finest bird illustrators - Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom (with a translation by David Christie). Covering Britain and Europe, the book provides all the information needed to identify any species at any time of year, with detailed text on size, habitat, range, identification and voice.

Accompanying every species entry is a distribution map and colour illustrations (over 3500 in all) to show the species in all the major plumages (male, female, immature, in flight, at rest, feeding). The book is fully integrated, so that all this information appears on one spread, the ideal structure for use in the field. Each group of birds has an introduction, which covers the major problems involved in identifying or seeing them: how to organise a sea watching trip, how to separate birds of prey in flight, which duck hybrids can be confused with which species etc.

The second edition has expanded text and additional colour illustrations.

`The Collins Bird Guide is undoubtedly the finest field guide that has ever been produced and now deservedly sits in a bird book elite of essential titles - nestling between BWP, HBW and Birds of Europe. The nomenclature and taxonomy may not be to everybody's liking, but it is a certainty that the magnificent work of Mullarney and Zetterstrom has set the illustrative standard for decades to come and will be admired and enjoyed by thousands of birders worldwide for many years. The word `classic' is so often over-used these days but, for once, it is a particularly fitting way to refer to this book. This is the last great bird book of the 20th Century, and I am sure that Peter Grant would have been happy knowing that. It is a fitting tribute to him, and his co-author and the world class artists. This book is an absolute gem.' - Mark Golley, Birding World

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Collins Butterfly Guide
The Most Complete Field Guide to the Butterflies of Britain and Europe
Tom Tolman and Richard Lewington

This classic guide to the butterflies of Britain and northern Europe enters its third edition as part of the authoritative `Collins Guide' series.

This comprehensive guide to the butterflies of Britain, Europe and North Africa describes and illustrates all 440 species, depicting both males and females and - where there is significant variation - subspecies.

Distribution maps accompany every widespread species, and the text covers all taxonomic nomenclature, distributions, flight periods, variations, habitats, behaviour, life cycles and conservation. An ideal field guide for butterfly enthusiasts and naturalists alike.

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Collins Flower Guide
David Streeter

This field guide to the flowers of Britain and northern Europe is the most complete single-volume guide ever published. Featuring all flowering plants, including grasses, ferns, club mosses and trees, 'Collins Flower Guide' covers over 1900 species. Leading botanical artists have been specially commissioned to ensure accurate, detailed illustrations. Up-to-date authoritative text, and original illustrations for each individual species appear together on the same page, so all the information you need is available at a glance. Flowers are arranged by family, with their key features displayed for quick and easy reference. This is an indispensable guide for all those with an interest in the countryside, from amateur to expert.

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Collins Field Guide: Birds of Eastern Africa
Ber Van Perlo

Eastern Africa is becoming an increasingly popular destination for people who want to see first-hand the abundant widlife of this vast continent.

`Birds of Eastern Africa' is the only field guide to feature over 450 species found in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia and Somalia (including Socotra Island).

Including full colour illustrations of each bird, key features on habitat, songs and calls, and distribution maps for each species, this guide contains all the information needed to quickly identify the birds found in this vast region. Comprehensive and easy-to-use, this book is a must for all those visiting the region.

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Collins Field Guide: Birds of the Palearctic - Non-Passerines
Norman Arlott

A field guide to all the non-passerines found from Britain, eastwards to Japan, and as far south as the Sahara and Himalayas.

This is the essential companion for the keen birdwatcher. Together with the volume on passerines, published in 2007, this book covers all the non-perching birds of the Palearctic, a zoographical area running from the British Isles eastwards to Japan, with its southern border marked by the Sahara, the Middle Eastern deserts, and the Himalayas. It covers the whole of the Russian Arctic, China, Tibet, Japan and the whole of Europe - the most popular birdwatching area in the world.

Every non-passerine species found in this wide area is illustrated in every plumage in which they can be seen in the wild. Author and illustrator Norman Arlott is one of the world's leading bird artists and has seen nearly all of the 1,800 species featured.

The accompanying text concentrates on the specific characteristics and appearance of each species that allow identification in the field, including voice. Every species also has a distribution map - in many cases the first time this has been compiled for the area.

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Collins Field Guide: Birds of Southern Africa
Ber Van Perlo

`Birds of Southern Africa' is the only field guide to illustrate and describe all species commonly found in South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Angola (including Cabinda).

Featuring over 1,250 species, the text details the kind of habitat the birds are found in, key identification features and notes on the songs and calls of each species.

The 84 colour plates appear opposite their relevant text for quick and easy reference. Distribution maps are also included for each species.

Comprehensive and easy-to-use, this book is a must for all those visiting the region.

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Collins Garden Bird Songs and Calls
Geoff Sample

Geoff Sample, author of the best-selling Field Guide to Bird Songs and Calls, provides an audio guide to the bird songs you hear in gardens and parks.

Garden Bird Songs and Calls includes over 60 minutes of digitally recorded sound and covers 40 of the most common and vocal garden birds. Each recording is introduced by the author with a voice-over that gives a brief interpretation of the song or call.

The book contains details of each recording and also gives useful advice on how to listen to and interpret the sounds you hear.

If you would like to be able to identify the birds in your garden by sound rather than by sight then this is the guide for you.

Re-issue, originally published in 2000.

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Ramblers Best Walks Britain

Commemorating 75 years of the Ramblers, Britain's biggest charity working to promote walking and improve conditions for all walkers, this beautiful hardback book features 75 of Britain's best walks: one for each year the organisation has been in existence with each walk selected by, and a favourite of, the Ramblers. This beautiful book is packed with colour photographs and maps featuring the best 75 walks to be found in Britain as chosen by the Ramblers. Each walk has a special meaning: sometimes a local group has worked hard to improve access for walkers along the route, at other times it might be that the views along the way are exceptional. The walks vary in length and difficulty to allow for all abilities.

/ Endorsed by the Ramblers who celebrate their 75th anniversary in 2010. / 75 fantastic walks, one for each year that the Ramblers has been in existence. / Each has detailed Ordnance Survey cartography showing the routes plus stunning colour photographs. / All the areas chosen by the Ramblers; all with significance to the association throughout its long history. / The routes include interesting facts about the areas chosen; only the most significant and the best walking areas have been included. / Includes information on the history of the Ramblers with a timeline outlining key events along the way.

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The Cook's Herb Garden
Jeff Cox and Marie-Pierre Moine

This is the practical, plot-to-plate guide to growing and cooking with herbs successfully. From Basil to Vervain, this photographic catalogue of more than 130 culinary herbs will teach you everything you need to know on nurturing, harvesting and cooking with herbs. Delve into this little book to find notes on herb flavors, the best growing conditions, storage and how to use them in the kitchen. There are inspirational planting schemes for window boxes and pots including Mediterranean, everyday essentials and salad herbs. It is packed with more than 70 delicious recipes for rubs and marinades, sauces and salsas, flavored butters, cordials, syrups, teas and tisanes, plus charts on best herb-with-food flavor combinations.

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Cosmic Challenge
The Ultimate Observing List for Amateurs
Philip S Harrington

Listing more than 500 sky targets, both near and far, in 187 challenges, this observing guide will test novice astronomers and advanced veterans alike. Its unique mix of Solar System and deep-sky targets will have observers hunting for the Apollo lunar landing sites, searching for satellites orbiting the outermost planets, and exploring hundreds of star clusters, nebulae, distant galaxies, and quasars.

Each target object is accompanied by a rating indicating how difficult the object is to find, an in-depth visual description, an illustration showing how the object realistically looks, and a detailed finder chart to help find each challenge quickly and effectively.

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Cost-Effective Self-Sufficiency
Eve McLaughlin, Terence McLaughlin and Diane Millis

This is an inspirational guide to teach you everything you need to know about growing your own food and becoming self-sufficient. This updated version of the original guide to self-sufficiency has everything you need to start the good life. It includes the very latest gardening advice to help you grow fresh fruit and vegetables on your land, be it a garden or allotment, small or large. You can discover how to plan your site to make the most of it. Expert gardening tips explores the best planting times, how to start a garden from scratch and how to plan your crops. You can move closer to self-sufficiency with unusual ideas for how to store, process and preserve your homegrown harvest to make it last longer. You can brew your own beer and cider and learn how to bottle, cure, smoke and pickle your produce.

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The Cosmic Keyhole
How Astronomy is Unlocking the Secrets of the Universe
Will Gater

In the last thirty years humans have probed the Universe, explored the Solar System and visited with spacecraft some of the most incredible places humans have ever laid eyes upon. We have expanded our knowledge slowly and surely, but still now only see a glimpse of the bigger picture. "The Cosmic Keyhole" explores the big discoveries of recent years and asks what's next? How prolific is life in the Universe? How far back to the Big Bang can we probe? And what hidden treasures still await us in the hidden corners of our Solar System?

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Countdown!
or, How Nigh is the End?
Patrick Moore

Patrick Moore is Britain's most respected and best-loved astronomer. In "Countdown!" he examines the multifarious theories of how and when the world will end, from St Augustine to the Millennium Bug, via Nostradamus. With a healthy dose of irreverent humour, he investigates and dismisses the weird and wonderful predictions of sometimes imminent cataclysm, before turning to the science of what might really happen (a long, long time in the future, thankfully). Written with his trademark combination of wit and accessible science, and updated to include the latest theories on asteroids and climate change, this is a must-read book for anyone with an interest in popular science in general, and how the world might end in particular.

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The Country Diaries
A Year in the British Countryside
Edited by Alan Taylor

The unique beauty of the British countryside has been celebrated down the ages through music, poetry, and art. It has also been celebrated in countless private diaries. This delightful treasury gathers together the very finest - from Rev Gilbert White's journal of life at his famous home in Selborne, to Beatrix Potter's holiday diaries from Perthshire. Elsewhere, the thoughts of Dorothy Wordsworth and John Fowles rub shoulders with the words of Alan Clark and Queen Victoria. Together these private records paint a rich and surprising picture of a landscape and a way of life we think we know so well.

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Cracking the Einstein Code
Relativity and the Birth of Black Hole Physics
Fulvio Melia and Roy Kerr

Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity describes the effect of gravitation on the shape of space and the flow of time. But for more than four decades after its publication, the theory remained largely a curiosity for scientists; however accurate it seemed, Einstein's mathematical code - represented by six interlocking equations - was one of the most difficult to crack in all of science. That is, until a twenty-nine-year-old Cambridge graduate solved the great riddle in 1963. Roy Kerr's solution emerged coincidentally with the discovery of black holes that same year and provided fertile testing ground - at long last - for general relativity.

Today, scientists routinely cite the Kerr solution, but even among specialists, few know the story of how Kerr cracked Einstein's code. Fulvio Melia here offers an eyewitness account of the events leading up to Kerr's great discovery. "Cracking the Einstein Code" vividly describes how luminaries such as Karl Schwarzschild, David Hilbert, and Emmy Noether set the stage for the Kerr solution; how Kerr came to make his breakthrough; and, how scientists such as Roger Penrose, Kip Thorne, and Stephen Hawking used the accomplishment to refine and expand modern astronomy and physics.

Today, more than 300 million supermassive black holes are suspected of anchoring their host galaxies across the cosmos, and the Kerr solution is what astronomers and astrophysicists use to describe much of their behavior. By unmasking the history behind the search for a real world solution to Einstein's field equations, Melia offers a firsthand account of an important but untold story. Sometimes dramatic, often exhilarating, but always attuned to the human element, "Cracking the Einstein Code" is ultimately a showcase of how important science gets done.

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Crocodiles
Luc Fougeirol

Crocodiles have existed for 220 million years and they have fascinated mankind since the dawn of time. Honoured like Gods in ancient Egypt or venerated like guardian angels in Burkino Faso, they are nevertheless more commonly known to be awesome predators. Hidden amongst the tropical vegetation of Latin America's vast wetlands, or in the swamps of Africa or the marshlands of Florida, the crocodiles keep watch. But these ferocious reptiles also make wonderful parents and form real social links amongst themselves. Nowadays, they live in fear and from now on the danger is a human one. In certain parts of the world, the survival of these creatures is threatened by pollution, hunting and invasion of their habitat. In this book, Luc Fougeirol leads us on a trail of discovery of 23 species of crocodile, from 4 different continents.

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Crop Circles: Art in the Landscape
Lucy Pringle

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The Crowded Universe
The Search for Living Planets
Alan Boss

We are nearing a turning point in our quest for life in the universe-we now have the capacity to detect Earth-like planets around other stars. But will we find any? In The Crowded Universe, renowned astronomer Alan Boss argues that based on what we already know about planetary systems, in the coming years we will find abundant Earths, including many that are indisputably alive.

Life is not only possible elsewhere in the universe, Boss argues-it is common. Boss describes how our ideas about planetary formation have changed radically in the past decade and brings readers up to date on discoveries of bizarre inhabitants of various solar systems, including our own. America must stay in this new space race, Boss contends, or risk being left out of one of the most profoundly important discoveries of all time: the first confirmed finding of extraterrestrial life.

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Darwin: For the Love of Science
Andrew Kelly, Melanie Kelly, Brian Dolan, Jonathan Hodge and Marcus Waithe

Darwin: For the Love of Science is a collection of specially commissioned essays to mark the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Darwin, one of the world's greatest scientists. It forms part of the worldwide Darwin 200 programme in 2009 which looks back at Darwin's achievements, debates his findings, and seeks to develop further his theories. This accessible book takes its title from Darwin's own assessment of what had determined his success as a man of science: 'the love of science - unbounded patience... industry in observing and collecting facts - and a fair share of invention as well as common sense.' Though the tone of the book is celebratory, it does not shy away from criticism, whether with reference to the creationist argument that evolution is inherently false, the intelligent design argument that sees a role for a maker in the process or more scientifically rigorous challenges. But its main focus is Darwin's work and its impact, in the context of his own times through to the present day. There are over 250 illustrations, some rarely seen before.

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Darwin's Lost World
The Hidden History of Animal Life
Martin Brasier

Darwin was perplexed by the fact that very ancient rocks, dated before the Cambrian, seemed to be barren, when he expected them to be teeming with life. He speculated that this was probably because fossils remained to be found. Decades of work by modern palaeontologists have indeed brought us amazing fossils from far beyond the Cambrian, from the depths of the Precambrian, so life was certainly around. Yet the fossils are enigmatic, and something seems to have happened around the Cambrian to speed up evolution drastically and produce many of the early forms of animals we know today. In this book, Martin Brasier, a leading palaeontologist working on early life, takes us into the deep, dark ages of the Precambrian to explore Darwin's Lost World.

Decoding the evidence in these ancient rocks, piecing together the puzzle of what happened over 540 million years ago to drive what is known as the Cambrian Explosion, is very difficult. The world was vastly different and we are in terrain with few familiar landmarks. Brasier is a master storyteller, and combines the account of what we now know of the strange creatures of these ancient times with engaging and amusing anecdotes from his expeditions to Siberia, Outer Mongolia, Barbuda, and other places, giving a vivid impression of the people, places, and challenges involved in such work. He ends by presenting his own take on the Cambrian Explosion, based on the picture emerging from this very active field of research. A vital clue involves worms - burrowing worms are one of the key signs of the start of the Cambrian. This is fitting since Darwin was inordinately fond of worms.

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Darwin's Sacred Cause
Race, Slavery and the Quest for Human Origins
Adrian Desmond and James A Moore

This book, by Darwin's most celebrated modern biographers, gives a completely new explanation of why he came to his shattering theories about human origins. Until now, Desmond and Moore argue, the source of the moral fire which gives such intensity and urgency to Darwin's ideas has gone unnoticed.

By examining minutely Darwin's manuscripts and correspondence (published and unpublished) and covert notebooks, where many of the clues lie, they show that the key to unlocking the mystery of how such an ostensibly conservative man could hold views which his contemporaries considered both radical and bestial, lay in his utter detestation of slavery.

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The Darwinian Tourist
Viewing the World through Evolutionary Eyes
Christopher Wills

In this magnificently illustrated book, Christopher Wills takes us on a series of adventures. From the underwater life of Indonesia's Lambeh Strait to a little valley in northern Israel, to an earthquake in the coral reef off the island of Yap and the dry valleys of western Mongolia, Wills demonstrates how ecology and evolution have interacted to yield the world we live in. Each chapter features a different location and brings out a different and important message.

With the author's own stunning photographs of the wildlife he discovered on his travels, he draws out the evolutionary stories behind the wildlife and shows how our understanding of the living world can be deepened by a Darwinian perspective. Wills demonstrates how looking at the world with evolutionary eyes leaves us with a renewed sense of wonder about life's astounding present-day diversity, along with an appreciation of our evolutionary history.

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David Attenborough's Life Stories: Audiobook
BBC Audio

This is the complete "BBC Radio 4" series written and presented by Sir David Attenborough featuring all twenty episodes about some of the strangest plants and creatures from around the world. One of the nation's most popular presenters examines twenty marvels of the natural world from his extraordinary and pioneering experiences. What was Sir David's first pet? Which animal would he most like to be? What creature lays 'the biggest egg in the world'? How do you communicate with an ancient nomadic community in Fiji? And what did Sir David do when confronted by a ten-foot-long reptile? His enthusiasm is as infectious as ever, and conveys a unique fascination on topics as diverse as the Sloth, Monstrous Flowers, the Platypus, Giant Birds, Dragons, the Fire Salamander, Faking Fossils, the Coelacanth, the Dodo, Bird's-nest Soup and the Large Blue Butterfly. So listen to these stories to find out the real reason why animals sing, the story behind a 150-million-year-old feather and what it is about snakes that really unnerves Sir David.

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David Levy's Guide to Eclipses, Transits, and Occultations
David H Levy

In this simple guide, David Levy inspires readers to experience the wonder of eclipses and other transient astronomical events for themselves. Covering both solar and lunar eclipses, he gives step-by-step instructions on how to observe and photograph eclipses. As well as explaining the science behind eclipses, the book also gives their historical background, discussing how they were observed in the past and what we have learned from them. This personal account contains examples from the 77 eclipses the author has witnessed himself. The guide also includes chapters on occultations of stars and planets by the Moon and of asteroids by stars, and the transits of Mercury and Venus. Tables of future eclipses make this invaluable for anyone, from beginners to practised observers, wanting to learn more about these fascinating events.

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Dazzled and Deceived
Mimicry and Camouflage
Peter Forbes

Nature has perfected the art of deception. Thousands of creatures - including butterflies, moths, fish, birds, insects and snakes - have honed and practised camouflage over hundreds of millions of years. Imitating other animals or their surroundings, nature's fakers use mimicry to protect themselves, to attract and repel, to bluff and warn, to forage and to hide.

The advantages of mimicry are obvious - but how does 'blind' nature do it? And how has humanity learnt to profit from nature's ploys? "Dazzled and Deceived" tells the unique and fascinating story of mimicry and camouflage in science, art, warfare and the natural world. Discovered in the 1850s by the young English naturalists Henry Walter Bates and Alfred Russel Wallace in the Amazonian rainforest, the phenomenon of mimicry was seized upon as the first independent validation of Darwin's theory of natural selection. But mimicry and camouflage also had a huge impact outside the laboratory walls.

Peter Forbes' cultural history links mimicry and camouflage to art, literature, military tactics and medical cures across the twentieth century, and charts its intricate involvement with the dispute between evolution and creationism. As "Dazzled and Deceived" unravels the concept of mimicry, Forbes introduces colourful stories and a dazzling cast of characters - Roosevelt, Picasso, Nabokov, Churchill, and Darwin himself, to name a few - whom its mystery influenced and enthralled. Illuminating and lively, "Dazzled and Deceived" sheds new light on the greatest quest: to understand the processes of life at its deepest level.

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Decoding the Heavens
Solving the Mystery of the World's First Computer
Jo Marchant

In 1900, a group of sponge divers blown off course in the Mediterranean discovered an Ancient Greek shipwreck dating from around 70 BC. Lying unnoticed for months amongst their hard-won haul was what appeared to be a formless lump of corroded rock, which turned out to be the most stunning scientific artefact we have from antiquity. For more than a century this 'Antikythera mechanism' puzzled academics, but now, more than 2000 years after the device was lost at sea, scientists have pieced together its intricate workings. Unmatched in complexity for 1000 years, it was able to predict eclipses and track the paths of the Sun and the Moon through the zodiac, and probably even showed ancient astronomers the movements of the five known planets.

In Decoding the Heavens, Jo Marchant tells for the first time the story of the 100-year quest to understand this ancient computer. Along the way she unearths a diverse cast of remarkable characters - ranging from Archimedes to Jacques Cousteau - and explores the deep roots of modern technology not only in ancient Greece but in the Islamic world and medieval Europe too.

At heart an epic adventure story, it is a book that challenges our assumptions about technology transfer over the ages while giving us fresh insights into history itself.

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Discovering the Expanding Universe
Harry Nussbaumer and Lydia Bieri

The discovery of the expanding universe is one of the most exciting exploits in astronomy.

This book explores its history, from the beginnings of modern cosmology with Einstein in 1917, through Lemaitre's discovery of the expanding universe in 1927 and his suggestion of a Big Bang origin, to Hubble's contribution of 1929 and the subsequent years when Hubble and Humason provided the essential observations for further developing modern cosmology, and finally to Einstein's conversion to the expanding universe in 1931. As a prelude the book traces the evolution of some of the notions of modern cosmology from the late Middle Ages up to the final acceptance of the concept of galaxies in 1925. Written in non-technical language, with a mathematical appendix, the book will appeal to scientists, students, and anyone interested in the history of astronomy and cosmology.

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Discoverers of the Universe
William and Caroline Herschel
Michael Hoskin

Discoverers of the Universe tells the gripping story of William Herschel, the brilliant, fiercely ambitious, emotionally complex musician and composer who became court astronomer to Britain's King George III, and of William's sister, Caroline, who assisted him in his observations of the night sky and became an accomplished astronomer in her own right. Together, they transformed our view of the universe from the unchanging, mechanical creation of Newton's clockmaker god to the ever-evolving, incredibly dynamic cosmos that it truly is.

William was in his forties when his amateur observations using a homemade telescope led to his discovery of Uranus, and an invitation to King George's court. He coined the term "asteroid," discovered infrared radiation, was the first to realize that our solar system is moving through space, discovered 2,500 nebulae that form the basis of the catalog astronomers use today, and was unrivalled as a telescope builder. Caroline shared William's passion for astronomy, recording his observations during night watches and organizing his papers for publication. She was the first salaried woman astronomer in history, a pioneer who herself discovered nine comets and became a role model for women in the sciences.

Written by the world's premier expert on the Herschels, Discoverers of the Universe traces William and Caroline's many extraordinary contributions to astronomy, shedding new light on their productive but complicated relationship, and setting their scientific achievements in the context of their personal struggles, larger-than-life ambitions, bitter disappointments, and astonishing triumphs.

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Dolphin Mysteries
Unlocking the Secrets of Communication
Kathleen M Dudzinski and Toni Frohoff

Dolphins have fascinated humans for millennia, giving rise to an abundance of stories and myths about them, yet the actual details of their lives in the sea have remained elusive. In this enthralling book, Kathleen Dudzinski and Toni Frohoff take us into the dolphins' aquatic world to witness firsthand how they live their lives, communicate, and interact with one another and with other species, including people.

Kathleen Dudzinski and Toni Frohoff are scientists who have collectively dedicated more than 40 years to studying dolphins beneath the ocean's surface, frequently through a close-up underwater lens. Drawing on their own experiences and on up-to-the-minute research, the authors show that dolphins are decidedly not just members of a group but distinct individuals, able to communicate with one another and with humans. Dudzinski and Frohoff introduce a new way of looking at, and listening to, the vocabulary of dolphins in the sea, and they even provide an introductory 'dolphin dictionary', listing complex social signals that dolphins use to share information among themselves and with people. Unveiling an intimate and scientifically accurate portrait of dolphins, this book will appeal to everyone who has wanted a closer glimpse into the hearts and minds of these amazing creatures.

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Dumfries and Galloway
Tom Whitty

"The 25 Walks" books are practical guides and attractive souvenirs. Written by experienced authors, they can be used with confidence. The carefully selected local walks are accompanied by easy-to-use-maps and colour photographs. More than walking guides, they are packed with interesting historical facts and local information."Dumfries and Galloway" describes 25 walks in the beautiful southwest corner of Scotland. The site of many battles between the Scots and the English, it is here that Robert the Bruce began his 14th century campaign for independence and here that Robert Burns spent his final years. A visit to St Ninian's Cave, views across the Merrick Hills to Arran, and walks in historic Kirkudbright are just some of the treats on offer.

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The Eagle Watchers
Observing and Conserving Raptors around the World
Edited by Ruth E Tingay and Todd E Katzner

Eagles have fascinated humans for millennia. For some, the glimpse of a distant eagle instantly becomes a treasured lifelong memory. Others may never encounter a wild eagle in their lifetime. This book was written by people who have dedicated years to the study of eagles, to provide an insider's view for all readers, but especially those who have never been up close and personal with these magnificent yet often misunderstood creatures. In their stories, twenty-nine leading eagle researchers share their remarkable field experiences, providing personal narratives that don't feature in their scientific publications. They tell of their fear at being stalked by grizzly bears, their surprise at being followed by the secret police, their embarrassment when accidentally firing mortar rockets over a school gymnasium, and their sense of awe at tracking eagles via satellite. The reader experiences the cultural shock of being guest of honor at a circumcision ceremony, the absurdity of sharing an aquatic car with the Khmer Rouge, and the sense of foreboding at being press-ganged into a frenzied tribal death march through the jungle.

The Eagle Watchers covers twenty-four species on six continents, from well known (bald eagle; golden eagle), to obscure (black-and-chestnut eagle; New Guinea harpy eagle), and from common (African fish eagle) to critically endangered (Philippine eagle; Madagascar fish eagle). The diverse experiences vividly described in this book reveal the passion, dedication, and sense of adventure shared by those who study these majestic birds and strive for their conservation.

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Eat Up!: Seeking out the best of British Home Cooking
Charles Campion

What do Brits really eat? What do we cook at home when there are no cameras about? Are there any good cooks in Britain? Writers have explored British food from the standpoint of traditional recipes, and from a regional perspective; there has even been the occasional portrait of producers, but not a book about British food that celebrates the people who produce the ingredients and goes on to show what the non-celebrity cooks of Britain are actually cooking. Organised as a culinary tour round Britain that begins in Brighton and ends in Grampound, Cornwall via Otley, Yorkshire and Llandiloes, Mid Wales, the chapters cover meat, fish, poultry, mushrooms, fruit, cheese, vegetables, drinks, baking and preserving - in short everything that is good about British food and cooking today. As Charles discovers, we Brits cook fresh fish to perfection, make splendid cakes, understand butter sauces, enjoy cooking game, make great salads and revel in indulgent puddings.

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Edgelands
Michael Symmons Roberts and Paul Farley

Edgelands explores a wilderness that is much closer than you think: a debatable zone, neither the city nor the countryside, but a place in-between - so familiar it is never seen for looking. Passed through, negotiated, unnamed, ignored, the edgelands have become the great wild places on our doorsteps, places so difficult to acknowledge they barely exist. Edgelands forms a critique of what we value as `wild', and allows our allotments, railways, motorways, wasteland and water a presence in the world, and a strange beauty all of their own.

Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts - both well-known poets - have lived and worked and known these places all their lives, and in Edgelands their journeying prose fuses, in the anonymous tradition, to allow this in-between world to speak up for itself. They write about mobile masts and gravel pits, business parks and landfill sites in the same way the Romantic writers forged a way of looking at an overlooked - but now familiar - landscape of hills and lakes and rivers. England, the first country to industrialise, now offers the world's most mature post-industrial terrain, and is still in a state of flux: Edgelands takes the reader on a journey through its forgotten spaces so that we can marvel at this richly mysterious, cheek-by-jowl region in our midst.

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Edwardian Farm
Ruth Goodman, Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn

Following on from the hit BBC series Victorian Farm, this book accompanies a new 12-part BBC series. This time, Ruth Goodman, Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take a leap forward in time to immerse themselves in an Edwardian community in the West Country. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Morwellham Quay was situated in a bustling and commercially prosperous region - a stunning rural landscape encompassing rolling farmland, wild moorland, tidal river, coast and forest, which supported a vibrant and diverse economy. Ruth, Peter and Alex will spend a year exploring all aspects of this working landscape - restoring boats, buildings and equipment, cultivating crops. fishing, rearing animals and rediscovering the lost heritage of this fascinating era as well as facing the challenges of increasingly commercial farming practices, fishing and community events.

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The Eerie Silence
Are We Alone in the Universe?
Paul Davies

On April 8, 1960, a young American astronomer, Frank Drake, turned a radio telescope toward the star Tau Ceti and listened for several hours to see if he could detect any artificial radio signals. With this modest start began a worldwide project of potentially momentous significance. Known as SETI - Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence - it is an amalgam of science, technology, adventure, curiosity and a bold vision of humanity's destiny. Drake has said that SETI is really a search for ourselves - who we are and what our place might be in the grand cosmic scheme of things.

Yet with one tantalizing exception, SETI has produced only negative results. After millions of hours spent eavesdropping on the cosmos astronomers have detected only the eerie sound of silence. What does that mean? Are we in fact alone in the vastness of the universe? Is ET out there, but not sending any messages our way? Might we be surrounded by messages we simply don't recognize? Is SETI a waste of time and money, or should we press ahead with new and more sensitive antennas? Or look somewhere else? And if a signal were to be received, what then? How would we - or even should we - respond?

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The English Lakes
A History
Ian Thompson

With more than 20 million visitors each year, the Lake District retains its fascination for people from all over Britain and abroad. Ian Thompson, who grew up in nearby Barrow-in-Furness and went fell-walking from an early age, is well-equipped to reveal the area's allure.

He tells how it was the chance combination of a fascination with the Alps and the outbreak of the Napoleonic wars that provided the spark for a national obsession. And in brief elegant chapters he shows how Wordsworth, Coleridge, Southey and De Quincey transformed the perception of the region from one of `horrid mountains' to `vales of peace'. Later the work of J. M. W. Turner, John Ruskin, Beatrix Potter, Arthur Ransome and Alfred Wainwright, the great populariser of fell-walking, all in their different ways contributed to making the region what it is today.
Crammed with fascinating detail and illustrated with Thompson's own superb colour photography and more than 80 other colour illustrations, The English Lakes is sheer delight.

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Essential Ornithology
Graham Scott

Essential Ornithology provides the reader with a concise but comprehensive introduction to the biology of birds, one of the most widely studied taxonomic groups.

The book starts with the controversial question of the dinosaur origins of birds and their subsequent evolution. Development, anatomy, and physiology are then discussed followed by chapters devoted to avian reproduction, migration, ecology, and conservation. Sections dealing with aspects of bird/human relationships and bird conservation give the book an applied context.

Drawing extensively upon the wider scientific literature, this engaging text places the results of classical studies of avian biology alongside the most recent scientific breakthroughs. Useful case studies are presented in a concise and engaging style with the student reader foremost in mind. Key points are highlighted and suggestions for guided reading and key references are included throughout.

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Evolution
The Story of Life
Douglas Palmer and Peter Barrett

An astonishing new book is being created. Using all the available fossil record as evidence, it presents the entire four-billion-year story of life on Earth in one single super-panoramic tableau. Never before has our collective story been told so effectively, so compellingly, so coherently, and so beautifully.

At the heart of the book is an astonishing 50m-long artwork displayed across 200 pages, supported by hundreds of photographs and illustrations, that tells the story of life on Earth. The groundbreaking visual content is complemented by an authoritative text commentary, making "Evolution" a unique work of family reference, complete with an A-Z of hundreds of species that are shown in the artwork, background information on the theory of evolution, illustrated family trees for the major animal groups, stunning photography of life's modern diversity, and details of where all the crucial fossil evidence can be seen today.

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Exploring Natural China
Heather Angel

In this vast country - the third largest in the world - varied climate conditions produce an array of habitat types, from the snowy wastelands of the frigid northeast to the tropical paradises of the far south. Spectacular scenery - much of it unique - includes breath-taking karst stone forests, multiple columnar peaks, dramatic caves and solitary pines clinging precariously to bare rocky peaks reminiscent of a Chinese ink-brush painting. Heather has had unusual access to little-known parts of China for many years.

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Exploring the Solar System with Binoculars
A Beginner's Guide to the Sun, Moon and Planets
Stephen James O'Meara

In this book, the author shows how to observe the Solar System's wonders with ease, using nothing more than the unaided eye and inexpensive handheld binoculars. It presents a new way to identify and appreciate the wonders of the Solar System in detail, such as lunar and solar eclipses, sunspots, the Moon's craters, the planets, meteors and comets.

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Extreme Insects
Richard Jones

Insects are the most extreme organisms on Earth and, despite their diminutive size, they wield inordinate power. With the exception of the polar ice caps every terrestrial ecosystem on earth is colonized by them, and they account for almost three-quarters of all named animals - that's one million species at the last count! This stunningly illustrated book is a celebration of the insect universe, exploring their amazing forms and functions, their fascinating behaviour and the enormous impact they have on our lives. With its lively and informative text, it looks at insects in all their extremes, from the biggest, fastest and fiercest to the best nest builder, most devious hunter and deadliest bride.

Insects are extreme in numbers -- a single leaf-cutter ant nest, the size of a large camper van, may contain seven million individuals working together as a single giant super-organism. Insects are extreme in their bizarre forms -- the stalk-eyed fly, as its name suggests, carries its eyes on the end of two ludicrously long stalks. And insects are invariably extreme in behaviour -- take for instance the giraffe-necked weevil that holds head bobbing contests to win a mate. Yet there is always method in their apparent madness, as each strange form and function is an adaptation designed to solve the extreme pressures that arise through the struggle to survive in a world that is always dangerous, competitive and unforgiving.

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The Exultant Ark
A Pictorial Tour of Animal Pleasure
Jonathan Balcombe

Nature documentaries often depict animal life as a grim struggle for survival, but this visually stunning book opens our eyes to a different, more scientifically up-to-date way of looking at the animal kingdom. In more than one hundred striking images, "The Exultant Ark" celebrates the full range of animal experience with dramatic portraits of animal pleasure ranging from the charismatic and familiar to the obscure and bizarre. These photographs, windows onto the inner lives of pleasure seekers, show two polar bears engaged in a bout of wrestling, hoary marmots taking time for a game of chase, Japanese macaques enjoying a soak in a hot spring, a young bull elk sticking out his tongue to catch snowflakes, and many other amusements.

Biologist and best-selling author Jonathan Balcombe is our guide through the images, interpreting them within the scientific context of what is known about animal behavior. In the end, old attitudes fall away as we gain a heightened sense of animal individuality and sentience, and of the pleasures of life on planet Earth.

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Eyes on the Skies
400 Years of Telescopic Discovery
Lars Christensen and Govert Schilling

Adopted as the official book of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) 2009, this stunningly illustrated history of telescopic discovery spans the range from the first telescopes via the Hubble Space Telescope to next generation platforms, and how they have changed and continue to change our view of the universe, our place in it and where it all came from. The highly experienced science communicators have many full-page photographs and the book is printed in high-quality color throughout.

It also includes the official IYA DVD with 54 minutes of narrated text, expert comments and interviews, animations, computer simulations, science results, plus footage from observatories.

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Far Out
A Space-time Chronicle
Michael Benson

This is from the bestselling author of "Beyond comes Far Out: A Space-Time Chronicle". This collection of breathtaking, never-before-published images of the universe's farthest reaches reveals the grandeur of the universe's earliest eons - using computers, electronics, optics and satellite technology to expand the boundaries of human perception in an innovative and beautiful way.

In "Far Out: A Space-Time Chronicle", author and filmmaker Michael Benson assembles an outstanding collection of astronomical images from astronomers and observatories around the world and in space. We live in a golden age of astronomical observation. Some of the resulting images are well known and have inspired millions of people; others, equally breathtaking, have never been published before. For this book, Benson has culled the very best and organized them into a thrilling journey through space and time to the universe's great places, ranging from 'nearby' nebulas in our own Milky Way galaxy to the light of the Hubble Deep Field that has traveled billions of light-years. Every bit as innovative and beautiful as the author's successful "Beyond: Visions of the Interplanetary Probes" but far grander in conception, "Far Out: A Space-Time Chronicle" is an inspiring work of art and science on the cutting edge of human perception.

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Fields
Collins Field Guide
Bill Laws

Combining history, natural history, folklore, food, and armchair travel, The Field Guide to Fields is a celebration of these rural treasures, painting a vivid picture of their unique histories and many facets. From the terraced paddies of Asia to the meadows of Europe, and from the paddocks of Australia to the wide-open prairies of the Great Plains, fields are an integral part of the modern landscape. In their myriad forms, they are the most familiar and well-tended part of the countryside -- and have been for millennia.They are places in which we work and play, tranquil spaces to be explored or simply admired from afar.

The text combines many aspects, including history, natural history, folklore, food, and armchair travel. It also includes practical feature spreads on subjects such as collecting and drying wild herbs, as well as identification guides to help you spot different types of flora and fauna. The book is beautifully illustrated by an anonymous artist.

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Field Guide to the Birds of East Asia
Eastern China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Eastern Russia
Mark Brazil

This is the first single volume guide ever devoted to the eastern Asian avifauna. The eastern Asian region, centring especially on the major islands off the continental coast (including Japan and Taiwan) and the immediately adjacent areas of the Asian continent from Kamchatka in the north and including the Korean Peninsula are an important centre of endemism.

Birds endemic to this region include representatives of many of the major families, from the world's largest eagle - Steller's Sea Eagle - to the tiny Formosan Firecrest. The east Asian continental coast and the offshore islands also form one of the world's major international bird migration routes, especially for waterfowl, shorebirds and raptors, while the east Asian continental mainland itself is home to a wide range of species little-known to western ornithologists such as Scaly-sided Merganser, Oriental Stork and Mugimaki Flycatcher.

The guide features the most up to date text available, which, in conjunction with extensive colour plates throughout, facilitate the field identification of all of the species known from the region. Distribution maps enhance the text by providing a visual analysis of the summer, winter and migratory ranges of all species.

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First Life
David Attenborough

Spanning billions of years, Attenborough's narrative brings the reader face to face with the first animals that ever existed. By using the latest technology, we are finally able to see for ourselves what these early animals would have looked like and how they would have lived. Attenborough also shows us how some of the evolutionary features of these most primitive creatures are alive today in modern animals, including humans. Attenborough shows us how the evolution of the first eyes, the first solid body parts and the first feet and backbones came to be. Looking at global ice ages and volcanic eruptions he also shows how evolution is heavily connected with the history of the planet. In this groundbreaking investigation, Attenborough travels the world, from Canada to Australia and Morocco, to unearth the secrets hidden in prehistoric fossils, providing a deeper understanding of the first living creatures and the origins of our evolutionary traits.

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Fishes of the Open Ocean
A Natural History and Illustrated Guide
Julian Pepperell and Guy Harvey

Between the surface of the sea and depths of two hundred meters lies a remarkable range of fish, generally known as pelagics, or open-ocean dwellers. These creatures are among the largest, fastest, highest-leaping, and most migratory fish on the entire planet. Beautifully adapted to their world, they range from tiny drift fish and plankton-straining whale sharks to more streamlined predators such as tuna, marlin, sailfish, and wahoo.

"Fishes of the Open Ocean", from leading marine biologist and world authority on the subject Julian Pepperell, is the first book to comprehensively describe these fishes and explore the complex and often fragile world in which they live. In what will be the definitive book on the subject for years to come - and, with over three hundred color images, the most lavishly produced as well - Pepperell details the environment and biology of every major species of fish that inhabits the open ocean, an expanse that covers 330 million cubic miles and is the largest aquatic habitat on the Earth.

The first section of the book introduces the various evolutionary forms these fish have taken, as well as the ways in which specific species interact and coevolve with others in the food web. A chapter on commercial and sport fisheries explores the human element in this realm and considers such issues as sustainability, catch-and-release initiatives, and the risks of extinction. Flying fish, great white sharks, sardines, mackerel, Chinook salmon, giant sunfish - virtually every fish of the open ocean gets its due in this essential resource, a book that will enthrall anglers, mariners, conservationists, and newcomers to the subject alike.

The second section of the book provides species accounts of open-ocean dwellers organized by group, with overviews and general descriptions that are inclusive of range and distribution, unique physiological and morphological attributes, and the role of each species within its ecosystem. Global distribution maps, original illustrations from renowned artist and scientist Guy Harvey, and truly stunning images from some of the world's leading underwater photographers round out this copiously illustrated volume.

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Fish Tales
Stories and Recipes from Sustainable Fisheries around the World
Bart van Olphen and Tom Kime

Fishmonger Bart van Olphen and chef Tom Kime travelled to nine MSC-certified fisheries all over the world. From the wild salmon in the Yukon river in Alaska, to rock lobster caught using baited pots just off the coast of Perth in Australia, this book tells the stories of the beautiful fish caught at these sustainable fisheries, the fishermen and their ocean-friendly fishing methods. Each chapter features both a fishery and a type of fish from a different part of the world, and includes not only stunning travel photographs but also a selection of utterly delicious recipes by Tom Kime, complete with tempting food photographs. Chapters on South African hake, French sardines, English Dover sole and Vietnamese clams show the wide range of sustainable fish available and the best ways to cook them at home. There is a special feature that focuses on the future of our oceans and sustainable methods of catching fish.

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The Forgotten Skills of Cooking
Darina Allen

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Fossils
The Key to the Past
Richard Fortey

This is a clear and authoritative introduction to fossils, their study and their use in reconstructing the history of life on Earth. Paleontologist Richard Fortey explains in accessible language what fossils are, how they form, and how they help us to understand Earth's geological past and the emergence of life. Drawing on the latest information, he discusses evolution and extinction, the economic uses of fossils, such as oil and coal, as well as offering advice for making a fossil collection.

Fourth edition of a book first published in 1982.

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Fragile Web
What Next for Nature?
Edited by Jonathan Silvertown

A remarkable exploration of the past, present and future of nature's remarkable diversity and how humans will impact upon its uncertain future. Written by a team of international experts, the book is divided into three main sections. The first section explores the origins of biodiversity and the evolution of life on Earth, from 3.5 billion years ago to the present day. It explains how species are formed, including the complex role of genetics, and how diversity hotspots such as the Amazonia region and Sahara desert have developed. The second section examines ecology and how human activities can foster rather than threaten biodiversity.

It explains the importance of the world's ecosystems and how they function, and suggests how we can enjoy and appreciate nature to the full. In the final section, Fate, the book discusses the major threats to our natural world, both now and in the future, and considers possible solutions. Fully illustrated with photographs diagrams and maps, "Fragile Web" provides a timely snapshot of the state of life on Earth and considers what may be next for our natural world.

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Full Meridian of Glory
Perilous Adventures in the Competition to Measure the Earth
Paul Murdin

The present book is the scientific story behind the scene on the axis of France that passes through Paris. The Paris Meridian is the name of this location. It is the line running north-south through the astronomical observatory in Paris. One of the original intentions behind the founding of the Paris Observatory was to determine and measure this line. The French government financed the Paris Academy of Sciences to do so in the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries. It employed both astronomers - people who study and measure the stars - and geodesists - people who study and measure the Earth.

This book is about what they did and why. This is the first English language presentation of this historical material. It is attractively written and it features the story of the community of scientists who created the Paris Meridian.

To establish the Paris Meridian, the scientists endured hardship, survived danger and gloried in amazing adventures during a time of turmoil in Europe, the French Revolution and the Napoleonic War between France and Spain. Some were accused of witchcraft. Some of their associates lost their heads on the guillotine. Some died of disease. Some won honour and fame. One became the Head of State in France, albeit for no more than a few weeks. Some found dangerous love in foreign countries. One scientist killed himself in self defence when attacked by a jealous lover, another was himself killed by a jealous lover, a third brought back a woman to France and then jilted her, whereupon she joined a convent.The scientists worked on practical problems of interest to the government and to the people. They also worked on one of the important intellectual problems of the time, a problem of great interest to their fellow scientists all over the world, nothing less than the theory of universal gravitation. They succeeded in their intellectual work, while touching politics and the affairs of state. Their endeavours have left their marks on the landscape, in art and in literature.

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Galileo
John Heilbron

Four hundred years ago, in 1610, Galileo published the Siderius nuncius, or Starry Messenger, a 'hurried little masterpiece' in John Heilbron's words. Presenting to the world his remarkable observations using the recently invented telescope - of the craters of the moon, and the satellites of Jupiter, observations that forced changes to perceptions of the perfection of the heavens and the centrality of the Earth - the appearance of the little book is regarded as one of the greatest moments in the history of science. It was also a point of change in the life of Galileo himself, propelling him from professor to prophet. But this is not the biography of a mathematician. Certainly he spent the first half of his career as a professor of mathematics and has been called 'the divine mathematician'. Yet he was no more (or less) a mathematician than he was a musician, artist, writer, philosopher, or gadgeteer.

This fresh lively new biography of the 'father of science', planned to coincide with the 400th anniversary of publication of the Starry Messenger, paints a rounded picture of Galileo, and places him firmly within the rich texture of late Renaissance Florence, Pisa, and Padua, amid debates on the merits of Ariosto and Tasso, and the geometry of Dante's Inferno - debates in which the young Galileo played an active role. Galileo's character and career followed complex paths, moving from the creative but cautious humanist professor to a 'knight errant, quixotic and fearless', with increasing enemies, and leading ultimately and inevitably to a clash with a pope who was a former friend.

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Galileo's New Universe
The Revolution in Our Understanding of the Cosmos
Stephen P Maran and Laurence Marschall

The historical and social implications of the telescope and that instrument's modern-day significance are brought into startling focus in this fascinating account. When Galileo looked to the sky with his perspicillum, or spyglass, roughly 400 years ago, he could not have fathomed the amount of change his astonishing findings - a seemingly flat moon magically transformed into a dynamic, crater-filled orb and a large, black sky suddenly held millions of galaxies - would have on civilizations. Reflecting on how Galileo's world compares with contemporary society, this insightful analysis deftly moves from the cutting-edge technology available in 17th-century Europe to the unbelievable phenomena discovered during the last 50 years, documenting important astronomical advances and the effects they have had over the years.

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Gardening for Butterflies, Bees and Other Beneficial Insects
A How-to Guide
Jan Miller-Klein

This guide helps to identify the most useful and beautiful insects that may be found in a garden and offers tips and plans to aid in the design from dragonfly ponds through to green roofs and wildflower meadows.

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Gentle Footprints
A Collection of Animal Stories

This book is a collection of 19 short stores about wild animals written for adults. The stories range from the simple elegance of the octopus to the majestic elephant. After each story there are important facts about each of the featured animals and links to conservation organisations. The book contains a brand new story by Watership Down author Richard Adams called Leopard Aware.

A portion of the sale from each copy will go to the Born Free Foundation and the book features a foreword by actress and founder of the organisation Virginia McKenna OBE.

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Giles and Sue Live the Good Life
Giles Coren and Sue Perkins

For the 35th anniversary of iconic sitcom The Good Life, and in homage to Tom and Barbara Good, Giles Coren and Sue Perkins are trying out self-sufficiency in the suburbs. But is it really possible to live out of the rat race and off grid in modern Britain?

Through Giles and Sue's experiments in dying and making clothes, rearing chickens, goats and pigs, growing veg in the garden, selling their produce to the public and making their own electricity, this book shows you how to be greener, reduce your carbon footprint and, in the spirit of Tom and Barbara Good, how to live more self-sufficiently too.

Packed with practical information, and helpful hints and tips, Giles and Sue Live The Good Life is an inspirational new handbook for sustainable living.

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Gorillas
Living on the Edge
Andy Rouse

This book is a celebration of their life through his personal journeys into their world, set on the misty slopes of their last stronghold, the magnificent Virunga Volcanoes. Follow his adventures as he visits the highest living group of mountain gorillas, experiences the daily challenges facing a young gorilla (inlcuding the Bad Hair Day sequences) and encounters a group of gorillas that have had far too much bamboo juice for their own good. Themed chapters explore the lives of his favourite silverbacks and the emotions behind his first gorilla trek. It's a fun and irreverent look at this affable ape, beautifully illustrated with over 120 of Andy's finest images, grouped together in stories that make you feel like you are there.

In many ways the conservation success of mountain gorillas to date is a model for the future conservation of many species. Just like tigers, their continued survival depends on them being worth more alive than dead. It is Andy's view that the future of the mountain gorilla depends very much on sustainable tourism.

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Go Wild!
101 things to do outdoors before you grow up
Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks

'Utterly joyful!and full of fun', said The Countryman of Nature's Playground. Following that book's success the authors have written a second book that encourages children to enjoy and learn from the natural world through fun - this time for slightly older children.

Go Wild describes a range of outdoor adventures for families to share, including foraging for wild food, the magical excitement of making fires, cooking over the hot coals and making your own shelter. For eight-year-olds through to young teenagers there are tempting alternatives to computers and hanging out: brilliant ideas for having fun that will also help them to learn new skills and give them independence and confidence.

From making a catapult to catching crayfish, creating fire without matches to constructing a tepee, Go Wild is all about thrilling activities, amazing discoveries and kids having the time of their lives in the great outdoors.

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The Grand Design
New Answers to the Ultimate Questions of Life
Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow

In the last thirty years of his life Albert Einstein searched for a unified theory - a theory which could describe all the forces of nature in a single framework. But the time was not right for such a discovery in Einstein's day. Neither was the time right when, in 1988, Professor Stephen Hawking wrote A Brief History of Time in which he took us on a journey through classical physics, Einstein's theory of relativity, quantum physics and string theory in order to explain the universe that we live in. He concluded, like Einstein, that science may soon arrive at the long sought after 'Theory of Everything'.

In this ground-breaking new work, Professor Hawking and renowned science writer Leonard Mlodinow have drawn on forty years of Hawking's own research and a recent series of extraordinary astronomical observations and theoretical breakthroughs to reveal an original and controversial theory. They convincingly argue that scientific obsession with formulating a single new model may be misplaced, and that, instead, by synthesising existing theories we may discover the key to finally understanding the universe's deepest mysteries.

Written with the clarity and lively style for which Hawking is famous, The Grand Design is an account of Hawking's quest to fuse these different strands of scientific theory. It examines the differences between past and future, explains the nature of reality and asks an all-important question: How far can we go in our search for understanding and knowledge?

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Gravity's Fatal Attraction
Black Holes in the Universe
Mitchell Begelman and Martin Rees

Richly illustrated with the images from observatories on the ground and in space, as well as computer simulations, this book shows how black holes were discovered, and discusses our current understanding of their role in cosmic evolution.

This second edition covers new discoveries made in the past decade, including definitive proof of a black hole at the center of the Milky Way, evidence that the expansion of the Universe is accelerating, and the new appreciation of the connection between black holes and galaxy formation. There are entirely new chapters on gamma-ray bursts and cosmic feedback. The authors blend theoretical arguments with observational results to demonstrate how both approaches contributed to this subject.

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Great Migrations
Karen Kostyal

At a riverbank in Africa's Serengeti, thousands of migrating wildebeest try desperately to cross as terrifying crocs feast on the galloping herds - which must attempt the river for a chance at survival. In the Falkland Islands, the albatross - king of migrations - journeys thousands of miles to nest despite the deadly cara, a predatory raptor. For countless animals species, migration is a dramatic, dangerous, and crucial undertaking...one that is portrayed in vivid color and unflinching candour in this magnificent book, companion to the 10-hour documentary from National Geographic.

The book follows the sequence of the film, with each section highlighting a factor that makes these epic journeys essential. "The Need for Speed" documents migration as a race against time, in which freezing temperatures or scorching heat usher in a crisis. Incredible photographs document activity along the Mississippi Flyway, which teems with long-distance travellers: red-winged blackbirds, white pelicans, tundra swans, and the birds of prey that patrol the skies. In "The Need to Feed", the annual search for greener pastures means life must go on the march as hungry predators lie in wait. Dramatic stills show as many as 40,000 walrus trying to evade 200 polar bears...and a jungle terrorised by nature's perfect killer: millions of voracious ants that work as one to overwhelm other species.

"The Need to Lead" explains that migrations need generals, admirals and pioneers. How well the leaders keep their charges in line and on track will determine a species' fate. And in "The Need to Breed", the drive to renew the species forces every generation to risk it all. We experience the Falkland Islands, where aggressive, multi-ton elephant seals battle for the right to breed, and the lush rain forest canopy, where primates gather to feed and mate while smaller creatures glide from tree to tree.

In every instance, both the migrating herds and the predators they sustain are faced with a new threat: global climate shift. Safe havens are vanishing, and migrating animals must stay one step ahead of a changing planet. Their struggle to survive despite mounting odds, set against the incomparable beauty of the natural world, fills this magnificently photographed book with drama, fascination, and beauty.

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Great White
The Majesty of Sharks
Chris Fallows

For most people, sharks and fear go hand in hand. Renowned photographer and conservationist Chris Fallows maintains a more nuanced relationship with the superpredator. Gasp-inducing in their immediacy and surprise, Fallows's brilliant photographs present these mighty creatures in a different light. Great White the first publication to collect Fallows's work reveals the sublime beauty of sharks and provides a rare glimpse into the largely unseen world of great whites, hammerheads, and other breeds.

Fallows captures these fearsome creatures both above water, as they intersect with humanity, and below, in their mysterious underwater domain. A one-of-a-kind portrait of the shark and a superlative study of the nature photographer's art, this book is bound to turn heads and elicit a deep appreciation for the creatures that inhabit our oceans.

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Grow Your Own Vegetables
Joy Larkcom

This guide contains everything you need to know to create a highly-productive, beautiful vegetable plot. Joy Larkom's easy-to-follow advice covers every aspect of vegetable gardening, including preparing and looking after soil; manures, composts and fertilizers; growing techniques; pests, diseases and weeds; protection; and planning and making good use of space. The second half of the book provides cultivation information for over 100 vegetables, including site and soil requirements, cultivation, pests and diseases, and cultivars. Comprehensively revised, the book now includes unusual vegetables from the increasingly wide range available today, new varieties and modern techniques, and up-to-date research. It addresses the concerns of 21st-century gardeners and is totally organic in its approach.

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The Half-hour Allotment
Lia Leendertz

This practical and inspirational handbook is aimed at the new generation of gardeners who want to enjoy the taste and health benefits of growing their own food, but who have little time to spare. Expert advice and innovative techniques show you how to grow the right quantities of the fruit and vegetables you love, and enjoy the satisfactions of tending an allotment or vegetable garden without becoming a slave to your plot. Tested by fruit-grower Will Sibley and author Lia Leendertz on their own allotments, these methods will enable you to get the best results in half an hour per day, or even less. The book covers all aspects of allotmenteering and vegetable gardening, including the practicalities of obtaining and maintaining a site, choosing what to grow, designing the plot and advanced projects such as building paths and shelters. A section on harvesting, storing and cooking shows you what to do when your crop is ripe and ready.

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Here Be Dragons
How the Study of Animal and Plant Distributions Revolutionized Our Views of Life and Earth
Dennis McCarthy

Why do we find polar bears only in the Arctic and penguins only in the Antarctic? Why do oceanic islands often have many types of birds but no large native mammals?

As Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace travelled across distant lands studying the wildlife they both noticed that the distribution of plants and animals formed striking patterns - patterns that held strong clues to the past of the planet.

The study of the spatial distribution of living things is known as biogeography. It is a field that could be said to have begun with Darwin and Wallace. In this lively book, Denis McCarthy tells the story of biogeography, from the 19th century to its growth into a major field of interdisciplinary research in the present day. It is a story that encompasses two great, insightful theories that were to provide the explanations to the strange patterns of life across the world - evolution, and plate tectonics.

We find animals and plants where we do because, over time, the continents have moved, separating and coalescing in a long, slow dance; because sea levels have risen, cutting off one bit of land from another, and fallen, creating land bridges; because new and barren volcanic islands have risen up from the sea; and because animals and plants vary greatly in their ability to travel, and separation has caused the formation of new species. The story of biogeography is the story of how life has responded and has in turn altered the ever changing Earth. It is a narrative that includes many fascinating tales - of pygmy mammoths and elephant birds; of changing landscapes; of radical ideas by bold young scientists first dismissed and later, with vastly growing evidence, widely accepted. The story is not yet done: there are still questions to be answered and biogeography is a lively area of research and debate. But our view of the planet has been changed profoundly by biogeography and its related fields: the emerging understanding is of a deeply interconnected system in which life and physical forces interact dynamically in space and time.

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Here on Earth
A New Beginning
Tim Flannery

Sometimes it's hard to be an optimist. In an ever more crowded and complex world, new challenges continue to confront us. It would be tempting to give up hope. Tim Flannery is here to offer us a change of perspective. And he is here to inspire us. He invites us to consider again our place on earth, what it really means to be alive. "Here on Earth" is a revolutionary dual biography of the planet and of our species. Flannery reimagines the history of earth, from its earliest origins as a chaotic ball of elemental gases to the teeming landscape we currently call home.

It is a remarkable story. How did life first emerge here? What forces have shaped it? Why did humans come to dominate? And when did we start to have an impact? More importantly, how has this changed us as a species? The awesome hand of nature has never been better portrayed than in this book. Nor, remarkably, the transformative power of ideas. From the most intense competition for survival, cooperation has emerged. The challenge we now face is to sustain our fragile hold on life. Our fate is in our own hands. But first we have to realise who we are.

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The Hidden Reality
Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos
Brian Greene

In this exhilarating new book, Brian Greene explores our most current understanding of the universe, its deepest laws of nature, and our continuing quest to know more. "The Hidden Reality" reveals how major developments in different branches of fundamental theoretical physics - relativistic, quantum, cosmological, unified, computational - have all led us to consider one or another variety of parallel universe. In some, they are separated from us by enormous stretches of space or time, in others they're hovering millimetres away, in others still the very notion of their location proves to be a concept beyond our reach. Most extraordinarily, Greene shows how all of these parallel universe proposals emerge unbidden from the mathematics of theories developed to explain conventional data and observations of the cosmos. This is a life-changing book that gives us a true sense of the astounding possibilities of modern scientific investigation.

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Hidden Universe
Lars L Christensen, Robert Fosbury and Robert L Hurt

Our eyes are the result of an evolutionary adaptation to the sun's light. Since the sun is a G dwarf and emits most of its light in only a small part of the electromagnetic spectrum, our eyes are very limited in their capability to show us the universe. This book shows the fundamental change in our perception by covering the full spectrum of light.

It's contents include: the view from the ground Space observatories - our new eyes on the universe; the radio universe; the infrared universe; the ultraviolet universe; the x-ray universe; the gamma-ray universe; the cosmic ray universe; and, the future.The authors' unique skill in both science and science communication allows for a popular writing style, with an emphasis on what cannot be seen with our eyes. They make many comparisons with high-color images to reveal what is actually taking place behind the veil. They also make good use of their access to the most striking images in the field, creating full-color illustrations as needed. In addition, boxes and diagrams provide overviews of the instruments used.

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Higgledy Piggledy
The Ultimate Pig Miscellany
Richard Lutwyche

Pig, porker, hog, swine however you refer to him, there is no doubt that the chubby quadruped with the curly tail and the big oink is regarded with enormous affection. The author explores the influence of the pig's characteristics and his quirky nature on our language, literature and general outlook on life. Piggy appearances in the media, both ancient and modern, are celebrated with a wide array of quotations from such diverse sources as Horace, Shakespeare, Bunyan and Kipling, not to mention Noel Coward, Beatrix Potter and The Goon Show! Higgledy-Piggledy offers us a marvellous selection of sayings and proverbs concerning all things porcine.

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The History of British Birds
Derek Yalden and Umberto Albarella

The History of British Birds reviews our knowledge of avifaunal history over the last 15,000 years, setting it in its wider historical and European context. The authors, one an ornithologist the other an archaeologist, integrate a wealth of archaeological data to illuminate and enliven the story, indicating the extent to which climatic, agricultural, and social changes have affected the avifauna. They discuss its present balance, as well as predicting possible future changes.

It is a popular misconception that bird bones are rarely preserved (compared with mammals), and cannot be reliably identified when they are found. The book explores both these contentions, armed with a database of 9,000 records of birds that have been identified on archaeological sites. Most are in England, but sites elsewhere in Great Britain, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Isles are included.

Britain's most numerous bird is also the most widespread in the archaeological record, but some of the more charismatic species also have a rich historical pedigree. For example, we can say quite a lot about the history of the Crane, Red Kite, White-tailed Eagle and Great Auk. The history of many introduced domestic species can also be illuminated. Even so, there remain uncertainties, posed by difficulties of dating or identification, the vagaries of the archaeological record or the ecological specialities of the birds themselves. These issues are highlighted, thus posing research questions for others to answer.

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How to Find a Habitable Planet
James Kasting

Ever since Carl Sagan first predicted that extraterrestrial civilizations must number in the millions, the search for life on other planets has gripped our imagination. Is Earth so rare that advanced life forms like us - or even the simplest biological organisms - are unique to the universe?

This book describes how scientists are testing Sagan's prediction, and demonstrates why Earth may not be so rare after all. The author has worked closely with NASA in its mission to detect habitable worlds outside our solar system, and in this book he introduces readers to the advanced methodologies being used in this extraordinary quest.

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How Old is the Universe?
David A Weintraub

Astronomers have determined that our universe is 13.7 billion years old. How exactly did they come to this precise conclusion? This book tells the incredible story of how astronomers solved one of the most compelling mysteries in science and, along the way, introduces readers to fundamental concepts and cutting-edge advances in modern astronomy.

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Hubble
A Journey Through Space and Time
Edward Weiler

April 2010 marks the 20th anniversary of one of the most important scientific tools ever employed by humanity, the Hubble Space Telescope. Hubble is the most celebrated celestial observer since Galileo assembled his first optical instruments. Theoretical physicist and astronomer Lyman Spitzer realized that our atmosphere was an imperfect window on the universe and he was the first person to propose the idea of placing a large telescope in orbit, free of the obstacles that clouded ground-based observatories. He was the driving force behind the development of what would eventually become Hubble. Named after the trailblazing astronomer Edwin P. Hubble, the space-based telescope has revolutionised astronomy by providing unprecedented deep and clear views of the universe, ranging from our own solar system to extremely remote fledgling galaxies formed not long after the Big Bang more than 13 billion years ago. Beyond its scientific contributions, 20 years of Hubble research and imagery have had a profound impact on the world's imagination and spiritual growth. The purpose of the book is to celebrate two decades of astronomical, scientific and technological breakthroughs as told through historic and glorious photographs. "Hubble: A Journey through Space and Time" features a collection of Hubble's most important images, as well as a section on the five successful manned missions that have kept the observatory functioning. Hubble's top 20 discoveries will be described in commentaries by notable scientists. Mission astronauts will contribute their reminiscences as well.

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Human Planet
Nature's Greatest Human Stories
Dale Templar and Brian Leith

"Human Planet" is the first natural history documentary series to turn the camera on ourselves, the human species. Taking the same approach as Planet Earth, it will explain how human beings have learnt to live on every habitat, from our origins in the Jungle to our domination of Grasslands to the Desert, Ocean, Rivers, the creation of our own environment, Urban, and the challenges of the Arctic mountains.

But this is also a story about how we have learnt to adapt to the most inhospitable landscapes and work in partnership with other animal species. From the Bajau sea gypsies to the Korowai tribe of West Papau who live in treehouses, the honey birds in Kenya that lead the Masai people to honey, the men who fish with dolphins in Brazil and the Papuan tribesmen who mimic the courtship dances of the birds of paradise, this is the remarkable story of our relationship with nature.

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The Hunt for Planet X
New Worlds and the Fate of Pluto
Govert Schilling

Ever since the serendipitous discovery of planet Uranus in 1871, astronomers have been hunting for new worlds in the outer regions of our solar system. This exciting and ongoing quest culminating recently in the discovery of hundreds of ice dwarfs in the Kuiper belt, robbed Pluto of its 'planet' status, and led to a better understanding of the origin of the solar system.

This timely book reads like a scientific 'whodunnit', going from the heights of discovery to the depths of disappointment in the hunt for 'Planet X'. Based on many personal interviews with astronomers, the well-known science writer Govert Schilling introduces the heroes in the race to be the first in finding another world, bigger than Pluto.

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Impressions of Africa
Alain Pons and Philippe Huet

This book of spectacular photographs and highly descriptive text takes the reader on a breathtaking journey from the eastern African savannahs to the deserts of the continent's southern regions.

Each page illustrates the emotional attraction of the continent's very being - the grandeur, the natural beauty and the multifarious animal kingdom - and inspires a dream of the magic of Africa, the land of man's origin.

The photographer's early training as a graphic designer is apparent in the way the pictures 'come alive' on the page, their dramatic effect is further enhanced by being produced in black and white, a genre sadly under-used these days.

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Impressions of Nature
A History of Nature Printing
Roderick Cave

Nature printing is the name given to the print-making technique in which natural objects provide the surface from which prints are taken - without the interpolation of artist's interpretation. This technique was developed in the Middle Ages to assist those gathering medicinal plants (the earliest datable nature print dates from 1228) using relatively simple impressions taken from leaves and fruit. By the 17th and 18th centuries, nature printing had developed into a serious scientific process of reproducing plants and was used in building up systemised collections made by and for botanists.

During the 19th century the technique also drew on the new photographic technology. Nature printing was not limited to the West: the Polynesian people ornamented bark cloth with simple prints and the Japanese tradition, probably derived from Chinese stone rubbings, developed the technique into a means of taking prints direct from fish, some being very beautiful works of art. These delicate prints are both unusual and beautiful, and "Impressions of Nature" will intrigue anyone with an interest in the history of zoological and botanical printing.

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Invisible Connections
Why Migrating Shorebirds Need the Yellow Sea
Danny Rogers, Phil Battley, Brian MacCaffery, Nial Moores and Jan Lewis

Each year, invisible to the naked eye, millions of migrating shorebirds fly from Australasia towards the tidal flats of the Yellow Sea bordering China and Korea. Each flock is made up of individuals using whatever strategies they can muster to endure the flights, weather the storms and find safe havens to rest and refuel on their long journeys to the breeding grounds in Siberia or Alaska. Once there, successful reproduction of as many individuals as possible is key to survival.

Shorebird migration is one of nature's most spectacular phenomena, creating surprising and hitherto poorly understood links between countries, habitats and people. Jan van de Kam's beautiful images, together with the compelling words of his colleagues, illustrate the magnitude of the feats performed by migrating shorebirds and the vital need for the connections that bind them to habitats to be sustained.

This book invites you to discover the risks inherent in a shorebird's migratory lifestyle and the additional challenges created by expanding human populations. It reveals the crucial role that the shoreline of the Yellow Sea plays in shorebird migration and highlights the need for this unique and threatened habitat to be saved for future generations of birds and people.

#187336 is a new edition with new material. The original Wetlands International edition (#177640), in Chinese, Korean and English, is still available.

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Islands
RJ Berry

Islands have incited passion throughout the ages. These 'watery lands' symbolise the eternal contrast between land and water, suggesting mystery and adventure, romanticism and beauty. For centuries, they have stimulated the imaginations of writers, artists, historians and naturalists alike.

The genetic isolation of islands often leads to the development of unique elements in the flora, fauna and wildlife. In his fourth New Naturalist volume, Professor R. J. Berry takes a broad look at the islands that lie off the shore of Britain and Ireland, exploring their biology, geography, geology and climate, and examining changes that have occurred in the past and how these become relevant for future developments.

Laced throughout with Professor Berry's expertise and enthusiasm, this all-encompassing, engrossing volume is a lyrical journey of the islands that shape our imagination and our awareness. Berry presents a wealth of scientific information which will be read and enjoyed by expert and amateur alike.

"[Berry's] superb Islands has taken 20 years to come from commission to publication - and it has been a professional lifetime in the living." - Robert Macfarlane, The Guardian

"It's the mixture of science and romanticism that gives Islands its charismatic texture: hard-won data, garnished with passion and fancy." - Robert Macfarlane, The Guardian

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Jane Goodall
50 Years at Gombe
Jane Goodall

A lot has happened since Stewart, Tabori & Chang first published Jane Goodall: 40 Years at Gombe in the Autumn of 1999. Most recently, Gombe has contributed ground-breaking AIDS research; established programmes to improve sanitation, health care and education within neighbouring Tanzanian communities; and empowered locals to pursue reforestation initiatives and refugee aid programs. The accomplishments of the past ten years alone have given the Jane Goodall Institute a great deal to celebrate.

The field site's 50th anniversary sees the publication of this compelling pictorial tribute to her life, her studies of the chimpanzees and her unflagging efforts to motivate human beings on their behalf. With a new format, a redesign, more than a dozen new photographs, and updated text throughout, this revised edition retraces five decades of compassion and discovery.

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The Jewel Hunter
Chris Gooddie

A tale of one man's obsession with rainforest jewels, this is the story of an impossible dream: a quest to see every one of the world's most elusive avian gems - a group of birds known as pittas - in a single year.

Insightful, compelling and laugh-out-loud funny, this is more than a book about birds. It's a true story detailing the lengths to which a man will go to escape his mid-life crisis. A travelogue with a difference, it follows a journey from the suburban straitjacket of High Wycombe to the steamy, leech-infested rainforests of remotest Asia, Africa and Australia.

Dangerous situations, personal traumas and logistical nightmares threaten The Jewel Hunter's progress. Will venomous snakes or razor-clawed bears intervene? Or will running out of fuel mid-Pacific ultimately sink the mission? The race is on...

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John Craven's "Countryfile" Handbook
John Craven

John Craven has been presenting Countryfile since its launch in 1989 and, for the first time, he has distilled all his knowledge and wisdom into "The Countryfile Handbook". This book is an invaluable resource for those who live in the countryside or want to know more about it. Divided into the different types of land (villages and market towns; fields and farming; upland; lowland; woodland; waterways; and coastline) it offers practical information: How to tell the difference between the swallow, martin and swift; How to learn the various sheepdog calls; The do's and don't's of foraging; How lichen can help tell us how clean the air is; informative essays on rural issues: Why hedgerows are important; Saving British meadows; Reintroducing beavers; plus useful (and entertaining) facts and figures such as: Did you know an acre is the space needed to park 200 cars; 10 things to do with a stinging nettle; and what to do if you see a sheep on its back. Together with stories and anecdotes from the programme, this book really will become your Countryfile companion.

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Julia Bradbury's Railway Walks
Julia Bradbury

Accompanying the six-part BBC 2 series, the six walks featured in this book follow the old tracks, overgrown cuttings and ancient viaducts which are the legacy of 'The Beeching Axe'. Julia Bradbury looks at how the rise and fall of the railways has altered the lives of communities across the country.

Today, many of the thousands of old branch lines which were closed in the 1960s are now the treasured stomping grounds of ramblers and hikers. This book follows six of these beautiful walks, all offering an insight into Britain's industrial heritage: the Monsal Trail in Derbyshire, Dolgellau to Barmouth in Snowdonia, Cornwall's Coast to Coast Trail, the Strathspey Railway, Weymouth to Portland, and Callander to Loch Tay in Perthshire. Fully illustrated with maps and photographs of Julia walking the routes and the spectacular surrounding landscapes, Julia Bradbury's Railway Walks will inspire you to don your walking boots and explore Britain's lost rail empire.

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Kingfisher
Tales from the Halcyon River
Charlie Hamilton James

The kingfisher is one of the most bewitching of birds - strikingly beautiful in colour, unmistakably elegant in profile, incomparable when plunge-diving for its food. It is shy, solitary and hard to spot when it perches motionless on a branch above the water, ready to strike the moment of fish appears. It is also notoriously difficult to photograph, which makes Charlie Hamilton James' achievement in producing "Kingfisher: Tales from the Halcyon River" all the more remarkable. From a hide attached to his home by a West Country river, and from a number of vantage points along that river, he has watched and photographed kingfishers for literally thousands of hours, starting work before dawn and continuing until there is too little light for him to see. This dedication has enabled him to build up a unique photographic portfolio.

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Lars Jonsson's Birds
Lars Jonsson

Lars Jonsson is widely regarded as one of the greatest bird artists of all time. In his native Sweden he is a national celebrity and there is even a museum dedicated to his art in his native Gotland. This new collection of paintings and drawings represents his work since the turn of the millennium. Once again, he returns to his favourite themes of birds in the wider landscape, featuring gulls, waders, ducks and raptors in particular. This magnificent volume has been produced to accompany a major exhibition of his work in Germany, Denmark and Austria, and includes short essays from the sculptor Kent Ullberg and museum curator Adam Harris.

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Last Chance to See
In the Footsteps of Douglas Adams
Mark Carwardine and Stephen Fry

Join Britain's best-loved wit and raconteur, Stephen Fry, as he follows in his great friend Douglas Adams' footsteps with zoologist Mark Carwardine, in search of some of the rarest and most threatened animals on Earth.

In the 1980s celebrated writer Douglas Adams teamed up with zoologist Mark Carwardine and together they embarked on a groundbreaking expedition, travelling the globe in search of the world's endangered animals and writing a book also entitled 'Last Chance to See'. Twenty years later, comic genius Stephen Fry is returning with Mark to see if the species still exist. A major BBC television series follows the two on six separate journeys which take them to the Amazon basin, East Africa, Madagascar, New Zealand, Indonesia and Mexico to look for a flightless parrot, the Amazonian manatee, man-eating Komodo dragons, man's closest living relative, the northern white rhino and an animal so bizarre it seems to have been assembled from bits of other creatures. These are not just travels to the four corners of the world, but a journey in time to open our eyes to what humans have done to the Earth in the 20 years since the original Last Chance to See expeditions.

It is a unique insight into the disappearing world around us, by one of the most extraordinary, informed, enthusiastic and amusing partnerships.

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Last of the Scottish Wildcats
Only 400 Remain
Coffee Films

Wildcats have been resident in Britain for over 2 million years; sharing the land with the mammoth, cave bear and cave lion long before mankind had found their way through the forests of Europe. The current population was isolated here some 9000 years ago as the last ice age ended and sea levels rose separating the British Isles from mainland Europe. Those cats evolved into a unique subspecies Felis Sylvestris Grampia; the Scottish wildcat.

These are no domestic tabbies, feral cats or farm cats run wild, they're Britain's last wild feline and infamous amongst experts for being the wildest of all wild animals; an untameable and deadly predator capable of surviving the harshest of winters in the Scottish Highlands. Today, after centuries of persecution, deforestation and competition from introduced species there are less than 400 Scottish wildcats left in the world and extinction could be as little as ten years away.

Last of the Scottish Wildcats is only the second film ever to document a cat in the wild that even many Scots believe to be no more than a myth. It is the first to fully investigate the threats facing the cat's future and the solutions proposed to protect it through detailed interviews with a range of stakeholders and several leading experts, providing a complete picture of Britain's last native feline.

Coffee Films will be donating 50% of profits to the Scottish Wildcat Association.

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Life
Extraordinary Animals, Extreme Behaviour
Martha Holmes and Michael Gunton

"Life" is an ambitious, exhilarating and beautifully illustrated study of animal behaviour, exploring the key groups of animals that inhabit this planet and their survival strategies. From cold-blooded reptilian killers to the armoured invaders of the insect world, the long-distance migratory birds to predatory mammals and the sociable and intelligent primates, "Life" reveals animal behaviour as never been seen before. By focusing on intimate details of life, the book draws us into a fascinating primal story.

Starting with the challenges of childhood, we see how polar bears court, how baby penguins learn and how elephants look after each other in adulthood. How huge populations co-exist in a coral reef, weevils use their bodies as a toolbox and perhaps most familiar to us, the parental, nurturing instincts of the orangutangs. With emotional story-telling and breathtaking photography, this is an unmissable companion to 2009's landmark natural history programme.

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Life Along the Line
A Nostalgic Celebration of Railways and Railway People
Paul Atterbury

"Life Along the Line" takes a nostalgic look at the world of British railways through the eyes of bestselling author and antiques expert Paul Atterbury. Focusing on the human experience of the railways - the drivers, firemen, guards, station staff, signalmen, engineers, caterers and, of course, passengers - the book is a visual feast, filled with fascinating archive photographs of steam trains, other locomotives, memorabilia and evocative railway ephemera. Built from archive photographs, old postcards, badges and other railwayana, the book is filled with fascinating material that Atterbury has himself collected from tireless searching at postcard and antique fares and auction sites. Many of the illustrations are therefore original and previously unpublished. This title covers railway life across the network as well as showcasing local differences in a series of regional sections.

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Life in a Cottage Garden
Carol Klein and Jonathan Buckley

In this wonderful gardening journal, which accompanies the BBC2 series of the same name, Carol Klein, with characteristic warmth and eloquence, tells us the story of a year in her beautiful garden at Glebe Cottage, Devon, UK. With superb photography throughout, she takes us on a procession through the seasons, as she plans and plants, sows seeds and nurtures cuttings, tends the borders, and harvests her crops. Her energy, knowledge and enthusiasm are an inspiration in every month of the year.

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Life Stories
David Attenborough

"I daresay my mind would wander over a range of animals remarkable for the extravagance of their reproductive techniques" - Sir David Attenborough, when asked which animal he would like to be if he returned to Earth. This fantasy reincarnation was revealed only when in "racy" company, said the distinguished wildlife broadcaster. In more sober company, he would go for a sloth, which hangs upside-down all day.

The sloth is Sir David's first essay in this collection of his own personal insight into the natural world around us. He also talks about his first ever pet, a salamander, and his favourite animal - the bird of paradise, as well as living fossils, flying dinosaurs, dragons and the strange antics of the duck-billed platypus. This is Sir David looking at the wildlife that has captured his imagination and enthusiasm over his distinguished career in TV, then wildlife TV. It is a fascinating trip around the world in search of extraordinary plants and animals, in the company of this wonderful communicator.

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The Living Coast
An Aerial View of Britain's Shoreline
Adrian Warren, Dae Sasitorn and Christopher Somerville

Britain possesses one of the most remarkable and varied coastlines in the world, with its richness in geology and human history on display. Since the dawn of time the sea has been sculpting the rocks, sands and marshes, constantly changing the shape of the coastline and the inhabitants of Britain have adapted, defended, sometimes surrendered it or recaptured it in response to the forces of nature. The Living Coast brilliantly celebrates this dynamic interplay between sea, land and people in 376 images from the air - a seagull's - eye view round the 9,000 miles of British Coast, from Land's End to the wave-pounded isles and ancient rocks of the far north; the receding shores and sensationally beautiful estuaries of the east; and the familiar chalk cliffs, crumbling Jurassic coast and drowned river valleys of the South.

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The Making of History's Greatest Star Map
Michael Perryman

From prehistoric times, mankind has looked up at the night sky, and puzzled at the changing positions of the stars. How far away they are is a question that has confounded scientists for centuries. Over the last few hundred years, many scientific careers - and considerable resources - have been devoted to measuring their positions and motions with ever increasing accuracy. And in the last two decades of the 20th century, the European Space Agency developed and launched the Hipparcos satellite, around which this account revolves, to carry out these exacting measurements from space. What has prompted these remarkable developments? Why have governments been persuaded to fund them? What are scientists learning from astronomy's equivalent of the Human Genome Project?

This book traces the subject's history, explains why such enormous efforts are considered worthwhile, and interweaves these with a first-hand insight into the Hipparcos project, and how big science is conducted at an international level. The involvement of amateur astronomers, and the Hipparcos contributions to climate research, 'death stars' passing close to the Sun, and the search for extra-solar planets and even intelligent life itself, are some of the surprising facets of this unusual space mission. 'One of the defining points in the creative life of the human mind came about when the ancient Greeks realised that, through a combination of mathematical geometry and the devising of increasingly accurate instruments using 360 scales, it was possible to map the heavens. And from Hipparchus in 150 BC, to ESA's Hipparcos project in the late twentieth century, much of the history of astronomy has been about the increasingly refined measurement of stellar angles, and how we can use them to make sense of the cosmos.

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Mammals of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East
S Aulagnier, P Haffner, AJ Mitchell-Jones, F Moutou and J Zima

Covering over 400 species, this work presents all of the terrestrial mammal species of the Western Palearctic, serving as an excellent guide to the great wealth of fauna in this region.

Species accounts are concise and authoritative, giving information on size, distribution, habitat, behaviour, reproduction and feeding. Each account is supported by distribution maps and superb illustrations. The book features over 100 plates, comprising of over 600 colour species artworks. Variation between the sexes is illustrated and anatomical diagrams are provided to assist identification.

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Mangroves and Man-Eaters
and Other Wildlife Encounters
Dan Freeman

The author takes readers on his journeys to find wildlife around the world. As a professional zoologist, his career has taken him to six of the world's seven continents for research, photography, tourism or film-making.

Complemented with line drawings by Robin Prytherch, this is a powerful and evocative collection of stories, the result of 45 years engaging with animals and people on six continents. Dan has observed his subjects with a naturalist's passion for detail, resulting in a book that is engaging, informative and highly revealing.

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Mars
A Cosmic Stepping Stone
Kevin Nolan

The questions of our origin and cosmic abundance of life are among the most compelling facing humanity. We have determined much about the nature and origin of the Universe and our place in it, but with virtually all evidence of our origin long since gone from our world and an unimaginably vast Universe still to explore, defining answers are difficult to obtain.

For all of the difficulties facing us however, the planet Mars may act as a `cosmic stepping stone' in uncovering some of the answers. Although different today, the origin and early history of both Earth and Mars may have been similar enough to consider an origin to life on both. But because Mars' planetary processes collapsed over three billion years ago - just as life was beginning to flourish on Earth - a significant and unique record of activity from that era perhaps relevant to the origin of life still resides there today.

In recognition of this, both the US and Europe are currently engaged in one of the most ambitious programs of exploration ever undertaken. Built on our legacy of Mars exploration from the Viking era and before, a far-reaching, phased, program of robotic exploration now and over the coming decades aims at obtaining definitive answers about the origin and nature of the red planet and what it has to say about the origin and cosmic abundance of life. This book examines these issues in one of the most comprehensive treatments ever written about the planet Mars and our legacy of engagement with it, in language suitable for non-expert and expert alike.

Opening chapters consider the question of life in the Universe and the origin of life on Earth and what challenges face us in uncovering defining answers. With a realization of its importance in this, the next section examines the legacy of our engagement with Mars. From Kepler's work on its orbit, Schiaparelli's efforts to resolve its surface features and NASA's Mariner and Viking programs attempting to determine whether life resides upon the surface, Mars has remained elusive, yet always prodding and extending our capabilities in exploration and our perception of our place in the Universe.

Subsequent chapters consider our current understanding of the planet and the recently devised comprehensive program for scientific exploration. All recent, current and upcoming missions and the latest findings are discussed in detail, providing our best understanding yet of a vast and ancient landscape indeed characterized by significant activity relevant to our quest and which also points to a planet far from dead today. Late chapters consider NASA and ESA plans for Mars over the next thirty years, increasingly shaped by the scientific successes to date, unprecedented public interest and by issues of planetary protection. And with mounting political interest, our program for Mars may culminate in a human mission to Mars, perhaps sometime around 2040. The greatest discovery, however, remains to be made. If even one microbe is found on Mars, it will reveal a cosmic context for life with Earth as one place among many harboring life, confirming our cosmic origins and destiny.

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Mars
From Myth and Mystery to Recent Discoveries
Markus Hotakainen

The ruddy colour and erratic movements of Mars have fascinated the imagination of mankind for millennia. Mars has been considered as a celestial omen, a worshipped God, a key to the puzzles of the Solar system, and an abode of life. Until Mars died.

Now Mars is coming back to life again. There is ice, there is probably water, there might even be life. Or could have been.

As a result of the scientific study begun in the 17th century we know our cosmic neighbour almost as well as our own home planet. Mars is no longer an ancient myth, it is a landscape. A landscape man will one day be roaming in.

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Mars 3-D
A Rover's-Eye View of the Red Planet
Jim Bell

What would it be like to visit Mars--to explore the distinctive, untouched terrain that inspired astronomers and stirred so many sci-fi writers' imaginations? Two highly capable robotic geologists--Spirit and Opportunity--made that amazing voyage, and spent the last four years roaming the Red Planet's unique landscape. Thanks to 120 stunning 3-D and color images shot by these rovers, we can come along--and right now, it's the closest we can get to actually setting foot on Mars. These super-realistic pictures pop off the page, allowing us to see for ourselves the rocks, craters, valleys, and other geologic configurations that define the Martian terrain. Compelling and accessible text guides us on this exhilarating tour, revealing the thrill of each discovery, along with the perils and near misses. Featuring a fold-out flap with embedded 3-D viewer (which actually allows customers to view the three-dimensional images right in the store), it's the perfect gift for any armchair astronomer.

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Measure Solar System Objects and their Movements for Yourself!
John D Clark

Instead of taking somebody's word for it about the basic size and distance statistics for the solar system, this book shows amateur astronomers how to measure these things for themselves. This is an enriching experience for any amateur astronomer - to understand and personally measure some fundamental astronomical quantities and distances. A basic knowledge of geometry is required, but it is amazing how simple the geometry can be.

Readers are led through the geometry as gently as possible - and in a light-hearted way - presuming that most non-academics will have half-forgotten most of their mathematics. The practical astronomical equipment recommended is no more than a typical commercially-made amateur telescope and a camera of some sort - these days a webcam works very well. Apart from that all the reader will need is access to a computer, the know-how to download free software, and an enthusiasm to expand his knowledge of the basis of scientific astronomy.

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Meerkats
Nigel Dennis and David Macdonald

Portfolio of photographs taken in the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, accompanied by informative text documenting the life of these fascinating and intriguing animals in their desert habitat. It examines their behaviour, social make-up and adaptation in an often hostile environment.

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Meteorites
Caroline Smith, Sara Russell and Gretchen Benedix

Meteorites are rocks from space that have fallen to the Earth's surface. Once considered bad omens, they are now recognised as giving us a unique insight into the nature of material that was present at the formation of the solar system. In "Meteorites", leading experts from the Natural History Museum, London provide a compelling and up-to-date introduction to these mysterious objects. They reveal what meteorites are, where they are most likely to be found and the environments which allow this, and the type of parent bodies that they come from.

The book contains all the latest information on key meteorite falls and considers some of the big questions relating to the study of meteorites that still remain. With a mix of photographs, diagrams and maps, "Meteorites" is essential reading for all those with an interest in these intriguing objects and the history of our solar system.

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Meteorite Craters and Impact Structures of the Earth
Paul Hodge

All 139 sites throughout the world at which evidence of meteorite impacts can be seen are described.

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Meteors and How to Observe Them
Robert Lunsford

The focus of this book is to introduce the novice to the art of meteor observing. It explains in straightforward language how best to view meteor activity under a variety of conditions, regardless of the observer's location. Instead of focusing on just one region in the world, the book includes observing conditions for four different regions such as high northern latitudes, low northern latitudes, equatorial regions, and low southern latitudes. The observing conditions for each meteor shower are vastly different from these regions and this book would be valuable to any potential observer from Australia to Alaska.

This will be a valuable tool for all observers, regardless of their experience level - and even those located in the southern hemisphere and the tropical areas of the world. The calendar chapters list activity as it occurs throughout the year. The list is limited to showers that the amateur observer can actually see (some sources list radiants that are impossible to observe without photographic or video methods). Not only are the annual showers discussed, but the random sporadic meteor activity is also included for each region. This is important, as there are many more nights throughout the year when the sporadic background will provide more activity than that provided by the annual showers!

"Meteors, and How to Observe Them" contains many pictures of actual meteors against the stellar background, instead of (often-confusing) star charts. It presents meteor shower activity throughout the year in an appealing calendar-like format. Since fireballs are often the first experience many have with meteors (or even astronomy), this topic is discussed in detail, and includes fireball activity as it occurs throughout the year. While much of this activity is unpredictable, there are certain periods when the observer has a much better chance of seeing one of these spectacular events. Finally, the ultimate goal of this book is to kindle (or re-kindle) an interest in viewing meteor activity up to a level where the observer can effectively contribute to our knowledge of the subject by holding systematic observing sessions that accurately list the meteor activity observed in a particular night.

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Moonshot
The Inside Story of Mankind's Greatest Adventure
Dan Parry

In 1969, people from across the globe gathered round television sets to witness one of the most historic moments in the history of mankind - the first human moon landing. Following this epic undertaking from its very beginning - a product of the Cold War and America's desire to flex its international muscle - through to its aftermath, "Moonshot" goes beyond official accounts of the Apollo 11 mission to tell the real, untold story of an event known the world over.

From the fraught and often bitter relationships between the three men destined to make history - hot-headed Buzz Aldrin, easygoing Michael Collins and the inscrutable Neil Armstrong - to the moment when, just minutes before Armstrong and Aldrin were about to reach the surface of the moon, their equipment failed and alarms rang out, Dan Parry reveals how the mission could so easily have gone terribly wrong, and America's great triumph have become a national disaster.

Based on extensive research and interviews with many of the leading participants, "Moonshot" describes in nail-biting, page-turning detail every step of a remarkable, perilous mission that has captured the imagination of generations then and since.

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The Most Amazing Places to Visit in Britain's Countryside
Reader's Digest

This book will take you on a fantastic journey of discovery to some of the most spectacular and unspoiled parts of Britain's countryside. From lonely salt-marshes teeming with wildlife to wind-swept mountain peaks towering over forested glens, let "The Most Amazing Places in Britain's Countryside" show you the amazing variety of landscape that Britain has to offer. This book is organised by region and covers 500 spots, all of which are accessible to walker or motorist.

It helps you to: explore the bleak wilderness of Dartmoor National Park with its rolling moorland; relive a blood-filled past in the battlefields of Northumberland's borderland; relax in the tranquil charm of the Cotswold villages; and, discover the best spots around for breathtaking vistas and invigorating walks.Along the way you can find out about the various flora and fauna that can be seen in the UK. Unusual aspects of the British landscape are also highlighted, such as chalk figures or ancient pathways. With many features on the hidden secrets of Britain, this book will be an invaluable companion when exploring our countryside.

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The Most Amazing Places to Walk in Britain
Reader's Digest

Transform your country walks into journeys to remember. This practical touring guide features 200 walks through the best of Britain's countryside, each one specially devised to include amazing views, interesting features and varied landscape. From gentle rambles alongside rivers and canals to exhilarating cliff and hill-top walks, this guide offers walking to suit all interests and abilities. The walks are described in clear step-by-step instructions, each one accompanied by a detailed map, and are arranged by region and country with large regional maps for easy reference. Illustrated throughout with stunning photographs capturing the drama and beauty of the landscape, this book is the perfect travelling companion.

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Museum of Life
Steve Parker

For the first time cameras are going behind the scenes of the Natural History Museum in London to meet the experts who define the world we live in. In spring 2010 the Museum will be the subject of a major new BBC TV series, "Museum of Life". This landmark television series will provide viewers with unprecedented access to all aspects of museum life, with a focus on its pioneering research worldwide and the 70 million specimens that it looks after.

Published to tie in with the BBC TV series of the same name, "Museum of Life" features all of the themes and events from the series, as well as stories about the Museum and the scientific research it is involved in. It is illustrated in colour throughout including photographs of both the Museum's collections and its scientists in action. With more than three million visitors each year and over 300 scientists working there, the Natural History Museum is one of Britain's best loved museums and an international leader in the scientific study of the natural world.

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My Animals (and Other Family)
Phyllida Barstow

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My Natural History
The Animal Kingdom and How It Shaped Me
Simon Barnes

"The animal kingdom came to my rescue. It always has done. I suspect it always will. It rescued me at Sunnyhill Primary School, it rescued me in my adolescence, it has rescued me over and over again throughout my adult life."

Simon Barnes, like a modern-day Gerald Durrell, weaves together the story of his life via the animals and the natural encounters that have shaped it. From the greater horseshoe bat that transported Barnes from the dull classrooms of his youth, to the great whale which marked the moment he knew he was going to be a writer, from Himalayan Kingfishers in India, to majestic lions in the Luangwa valley, each animal represents a piece in the puzzle of Barnes's life.

With its humour and poetry, every page fizzing with Barnes's infectious enthusiasm, My Natural History cannot fail to delight and enthral any lover of the wild world.

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Nano Nature
Richard Jones

An exploration of nature's hidden beauties, as revealed by the scanning electron microscope Nature is renowned for its staggering beauty. But it conceals a hidden world more stunning than anything we can see with the naked eye, a world that can only be viewed through a scanning electron microscope. At the furthest reaches of human technological achievement, this powerful microscope can magnify up to an astounding 200,000 times, producing images that unveil a world of unimaginable beauty and compelling complexity.

More surreal than any works of art, Nano Nature brings these images out of the high-tech science laboratory and into the public domain, revealing a wealth of extraordinary patterns and improbable structures. The scales of a moth appear as delicately fluted leaves, individual bristles on a caterpillar's face are as distinct as trees in a forest, arrow-headed hairs on a carpet beetle larva look like spears in a warrior army. Combining spectacular imagery with fascinating narrative, this book uncovers an amazing world beyond imagination, giving us a unique glimpse into the hidden complexities of nature in all its glory.

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Nature Crime
How We're Getting Conservation Wrong
Rosaleen Duffy

In this book, the author investigates the world of nature conservation, arguing that the West's attitude to endangered wildlife is shallow, self-contradictory and ultimately very damaging.

Analysing the workings of the black-market wildlife industry, she points out that illegal trading is often the direct result of Western consumer desires, from coltan for cellular phones to exotic meats sold to Londoners. She looks at the role of ecotourism, showing how Western travellers contribute - often unwittingly - to the destruction of natural environments.

Most strikingly, it is argued that the imperatives of Western-style conservation often result in serious injustice to local people, who are branded as problems and subject to severe restrictions on their way of life and even extrajudicial killings.

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Nature's Great Events - DVD

Witness the planet's most breathtaking natural events, and follow the dramatic wildlife stories behind them. Combining the epic cinematography of Planet Earth, with all the emotion, intimacy and storytelling of a wildlife diary, this series charts the effects of global climatic phenomena which transform entire landscapes, drawing in thousands of animals and determining their fate.

Whereas Planet Earth gave us a global view, Nature's great events delves into the more personal, emotionally engaging approach. Nature's Great Events brings us the same high definition quality and "wow factor" images we've come to associate with Planet Earth.

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The Natural History Book
The Ultimate Visual Guide to Everything on Earth

This is a monumental and extraordinarily beautiful guide to the Earth's natural wonders. 5 years in the making, covering over 5,000 species, "The Natural History Book" is one-of-a-kind; the only book to offer a complete survey of the Earth's natural history. Each geological and biological grouping is introduced and explained in an engaging and highly informative way, making it the perfect addition to every family bookshelf, as well as an ideal gift for every nature lover. It is packed with thousands of stunning, specially commissioned photographs, and written by a worldwide team of natural history experts. From granites to grape vines, from microbes to mammals, "The Natural History Book" is a true visual dictionary of every kingdom of life.

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The Natural Navigator
Tristan Gooley

Starting with a simple question - 'Which way am I looking?' - Tristan Gooley blends natural science, myth, folklore and the history of travel to introduce you to the rare and ancient art of finding your way using nature's own sign-posts, from the feel of a rock to the length of a shadow. With Tristan's help, you'll learn why some trees grow the way they do and how they can help you find your way in the countryside. You'll discover how it's possible to find North simply by looking at a puddle and how natural signs can be used to navigate in the heart of the city. Wonderfully detailed and full of fascinating stories, this is a glorious exploration of a rediscovered art.

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Natures Powers and Spells
Landscape Change, John Clare and Me
Carry Akroyd

Carry Akroyd's characteristically colourful and organised landscape images examine the relationship between humans and wildlife. This book samples work from twenty years; Carry's printmaking and painting over that time reflect various influences, not least a sense of history in the landscape. Her observations make connection with the nineteenth century poet John Clare, and illustrate how they both reacted to the sudden agricultural modernisations that transformed their local countryside.

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Nature of the Rainforest
Costa Rica and Beyond
Adrian Forsyth, Michael Fogden and Patricia Fogden

Nature of the Rainforest is a breathtaking tour of an environment that is the pinnacle of biodiversity and evolutionary sophistication by an award-winning author and two photographers who love the rainforest, understand its intricacies, and have spent considerable time there documenting its wildlife and complexity. Adrian Forsyth draws on four decades of personal encounters with the animals of the rainforest-including poison-dart frogs, three-toed sloths, bushmasters, and umbrellabirds-as a starting point to communicate key ecological topics such as biodiversity, coevolution, rarity, chemical defense, nutrient cycling, and camouflage.

The luminous photographs capture stunning and rare creatures in action, including the now- extinct golden toad mating, a jaguar on the prowl, and the hermit hummingbird feeding. The behaviors and characteristics of the rainforest inhabitants featured here not only illustrate the text but also advance the scientific narrative and exemplify the critical importance of conservation. Thematic chapters are interspersed with four chapters devoted to specific habitats and regions of Costa Rica and Peru, areas with some of the most diverse arrays of plant and animal species in the world. The result is an exuberant celebration of the rainforest in text and images.

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Nature Tales
Encounters with Britain's Wildlife
Edited by Michael Allen and Sonya Patel Ellis

From Nick Baker diving with basking sharks off the Cornish coast to J A Baker's vivid descriptions of peregrines in the Essex countryside, from Gilbert White's observations at Selbourne 300 years ago to Sir John Lister-kaye tracking deer in a Scottish woodland, this book celebrates Britain's wildlife and landscapes with some of the greatest nature writers in the world.

Sir David Attenborough, vice-president of The Wildlife Trusts contributed the foreword for the book. He said: "I have been fortunate enough to travel widely, but I continue to be inspired by wildlife at home. Reading through this volume I have been reminded that I am not alone. This wonderful collection of some of the greatest nature writers in Britain's history is a pleasure to read from start to finish and a valuable addition to any naturalist's library."

Naturalist and television presenter, Steve Backshall, said: "As a kid I was inspired more than anything by writers who managed to make natural history, and the wild, exotic world come to life. Authors like Jack London, Willard Price and Wilbur Smith, who created impossible missions and wondrous characters that made me yearn to be experiencing their adventures for myself.

"Later in life it was the real life tales of Gerald Durrell, Charles Darwin, Sir David Attenborough and Alfred Russell Wallace that caught my imagination, and cemented the certainty that such achievements and experiences need not be merely fiction. To be thought worthy of inclusion in a work that contains such giants, is one of the most exciting things that has ever happened to me!"

The anthology features contributions from: Andrew Lack, Bill Oddie, Charles Darwin, Charles Waterton, Chris Baines, Chris Beardshaw, Colin J. Martin, Colin Tudge, David Lack, Dorothy Wordsworth, Dominic Couzens, Edmund Selous, Edward A Armstrong, Edward Grey, Edward Thomas, Eric Ennion, Francis Kilvert, Gavin Maxwell, Geoffrey Grigson, George Montagu, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Gilbert White, Henry Eliot Howard, Henry Williamson, John Alec Baker, John Aubrey, John Buxton, John Clare, Jules Pretty, Kathleen Jamie, Mark Cocker, Miriam Rothschild, Nan Shepherd, Richard Jefferies, Richard Mabey, Robert Macfarlane, Roger Deakin, Ronald Lockley, Ruth Padel, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Simon Barnes, Sir Alfred Russel Wallace, Sir John Lister Kaye, Sir Joseph Banks, Stephen Moss, Thomas Gray, Tim Dee, William Cobbett, Nick Baker, Elizabeth Jane Howard, and Paul Evans.

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The National Trust Book of the Countryside
National Trust, Adrian Phillips and Nick Baker

Explore the British countryside with the experts. No organisation knows more about the British countryside than the National Trust, the custodians of some of our most beautiful stretches of land and coastline. Drawing on the expertise of the NT's wardens, conservationists and working farmers, this stunningly illustrated book is a comprehensive guide to the country's natural heritage, including in-depth features on native flora and fauna, ancient monuments in the landscape, countryside walks, and today's environmental and economic issues.

Part one includes: cultural life and the changing British landscape, including key ancient monuments; wildlife, covering past and present flora and fauna (with features on how to identify key native species); and, conservation; what we can all do to safeguard the countryside. Part two includes coverage of the regions of Britain: South West, South, South East, London, East of England, Central England, North East, North West, Wales and Northern Ireland. Each region will have an overview of its particular countryside and its development, plus recommended walks, photo-stories of particular sites through the seasons, and 'how to read' the countryside features. From the thousand-year-old limbs of the yew trees near Crom Old Castle, Northern Ireland to the lake of bluebells on the Isle of Wight (the 'ghost' of what was probably a wood), this is a celebration of our land.

Stunning photography comes not only from the National Trust but a range of top photographers, including Joe Cornish and David Noton. You can explore the British countryside with the experts. There are stunning images from leading landscape photographers. It includes photo-stories of regions through the seasons. There are features on wildlife, walks, conservation, and how to 'read' the landscape.

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The New Forest
Matthew Conway

Featuring a mixture of history, folklore and stories of interest, this book explores the culture and wildlife of the New Forest. From it deer, which for centuries were hunted exclusively by the Kings of England, to the thousands of trees that were the cornerstone of the English Navy, this fascinating volume illustrates how flora and fauna are interwoven with the forest's heritage, and pays special attention to its wildlife. As well as providing a backdrop of history, this affectionate look at the forest will inspire readers to explore the area themselves. Each story illustrates the diversity of treasures that the national park has to offer, from its ancient history through to current events and attractions. The author, a semi-professional photographer, also reveals tips on how to spot and photograph the forest's abundant wildlife. Richly illustrated with over seventy striking photographs, this exploration of the spirit of the New Forest will appeal to all those who visit, work or live in this cherished part of southern England.

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New Holland Concise Bird Guide
Nicholas Hammond, Jim Flegg, Sandra Doyle, David Daly and Stuart Carter

This beautifully illustrated mini field guide is packed with information on the birds of Britain and the near Continent. It covers more than 250 species, which are illustrated with superb full-color artworks that show - where relevant - variations in plumage, for example for male, female and juvenile birds, and breeding and non-breeding birds. A concise written account covering size, description, voice, habitat, distribution and habits appears on the same page. The easy-to-follow layouts and superb artworks aid quick and accurate identification, and make this book an indispensable reference in the field as well as at home.

It is compact enough to fit in the pocket, yet packed with essential information for the nature enthusiast. To protect it against the elements in the field, the book is wrapped in a durable plastic wallet. Also included is a foldout insert illustrating such topics as variations in plumage in flying birds of different species. It is suitable for wildlife enthusiasts wanting to identify birds in Britain and other parts of northern Europe, for those who want a portable yet authoritative bird books to take on nature walks or to keep in their home or car.

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New Holland Concise Butterfly and Moth Guide
Nicholas Hammond, Jim Flegg, Sandra Doyle, David Daly and Stuart Carter

This beautifully illustrated mini field guide is packed with information on the butterflies and moths of Britain and the near Continent. It covers more than 150 species, all of which are illustrated with superb full-color artworks that show - where relevant - variations in color, for example for male and female butterflies, as well as some of the most spectacular caterpillars. A concise written account covering size, description, habitat, flight times, distribution, foodplants and habits appears on the same page. The easy-to-follow layouts and superb artworks aid quick and accurate identification, and make this book an indispensable reference in the field as well as at home.

It is compact enough to fit in the pocket, yet packed with essential information for the nature enthusiast. To protect it against the elements in the field, the book is wrapped in a durable plastic wallet. Also included is a foldout insert with at-a-glance illustrations showing butterflies and moths by color and pattern. It is suitable for wildlife enthusiasts wanting to identify butterflies and moths in Britain and other parts of northern Europe, for people who want portable yet authoritative wildlife books to take on nature walks or to keep in their home or car.

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New Holland Concise Wild Flower Guide
Nicholas Hammond, Jim Flegg, Sandra Doyle, David Daly and Stuart Carter

This beautifully illustrated mini field guide is packed with information on the most common wild flowers of Britain and the near Continent. It covers more than 180 species, all of which are illustrated with superb full-color artworks that show details of the flowers, leaves and growth habit of the plant. A concise written account covering size, description, habitat, flowering time, distribution and habits appears on the same page. The easy-to-follow layouts and superb artworks aid quick and accurate identification, and make this book an indispensable reference in the field as well as at home.

It is compact enough to fit in the pocket, yet packed with essential information for the nature enthusiast. To protect it against the elements in the field, the book is wrapped in a durable plastic wallet. Also included is a foldout insert with at-a-glance illustrations showing flowers grouped by color. It is suitable for wildlife enthusiasts wanting to identify flowers in Britain and other parts of northern Europe, for people who want a portable yet authoritative wild-flower book to take on nature walks or to keep in their home or car.

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Norton's Star Atlas and Reference Guide
Edited by Ian Ridpath

Referred to as the most famous star atlas in the world, this new edition continues to be an authoritative and indispensable companion for all those who can scan the sky with the naked eye, binoculars and small telescopes.

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Notebooks from New Guinea
Fieldnotes of a Tropical Biologist
Vojtech Novotny

This is a unique and delightfully engaging account by a leading tropical biologist of doing science at one of the last wild frontiers in the world. Vojtech Novotny is a highly respected Czech scientist. His widely cited work, of profound importance to ecology and evolution, is not done, like much modern science, in a lab full of gleaming apparatus. Instead, he chose as his 'laboratory' the remotest parts of Papua New Guinea, where he has established a research station. Supported by a team of Papuans whom he has trained up so that they can combine their wide and intimate knowledge of the plants and animals of their tropical forest with the knowledge of modern science, Novotny studies the ecological interactions of butterflies and plants.

Clearly this is no ordinary scientist. Combined with his intrepid courage (PNG is one of the most dangerous places on Earth, with a very high homicide rate), he is a shrewd observer of human nature. In the richly varied notes and reflections of this very individual volume are not only descriptions of natural history and scientific research in the rainforest, but accounts of the local peoples and their culture, the challenges of working across very different cultures, and amusing portraits of the antics of Western tourists, separated by a few 'intermezzi' - episodes when the author fought bouts of malaria.

Novotny is that rare combination of excellent scientist and superb storyteller. The faithful translations by David Short bring these notes and reflections on science, nature, and human beings to a wide audience, without any loss to their richness, warmth, humility, and wisdom. The volume is illustrated with beautiful drawings by a self-taught Papuan artist, Benson Avea Bego, who lives in a remote village.

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Observing the Night Sky with Binoculars
A Simple Guide to the Heavens
Stephen James O'Meara

Month by month, star by star, object by object, Stephen James O'Meara takes readers on a celestial journey to many of the most prominent stars and constellations visible from mid-northern latitudes. Filled with interesting anecdotes about the stars and constellations and their intriguing histories, this book is both a useful guide for amateur astronomers, and a great first-time reference for those just starting out. After describing a constellation's mythology, readers are guided in locating and identifying its brightest stars in the sky, as well as any other bright targets of interest - colourful stars, double or multiple stars, star clusters and asterisms, nebulae, galaxies, variable stars, and more.

This book will help beginning stargazers become familiar with the stars and constellations visible from their backyards, and explore the brightest and best stars, nebulae, and clusters visible through inexpensive, handheld binoculars.

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Oceans
Exploring the Hidden Depths of the Underwater World
Paul Rose and Anne Laking

The oceans are the single most important feature of our planet. They shape our climate, our culture, our future. Yet we know more about the surface of Mars than we do about Earth's watery depths. What lies below the frozen Arctic ice-sheets? Or in the intriguing black holes under the Caribbean Sea? What lurks within the tannin-stained waters of the Southern Ocean? And how does the remarkable Humboldt squid survive in its oxygen-starved lair?

Beautifully illustrated with more than 150 color photographs, "Oceans: Exploring the Hidden Depths of the Underwater World" unravels the mysteries of the deep and provides illuminating insights into this vast undersea domain. Drawing on the most exciting stories from the fields of sub-aquatic archeology, geology, marine biology and anthropology, professional diver and explorer Paul Rose reveals an astonishing hidden world of lost cities, forgotten shipwrecks, underwater caves and submerged volcanoes.He also looks at the inhabitants of the ocean habitat, from great white sharks to the myriad exotic, but rarely seen, life forms that thrive in the extreme conditions miles beneath the surface.

The oceans contribute more to the wellbeing of life on Earth than any other global system, providing food and oxygen and regulating the weather. As carbon dioxide levels rise, the seas are becoming more acidic, which may mean they will be less able to absorb the gas in the first place. This book, like the landmark television series it accompanies, examines the possible consequences of upsetting this delicate balance and its impact on global warming.

This book accompanies the new BBC Series.

Foreword by Philippe Cousteau.

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Oceans - DVD

What lies below the frozen Arctic ice-sheets? Or in the black holes under the Caribbean Sea?

The oceans are Earth's single most important feature. They shape our climate, our culture, our future. Yet we know more about the surface of Mars than we do about Earth's watery depths.

Explorer Paul Rose leads a team of ocean experts in a series of global science expeditions. With him, maritime archaeologist Dr Lucy Blue investigates our past and our relationship with the sea, exploring shipwrecks and lost civilisations; marine biologist and Oceanographer Tooni Mahto seeks the extraordinary life in our oceans today; and environmentalist Philippe Cousteau Jr looks to the future of our oceans and charts the way they're changing. Filmed in High Definition in some of the most beautiful, diverse and threatened seas on our planet, the team travels across the world to the Southern Ocean, the Atlantic, the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea, the Sea of Cortez, the Arctic Ocean and the Mediterranean, to dive the depths of the world's seas and oceans. The planet's seas are changing fast and Oceans builds up a timely global picture of our planet's most magnificent and vital asset.

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Ode to the Countryside
Edited by Samuel Carr

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Oink! My Life with Minipigs
Matt Whyman

What happens when a man wonders aloud if a pig would make a good pet? A great deal -- once his wife discovers a kind the size of a handbag. Matt Whyman is a writer and house husband. He enjoys the quiet life. His career wife, Emma, prefers the chaos a big brood can bring. On top of four challenging children, one freaked-out feline, a wolf-like dog and a wild bunch of ex-battery chickens, she brings minipigs Butch and Roxi into the fold. But can the new arrivals really cuddle up on the sofa, or will their growing presence spark a battle of hearts, snouts and minds? Funny, touching and entertaining, Oink! charts the trials and errors of one man and his menagerie. With help and advice from a seasoned local smallholder, Matt sets out to master the art of managing minipigs -- inside the house and out. Then someone suggests breeding minipiglets, and Matt's understanding of marriage is tested in the most unexpected ways...

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On Nature
Ramblings on the British Countryside
Caught by the River

A diverse and entertaining collection of writing examining and celebrating the British Countryside, from falconry to foraging and from the musings of a nighttime angler to tips for seasonal drinking. LAND Tom Hodgkinson (The Idler) on how to be a poacher Stuart Maconie (Radio 2) on hill walking / Wainwright walks Nick Small (CAUGHT BY THE RIVER regular) how to get nature into your garden, no matter how urban it is Richard King (Loops magazine editor) on the Winter Solstice and on the Summer Solstice John Wright (www.wild-food.net/ on the basics of getting started in foraging Bill Drummond (Damsons in Distress) Dan Kieran (Crap Towns/I Fought The Law) on falconry RIVER / INLAND WATERS John Andrews (CAUGHT BY THE RIVER regular) on winter pike fishing Jon Berry (CAUGHT BY THE RIVER regular) writing about the night from a fishermen's perspective, the sounds, shadows, the hallucinatory effects of sleep deprivation when the sun rises COASTLINE Ian Vince (The Lie of the Land) on the Jurassic coast and fossils Martin Noble (British Sea Power) the Exmoor to Dartmoor coastal walk Nick Hand (http://www.slowcoast.co.uk/) on what you see when cycling the entire coastline of the UK Michael Smith (BBC4 Drivetime) on the coastline in the north of England ISLAND LIFE Sarah Boden (The Observer) on fleeing London to move and become a sheep farmer on Eigg

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Orchids of Britain and Ireland
A Field and Site Guide
Anne Harrap and Simon Harrap

Orchids have long held a fascination, both for keen botanists and the general public. From the mania of Victorian collectors to the enthusiasm of modern photographers, this family of flowering plants has a strange and exotic appeal. Many orchids are beautiful, and some are rare.

When first published in 2005, this comprehensive and well illustrated guide represented a benchmark for the identification of British and Irish orchids, with detailed information on their biology, habitats, distribution and conservation. It covers all 56 species of wild orchid found in Britain and Ireland.

Until recently, the whereabouts of the rarer species was shrouded in secrecy, making publication of any details ethically impossible. In the last few years, however, these veils have been lifted and it is now possible to publish locations for all but one or two species.

The book includes a detailed site guide, covering the 330 places to see orchids in Britain.

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An Orchard Invisible
A Natural History of Seeds
Jonathan Silvertown

The story of seeds, in a nutshell, is a tale of evolution. From the tiny sesame that we sprinkle on our bagels to the forty-five-pound double coconut borne by the coco-de-mer tree, seeds are a perpetual reminder of the complexity and diversity of life on earth. With "An Orchard Invisible", Jonathan Silvertown presents the oft-ignored seed with the natural history it deserves, one nearly as varied and surprising as the Earth's flora itself. Beginning with the evolution of the first seed plant from fernlike ancestors more than 360 million years ago, Silvertown carries his tale through epochs and around the globe.

In a clear and engaging style, he delves into the science of seeds: How and why do some lie dormant for years on end? How did seeds evolve? The wide variety of uses that humans have developed for seeds of all sorts also receives a fascinating look, studded with examples, including foods, oils, perfumes, and pharmaceuticals. An able guide with an eye for the unusual, Silvertown is happy to take readers on unexpected - but always interesting - tangents, from Lyme disease to human color vision to the Salem witch trials.

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Origins
Human Evolution Revealed
Douglas Palmer

Scientists believe that every human on the planet is descended from a woman who lived in Africa 100,000 years ago. "Origins" tells the incredible story of homo sapiens - where we came from, why we made it (and why 20 human-like species didn't) and what it means to be 'human' anyway. Part one takes us back through evolution to meet our ancestors. From the ape-like Proconsul who lived in Africa 17 million years ago to Homo floresiensis, the dwarf human species which survived on the Indonesian island of Flores until 18,000 years ago.

The most accurate facial reconstructions available bring us up close with these familiar yet alien relatives, and artworks give a compelling insight into their lives - where they lived, what they wore, whether they spoke, what they ate, what animals existed. Graphical timelines untangle the relationships between the different species and highlight our remarkable evolutionary journey. The second part shows how humans spread across the planet to form the diverse races and peoples we know today, from our first steps out of Africa 100,000 years ago to our arrival in New Zealand as recently as 1,000 years ago.

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Otter
Daniel Allen

Although rarely seen in the wild, the otter today is a much-loved animal; its playful character, and graceful aquatic agility were brought to the public's imagination by popular literature such as Tarka the Otter and Ring of Bright Water. This is, however, just a very small part of their story - its relationship with people has not always been this straightforward. Throughout history the otter has been widely persecuted: pursued for its fur and flesh, and killed for profit, pleasure, fashion, and revenge. Feared by some communities, otters were hunted to near extinction for their valuable pelts in the north Pacific, and chased with hounds and killed for fun in Britain.

By contrast they are highly revered by other groups, Native Americans for example, and they were trained to assist fishermen in parts of Asia. Sadly all 13 species of otter now appear on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species, and their survival is by no means certain. Otter reveals how the animal's identity has been shaped by a variety of human interactions, ranging from folklore, traditional practices, commercial enterprise, sport, popular literature, cinema, television and conservation. By unravelling this complicated cultural history, Daniel Allen's lively book offers a new way of regarding this widely admired animal.

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Outdoor Photography Masterclass
Niall Benvie

This book shows readers how to create their own breath-taking outdoor shots. Based on a three-day workshop, Outdoor Photography Masterclass is packed with information, tips, colour photographs and practical exercises, designed to take the reader right through from beginner to master photographer. Each day starts with learning the fundamental aspects, then taking these new-found skills into the field, before working through some production skills and finally reading up on the history and forerunners of photography. Niall Benvie's approachable writing style and numerous examples of his own work make this book easy to follow and a pleasure to read.

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Owls of the World
Claus König, Friedhelm Weick and Jan-Hendrik Becking

Owls are enduringly popular birds, but due to their nocturnal habits most species are difficult to see well. The plumages of many species are cryptic and difficult to separate by plumage alone. This problem is compounded by the different morphs that many adopt. This book fully describes every known species and subspecies of owl, as well as presenting the latest evidence on owl taxonomy, based on DNA work and vocalisations. Because voice is vital in owl identification, much emphasis is placed on it in the book and sonograms are provided for many species.

A CD of owl vocalisations is in planning for late 2009.

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Packing for Mars
The Curious Science of Life in Space
Mary Roach

Space is devoid of the stuff humans need to live: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh veg, privacy, beer. How much can a person give up? What happens when you can't walk for a year? Is sex any fun in zero gravity? What's it like being cooped up in a metal box with a few people for months at a time? As Mary Roach discovers, it's possible to explore space without ever leaving Earth. From the space shuttle training toilet to a 17,000 mile-per-hour crash test of NASA's space capsule (cadaver stepping in), she takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of living in space.

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A Passion for Nature
The Life of John Muir
Donald Worster

"I am hopelessly and forever a mountaineer," John Muir wrote. "Civilization and fever and all the morbidness that has been hooted at me has not dimmed my glacial eye, and I care to live only to entice people to look at Nature's loveliness. My own special self is nothing."

In Donald Worster's magisterial biography, John Muir's "special self" is fully explored as is his extraordinary ability, then and now, to get others to see the sacred beauty of the natural world. A Passion for Nature is the most complete account of the great conservationist and founder of the Sierra Club ever written. It is the first to be based on Muir's full private correspondence and to meet modern scholarly standards. Yet it is also full of rich detail and personal anecdote, uncovering the complex inner life behind the legend of the solitary mountain man. It traces Muir from his boyhood in Scotland and frontier Wisconsin to his adult life in California right after the Civil War up to his death on the eve of World War I.

It explores his marriage and family life, his relationship with his abusive father, his many friendships with the humble and famous (including Theodore Roosevelt and Ralph Waldo Emerson), and his role in founding the modern American conservation movement. Inspired by Muir's passion for the wilderness, Americans created a long and stunning list of national parks and wilderness areas, Yosemite most prominent among them. Yet the book also describes a Muir who was a successful fruit-grower, a talented scientist and world-traveler, a doting father and husband, a self-made man of wealth and political influence. A man for whom mountaineering was "a pathway to revelation and worship."

For anyone wishing to more fully understand America's first great environmentalist, and the enormous influence he still exerts today, Donald Worster's biography offers a wealth of insight into the passionate nature of a man whose passion for nature remains unsurpassed.

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Peak Landscape and Light
A Photographer's Guide to the Peak District
Karen Frenkel

Aimed at photographers of all abilities who are keen to improve their landscape photography skills, this book showcases leading photographer Karen Frenkel's stunning images of the Peak District, Britain's first and most popular national park, and explains where to go and what to do to get that special, once-in-a-lifetime shot. The author shares the technical and practical knowledge she has built up over many years of outstanding professional work.

On a glorious journey through the ever-changing seasons of the Peak, the book shows which locations are at their best depending on the time of the year and under different lighting and weather conditions. Also included is information on the geology, history and wildlife of the area and detailed technical notes on the equipment and settings used for each photograph.

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The Peregrine
JA Baker

Reissue of J. A. Baker's extraordinary classic of British natural history writing. Despite the association of Peregrines with the wild, outer reaches of the British Isles, The Peregrine is set on the flat marshes of the Essex coast, where J A Baker spent a long winter looking and writing about the visitors from the uplands - peregrines that spend the winter hunting the huge flocks of pigeons and waders that share the desolate landscape with them.

Including original diaries from which Peregrine was written and its companion volume Hill of Summer, this is a beautiful compendium of lyrical nature writing at its absolute best. Such luminaries as Richard Mabey, Robert Macfarlane, Ted Hughes and Andrew Motion have cited this as one of the most important books in 20th Century nature writing, and the bestselling author Mark Cocker has provided an introduction on the importance of Baker, his writings and the diaries -- creating the essential volume of Baker's writings.

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The Perfumier and the Stinkhorn
Reflections on Natural Science and Romanticism
Richard Mabey

This title contains inspiring meditations through the author's rich store of memories.

In these elegant, short essays, revered nature writer Richard Mabey, attempts to marry a Romantic's view of the natural world with that of the meticulous observations of the scientist. By Romanticism he refers to the view that nature isn't a machine to be dissected, but a community of which we, the observers, are inextricably part. And that our feelings about that community are a perfectly proper subject for reflection, because they shape our relationship with it.

Scientists eshew such a subjective response, wanting to witness the natural world exactly, whatever feelings subsequently follow. Our feelings are an extension of our senses and here Mabey explores each sensory response in what it means to interact with nature. From birdsong to poetry, from Petri-dish to microscope, this is a joyful union of meandering thoughts and intimate memories.

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Pigeon
Barbara Allen

An exploration of the natural and cultural history of the pigeon, and the evolution of its relationship with humanity through the ages. Written out of love and fascination with a humble yet important bird, "Pigeon" relates its cultural significance, as well as its similarities and differences to its close counterpart, the dove. While the dove is seen as a symbol of love, peace, and goodwill, the pigeon is commonly perceived as filthy and ill-mannered, a 'rat with wings'.

To say the least, the pigeon has a bad reputation, but Barbara Allen offers several examples of the bird's importance - from a source of food and fertilizer, and a bearer of messages during times of war; to a pollution monitor and an aid to Charles Darwin in his pivotal research on evolutionary theory. She goes on to connect pigeons and doves with writers and poets from Shakespeare, Dickens, and Browning, to Beatrix Potter, Proust and I. B. Singer, who she shows have all celebrated the birds' beauty and attributes.

Readers will find in "Pigeon" an enticing exploration of the historical and contemporary bonds between humans and these two unique and closely-related birds, bonds which have been in existence since their domestication over 3,000 years ago. Allen intends to correct the many stereotypes about pigeons and doves with hopes that the rich history of the relationship and the acknowledgement of what is one of the oldest human-animal partnerships will be both admired and celebrated.

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Planet Ape
Desmond Morris and Steve Parker

"Planet Ape" brings you face to face with your closest living relatives, the Great Apes. Gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and orang-utans are only a hair's breadth away from us in evolutionary terms; our DNA differs by just a few per cent. These fascinating creatures hold up a mirror to humanity, giving us insights into our past, our present, and perhaps even our future - the environmental pressures they face today could be those we face tomorrow.

"Planet Ape" reveals the Great Apes in unprecedented detail: where they live, how they live and the challenges they face. Throughout, the approach is to compare them with each other and with us, their cousins. Using innovative artworks, photographs and text, the book makes key comparisons with human beings including anatomy, social life, physical and mental development, diet and communication.

From peace-loving bonobos to warring chimpanzee communities, from highly sociable gorillas to solitary orang-utans, from their amazing communication skills to their breathtaking physical agility, "Planet Ape" is the first book to do justice to the diversity and complexity of the ape world and what it tells us about our own. A proportion of the royalties will be donated to charities working to conserve the apes so that buying this book itself will make an immediate practical contribution.

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Planet Arctic
Life at the Top of the World
Wayne Lynch

This gorgeous coffee-table book is a celebration of Arctic wildlife, illustrated with many superb large-format colour photographs from an award-winning Canadian photographer. The authoritative text provides an excellent overview of the arctic and its spectacular fauna and flora and the book is divided into chapters entitled Large and legendary, Arctic miniatures, Birds of the midnight sun, Hunters and the hunted, Polar mariners, and Waterwings. This is one of the most visually stunning books ever published on the subject.

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Planetary Crusts
Their Composition, Origin and Evolution
S Ross Taylor and Scott McLennan

This is the first book to explain how and why solid planets and satellites develop crusts. Extensively referenced and annotated, it presents a geochemical and geological survey of the crusts of the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars, the asteroid Vesta, and several satellites like Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. After describing the nature and formation of solar system bodies, the book presents a comparative investigation of different planetary crusts and discusses many current crustal controversies. The authors propose the theory of stochastic processes dominating crustal development, and debate the possibility of Earth-like planets existing elsewhere in the cosmos. Written by two leading authorities on the subject, this book presents an up-to-date survey of the scientific problems of crustal development.

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The Planet Gods
Jacqueline Mitton and Christina Balit

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Plant Hunters
Carolyn Fry

Tells the story of our obsession with plants. This book contains topics that range from the entourage of Alexander the Great which included naturalists to the establishment of botanical gardens and the discovery through exploration of the plants that have made or broken economies, such as tulips, tea and rubber. Travelling right around the world and throughout history, this is a tale of the botanical pioneers who changed the face of the world's landscape. Lavishly illustrated, it also includes some 20 items of memorabilia such as: a letter from Carl Linnaeus, the father of taxonomy; extracts from Joseph Hooker's notebooks; an extract from the orchid sketchbook of John Day; and, an original map of Kew Gardens made in 1740 by Jean Rocque.

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Played at the Pub
The Pub Games of Britain
Arthur Taylor

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A Planet of Viruses
Carl Zimmer

Viruses are the smallest living things known to science, and yet they hold the entire planet in their sway. We're most familiar with the viruses that give us colds or the flu, but viruses also cause a vast range of other diseases, including one disorder that makes people sprout branch-like growths as if they were trees. Viruses have been a part of our lives for so long, in fact, that we are actually part virus: the human genome contains more DNA from viruses than our own genes. Meanwhile, scientists are discovering viruses everywhere they look: in the soil, in the ocean, even in deep caves miles underground. This fascinating book explores the hidden world of viruses-a world that each of us inhabit.

Here Carl Zimmer, popular science writer and author of Discover magazine's award-winning blog The Loom, presents the latest research on how viruses hold sway over our lives and our biosphere, how viruses helped give rise to the first life-forms, how viruses are producing new diseases, how we can harness viruses for our own ends, and how viruses will continue to control our fate for years to come. In this eye-opening tour through the frontiers of biology, where scientists are expanding our understanding of life as we know it, we learn that some treatments for the common cold do more harm to us than good; that the world's oceans are home to an astonishing 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 viruses; and that the evolution of HIV is now in overdrive, spawning more mutated strains than we care to imagine.

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The Plot: A Biography of an English Acre
Madeleine Bunting

Guardian columnist Madeleine Bunting is one of the most high-profile left-wing commentators in Britain. But her father was deeply conservative, with romantic, old-fashioned views about England. A complex man, he was a Catholic, a sculptor, and a difficult, combative parent. After his death, wanting to understand him better, Bunting began to explore his passionate, lifelong attachment to a small plot of land in North Yorkshire, on which he built a war memorial chapel as a young man. Delving deep into the rich history of this acre, she uncovers traces of its Neolithic inhabitants and of the Cistercian monks; she learns of the medieval battles and considers the changing face of agriculture and leisure. The result is an extraordinary, brave journey, leading to a rich portrait of this particular acre of England. It sheds a fascinating light on what a contested, layered place England is, and on what belonging to a place might mean to all of us. 'The Plot' is an original, heartfelt, and deeply political book.

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Pluto
Sentinel of the Outer Solar System
Barrie William Jones

Orbiting at the edge of the outer Solar System, Pluto is an intriguing object in astronomy. Since the fascinating events surrounding its discovery, it has helped increase our understanding of the origin and evolution of the Solar System, and raised questions about the nature and benefits of scientific classification. This is a timely and exciting account of Pluto and its satellites. The author uses Pluto as a case study to discuss discovery in astronomy, how remote astronomical bodies are investigated, and the role of classification in science by discussing Pluto's recent classification as a dwarf planet. Besides Pluto, the book also explores the rich assortment of bodies that constitute the Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt, of which Pluto is the largest innermost member. Richly illustrated, this text is written for general readers, amateur astronomers and students alike. Boxed text provides more advanced information especially for readers who wish to delve deeper into the subject.

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Polar Obsession
Paul Nicklen

Paul Nicklen's bold expeditions take him underwater to deliver close-up, first-ever documentation of the lives of leopard seals, whales, walruses, polar bears, bearded seals, and narwhals. And he travels over the ice to look at muskoxen, grizzly bears, caribou, foxes, wolves, and much more. Scenes are bathed in polar light, surreal and breathtakingly beautiful. National Geographic is providing unprecedented support to Nicklen both because of his remarkable photographic achievement and because of his contribution to studies on animal behavior and global climate change so consequential today. Nicklin is an emerging star. His inspiring and amazing work offers unprecedented insights into animal behavior and breaks new ground in photography.

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The Practical Astronomer
Will Gater and Anton Vamplew

This is a complete beginner's guide to observing the night sky. Understand and enjoy the solar system and beyond with this practical guide to astronomy. Pick up all the basics of sky-watching. Start off by taking a tour around the night sky in simple stages, discovering how it fits together and how it works. Then take a closer look at the objects you can see and learn to train your eye to recognize basic patterns of constellations and how to tell planets apart from other celestial bodies. Plus, there's advice on buying and using kit, from binoculars to telescopes. This title is packed with detailed maps of the night sky and star charts to help any budding astronomer in their quest to find out more about this fascinating subject.

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Practical Self Sufficiency
Dick Strawbridge and James Strawbridge

This title contains everything you need to know about modern-day self-sufficient living from stars of the BBC series - "It's Not Easy Being Green" - Dick & James Strawbridge. Want to save on your fuel bills, ready to grow your own, reduce your carbon footprint, and take the self-sufficient plunge? Dick and James Strawbridge show how to make the practical changes that will have a big impact on your life - without having to transform your lifestyle. Sharing their experiences, tips and techniques, the Strawbridges provide all the step-by-step advice you need for successful eco projects, large and small. Learn to grow your own fruit & veg, make a wormery, build a chicken ark, install solar panels and more. Each undertaking is realistic, achievable and sustainable. You won't need to go the whole hog - just pick and mix to suit your needs, for long-lasting dividends.

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A Question and Answer Guide to Astronomy
Pierre-Yves Bely, Carol Christian and Jean-Rene Roy

Are we alone in the Universe? Was there anything before the Big Bang? Are there other universes? What are sunspots? What is a shooting star? Was there ever life on Mars?

This book answers the fascinating questions that we have been asking ourselves for hundreds of years. Using non-technical language, the authors summarize current astronomical knowledge, taking care to include the important underlying scientific principles.

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Ramblers Rewards
Cooking from Coast to Coast
E Guy and P Kirkbride

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Relativity
A Graphic Guide
Bruce Bassett and Ralph Edney

It is now more than a century since Einstein's theories of Special and General Relativity began to revolutionise our view of the universe. Beginning near the speed of light and proceeding to explorations of space-time and curved spaces, "Introducing Relativity" plots a visually accessible course through the thought experiments that have given shape to contemporary physics. Scientists from Newton to Hawking add their unique contributions to this story, as we encounter Einstein's astounding vision of gravity as the curvature of space-time and arrive at the breathtakingly beautiful field equations. Einstein's legacy is reviewed in the most advanced frontiers of physics today - black holes, gravitational waves, the accelerating universe and string theory. This is a superlative, fascinating graphic account of Einstein's strange world and how his legacy has been built upon since.

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The River Thames
Derry Brabbs

This impressively researched and beautiful photographed book by Derry Brabbs presents a detailed insight into Britain's grandest, most varied and most important river. The journey downriver from the source to the sea is intercut with thematic chapters on tributaries, locks and boating, and periodically deviates away from the riverbank to feature some of the historic towns and villages within reach of the Thames, including Farringdon, Oxford, Wallingford, Windsor and Kew. Taken through the seasons and in all conditions, Brabbs' photographs often combine atmospheric landscape with architecture to create a timeless sense of history. This book will appeal to anyone exploring the Thames either on foot, by boat, or by car and will be treasured both by visitors and those who live by the river.

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The Rose
Jennifer Potter

No other flower has come close to capturing the western imagination in quite the same way. Tulip fever may have flared fiercely and suddenly in seventeenth-century Europe. The Madonna lily may match the white rose for its symbolic purity. But no other flower fascinates like this mysterious flower. In its very ambiguities lies the blood of Christ with the sweat of Muhammad, the sacred and the profane, life and death, the white rose of chastity and the red rose of consummation. In The Rose, Jennifer Potter sets out on a quest to uncover the life of a flower which has been viewed so heterogeneously by different cultures in different countries across the centuries. She discovers what it is about the rose that has driven people to distraction, where the roses of today originated and how they propagated and spread. From the Greek and Roman empires, through Europe and the Middle East to China, Jennifer Potter's search unfolds across the world, enriched by fabulous historical characters, literary evocations and man's perpetual love of this unique flower.

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RSPB Guide to Birdwatching
A Step-by-Step Approach
Mike Unwin

Inspired by the RSPB's learnbirding.com website, this great new book will launch beginner birders of all ages into the world of birds and bird watching. The book has been split into six sections which detail: principles of identification and tips on making notes and recording; bird watching equipment and field skills; how birds are built, how they work and where they come from; behaviour including breeding, feeding, migration and adaptation; bird habitats and distribution; and, how to help wild birds in your garden and beyond, current threats to birds and how to get involved in conservation.

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RSPB My First Book of Garden Wildlife
Mike Unwin

Captivating illustrations and lively text make this follow-up to the bestselling My First Book of Garden Birds the perfect first introduction to garden animals.

Inside, young readers meet twenty common garden animals, birds and insects in a fun question-and-answer format. Try to guess the animal from the clues then turn over the page to discover its name and more facts.

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RSPB Nature Guide
Mike Unwin

RSPB Nature Handbook is full of activites for every season and every weather. Get out and about by tracking animals, learn how to draw a frog, create a wild patch in your back garden, and much more. Or exciting things to make and do, including plenty of pages to customize and revisit as the reader builds their personalized nature journal. With activities and new skills for every season, readers will enjoy getting active as they explore the wild world around them.

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RSPB Wildlife of Britain
A Unique Photographic Guide to British Wildlife

Discover over 1,000 species of animal, plant and fungi found in Britain - from the humming-bird Hawk moth to the False Deathcap Fungi, spot common British animal, plant and fungi species with this pocket-sized guide. In-situ photographs and no-nonsense notes will help you identify them in the field quickly and accurately. Maps show you what animals, plants and fungi to find where and species are categorised so you can plan your spotting and make the most of your surroundings, whether you are on a holiday browse or serious quest. It is an ideal guide for all the family.

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RSPB Where to Discover Nature
In Britain and Northern Ireland
Marianne Taylor

This is the first book to explore in detail every RSPB reserve in Britain, from the wild forests of Caledonia and teeming seabird cities of the northern coasts, to the rolling heathlands, pristine wetlands and urban oases of the south.

Here you'll find everything you need to plan and enjoy days out at some of the best wildlife-watching places anywhere, with full details of access arrangements, visitor facilities, advice on when to visit and the wildlife you can expect to see throughout the year.

For every reserve you'll find a map of how to get here and, where appropriate, the trails around the reserve and the habitats you'll find, so you can plan your visit according to what you'd like to see and how much time you have to visit.

Illustrated throughout with colour photographs of these beautiful wild places and the animals and plants that live in them.

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Saving Sea Turtles
Extraordinary Stories from the Battle Against Extinction
James R Spotila

In April 2007, eleven leatherback turtles captured the imagination of the public worldwide as they 'raced' from Costa Rica toward the Galapagos Islands. Known as the Great Turtle Race, this event tracked these critically endangered sea turtles, drawing attention to their fragile status and generating data on the turtles vital to efforts to study and protect them.

Once plentiful, due to human actions sea turtle population levels plummeted throughout much of the twentieth century, stabilizing somewhat only after Archie Carr and Jacques Cousteau popularized their plight. With this book, award-winning author James R. Spotila picks up where Carr and Cousteau left off, going inside the modern-day conservation movement to tell the tales of today's sea turtle conservationists. He provides a complete overview of sea turtle biology and life cycles, discusses the human and natural world threats they face, and examines the new methods and technologies humans are using to save them.

Throughout, Spotila dots the narrative with stories of real-life heroes who risk life and limb to understand, track, and conserve sea turtles across the globe.

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Say Goodbye to the Cuckoo
Michael McCarthy

If we could see it as a whole, if they all arrived in a single flock, say, we would be truly amazed: sixteen million birds. Swallows, martins, swifts, warblers, wagtails, wheatears, cuckoos, chats, nightingales, nightjars, thrushes, pipits and flycatchers pouring into Britain from sub-Saharan Africa. It is one of the enduring wonders of the natural world. Each bird faces the most daunting of journeys - navigating epic distances, dependent on bodily fuel reserves. Yet none can refuse. Since pterodactyls flew, twice-yearly odysseys have been the lot of migrant birds.

For us, for millennia, the Great Arrival has been celebrated. From The Song of Solomon, through Keats' Ode To a Nightingale, to our thrill at hearing the first cuckoo call each year, the spring-bringers are timeless heralds of shared seasonal joy. Yet, migrant birds are finding it increasingly hard to make the perilous journeys across the African desert. Say Goodbye to the Cuckoo is a moving call to arms by an impassioned expert: get outside, teach your children about these birds, don't let them disappear from our shores and hearts.

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The Scientific Exploration of Mars
Fredric W Taylor and Daniel McCleese

What do we know about Mars? What remains to be understood? Is there evidence of life there? Will humans ever travel there? The dream of exploring Mars has been around since the early days of human civilization and still forms part of our vision of the future for the human race. Today, we send unmanned spacecraft to explore this neighbouring world to examine its climate, search for evidence of past or present life, and learn how conditions there relate to those on Earth. Plans are now being prepared for a manned mission to Mars, set against an uncertain background of political, practical, technical and financial considerations. This unique book provides a complete description of the past, present and future of Mars exploration. Written by a scientist intimately involved with missions to Mars, it provides a personal firsthand account. It will appeal to anyone interested in this fascinating planet.

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Seasick
The Hidden Ecological Crisis of the Global Ocean
Alanna Mitchell

You thought the climate was the problem? Actually, it's the ocean. Read for the first time how the global ocean - 99 per cent of the planet's living space - is undergoing vast chemical changes at the hand of man and why that matters.

While tremendous attention and money have been devoted to saving animals and plants on land, the deterioration of the oceans has been going on in secret, and scientists are just beginning to understand the extent of the crisis. Seasick is the first comprehensive account which pieces together the latest discoveries, theories and findings. What are we doing to the seas? What does this mean to the future of life on earth? Seasick will explain.

Written by a journalist who has traveled around the world to provide the big picture, this book will forever change the way you see your planet. This is ecology at its best, as well as a thrilling adventure story.

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Seashore Safaris
Exploring Rocky and Sandy Seashores with Judith Oakley
Judith Oakley

Marine biologist Judith Oakley explores and explains the diversity of British seashores in her new book Seashore Safaris. Through fantastic photography she aims to encourage people back to the shore and also help conserve this delicate ecosystem.

This book has over 100 photographs, some in polaroid-style, of sea creatures and their natural habitat. Judith explains what to look for and there are panels in the book for recording findings and details of how to submit them to the marine associations. This book is ideal for amateurs, family groups or educational groups as it provides a clear guide to the context of the various species and the best ways to enjoy the activity of a `seashore safari'. A great book for anyone over 8 years of age.

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The Secret Life of Elephants - DVD

Elephants care for their friends and family, feel emotions deeply, and may even be aware of their own mortality. In Kenya's Samburu Reserve, a unique project is revealing their remarkable hidden world.

In this major three part series, we follow the dramatic and emotional stories of individual elephants, and the groundbreaking work of a research team, `Save the Elephants'.

This amazing series - filmed in northern Kenya's stunning Samburu National Reserve - follows the remarkable lives of wild elephants and the research team trying to help them. From the first faltering steps of new born Breeze to the experiences of an elderly matriarch, it reveals the elephant's hidden world - the depth of their emotions, their remarkable intelligence, and the intimate complexities of their family life. Cameras follow the work of the world renowned elephant expert Iain Douglas Hamilton and his Save the Elephants team, accompanying them on their exciting missions across northern Kenya, and telling the stories of individual elephants from helpless infants to rampaging bulls and doting mothers.

Among the many incredible sequences we witness some astonishing elephant behaviour; a mother forced to choose between her herd and her injured calf to save his life, and a herd of elephants appearing to mourn the death of a matriarch.

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Secrets of the Universe
How We Discovered the Cosmos
Paul Murdin

For anyone who has ever been fascinated by the night sky, this beautifully designed introduction to astronomy and its history reveals the compelling story of mankind's quest through the ages to unlock the scientific secrets of our universe.

With over 400 stunning illustrations, including the latest satellite photography, historic prints and paintings, and artists impressions of phenomena known to exist but never photographed, Murdin presents 65 discoveries that demonstrate how human ingenuity, technological innovation and occasionally pure serendipity have expanded our knowledge of the Universe beyond anything our ancestors even a generation ago could have imagined.

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The Seventh Landing
Michael Carroll

It's been thirty-five years since people last trod the dusty plains of the Moon. Over the course of six landings from 1969 to 1972, twelve men explored, four-wheeled, dug and hiked across the lunar surface. Now, NASA has plans for a seventh landing on the Moon. This time, they want to stay. NASA's plans, dubbed the Constellation architecture, involve the largest launch vehicle ever built, new types of propulsion, and a six-person vehicle to ferry crews from Earth to the Moon. But NASA's plans go far beyond Luna. Eventually, the lessons learned on the Moon's outpost at Shackleton Crater will teach us how to live - permanently - on the most Earthlike world in our solar system, Mars. NASA will have company: plans for future lunar exploration are being drawn by Europe, Japan, China and India. While specific hardware and mission details will be in flux for some time, the overarching goals, strategies and inspiration for the seventh landing will not change. This book will choose a typical scenario for getting to the Moon that embraces the spirit of exploration embodied by NASA's Constellation architecture. Each chapter moves from a general description to the specific nuts-and-bolts of engineering and science. "The Seventh Landing" reveals the very latest strategies for how we'll get to the Moon, what we know today, what we want to find out, and what life will be like at the first true outposts on the Moon and Mars.

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Sexy Orchids Make Lousy Lovers
And Other Unusual Relationships
Marty Crump and Alan Crump

Vampire bats that regurgitate blood for roosting buddies. Mosquitoes that filch honeydew droplets from ants. Reptiles that enforce chastity on their lovers with copulatory plugs. Capuchin monkeys that use millipede secretions as mosquito repellent. The natural world is full of unusual relationships, and negotiation between life-forms striving to survive is evolution at its most diverse, entertaining, and awe-inspiring. Picking up where her highly popular "Headless Males Make Great Lovers" left off, tropical field biologist Marty Crump takes us on another voyage of discovery into the world of unusual natural histories, this time focusing on extraordinary interactions involving animals, plants, fungi, and bacteria.

"Sexy Orchids Make Lousy Lovers and Other Unusual Relationships" illuminates the ceaseless give-and-take between species. Occasionally, both interacting parties benefit, like when hornbills and dwarf mongooses hunt together for food. Other times, like when mites ride in hummingbirds' nostrils to reach their next meal of nectar, one individual benefits and the other is neither helped nor harmed. But sometimes one individual benefits at the expense of the other; you need only recall your last sinus infection to understand how that works.

Throughout, Crump brings her trademark spunk and zest to these stories of intimate exchange. She introduces readers to penguins that babysit, pseudoscorpions that ride and mate under the wings of giant harlequin beetles, and parasitic fungi that bend insects to their will. After this entertaining romp through the world of natural relationships, you'll never look at an orchid the same way again.

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A Shadow Falls
Nick Brandt

Nick Brandt's portraits of some of the last surviving large mammals of East and Southern Africa reveal soulful beings who bear the individualized imprint of a life in nature. His new book reproduces 57 never-before published images in stunning tritone plates at large size. Photographer Nick Brandt has made it his mission to portray the last survivors of what were once vast populations of large mammals in East and Southern Africa.

Brandt photographs lions, cheetahs, gorillas, zebras and elephants with a gripping style. To make these photographs, Brandt takes long, difficult trips into the field, negotiating with the human bureaucracies that control access to the wild subjects he seeks. He uses none of the apparatus of the wildlife photographer; rather, nature is his art studio, where majestic subjects sit for his lens. Mary Ellen Mark describes these photographs as both 'epic and iconic'; Jane Goodall remarks that, 'they inspire a sense of awe at the beauty of creation and the sacredness of life'.

"A Shadow Falls" reproduces 57 never-before published images in stunning, over sized tri-tone plates. A text by Brandt about the fate of Africa's large animals is complemented with an introduction by philosopher Peter Singer.

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Shades of Green
A (Mostly) Practical A-Z for the Reluctant Environmentalist
Paul Waddington

Only a few hardcore hessian-wearing hippies want to go 'all the way' on the green scale. And yet - there is a strong groundswell of interest in all things 'green' as fears about the food chain, climate change, plummeting biodiversity and the sustainability of our current lifestyles take hold. So if you want to change the world without completely changing your life what do you do? Buy Shades of Green.

Shades of Green is an easy-to-use, A-Z guide. Each entry has a short introduction then as many 'shades of green' as are appropriate for the entry. Some subjects (holidays) are more complex than others (grapes). It is written in a punchy, wry and humorous style and pokes gentle fun at both the people in suits and the people in sandals. Reading this book will inform and amuse: it lays out the facts and practicalities on everything from carrots to cars and avoids the po-faced apocalyptic preachiness of many 'green' books. This is essential and often surprising reading - because being green has never been black or white.

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A Short History of the Honey Bee
Humans, Flowers, and Bees in the Eternal Chase for Honey
E Readicker-Henderson

There are around 16,000 species of bee. Only seven of these are responsible for creating the world's sweetest treat - honey. Combining Ilona's gorgeous photography and E. Readicker-Henderson's engaging text, "A Short History of the Honey Bee" follows the journey from flower to hive to honey throughout history. The book starts with the story of the honey bee - why it is named Apis mellifera, how it has evolved from a solitary creature to one that travels in groups, why it stings, and how pollination really works.

Readicker-Henderson then moves on to the honey, detailing its history from a wild food foraged for on cliffs to the many varieties available for purchase today. But it is the everyday importance of the bee that remains the central message. Forty percent of the world's food supply - including apples, tomatoes, and strawberries - is dependent on pollination by honeybees. Colony collapse, when the worker bees suddenly disappear and leave behind the queen and the hive, is an ecological and agricultural crisis. For this reason alone we need to be more aware of the significance of bees.

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Shorebirds of the Northern Hemisphere
Richard Chandler

Waders are a very popular group among birders of all standards, though their identification is often a challenge. Covering all the species of the northern hemisphere, this new photographic guide provides all the information a birder will need at a glance. Superbly illustrated with colour photography by the author, "Waders of the Northern Hemisphere" focuses on specific and subspecific separation and on ageing to provide a complete identification resource.

All the shorebird species that breed in the northern hemisphere or that occur there as non-breeding birds, including vagrants, are included in this book. For the purposes of this book, the northern hemisphere encompasses the Cape Verde archipelago and most of the Caribbean islands. In all, 135 species are included.

In addition to the species accounts, there are chapters on plumages and moults, and on behaviour.

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A Single Swallow
Following the Migration from South Africa to South Wales
Horatio Clare

A journey of 6,000 miles across two continents and fourteen countries is nothing to swallows: they do it twice a year. But for a writer and birdwatcher, this is the expedition of a lifetime. By trains, cars, buses, motorbikes, trucks, canoes, planes, one camel and three ships, Horatio Clare followed migrating swallows (Hirundo rustica) from reed beds outside Bloemfontein, where millions roost in February, to a barn in Wales, where a pair nest in May. From the slums of Cape Town to the palaces of Algiers, through Pygmy villages where pineapples grow wild, to the Gulf of Guinea where the sea blazes with oil flares, "A Single Swallow" is a journey through the modern world to the tune of an ancient rhythm.

It is a story of old empires and modern tribes, of the horrors of power and the wonders of kindness. It includes a witch-doctor's recipe for stewed swallow, explains how to travel without money or a passport, describes a terrifying incident involving three Spanish soldiers and a tiny orange dog, betrays several swallow secrets and proves that Wales exists only because of Ryan Giggs. It also tests the wisdom of an ancient piece of hearsay: the Zulus say that those who follow the swallows never come back ...Magical, inspiring, beautifully written with passion and purpose, "A Single Swallow" is a thrilling book about the intersection of the natural and the human worlds, sending shivers down the spine and lifting the heart.

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The Six-inch Lunar Atlas
Don Spain

Here is a lunar atlas designed specifically for use in the field by lunar observers. Its title - "The Six-inch Lunar Atlas" - refers both to the aperture of the telescope used to make the images in the book, and also to the book's physical size: so it's perfect for fitting into an observer's pocket! The author's own lunar photographs were taken with a 6-inch (150 mm) telescope and CCD camera, and closely match the visual appearance of the Moon when viewed through a modest (3-inch to 8-inch) telescope (Depending on seeing, of course). Each picture is shown oriented 'as the Moon really is' when viewed from the northern hemisphere, and is supplemented by exquisite computer sketches that list the main features.

Two separate computer sketches are provided to go with each photograph, one oriented to appear as seen through an SCT telescope (e.g. the Meade and Celestron ranges), the other oriented for Newtonian and refracting telescopes. It is worth commenting that most observers find it extremely difficult to identify lunar features when using a conventional atlas and SCT telescope - the human brain is very poor at making 'mirror-image' visual translations. There is a page of descriptions for the salient features in each photograph. Finally, an index at the end of the book lists all the features identified, and gives their approximate height, depth and for crater, diameter.

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Smart Swarm
Peter Miller

In this book, the author delves into the world of ants, fish, bees and birds to reveal how their intricate group behaviour can teach humans to organise, systematise, and problem-solve more effectively.

Using animals as the starting point for each chapter, he throws up questions about some of our most integral systems and translates his observations into formulae that could untangle some of the knottiest problems in business, entertainment, science and transport.

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Small-Scale Poultry Keeping
A Guide to Free-Range Poultry Production
R Feltwell

For the novice poultry keeper.

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Snail
Peter Williams

So attached was the author Patricia Highsmith to snails that they became her constant traveling companions. Secreted in a large handbag or, in the case of travel abroad, carefully positioned under each breast, they provided her with comfort and companionship in what she perceived to be a hostile world. Theirs was perhaps an unusual relationship; for most of us snails do not elicit feelings of warmth or affection, or a desire to share our living space. Apart from our repugnance at their appearance, our relationship with the snail has been influenced by the harm it has inflicted over the years on our cabbages, potatoes and garden seedlings.

Volumes on snails are universally hostile; their language is often heated and full of military metaphors. 'Understand the enemy as a first step to banishment', says one, while another urges us to 'stop them in their tracks with a barrier or a trap'. While the majority of gardeners would agree with this sentiment, "Snail", by Peter Williams, presents a more positive account of this much-maligned creature. Beginning with an overview of our relationship with snails, slugs and sea-snails, he goes on to examine snail evolution; snail behavior and habitat; snails as food, medicine, and the source of useful chemicals and dyes; snail shells as collectible objects; and snails in literature, art, and popular culture.

The author concludes with a plea for a reconsideration of the snail as a dignified, ancient creature that deserves our respect, rather than one to be squashed thoughtlessly underfoot after a shower of rain. Containing many surprising and quite beautiful illustrations, and written in an approachable, informal style, "Snail" will prove instructive to all who thought that this animal was simply a garden pest to be enthusiastically destroyed.

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Snow Monkeys
Wildlife Monographs
Heather Angel

Japan's sole monkey - the Japanese macaque - lives both in subtropical lowlands and in sub alpine regions. The animals living in the Japanese Alps, where snow blankets the ground for most of the winter, are affectionately called snow monkeys and have become a great tourist attraction. Here, macaques enjoy warming up in a natural hot pool. In this enchanting book, Heather Angel unravels how these monkeys live in troops: showing them in different seasons bathing and drinking in the hot pool, grooming, feeding, youngsters playing with snowballs and heart-warming shots of newborns with their mothers.

"Wildlife Monographs" is a series of full-colour books led by stunning photographic images with fresh, informative and vivid new text charting wild animals on their home terrain.

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Somerville's Travels
Journeys through the Heart and Soul of the British Isles
Christopher Somerville

Few people know the trails, by-ways and footpaths of Britain's diverse landscape as well as Christopher Somerville. With regular features in leading national newspapers and programmes appearing on TV and radio, he has vast experience of walking throughout Britain, specialising in off-the-beaten-track travel on foot. In this exciting new title from the AA, he invites you to join him on a tour of discovery along twenty of his favourite routes.

From the Cairngorms in Scotland to Penwith on the Cornish coast, Christopher tells the story of each region with his uniquely engaging prose. Each journey is a blend of landscape, geology, wildlife, music, literature, history and social history. Personal observations, anecdotes and stories capture the unique atmosphere of each region, and you can follow each of Christopher's routes with the aid of stunning photographs and specially drawn full-colour maps.

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South Pacific DVD

One Ocean. 20,000 Islands. A Quarter of The World's Water. The extraordinary wildlife, culture and history of this immense, fascinating ocean and its myriad islands are revealed in stunning detail in this acclaimed BBC series. With its coral reefs, turquoise lagoons and dramatic oceanic atolls, the South Pacific is the archetypal paradise. But from the shores of Hawaii to Easter Island and a thousand tiny remote islands, this ocean holds some of the most bizarre and intriguing surprises on Earth.

The incredible photography and discoveries of this series capture the amazing natural sights of the region: from erupting undersea volcanoes to jewelled tropical reefs and from tiger sharks catching albatross chicks to giant crabs opening coconuts. It reveals how the islands' isolation has helped evolve flesh-eating caterpillars, vampire bugs with antifreeze in their veins, a strange nocturnal parrot with a mating call like a bull frog and the fascinating monkey-tailed skink.

South Pacific also tells of the people whose ancestors journeyed thousands of miles to the islands. Some acquired new survival techniques such as the palolo worm-harvesting Samoans or the Solomon islanders who fish with spider webs and kites, while others developed bizarre rituals such as the Pentecost land divers who leap from 25-metre wooden scaffolds.

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The Southern Sky Guide
David Ellyard and Wil Tirion

The Southern Sky Guide is a comprehensive and easy-to-use guide to the brilliant and ever-changing sights of the southern sky by night. Both beginners and advanced sky-watchers will get great value from this skilfully written book, whether they are using the naked eye, binoculars or a small telescope.

This introductory text will familiarise readers with the many and varied objects in the sky and their fascinating movements and changing appearances, as well the ancient myths and legends entwined around the groupings of stars. The book features two groups of maps. The 24 `Skyviews' give the appearance of the whole night sky every two weeks (or an hour of sidereal time). The 20 full star charts give a comprehensive account of particular areas of sky, with an accompanying text full of fascinating detail. It is designed to be easy to move from one map to another.

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Space Conquest
The Complete History of Manned Spaceflight
Francis Dreer

The greatest-ever feat of science and technology in the history of mankind occurred when the USA's Apollo 11 landed men on the surface of the moon. The great ideological struggle of the Cold War between the USA and the Soviet Union was defined by the space race - a race won by the Americans. This stunningly illustrated story of manned spaceflight covers the Soviet and American space programmes, Neil Armstrong's historic 'one small step for man' in July 1969, and continues into the era of space stations and reusable spacecraft like the Shuttle.

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A Spectroscopic Atlas of Bright Stars
Jack Martin

A Spectroscopic Atlas of the Stars: A Pocket Field Guide is a standard reference book for all amateur astronomers interested in practical spectroscopy or spectrography. For the first time in one place, it identifies more than 70 (northern hemisphere) bright stars that are suitable observational targets for both amateurs and astronomy students. Finder charts are provided for locating these sometimes-familiar stars. Data for each star includes labelled stellar spectra, a spectral profile with spectral lines identified. These are conveniently laid out on a single page, opposite tables of spectroscopic properties, and lines and wavelengths identified. This is the first Spectral Atlas designed for amateur astronomers. It is equally relevant to college undergraduates, being intended to familiarize astronomers of any age and level of knowledge with labelled stellar spectra and their different properties. It contains much information about stars which is hard to find or inaccessible to most people.

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Spider
Katarzyna Michalski and Sergiusz Michalski

The spider has a rich symbolic presence in the human imagination. Seen as representing death, due to its poisoned fangs and pitiless, predatory nature, the spider can also represent life and creation, weaving its intricate and delicate web, and females carrying a sac containing thousands of eggs. Spiders of course are also feared and reviled because of their appearance and skittery, spasmodic movements. In this comprehensive study, Katja and Sergiusz Michalski investigate the cultural significance of the spider, as well as presenting the natural history of this fascinating, ancient creature.

Spider analyses the arachnid's appearance in the literature of Dostoyevsky and Hugo, and the many depictions of the spider in art, paying particular attention to the sculptures of Louise Bourgeois. Horror stories, science fiction, folklore and children's tales are reviewed, as well as the affliction of arachnophobia, and the procedures used in curing the condition. The psychological association of the spider with dominant women or mothers is explored, as is the role of the spider metaphor in Freudian and Jungian psychoanalysis.

This in-depth account closes with an analysis of the way in which the sinister nature of the spider lends itself to unfavourable portrayal in film. A thorough, wide-ranging account of the natural and cultural history of the spider, this book will appeal to anybody who admires, or fears, this complex, delicate, yet powerful creature.

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Spider Silk
Evolution and 400 Million Years of Spinning, Waiting, Snagging, and Mating
Leslie Brunetta and Catherine L Craig

The orb web contains at least four different silk proteins, each performing a different function and all meshing together to create a fly-catching machine that has amazed and inspired humans through the ages.

The authors tell the intriguing story of how spiders evolved over 400 million years to add new silks and new uses for silk to their survival toolkit and, in the telling, take readers far beyond the orb. They describe the trials and triumphs of spiders as they use silk to negotiate an ever-changing environment, and show how natural selection acts at the genetic level and as individuals struggle for survival.

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Stars
A Journey Through Stellar Birth, Life and Death
Raman Prinja

"Stars" presents a vivid account of the fascinating life-stories of stars. The informative and accessible text is combined with breathtaking imagery from the most powerful telescopes to capture the beauty of star birth, the extreme activity of stars and their violent demise.The book begins with an engaging description of stunning nurseries in space that give rise to new stars. The latest scientific discoveries are explained in an easy-to-understand style that is suitable for novices, enthusiasts and experienced observers. Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer infrared images reveal exquisite details of not only the star-formation process in our Milky Way Galaxy but also in extreme environments in other distant galaxies. Professor Prinja expertly reveals the remarkable phases that mark the evolution of stars, including detailed observations of dynamic explosions on the Sun. The final chapters of "Stars" provides unparalleled insights into the death of stars, covering colourful planetary nebulae and the incredible power of supernovae and hypernovae explosions." Stars" is a thought-provoking and highly informative study of the stellar Universe and our place in it and is illustrated throughout with breathtaking colour photographs from NASA and ESA.

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Starlight
An Introduction to Stellar Physics for Amateurs
Keith Robinson

This is a book about the physics of stars and starlight. The story of starlight is truly fascinating. Astronomers analyze and interpret the light from stars using photometry and spectroscopy, then inspirational detective work combines with the laws of physics to reveal the temperatures, masses, luminosities and outer structure of these far away points of light. The laws of physics themselves enable us to journey to the very center of a star and to understand its inner structure and source of energy!

Starlight provides an in-depth study of stellar astrophysics that requires only basic high school mathematics and physics, making it accessible to all amateur astronomers. Starlight teaches amateur astronomers about the physics of stars and starlight in a friendly, easy-to-read way. The reader will take away a profoundly deeper understanding of this truly fascinating subject -- and find his practical observations more rewarding and fulfilling as a result.

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Star Clusters
Charles A Cardona

"The Pocket Field Guide to Star Clusters" is written for practical astronomers and is intended for use at the telescope (or binoculars). It is a succinct, easy to understand guide with some good information in a concise yet easily understood format suited to actually using the book while observing. Thus this book is principally about observing star clusters - how to see them, how to find them, and how to image them. The first half dozen pages contain a brief outline in simple terms as to what star clusters are, and in the next approximately 150 pages there are two-page spreads for each star cluster that include concise, easy to read descriptions, observing notes, and facts, as well as photography/imaging notes, and suggested instruments. 'Finder' star charts help observers easily locate the cluster. Digital images (by the renowned digital imager Jan Wisniewski) illustrate the book throughout.

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Steve Backshall's Deadly 60
Steve Backshall

Steve Backshall embarks on his most daring adventure yet. He has just six months to travel six continents and find 60 of the deadliest creatures on the planet for the 26-part Children's BBC series of the same name which will air on BBC1 and the CBBC Channel. From lethal beauties to killer beasts, from the unseen to the unexpected, the one thing these creatures have in common is that they are all deadly.

Steve's global adventure spans the continents and his encounters range from famous killers such as the African Cheetah, the Neotropical Piranha and the North American Grizzly Bear to less famous but no less deadly animals.
For example, few are aware that the Pufferfish is armed with tetrodoxin, an exceptionally lethal poison, estimated to be 1,200 times more deadly than cyanide. Learn about the ingenious techniques and extraordinary weapons that some of our most dangerous animals are armed with.

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Steve Backshall's Wildlife Adventurer's Guide
A Guide to Exploring Wildlife in Britain
Steve Backshall

A naturalist's equivalent to the Dangerous Book for Boys, this title will include tips on everything from beachcombing, snorkelling and building your own hedgehog hotel to tree-climbing, natural foods and how to make traps for insects and mammals.

This hands-on guide to enjoying nature is filled with practical advice on how to get involved with wildlife. It has a British/north European focus and will give ideas on wildlife-watching and other activities in different habitats, including coast, mountains, heathland, garden, wetland, woodland and farmland alongside the practical activities relating to bushcraft and survival, and suggestions of how to get close to wildlife, for example through mountain-biking. It will carry an important conservation message. It will also touch upon these activities in a worldwide context.

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Storms of my Grandchildren
The Truth about the Coming Climate Catastrophe and our Last Chance to Save Humanity
James Hansen

In "Storms of My Grandchildren", Dr. James Hansen - the nation's leading scientist on climate issues - speaks out for the first time with the full truth about global warming: The planet is hurtling even more rapidly than previously acknowledged to a climatic point of no return. Although the threat of human-caused climate change is now widely recognized, politicians have failed to connect policy with the science, responding instead with ineffectual remedies dictated by special interests. Hansen shows why President Obama's solution, cap-and-trade, which Al Gore has signed on to, won't work; why we must phase out all coal, and why 350 ppm of carbon dioxide is a goal we must achieve if our children and grandchildren are to avoid global meltdown and the storms of the book's title.

This urgent manifesto bucks conventional wisdom (including the Kyoto Protocol) and is sure to stir controversy, but Hansen - whose climate predictions have come to pass again and again, beginning in the 1980s when he first warned Congress about global warming - is the single most credible voice on the subject worldwide. Hansen paints a devastating but all-too-realistic picture of what will happen in the near future, mere years and decades from now, if we follow the course we're on. But he is also an optimist, showing that there is still time to do what we need to save the planet. Urgent, strong action is needed, and this book, released to coincide with the Copenhagen Conference in December 2009, will be key in setting the agenda going forward to create a groundswell, a tipping point, to save humanity - and our grandchildren - from a dire fate more imminent than we had supposed.

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The Superorganism
The Beauty, Elegance, and Strangeness of Insect Societies
Bert Holldobler and Edward O Wilson

Based on remarkable research, eighteen years after the publication of the classic work The Ants, this new volume expands our knowledge of social insects (among them, ants, bees, wasps and termites). Superorganisms - tightly knit colonies of individuals, formed by altruistic co-operation, complex communication and division of labour - represent one of the basic stages of biological organisation, midway between the organism and the species. As the authors demonstrate, the study of the superorganism has led to important advances in our understanding of how the transitions between such levels have occurred in evolution and how life has progressed from simple to complex forms. Visually spectacular, The Superorganism provides a deep look into a part of the living world hitherto glimpsed by only a few.

"The term "superorganism" was coined in 1928 by the great American ant expert William Morton Wheeler ... Holldobler and Wilson's book is a self-professed and convincing appeal for its revival." - Tim Flannery, The New York Review of Books

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Survival
Saving Endangered Migratory Species
Stanley Johnston and Robert Vagg

Our ruthless exploitation of the natural world has already driven many wild animals to the brink of extinction. Among the most threatened are many migratory species, whether avian, terrestrial or marine. Because in most cases these species cross national boundaries, the need for international conservation efforts is particularly great. Albatrosses and petrels, migratory water-birds and raptors, whales, dolphins and other marine ammals; antelopes and forest elephants and even gorillas - these are just some of the key species that are the subject of this book.

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Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time
My Life Doing Dumb Stuff with Animals
Richard Conniff

Field journalist Richard Conniff examines the lives of two-, four-, six-, and eight-legged creatures from around the globe, providing adventure-packed accounts of his many ill-advised forays into the animal kingdom. He pulls a 90-pound snapping turtle out of a Louisiana bayou, tracks leopards with Kung San hunters in the Namibian desert, and travels through the Himalayas in pursuit of tigers and the mythical migur. All in a day's work, he flings chicken carcasses into piranha-infested waters to clock how quickly they disappear before diving in himself, and then encounters a man stung by 120 different species of insects, ranking their pain the way Robert Parker ranks wine. Again and again, Conniff courts the most dangerous animals and lives to tell the tale. This collection offers a rare chance to accompany him on death-defying treks and see life through the lens of a bona-fide field naturalist.

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Tales of a Tabloid Twitcher
Stuart Winter

It may come as a surprise to some people, but tabloid newspaper coverage of the ornithological world does actually extend beyond cheap innuendos about tits and shags. For this we can thank one journalist more than any other - Stuart Winter. A birder since childhood, he has maintained a constant presence in the world of the tabloid news since the mid-1990s, bringing innumerable stories about birds and birdwatchers to the masses in the process.

This enthralling book offers a window into the sometimes shady worlds of tabloid journalism and birdwatching. In the process it explores the full stories behind the very best scoops. You may think that birdwatching would be a rather refined hobby, but you would be very wrong indeed. There are tales of obsession - travelling the length and breadth of the country in pursuit of rarities; tragedy - risking life and limb in the line of duty; celebrity - both human and avian, from Jeremy Clarkson and David Attenborough to 'Sammy the Stilt'; crime - from felony to rivalries that turned nasty; and scandal - just what is the most debauched use of a bird hide?

In the course of its 18 chapters covering all the key birding events and personalities of the past two decades and beyond, this book may just become the biggest 'must-read' book for birders since Bill Oddie's "Little Black Bird Book". What a scoop that would be.

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Taste Britain
A Food-lover's Guide to Britain's Tastiest Places
Simon Heptinstall, Lea Harris, Jenny Linford and Colin Presdee

Guaranteed to tickle the tastebuds, this food lover's guide to Britain's tastiest places is bursting with gourmet delights haling from northernmost Scotland to Cornwall's Lands End. A panel of specialist food writers have travelled the land to uncover the very best places, produce and food heroes Britain has to offer. Think pick-your-own farms bursting with plump, juicy strawberries, sunny vineyard tastings, speciality butchers who've honed their craft over 50 years, award-winning organic eateries, farm shops boasting glorious produce with zero food-miles, dedicated microbreweries with secret recipes, blindfolded truffle-hunting adventures and artisan cheese-makers who obsess over the nuances of flavour. Find out where to get the freshest fish in Norfolk, where to try the original sticky toffee pudding, where to try and buy traditional, hand-pressed Cotswold cider and the location of a bright yellow hut that serves Cornwall's most acclaimed pasties.With an emphasis on small and local suppliers, regional produce, speciality shops and organic food, Taste: Britain, the first dedicated food travel guide to Britain, will deliver new gastronomic discoveries to even the most fanatical foodie.

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There and Back
A Celebration of Bird Migration
Edited by Andy Brown and Michael Warren

This book is a celebration of the phenomenon of migration, through the words and pictures of those seeped in its appreciation-of artists, regular migration-observers, scarce-migrant hunters, ringers, scientists who use satellite tags to follow migrants and of those who attempt to protect migrants during their often lengthy journeys.

A series of essays looks at migration in a diversity of animals with a deserved emphasis on birds. Examples are drawn from across the world's great migration flyways but as the book progresses, the focus narrows, first towards southern Europe and the problems faced by migrants on some of the Mediterranean islands and then to the UK where migration-watching seems to fascinate so many of us.

The book is profusely illustrated with work from some of Europe's foremost contemporary wildlife artists.

All royalties generated from the sale of this book will go to BirdLife International (Malta) to help them to continue their work in protecting migrant birds.

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The Tiger
Soul of India
Valmik Thapar

Represented in various art forms from time immemorial, the tiger, India's national animal, resides in the very soul of the country's cultural beliefs, myths, and legends. This book explores and reveals almost every facet of this amazing animal in terms of its first impressions on the 8000-year-old cave paintings of Madhya Pradesh to its presence on Mohenjodaro seals, some 4500 years ago. The volume covers tribal belief and worship, ancient tiger art, the Mughal period, and the tiger in miniature painting.

The book is a testimony to the power, beauty, and magnificence of the tiger, which captured man's imagination to the extent that it was worshipped across the country. How a host of emotions, including fear, almost compelled man to express his feelings on stone, wood, paper, and much more. The relationship between man and tiger goes back thousands of years. In a way it is the cult of the tiger that has played a vital role in keeping this animal alive in the twenty-first century. It is vital to make sense of the awe and reverence this animal inspires in India, for that will help save it from extinction.

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The Time Team Guide to the History of Britain
Tim Taylor

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Top Birding Sites of Europe
Dominic Couzens

If you have ever dreamt of seeing Snowy Owls in Norway, spectacular raptor migration by the Black Sea, Wallcreepers in the Pyrenees or seabird cities off Scotland, then this book and CD package is for you. "Top Birding Sites of Europe" features more than 30 detailed accounts of the continent's finest bird locations, from the famous Camargue and Coto Donana, to some less well known but no less productive destinations. The expertly written and very readable text is backed up by lavish photos of the birds and scenery at each of the chosen hot-spots, including rare images of amazing species and some of the continent's most stunning avian spectacles. A CD of key bird sounds complements the entries on each site.

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To Sea and Back
The Heroic Life of the Atlantic Salmon
Richard Shelton

The Atlantic salmon is an extraordinary and mysterious fish. For centuries mankind has wondered how it is able to survive both in fresh and salt water and how it navigates thousands of miles to feeding grounds in the northern oceans before returning to the burns of its birth to reproduce.

Richard Shelton combines personal memoir and science to reveal the riverine and marine worlds from the salmon's point of view. He explores the salmon's life cycle and places the fish in its evolutionary context - one that is much closer to man's than we might imagine. Along the way, he describes the feat of exploration that gave us our first real understanding of the oceans, introduces the great Victorian naturalist Frank Buckland, and shows how this iconic fish is a vital indicator of the health of our rivers and oceans. Above all, "To Sea and Back" is the story of Richard Shelton's lifelong passion for the sea and his attempt to solve the perennial enigmas of the salmon's secret life.

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Treasures of the Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum, London is home to one of the world's most important and comprehensive collections of natural history specimens, literature and artworks. This book is a celebration of over 200 of the Museum's most treasured possessions - selected both from objects on display and those stored behind the scenes - including world-famous specimens and little known curiosities. Among the many exceptional natural wonders featured are: Darwin's celebrated finch specimens; a lethal claw from the dinosaur Baryonyx; and, one of the greatest scientific frauds of all time the Piltdown cricket bat fossil.

This book also reveals the magnificent Museum building itself with its many architectural treasures. With intriguing stories behind each entry, such as the tragic tale of Heron-Allen's cursed amethyst, "Treasures of the Natural History Museum" is a fascinating insight into the best of the Museum's unrivalled collection.

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The Tunguska Mystery
Vladimir Rubtsov

The purpose of the book is a dual one: to detail the nature and results of Tunguska investigations in the former USSR and present-day CIS, and to destroy two long-standing myths still held the West. The first concerns alleged 'final solutions' that have ostensibly been found in Russia or elsewhere. The second concerns the mistaken belief that there has been little or no progress in understanding the nature of the Tunguska phenomenon. All this is treated by the author in a scholarly and responsible manner.

Although the book does present certain unusual findings of Russian and Ukrainian scholars, it is important to stress that this is not a sensational book; it is, rather, a serious exposition of the results of rational investigations into a difficult scientific problem. We are demonstrating the true complexity of the problem that is now entering its second century of existence. Simple meteoritic models cannot explain all the characteristics of this complicated event, and therefore certain so-called 'unconventional hypotheses' about the nature of the Tunguska explosion are to be considered as well.

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The UK Trailwalker's Handbook

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The Universe
Order without Design
Carlos I Calle

Is the universe designed for life? Physicists have discovered that many seemingly unconnected phenomena, which took place millions of years apart, played a crucial role in the development of life on Earth. Does such evidence reveal a purpose behind the order of the universe? NASA senior research scientist Carlos I Calle explores this tantalizing question and many more in this wide-ranging introduction to the very latest and sundry theories about the origins and evolution of the enormous cosmos. From the big bang to the possibility of a big crunch he renders the complexities of theoretical physics beautifully lucid for the lay reader. Calle begins by reviewing the milestones of 20th-century astrophysics: the confirmation of the big bang theory in the 1960s by the discovery of cosmic background radiation; the inflationary theory of universe expansion, which NASA observations have recently confirmed; the formulation of the essential laws of physics that govern the unfolding of all physical processes, from subatomic fluctuations to the formation of galaxies; and physicists' attempts to unify all the forces of nature.

Now, at the start of the 21st century, questions have been raised about the origins of the laws of physics. Do they suggest a Grand Designer, or is their existence a natural outcome of some automatic process? Calle lays out the cosmological models based on M-theory, which suggests that our particular universe may be one of an unimaginable number of universes, each with its own set of physical laws. According to one of the most promising models, the big bang may not be the moment of creation but the bridge to a past filled with endless cycles of universe creation and destruction. Calle also provides an exciting look at Stephen Hawking's fascinating proposal that the universe had no origin and that present-day observers may influence the very nature of reality.

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The Universe: 50 Ideas You Really Need to Know
Joanne Baker

For millennia humanity has gazed in wonder at the night sky, tracked the motions of the planets and attempted to explain our place in the Universe. But only in our own time has the true scale, the astonishing variety and the remarkable strangeness of the cosmos come clearly into focus. The pace and sophistication of recent scientific discovery has been breathtaking, but breakthroughs are often difficult to understand and their impact is hard to fully appreciate. In Universe - 50 Ideas You Really Need to Know, Joanne Baker clearly and concisely explains all of the essential concepts, major discoveries and the very latest thinking in astrophysics, including: the basic principles of astronomy - from heliocentrism to Newton's theory of optics; the constituent parts of the Universe, its creation and evolution; the key concepts of cosmology including the theory of relativity, supermassive black holes and 'multiverses'; the very latest developments in our understanding of quasars, exoplanets and astrobiology. From dwarf planets to dark energy; and from the Big Bang to the death of stars, this book is the perfect introduction to the cutting-edge science that is shaping our understanding of our place in the Universe and that could lead to the next great discovery - the detection of life beyond Earth.

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Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and How to Observe Them
Richard Schmude

This book tells the story of two giants and a dwarf. The giants, Uranus and Neptune, are mostly huge balls of gas, and they make their home in the remotest reaches of the Solar System. The dwarf, Pluto, which can usually be found even farther out than the two giants, was always small, but up until a short while ago, it enjoyed the same status as the other planets, a full-fledged member of the Solar System. Today, Pluto has been re-classified as a "dwarf planet."

In this clear and succinct overview of the current research on these remote Solar System objects, Richard Schmude, Jr., tells us what facts we do know about these faraway entities, what we are seeking to know, and also how to observe them for yourself, using commercially available telescopes. He also explains why Pluto was re-classified and what it means, exactly, to be a dwarf planet.

Intrigued by these objects since boyhood, Schmude has compiled a loving tribute to them, if not making them warm and fuzzy, at least making them seem less remote and bringing them into our current frame of reference, giving them personality and revealing their worth in our understanding of the structure and nature of the Solar System in which we live.

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Veg Patch
Mark Diacono

Drawing directly from his experience as an acclaimed climate-change gardener, and of setting up a kitchen garden from scratch for River Cottage, Mark explains the practical aspects of organic growing, introduces us to a whole world of vegetables we may not have previously considered, and does away with alienating gardening jargon once and for all. Mark begins with a catalogue of vegetables that will grow in this country, explaining for each their benefits, what varieties to go for, dos and don'ts, and popular culinary uses. He then invites us to create a wish list of foods, and shows us his own list from his early gardening days. Next, he explains how to turn this wish list into a coherent kitchen garden plan appropriate for our space, whether it be a patch of acidic soil, a roof-top garden or an allotment, whether we put on our wellies in every free moment or are 'time-poor' gardeners. Then he puts all the theory into practice, showing us how to look after nutrients in the soil, how to resist pests and diseases, and how to make our garden sustainable and organic. In clear, concise sections we learn about seed trays, supporting plants with climbing structures, mulching, composting, companion planting, irrigation and promoting pollination, and there are additional tables showing sowing and harvesting times, plant sizes, and alternative varieties of plants for different sites. About thirty recipes and a directory of useful addresses finish the book, and the handbook is complemented by bright colour photography throughout. Practical and inspiring, with a textured hard cover and an introduction by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Veg Patch is destined to join Handbooks No. 1, 2 and 3 as an indispensible household reference.

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Very Special Relativity
An Illustrated Guide
Sander Bais

"Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity", first published in 1905, radically changed our understanding of the world. Familiar notions of space and time and energy were turned on their head, and our struggle with Einstein's counterintuitive explanation of these concepts was under way. The task is no easier today than it was a hundred years ago, but in this book Sander Bais has found an original and uniquely effective way to convey the fundamental ideas of Einstein's Special Theory.Bais' previous book, "The Equations", was widely read and roundly praised for its clear and commonsense explanation of the math in physics. "Very Special Relativity" brings the same accessible approach to Einstein's theory.

Using a series of easy-to-follow diagrams and employing only elementary high school geometry, Bais conducts readers through the quirks and quandaries of such fundamental concepts as simultaneity, causality, and time dilation. The diagrams also illustrate the difference between the Newtonian view, in which time was universal, and the Einsteinian, in which the speed of light is universal.Following Bais' straightforward sequence of simple, commonsense arguments, readers can tinker with the theory and its great paradoxes and, finally, arrive at a truly deep understanding of Einstein's interpretation of space and time. An intellectual journey into the heart of the Special Theory, the book offers an intimate look at the terms and ideas that define our reality.

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The Vet
My Wild and Wonderful Friends
Luke Gamble

Fresh out of university Luke joins a mixed practice in Dorset, run by the stern but benevolent Mr Spotswode and is quickly thrust into the real world of veterinary medicine: truculent farmers, out-of-hours-surgery, nasty biting squirrels, operating on frog's eyeballs and some of the harsher facts of farming life like dealing with an outbreak of foot and mouth and subsequent slaughter. Luke's dream is to set up on his own and find his place in the world. These things, however, are never quite straightforward. Across the course of this memoir, the young vet not only learns much about his trade, but about his own character - and develops a group of close friends - both animal and human - who will stay with his across his career. the most important of these is Cordelia - the woman of his dreams - his quest to win her heart is a marathon!

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Villages of Britain
The Five Hundred Villages That Made the Countryside
Clive Aslet

"Villages of Britain" is the history of the countryside, told through five hundred of its most noteworthy settlements. Many of Britain's villages are known for their loveliness, of course, but their role in shaping the nation over the centuries is relatively untold, drowned out by the metropolitan bias of history. A consummate storyteller, Clive Aslet deftly weaves the worlds of agriculture, politics, the arts, industry, folklore, science, ecology, fashion and religion into one irresistible volume. It covers: the Bedfordshire works that a century ago manufactured half a billion bricks a year; the Cheshire municipality, striving to become the country's first carbon-neutral community; the Derbyshire estate where the cottages represent the gamut of European architecture; the Gloucestershire community founded by Tolstoyans, who still live by anarchic principles; the Leicestershire town where pub walls are embedded with Jurassic-era fossils; the Morayshire settlement where Hogmanay is celebrated eleven days late; the Pembrokeshire fishing hamlet that inspired Dylan Thomas; the Somerset village that was built on the back of the trade in Peruvian bird droppings; the Suffolk village that is rejecting modernity by reconstructing a windmill for grinding flour; and, the Surrey woodland that fosters Europe's most ancient trees. All these are places that have made a unique contribution to the narrative of this country. Follow Clive Aslet in visiting all five hundred villages, and you will have experienced the history of these islands from a uniquely rural perspective.

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Wainwright
His Life from Milltown to Mountain
WR Mitchell

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Walk Britain's Greatest Views
Ramblers' Association

Could you name Britain's 50 best viewpoints? A great view is something you savour for the rest of your life, especially if you've walked for it. Nobody knows this better than the Ramblers' Association, which leads over 20,000 walks each year across the country. Drawing on its matchless knowledge of Britain's footpath network, the RA has chosen 50 of Britain's best views, and devised walking routes that do them justice. The views cover the full cross-section of British landscapes - from remote shell-sand beaches in the Highlands to London's big city skyline. The one thing they all have in common is that the spots you need to see them from can only be reached on foot.

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A Walk in the Woods
Exploring Britain's Greatest Woodland
Archie Miles

An illustrated tour of fifty of Britain's greatest woodland walks with specialist tree photographer and writer Archie Miles, published in association with the Woodland Trust. From beech woods, oak woods and pine woods to ancient forest, coastal woodland, ravine woodland and the very best arboreta, A Walk in the Woods ranges over twenty-five different topics and a wide geographical range, and includes encounters with some of Britain's most ancient and characterful trees. Complementing and crowning the series of nine regional woodland walking guides already published by Frances Lincoln, the book includes a Gazetteer with brief descriptive details and access information for the featured sites plus a shortlist of some of the best of the rest.

The readable and deeply informed text describes the physical topography of each site, in context with the regional characteristics, incorporating information on vegetation, flora, wildlife habitats (with particular reference to rare, endangered or site specific species), as well as a wealth of social, cultural or industrial history. Spellbinding photographs taken throughout the seasons show the diverse interiors of the woodlands, with a range of views into and out of the woods, placing them in their landscape context. Also included are accompanying images of woodland details - fungi, flowers, wildlife, and historic features.

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Watching Waterbirds with Kate Humble and Martin McGill
100 Birds ... in Just One Day!
Kate Humble and Martin McGill

This book introduces some 75 species of wetland birds to readers through the eyes of Kate Humble. As she freely admits herself, Kate is still learning her birds, so to find out more she contacted Martin McGill of the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust to act as her guide. Their birdwatching sessions together form the basis of this book. As Kate learns the difference between a Canada Goose and a Barnacle Goose, which ducks dive and which ducks dabble, and how to tell apart those little brown jobs that warble from the reedbeds, so she passes on the information to the reader as she goes.

The effect is not dissimilar to the Last Chance to See series, in which Mark Carwardine and Stephen Fry scour the world for endangered species. The difference between Canada Geese and Barnacle Geese? Just remember that the C-anada goose has a C-hin-strap. The Teal is the Ziggy Stardust of the duck world, while the Shoveler feeds as though it's dropped its contact lenses. Each species takes up approximately two pages, complete with photographs and illustrations to bring out the key identification and behavioural points.

The birds are divided into simply titled groups - large waddling birds, little brown jobs, and so on. Other chapters in the book cover topics such as basic equipment, clothing, hide etiquette and more, each written for the beginner in Kate's style. WWT centres: Slimbridge (Glos), Arundel (Sussex), Wetland Centre (Barnes), Welney (Norfolk), Washington (Tyne & Wear), Caerlaverock (Dumfries), Martin Mere (Lancs), Llanelli (Wales), Castle Espie (N Ireland).

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Watching Wildlife in London
A Guide to More than 50 Key Sites and 500 Species
Marianne Taylor

Many people are unaware that the city of London is rich in wildlife, and that many of the most interesting and spectacular species can be seen within a few minutes walk of the tourist trail.

The first eight chapters of this book provide an informative where to watch guide describing key sites from the centre to the suburbs, along with what can be expected to be seen there. This ranges from wildfowl and birds of prey in the centre of town to deer and other mammals around Richmond; from butterfly and wildflower hot-spots to a haven for wading birds and Water Voles beside the Thames. Each chapter gives a general overview of the terrain and the wildlife present, and series of boxed texts look in detail at interesting case studies, or personal pages from the notebook.

The final third of the book is a fully illustrated colour identification guide to 600 of the most common or remarkable species found in the capital, covering birds, animals, invertebrates and plants.

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The Way of the Panda
The Curious History of China's Political Animal
Henry Nicholls

This title deals with the extraordinary impact of the panda - from obscurity to fame - a story of China's transition from shy beginnings to centre stage. In a most original book, science writer Henry Nicholls uses the rich and curious story of the panda from its 'discovery' 150 years ago in the highlands of China to its present international status as endearing icon of the World Wide Fund for Nature (fifty years old in 2011) and shy darling of the world's zoos to do several things - to chart the emergence of modern China onto the global stage; to examine our changing attitude to the natural world; and, to offer a compelling history of the conservation movement.

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Weeds
How Vagabond Plants Gatecrashed Civilisation and Changed the Way We Think About Nature
Richard Mabey

Weeds survive, entombed in the soil, for centuries. They are as persistent and pervasive as myths. They ride out ice ages, agricultural revolutions, global wars. They mark the tracks of human movements across continents as indelibly as languages. Yet to humans they are the scourge of our gardens, saboteurs of our best-laid plans. They rob crops of nourishment, ruin the exquisite visions of garden designers, and make unpleasant and impenetrable hiding places for urban ne'er-do-wells.

Weeds can be destructive and troubling, but they can also be beautiful, and they are the prototypes of most of the plants that keep us alive. Humans have grappled with their paradox for thousands of years, and with characteristic verve and lyricism, Richard Mabey uncovers some of the deeper cultural reasons behind the attitudes we have to such a huge section of the plant world.

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The Welsh Coast
Peter Watson

From castles in the sand to castles on a cliff-top, the Welsh coast is as beautiful and dramatic as it is diverse. The author captures the visual delights of this twisting and endlessly varied coastline, starting at the northern tip, the birdwatcher's paradise along the Dee Estuary and ending with an exploration of some of the beaches and bays which can be found hidden away between the bustling cities of Swansea and Cardiff.

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Whale Odyssey
A Humpback Whale's First Perilous Year
Michael Bright

The story of a humpback whale's first perilous year, based on scientific fact and observation.

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Where to Go Wild in Britain
A Month by Month Guide to the UK's Best Wildlife Experiences
Edited by Louise Abbott et al

This work offers information on Britain's most spectacular locations and when to visit them. Discover the best of Britain's rich and diverse natural heritage, and enjoy the nation's wildlife at its finest in this month-by-month, region-by-region tour of what to see when. From the magnificent coastal flower displays of The Lizard in March, to the spectacle of seeing peregrine falcons in the unlikely urban setting of Canary Wharf in June, you'll experience first hand the huge array of flora, fauna and habitat to be found within our shores.

Find details on hundreds of locations, maps, contacts, access and facilities, opening times and charges, plus great ideas for a whole host of options, giving you the choice in what you want to do and when.

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Where to Watch Birds in Devon and Cornwall
including the Isles of Scilly and Lundy
David Norman and Vic Tucker

Whether local or visiting, expert or novice, Where to watch birds in Devon and Cornwall is the essential guide for any active birdwatcher in these counties. All significant birdwatching areas in the region are analysed under the headings 'Habitat', 'Timing', 'Access' and 'Calendar', providing all the information necessary to make the most of each and every trip, whatever the time of year.

This substantially revised and expanded edition has new chapters, details of 'clusters' of sites easily accessible from particular holiday or population centres, additional information on access for the car-bound or disabled, as well as numerous examples of recent occurrences and significant status changes.

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Wild Africa
Alex Bernasconi

From a totally fresh perspective, with unique access to some of the remotest regions and species living beyond the confines of captivity, this book is a contemporary photographic record that takes the reader into the heart of one of the world's last natural paradises. The result of painstaking expeditions across the continent, this photographic document contains some of the most novel, surprising and spectacular images of Africa and its wildlife.

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Wild France
The Animals, Plants and Landscapes
Bob Gibbons

France boasts an amazing diversity of habitats and wildlife, from Ibex and Chamois scaling the cliff faces of the Alps and colonies of Puffins and Gannets on the rugged coasts of Brittany to one of the last western strong-holds of the European Mink on the Atlantic coast and flocks of Flamingos shimmering in the heat as they feed in the wetlands of Camargue.

France is one of the richest countries in Europe in terms of flora and fauna - its mammals include Wolf, Lynx and the remarkable Pyrenean Desman. It also boasts one of the highest totals of breeding bird species in Europe, some of the best butterfly sites, and an outstanding array of wildflowers. "Wild France" celebrates the landscapes and natural history of this surprisingly diverse country.

Expert naturalist Bob Gibbons examines the geography and climate, the many different habitat types and the remarkable variety of wildlife, while 250 superb colour photographs dramatically illustrate the species and places mentioned in the text.

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Wild Justice
The Moral Lives of Animals
Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce

Scientists have long counseled against interpreting animal behavior in terms of human emotions, warning that such anthropomorphizing limits our ability to understand animals as they really are. Yet what are we to make of a female gorilla in a German zoo who spent days mourning the death of her baby? Or a wild female elephant who cared for a younger one after she was injured by a rambunctious teenage male? Or a rat who refused to push a lever for food when he saw that doing so caused another rat to be shocked? Aren't these clear signs that animals have recognizable emotions and moral intelligence? With Wild Justice Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce unequivocally answer yes.

Marrying years of behavioral and cognitive research with compelling and moving anecdotes, Bekoff and Pierce reveal that animals exhibit a broad repertoire of moral behaviors, including fairness, empathy, trust, and reciprocity. Underlying these behaviors is a complex and nuanced range of emotions, backed by a high degree of intelligence and surprising behavioral flexibility. Animals, in short, are incredibly adept social beings, relying on rules of conduct to navigate intricate social networks that are essential to their survival. Ultimately, Bekoff and Pierce draw the astonishing conclusion that there is no moral gap between humans and other species: morality is an evolved trait that we unquestionably share with other social mammals.

Sure to be controversial, Wild Justice offers not just cutting-edge science, but a provocative call to rethink our relationship with-and our responsibilities toward-our fellow animals.

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The Wild Life
A Year of Living on Wild Food
John Lewis-Stempel

Walking around his Herefordshire farm one October, John Lewis-Stempel saw a trout flash in the brook, mushrooms sprinkle the fields, a squirrel eat hazelnuts, and thought: Wouldn't it be wonderful if one could live just on what Nature provided for free? "The Wild Life" is John's account of twelve months eating only food shot, caught or foraged from the fields, hedges, copse and brook of his forty-acre farm. Nothing from a shop and nothing raised from agriculture. Could it even be done?

John takes the reader on a Thoreau-esque journey through a landscape that is true England as he uncovers the ancient past of his five-hundred-year-old farm and the startling symmetries between his life now and that of the farm's peasant founders. Lyrical, observant and sometimes mordantly funny, "The Wild Life" is an extraordinary celebration of our natural heritage. And a testament to the importance of getting back to one's roots - spiritually and practically.

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Wild Life
Amazing Animals, Extraordinary People, Astonishing Places
Simon King

Even as a very young child, Simon King was passionate about the natural world. Expressed in a variety of ways, from keeping faintly rotting animal parts in his underwear drawer (as a 10-year-old), to making several hundred films about wildlife, his enduring interest in all things wild and free has been a way of, rather than a part of his life.

Being savaged by a rabid cheetah, charged at by rhinos and elephants and defecated upon by a long list of birds and other animals may sound like hell to some. But these, along with countless other experiences alongside all things furry, scaly, slimy and feathery have provided him with an enormously rich bank of tales to relive and retell. With his professional life starting aged ten, acting in a television drama called The Fox, (for which he looked after an orphaned fox for two years at home), through projects such as Planet Earth, Blue Planet, Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Big Cat Diary to name just a few, Simon King has travelled to every continent and lived in extreme conditions from remote desert to Arctic and Antarctic wilderness.

With characteristic honesty and charm, Simon King weaves his animal stories amongst encounters with extraordinary people and astonishing places to give us a memoir that will delight readers.

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Wild Moments
Adventures with Animals of the North
Edited by Michael Engelhard

Wild Moments brings readers face to face with the North's incredible fauna, through accounts by the best of contemporary nature writers. Their stories transcend the mere hunting-and-fishing or natural history narrative. The book's 33 selections showcase different species and capture wild animals in their essence: the magic and unpredictability, the humor, the pathos, the offbeat, bone-and-gristle, the smell of blood and the softness of fur.

While these essays are rooted in landscapes known intimately by only few people, each touches upon universal themes-the desires and dilemmas, fears and choices that spring from our tangling with wildness. Above all, they remind us what is at risk of being lost.

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Portfolio Eight
Edited by Grant Bradford

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Portfolio Eleven
Edited by BBC Wildlife Magazine

Stunning collection of photographic masterpieces submitted to the BG Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2001 competition. The portfolio spans all age groups and includes fauna and flora from around the globe. A collector's piece.

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Portfolio Eighteen
Edited by Rosamund Kidman Cox

The book showcases more than 120 stunning images from the 2008 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition - the most prestigious event of its kind. All the winning and commended photographs are here, selected by an international panel of expert judges and beautifully reproduced in this portfolio. Choosing the winning entries from an incredible 35,000 entries submitted by photographers around the world is not easy.

Each year the new collection is eagerly awaited by nature lovers and photography buffs alike - and each year they are not disappointed, as the quality of the images and the ingenuity of photographers reach new heights of excellence.

The range of subjects and styles is diverse - from abstract nature images to animal behaviour and portraits to environmental reportage. Together they celebrate the splendour, drama and variety of life on Earth. Each photograph is accompanied by a memorable caption that tells the story of how and why the shot was taken.

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Portfolio Nine
Edited by BBC Wildlife Magazine and Natural History Museum

Presented in association with BBC Wildlife Magazine and The Natural History Museum with BG Plc.

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Portfolio Nineteen
Edited by Rosamund Kidman Cox

"Wildlife Photographer of the Year Portfolio 19" is undoubtedly the most outstanding new collection of nature photographs available. The book showcases more than 120 stunning images from the 2009 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition - the most prestigious event of its kind. All the winning and commended photographs are here, selected by an international panel of expert judges and beautifully reproduced in this portfolio. Choosing the winning entries from an incredible 35,000 entries submitted by photographers around the world is not easy. Each year the new collection is eagerly awaited by nature lovers and photography buffs alike - and each year they are not disappointed, as the quality of the images and the ingenuity of photographers reach new heights of excellence.

The range of subjects and styles is diverse - from abstract nature images to animal behaviour and portraits to environmental reportage. Together they celebrate the splendour, drama and variety of life on Earth. Each photograph is accompanied by a memorable caption that tells the story of how and why the shot was taken. Being placed in this competition is something that wildlife photographers the world over aspire to. To succeed, they need a mixture of vision, technical ability, knowledge of nature - and luck. All these elements are here in abundance in these inspirational photographs.

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Portfolio Six
Edited by Miranda MacQuitty

Features all the winning and commended entries from the 1996 British Gas Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Portfolio Two
Edited by Peter Wilkinson

Contains the winning and commended entries of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 1992 competition, organised by BBC Wildlife Magazine and the Natural History Museum.

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Portfolio Thirteen
Edited by BBC Wildlife Magazine

The 13th portfolio in this extremely collectable series of natural history photography submitted to the annual Wildlife Photography of the Year competition. Features over 100 stunning pictures selected from more than 19,000 entries, covering natural subjects from plants to endangered animals and underwater life to landscapes, that display the beauty of the natural world. Behind-the-scenes information for each picture is given in a short caption, which includes photographic details.

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Portfolio Twenty
Edited by Rosamund Kidman Cox

This is the latest collection of images from the prestigious annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition - the international showcase for the very best photography featuring natural subjects.

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The Wild Rover
A Blistering Journey Along Britain's Footpaths
Mike Parker

Mike Parker, bestselling author of Map Addict, is back with a brilliant, intelligent and witty exploration of a glorious and passionate British subject - footpaths and our rights of way. Mike discovers how these paths have become part of our cultural landscape and why, at the tender age of 44, he suddenly finds himself at a crossroads. Provocative, funny and personal, this book celebrates Britain's unique and extraordinary network of footpaths.

It examines their chequered and surprisingly turbulent history, from the Enclosures Acts of the eighteenth century to the 1932 Mass Trespass on Kinder Scout in Derbyshire; and from the hard-won post-war establishment of great National Trails like the Pennine Way to the dramatic latter-day battles by the likes of Nicholas van Hoogstraten and Madonna to keep ramblers off their land. The story ranges far and wide, to all corners of the country and beyond, and is filled with the many characters that Mike engages with along the way - the poets and artists, farmers and ramblers, landowners and Rights of Way officers and campaigners, historians, archivists and anyone else who crosses his path (or even tries to block it).

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The Wildlife of Southern Africa
The Larger Illustrated Guide to the Animals and Plants of the Region
Edited by Vincent Carruthers

New, larger-format edtion of the popular title The Wildlife of Southern Africa: A field guide to the animals and plants of the region.

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Wild Spain: The Animals, Plants and Landscapes
Teresa Farino

Spain is one of the richest countries in Europe in terms of flora and fauna - its mammals include wolves, bears and the endemic Iberian Lynx, it has the highest number of breeding bird species in Europe, some of the best butterfly sites and an outstanding array of wildflowers. The range of habitats is vast, from the snow-capped mountain peaks of the Pyrenees through evergreen forests, olive groves and wood-pasture to freshwater wetlands and the arid sub-desert of the south. Few other European countries can rival its appeal to those interested in wildlife and the environment.

"Wild Spain" celebrates the landscapes and natural history of this surprisingly diverse country, including the Canaries and Balearics. Expert naturalist and landscape historian Teresa Farino examines the geography and climate, the many different habitat types and the remarkable variety of wildlife, including the many endemic species and impressive list of rarities for which Spain is a last refuge. More than 230 superb colour photographs bring alive their dramatic world.

The past 20 years have seen a revolution in Spain in terms of wildlife conservation and environmental awareness, and the final section of the book looks at the country's protected areas, the development of green tourism and where to watch wildlife.

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Wild Wonders of Europe
Peter Cairns, Florian Möllers, Staffan Widstrand and Bridget Wijnberg

The result of one of the largest photography projects ever undertaken, "Wild Wonders of Europe" presents an astonishing view of the continent's flora and fauna. Organized by Staffan Widstrand, Florian Mollers, and Peter Cairns, all award-winning nature journalists in their own right, this remarkable book reveals the wildlife and landscapes of all 48 European countries. From dramatic tableaus of spectacular valleys, waterfalls, and forests, to intimate views of strange and rarely seen creatures like the great bustard, the olm, and the desman, a team of 68 photographers captures the full range of animal and plant life throughout the continent.

With a focus on conservation and reintroducing vulnerable species to their natural habitats, the accompanying texts express hope for the future of European biodiversity. Part of the celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity in 2010, the release of this book will coincide with travelling exhibitions, both outdoors and indoors, all over Europe.

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The Winter Hare
Andrew Haslen

A collection of work by Andrew Haslen covering a two-year period when he raised three orphan hares. It forms a fascinating collage of sketches, studies and paintings inspired by them and the wild hares around him. Also included are pictures of other animals, wild and domesticated, encountered during this period.

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Winter in the Lake District
Val Corbett

Crisp snow in deep valleys, high peaks bright in winter sun, sheep huddled under a stone wall, waterfalls frozen into long glistening fingers and then scones by the log fire. Winter is photographer Val Corbett's favourite time of year and this wonderful book show why. Here we have mountains sharply reflected in still water and sweeping panoramas framed by skeleton branches or taken from high above valleys deep in soft cloud. The book opens with the first frosts of autumn and closes with the birth of the early spring lambs and the emergence of Wordsworth's beloved daffodils. Val Corbett's stunning photographs capture the wide winter landscape as well as seasonal festivities close to home - Christmas, pancakes and the annual marmalade competition. This book is a visual feast and a fine celebration of winter in the Lake District.

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Wise Words and Country Ways
Weather Lore
Ruth Binney

With the most colourful, poetic and picturesque country sayings and phrases of all the books in this bestselling series, "Wise Words and Country Ways Weather Lore" is a nostalgic delight that satisfies our fascination for the now lost wisdom of our ancestors and indulges our obsession with the weather, whilst reminding us how our generation has lost touch with the rhythms of the natural world. Probably the best known country saying of them all is 'red sky at night, shepherd's delight'. "Wise Words and Country Ways Weather Lore" presents us with dozens more similar, but largely now forgotten, words of wisdom that are imbued with a centuries-old understanding of the patterns of British weather, seasonal changes and the behaviour of plants and animals around us. It has highly relevant content for an age where we all feel we have lost touch with the patterns of nature.

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Wolf Within
How I Learned to Talk Dog
Shaun Ellis

To wolf expert Shaun Ellis, wolves aren't just his work, they're also his family. Shaun has been fascinated by wolves all his life, even living as part of a wild pack for two years with no human contact. What he gained was a unique and fascinating insight into their world, and that of our very own domestic dogs. Shaun Ellis grew up in the Norfolk countryside with a passion for and understanding with animals from an early age. His early fascination with wolves, and determination to understand them, led to him spending years in the US with the Naz Paz Indian tribe, watching wolves, learning to understand their roles and behaviour in the pack and how to communicate with them. He even lived as part of a wild pack for two years, without any human contact. Bringing his knowledge back to the UK, he astonished wildlife experts with his knowledge and insight. He now lives, eats and sleeps with his two wolf packs at Combe Martin Wildlife Park.

This is the story of Shaun's determination to understand these extraordinary animals and how what he has learned can help others to understand their own domestic dogs.

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Wonders of the Universe
Brian Cox and Andrew Cohen

Professor Brian Cox is back with another insightful and mind-blowing exploration of space. This time he shows us our universe as we've never seen it before. 13.7 billion years old. 93 billion light years wide. It contains over 100 billion galaxies, each containing hundreds of billions of stars. This infinite, vast and complex Universe has been the subject of human fascination and scientific exploration for thousands of years. The wonders of the Universe might seem alien to us and impossible to understand, but away from the telescopes, the labs and the white coats, Professor Brian Cox uses the evidence found in the natural world around us to explain its simple truths.

Travelling to the North Pole, Professor Cox demonstrates how spinning worlds create electrical currents and magnetism; he looks at the South Pacific Ocean to explain how the Universe communicates and moves in waves; he shows us how the water of the Angel Falls waterfall in Venezuela behaves exactly like the light does around a black hole. The same laws of light, gravity, time, matter and energy that govern us here on Earth are the same as those applied in the Universe. Using 3D CGI imagery, his expert knowledge and his infectious enthusiasm, Professor Cox shows us that if we can understand the impact of these governing laws on Earth it will bring us a step closer to an understanding of our Universe.

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Woodlands
Oliver Rackham

'Trees are wildlife just as deer or primroses are wildlife. Each species has its own agenda and its own interactions with human activities !' Written by one of Britain's best-known naturalists, Woodlands offers a fascinating new insight into the trees of the British landscape that have filled us with awe and inspiration throughout the centuries. Looking at such diverse evidence as the woods used in buildings and ships, and how woodland has been portrayed in pictures and photographs, Rackham traces British woodland through the ages, from the evolution of wildwood, through man's effect on the landscape, modern forestry and its legacy, and recent conservation efforts and their effects. In his lively and thoroughly engaging style, Rackham explores woodlands and their history, through names, surveys, mapping and legal documents, archaeology, photographs and works of art, thus offering an utterly compelling insight into British woodlands and how they have come to shape a national obsession.

Originally published as Volume 100 in the New Naturalist series. This edition differs in having all the illustrations on plates.

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The World's Easiest Astronomy Book
Hitoshi Nakagawa

This is a wonderfully informative, entertaining, and above all, easy-to-understand guide to the mysteries of space and the universe. Can we live on the moon? Can we travel to the future? Why is the sky blue? These are questions most of us have pondered at one time or another, and they are just some of the questions answered in this super new book. "The World's Easiest Astronomy Book" informs readers about the often complex and difficult-to-comprehend subjects of space and the universe in an easy-to-understand narrative peppered with cartoon style drawings. If you ever wanted to know how the universe worked but didn't know where to start, then this insightful and entertaining book will be your perfect guide.

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A Year in the Life of Westonbirt
Sarah Howard and Gail McKenzie

A celebration of the beauty and longevity of one of the greatest tree collections in the world - Westonbirt Arboretum - this is the first illustrated book on Westonbirt for nearly twenty years. The National Arboretum at Westonbirt is one of the most spectacular tree gardens in the world. An historical collection of over 3,000 different trees and shrub species, many of which are rare or endangered in their native lands, it covers some 600 acres. Classified as a Grade-I listed landscape, the layout preserves the nineteenth century design by W.S. Gilpin in the picturesque style.

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A Year of Watching Wildlife: A Guide to the World's Best Animal Encounters
David Lukas

Every week of the year, something astounding happens in the animal kingdom. A million wildebeest trek 800km across the Serengeti; killer whales surf Argentinean beaches; lizards fly like paper planes in the jungles of Borneo; 10 million puffins descend on Iceland; and the world's biggest feeding frenzy takes place off the coast of South Africa. This book shows you where, when and how to take part in the natural world's greatest happenings.

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Your Wildlife Garden
Month-by-Month
Jackie Bennett

This title covers everything the gardener needs to know to cultivate and maintain a wildlife haven in their own garden, however small. There is a wealth of practical information and colour photographs on 'natural' gardening in a clear, easy-to-use, month-by-month format, allowing gardeners to find the advice they need instantly, when they need it.

The book provides an introduction to the wild plants and creatures for each month, together with seasonal tips, tasks, checklists and detailed plant profiles. It offers easy-to-follow practical projects to create new habitats, such as making a wildlife pond, building a nest box, planning a herb bed, planting a summer meadow, and more.

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