|Living with Dormice: The Common Dormouse: Real Rodent or Phantom of the Ancient Wood?|
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The dormouse is one of the least seen but most loved of British animals. Dormice have always been portrayed as elusive, rare animals with specialised food requirements found only in large ancient woodlands. Sue Eden was therefore surprised to find them nesting in the coastal scrub of her new garden. Her many years of ensuing research have led her to the conclusion that the dormouse is in reality a widespread, tough, opportunistic omnivore that appears just as at home in low coastal scrub and conifer plantations.
Paperback | #170393 | 2009 | £14.99 | $23/€17 approx.
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|Collins Flower Guide: The Most Complete Guide to the Flowers of Britain and Europe|
David Streeter, Christina Hart-Davies, Audrey Hardcastle, Felicity Cole and Lizzie Harper
This brand-new field guide to the flowers of northern Europe is the most complete single-volume guide ever published. Featuring all flowering plants, including grasses, ferns, club mosses and trees, the 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. More...
Hardback | #113310 | 2009 | £29.99 | $47/€35 approx.
|The Most Amazing Places to Visit in Britain's Countryside|
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. 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. More...
Paperback | #179528 | 2009 | £14.99 | $23/€17 approx.
The latest volume in the classic Collins New Naturalist series, Wildfowl provides a much-anticipated overview of the fascinating birds that have become icons of our diminishing wilderness areas. David Cabot has been obsessed with wildfowl for nearly sixty years. In this seminal new work, he discusses the 56 species of wildfowl that have been recorded either in a natural state, or that have been introduced and now maintain self-sustaining populations in Britain and Ireland. He focuses on their social behaviour, feeding ecology and population dynamics, and in particular their seasonal migration patterns. He also explores the evolution and history of wildfowl and our long relationship with them, through popular mythology and legends, which continue to fascinate us with a sense of mystery and awe. More...
Hardback | #128708 | 2009 |
£50 £39.99 | $62/€47 approx.
|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, and includes a detailed site guide, covering 330 places to see orchids in Britain. More...
Paperback | #149253 | 2005 | £29.99 | $47/€35 approx.
|Collins Butterfly Guide: The Most Complete Field Guide to the Butterflies of Britain and Europe|
Tom Tolman and Richard Lewington
Third edition of the classic guide to the butterflies of Britain and northern Europe. 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. More...
Paperback | #173624 | 2009 | £18.99 | $30/€22 approx.
|A Single Swallow: Following the Migration from South Africa to South Wales|
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. 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. More...
Hardback | #178986 | 2009 |
£17.99 £11.69 | $18/€14 approx.
|The Vegetative Key to the British Flora: A New Approach to Plant Identification|
John Poland and Eric Clement
Conventional field guides only work when you have flowers or fruit - something all botanists find rather frustrating when out in the field. This key is an outstanding innovation. It enables the user to easily identify over 3,000 native and alien plants without flowers or fruit, with nothing more than a hand lens. A diligent enthusiast should be able to correctly identify a plant within three turns of a page, often in under 60 seconds (due to the novel structure of the keys). Selected flower and fruit characters, particularly ones not readily available in other Floras, have been included, especially in the comparatively few groups where they are essential. The key is an essential identification aid, invaluable to all amateur and professional botanists, ecological consultants, students and naturalists. More...
Paperback | #179815 | 2009 |
£24.99 £22.49 | $35/€26 approx.
|Colour Identification Guide to Moths of the British Isles|
Bernard Skinner and David Wilson
New third edition of the renowned guide to British macro lepidoptera with additional and updated text and two new plates of additional species plus a further group of colour plates comparing critical species in a new style to aid identification of groups of moths. Skinner has once again prepared an updated concise text giving the fullest details available in a single volume of the British and Irish moths. A clear range of illustrations, both drawings and colour photographs, provide the basis for identifying moths. The main block of forty-five colour plates illustrate the size, complete wing patterns and important forms and variation of moths. New additional plates bring together magnified images of various groups of moths, some separated in the main plates, to help compare similar species and aid identification. More...
Hardback | #177716 | 2009 | £58.99 | $92/€69 approx.
|Journey Through the British Isles|
Harry Cory Wright
Documents the author's quest to capture the variety of natural landscapes that make up the modern British Isles. Each of his remarkable photographic images is infused with the unique spirit of its location - from wild mountain ranges to secret woodland glades, from windswept beaches in winter to wheatfields gleaming in the late summer sun. With a foreword by travel writer Adam Nicolson, this is an outstanding portrayal of rural Britain today. More...
Paperback | #177369 | 2009 | £24.95 | $39/€29 approx.
|Where to Go Wild in Britain: A Month by Month Guide to the UK's Best Wildlife Experiences|
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. More...
Hardback | #179485 | 2009 | £24.99 | $39/€29 approx.
|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. More...
Hardback | #177655 | 2008 | £14.99 | $23/€17 approx.
|Beneath Cornish Seas|
Hidden below the surface of the temperate Cornish seas is an amazing array of colourful marine life, whose diversity challenges that of a tropical reef. Indeed, many of our species are closely related to those in warm waters, for the Gulf Stream divides around the peninsula, bringing warmer, clearer waters that propagate a diversity of marine life not generally found elsewhere around the UK's coastline. A multitude of invertebrate species, including anemones, soft and stony corals, and even sea fans more common on coral reefs, paint the rocks with carptes of colour, and fish life is profuse, with shoals of bass and mackerel, wrasse, flatfish, blennies, scorpion fish, tope, sharks, and visitors from warmer, Southern waters. In summer we see trigger fish, sun fish, basking sharks, and even leatherback turtles. In Beneath Cornish Seas, Mark Webster's stunning underwater photographs give an insight into the life in our rock pools, and below the waves. More...
Paperback | #178924 | 2009 | £15.50 | $24/€18 approx.
|Flora and Fauna
|While Flocks Last: An Armchair Birdwatcher goes in search of Britain's Most Endangered Species|
A worrying number of Britain's birds are in population freefall. Armed with a decent pair of binoculars and a biological safety suit (in case of a bird flu outbreak), Charlie Elder travels the length and breadth of the British Isles over the coming months to see our 40 key species in decline - the RSPB's 'Red List' of birds of greatest conservation concern. He looks at why their numbers have fallen, the efforts to encourage their recoveries and meets with experts and enthusiasts working to make a difference. He also examines the benefits birds bring, the importance of looking after them and rise of the birdwatcher - one species that is certainly not in decline.
"Elder is a stylish writer, and his ornithological travelogue takes him on entertaining adventures to some of Britain's most remote bird sites" - Stephen Moss, The Guardian More...
Hardback | #177564 | 2009 | £14.99 | $23/€17 approx.
|Sharks in British Seas - DVD (Region 0): Blue Sharks, Threshers, Porbeagles, Basking Sharks and Others|
Richard Peirce and Simon Spear
The first film to be made about the top predators with whom we share our seas. Blue Sharks, Threshers, Great Whites, Porbeagles, Basking sharks and a host of others are brought to life on this fantastic shark journey around Britain. Based on the book Sharks in British Seas by Richard Peirce, this film continues to break new ground. Award winning videographer Simon Spear teamed up with Richard to film the launch of Shark Cornwall, resulting in the first footage of Blue sharks shot in UK waters and quality footage of free swimming Porbeagle sharks. The quest then continued taking in the North Sea, the English Channel, Wales and Scotland in pursuit of sharks in British Seas. More...
DVD | #178035 | 2009 | £15.31 | $24/€18 approx.
|Freshwater Megaloptera and Neuroptera of Britain and Ireland: Keys to Adults and Larvae, and a Review of their Ecology|
The aquatic Megaloptera and Neuroptera (alderflies, lacewings and spongeflies) are fascinating and important elements of the freshwater fauna. Their low species diversity - three families and seven species in Britain and Ireland - belies their ecological importance, while their distinctive appearance ensures that they are unlikely to be overlooked. The FBA has long ensured that these small groups are identifiable. This is, however, more than simply a key to identification, with an updated section on life cycles and ecology summarising our knowledge of these fascinating animals and including a comprehensive reference list should further information be required. More...
Paperback | #179261 | 2009 | £24.50 | $38/€29 approx.
Some seven years after abandoning the life of an international journalist for a life in the wilds, Mike Tomkies began a remarkable experiment, rearing the ferocious Scottish wildcat. The true wildcat is now an endangered species and only to be found in inaccessible parts of the Scottish mountains. It may look like a giant domestic tabby, but with its bright red tongue and vicious claws, it is a formidable and fearless opponent of mankind. It is justly noted for being untameable. Mike resolved to breed a wildcat family and prepare them for a return to the wild. In the years that followed little of the scant scientific theory on wildcat behaviour was bourne out by his careful observations. More...
Paperback | #175235 | 2009 | £19.99 | $31/€23 approx.
|Deer: Law and Liabilities|
John Thornley and Charlie Parkes
The completely revised and updated edition deals with the law and liabilities relating to deer in the UK. In addition one chapter deals with Europe in terms of visitors to and from the continent. Deer have value as a conservation resource and as a traditional sporting quarry. However, they have increased in numbers, and as a consequence the need for deer management has greatly increased. Management issues increasingly focus on the legal implications of the welfare of deer, public safety and maintaining a balance between economic activities and environmental conservation. More...
Paperback | #176987 | 2009 | £19.99 | $31/€23 approx.
|Key to the Identification of British Centipedes|
This identification guide should enable non-specialists to identity the 57 species of centipede found on the island of Britain, including 7 species known only from greenhouses. It includes dichotomous and tabular keys backed up by concise confirmatory notes. Centipedes are some of the commonest larger arthropods found in our greenhouses, sheds, gardens, waste ground, woodland, moorland and coastal habitats, but the standard key (Eason, 1964) is now out of date and out of print. This new key includes the additional ten species discovered during the last 40 years. More...
Paperback | #178137 | 2008 | £9.99 | $16/€12 approx.