288 pages, Col photos
Paperback edition of Nick Baker's The New Amateur Naturalist.
Practical introduction to observing, understanding and studying the natural world. Gerald and Lee Durrell's The Amateur Naturalist was first published in 1982 and quickly became a classic. Based on this concept and matching their contagious enthusiasm, Nick Baker focuses on how to find animals in the field, by locating and interpreting tracks and signs and listening for sounds. With information provided on how to get started, the book then discusses how to choose the necessary equipment, kit and clothing. It gives profiles of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, fish and insects, and contains an introduction to plants and trees.
This book is a must for budding biologists The Sunday Times "Wax-jacketed TV prodigy Baker continues his climb to stardom with this entirely excellent guide to DIY nature-spotting. And Baker is the real deal - worth reading and watching because he genuinely knows what he's talking about ! Fun for all the family as well as being both educational and entertaining" FOCUS magazine BBC Wildlife Book of the Month "Quite simply, this is a superb compendium and I would have no hesitation in recommending it to naturalists of all ages and abilities who want to learn something new." BBC Wildlife "Offers something for everyone. The perfect family reference guide, this colourful and informative book should be on the shelf (or in the backpack ) of naturalists of all ages." Geographical Magazine
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Nick Baker has presented BBC's top-rated Really Wild Show for almost ten years now. He has also presented his own natural history series such as Nick Baker's Rattlesnakes and Nick Baker's Antarctica. In the United States, Nick presents regularly on National Geographic's Explorer. He is a regular columnist and contributor to BBC Wildlife Magazine and to Radio 4's The Natural History Programme. His previous publications include Nick Baker's Bug Book (2002) and the Natural History Almanac (2003). He is vice president of Wildlife Watch, the junior division of The Wildlife trusts. Nick lives on Dartmoor along with a growing menagerie of small animals.