To see accurate pricing, please choose your delivery country.
United States
All Shops
EU Shipping Update - read more

British Wildlife

8 issues per year 84 pages per issue Subscription only

British Wildlife is the leading natural history magazine in the UK, providing essential reading for both enthusiast and professional naturalists and wildlife conservationists. Published eight times a year, British Wildlife bridges the gap between popular writing and scientific literature through a combination of long-form articles, regular columns and reports, book reviews and letters.

Subscriptions from £40 per year

Conservation Land Management

4 issues per year 44 pages per issue Subscription only

Conservation Land Management (CLM) is a quarterly magazine that is widely regarded as essential reading for all who are involved in land management for nature conservation, across the British Isles. CLM includes long-form articles, events listings, publication reviews, new product information and updates, reports of conferences and letters.

Subscriptions from £22 per year
Good Reads  Natural History  Regional Natural History  Natural History of Europe

Few and Far Between On the Trail of Britain's Rarest Animals

By: Charlie Elder(Author)
288 pages, 16 plates with colour photos
Few and Far Between
Click to have a closer look
Select version
  • Few and Far Between ISBN: 9781472905192 Paperback Apr 2016 Usually dispatched within 1 week
  • Few and Far Between ISBN: 9781472905185 Hardback Apr 2015 Out of Print #218434
Selected version: £10.99
About this book Customer reviews Biography Related titles
Images Additional images
Few and Far BetweenFew and Far BetweenFew and Far BetweenFew and Far Between

About this book

Seeking both the beautiful and the bizarre, Charlie Elder goes in search of Britain's rarest and most endangered animals. Travelling the length and breadth of the UK, and meeting up with experts along the way, he tracks down secretive and scarce mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects living on the brink – ranging from the iconic Scottish Wildcat and surreal Spiny Seahorse to the striking Golden Oriole, outlandish Wart-biter Cricket and sinister Black Rat. Few and Far Between celebrates the diversity on our doorstep and highlights the natural treasures we risk losing.

Customer Reviews


Charlie Elder is a journalist. For the last twenty years he has worked for papers ranging from the Times of Tonga in the South Pacific to the Telegraph and the Evening Standard. He is currently chief sub-editor on the Herald in Plymouth. His first book, While Flocks Last, was published in hardback and paperback in 2009.

By: Charlie Elder(Author)
288 pages, 16 plates with colour photos
Media reviews

"A Book of the Year"
The Guardian

"It's a dream to scout out the UK's greatest natural treasures – and find them!"
– Chris Packham

"Elder takes readers on an evocative quest to find some of the amazing wildlife that we are lucky enough to have sharing our islands with us. You might read it in an armchair, but it'll make you want to get your boots on."
– Tony Juniper, naturalist, conservationist and campaigner

"Charlie Elder's adventures are as strange and engaging as the wonderful creatures he sees. As he ticks each challenge off his list, you are as enthralled by his excitement as he is by his triumphs. [...] In its modest way, this delightful book is a triumph, too, because it reminds us that, out there, maybe just under that stone, the smallest spider is worthy of life. [...] A terrific book that's very easy to love."
– Bel Mooney, Daily Mail

"This is no mere rarity twitch. Laced with humour, the book celebrates the struggle to save Britain's most threatened species."
– Brett Westwood, BBC Wildlife

"Potentially a bleak tome chronicling the catastrophic decline of our wildlife, this is in fact full of verve, wit and optimism."
– James Fair, BBC Countryfile

"In Charlie Elder's quest to seek out endangered species now almost invisible nationwide, he brings back travellers' tales of wild places, feral landscapes and creatures of legend. Added to which, he is a cheerful, gregarious companion and guide."
– Iain Finlayson, Saga

"Thoroughly entertaining and informative from page one, Few and Far Between presents a delightful adventure for the reader – an expansive celebration of diversity."
– Simon Parker, Western Morning News, Devon

"In search of Britain's rarest animals [...] Charlie Elder encounters some of the UK's more remote spots and the good souls dedicated to preserving them. Now there's a job worth a little celebrating."

"A countrywide romp"
BBC Countryfile

"Jovial as his tone is most of the time, there is no mistaking the seriousness of Elder's intent [...] The bleak statistics mount up in a readable, important book."
– Sally Morris and Bel Mooney, Daily Mail

Current promotions
Collins Bird Guide (New Edition)NHBS Field Guide SaleEcho Meter Touch 2 - AndroidBrowse our 2022 Equipment Catalogues