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RHS Companion to Wildlife Gardening, by Chris Baines RHS Companion to Wildlife Gardening, by Chris Baines (Hardback)
£25 including UK p&p
Over the last 30 years there have been many changes in garden wildlife. The previous best-selling edition of How to Make a Wildlife Garden has been fully revised and updated to form a beautiful new edition called the RHS Companion to Wildlife Gardening.
This book is a celebration of wild plants and animals and is packed with practical advice, RHS research, updates on best practices and addresses a multitude of controversial conservation issues.
Chris Baines shows how wildlife gardening can make a stylish and enjoyable contribution to the environment and bring a beautiful garden to life, whilst inspiring new gardeners and many owners of the best-selling original.
Wildflower Gardening, by Jenny Steel Wildflower Gardening, by Jenny Steel (Paperback)
£7.50 including UK p&p

This is a fantastic little book that will help you to create a wonderful wildflower garden that is teeming with butterflies, bees and other insects.

Beautifully laid out and with lots of photographs taken by the author, I think you'll love this book as much as I do.

The author, Jenny Steel, has made numerous, successful wildflower meadows, is a professional biologist, and teaches wildlife gardening courses.
Making Garden Meadows, by Jenny Steel Making Garden Meadows, by Jenny Steel (Paperback)
£8.99 including UK p&p

Gardening descriptions in an easy to understand, accurate and practical way, also providing solutions for common mistakes and pitfalls.

How to encourage wildlife into your garden.

Has about 100 colour photos, taken by the author, accompanying and supporting the text.

The author, Jenny Steel, has made numerous, successful wildflower meadows, is a professional biologist, and teaches wildlife gardening courses.
First book in the ‘Gardening with Nature Series’.
Butterfly Gardening, by Jenny Steel Butterfly Gardening, by Jenny Steel (Paperback)
£8.99 including UK p&p

Practical advice on how to manage your garden to attract butterflies and moths to feed, overwinter and even to breed.

Detailed information about butterfly nectar sources and their caterpillar food plants.

Has over 100 colour photos, all taken by the author, of the butterflies and moths commonly visiting gardens in the UK.

Relevant to experienced and new gardeners and to large and small gardens alike.

The author, Jenny Steel, has made numerous, successful wildflower meadows, is a professional biologist, and teaches wildlife gardening courses.
Second book in the ‘Gardening with Nature Series’.
Making Wildlife Ponds, by Jenny Steel Making Wildlife Ponds, by Jenny Steel (Paperback)
£8.99 including UK p&p

Practical advice on how to create a pond in your garden to attract water-loving insects, amphibians, birds and mammals of many kinds.

Illustrated with over 130 colour photos – all taken by the author – of the various steps necessary to create ponds of different designs and sizes, suggested waterplants and visiting wildlife.

Relevant to both experienced and new gardeners and to large and small gardens alike.

The author, Jenny Steel, has made numerous, successful wildflower meadows, is a professional biologist, and teaches wildlife gardening courses.
Third book in the ‘Gardening with Nature Series’.
152 WILD things to do 152 WILD things to do (Softback)
£12.99 with free UK p&p
When did you last climb a tree? Pick some blackberries? Spot a bird of prey? Collect shells on a beach? Plant flowers to help bumble bees?
'152 WILD things to do' is exactly what you need to reconnect with nature around the UK.
Whether at home, in your local area or at Wildlife Trust nature reserves, this book is packed with inspirational ideas to get outside and see the best of the UK's wildlife and countryside.
From planting wildlife-friendly plants to searching through rockpools, from saving an endangered species in your garden to spotting whales and dolphins, from walking through ancient forests to wading through a sea of bluebells, this family-friendly guide is accessible, practical and perfect for nature-lovers everywhere, young or old.
"There are enough ideas in the book to keep anyone - particularly families and children - outdoors all year...."
Patrick Barkham - Guardian.co.uk
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Mushrooms, by Roger Phillips Mushrooms, by Roger Phillips (Softback)
£21.99 including UK p&p
Set to become the essential illustrated mycological encyclopedia for the next 25 years, unsurpassed in both illustrative and descriptive detail, "Mushrooms" contains over 1,250 photographs. Having sold more than 750,000 copies in Europe of his previous title on mushrooms, Roger Phillips' new book once again sets the benchmark. Quite simply, nobody with an interest in the subject can afford to be without this book.
'Roger Phillips has written the best mushroom book I know: the sublime taxonomic accuracy of his descriptions and photographs, combined with an evangelical and infectious passion for the subject, will make an instant mycophile of anyone who picks it up.'
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
'A masterpiece of identification.'
David Bellamy
Wild Food, by Roger Phillips Wild Food, by Roger Phillips (Hardback)
£21.99 including UK p&p
Wild food is all around us, growing in our hedgerows and fields, along river banks and seashores, even on inhospitable moorland. In this definitive book, hundreds of these plants are clearly identified, with colour photography and a detailed description. Roger Phillips also gives us fascinating information on how our ancestors would have used the plant as well as including over 100 more modern recipes for delicious food and drinks. From berries, herbs and mushrooms to wild vegetables, salad leaves, seaweed and even bark, this book will inspire you to start cooking with nature's free bounty.
'I can safely say that if I hadn't picked up this book some twenty years ago I wouldn't have eaten as well, or even lived as well, as I have. It inspired me then and it inspires me now' Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
Food for Free, by Richard Mabey Food for Free, by Richard Mabey (Hardback)
£21.99 including UK p&p
The classic foraging guide to over 200 types of food that can be gathered and picked in the wild, Food for Free returns in its 40th year as a sumptuous, beautifully illustrated and fully updated anniversary edition.
Originally published in 1972, Richard Mabey’s classic foraging guide has never been out of print since. Food for Free is a complete guide to help you safely identify edible species that grow around us, together with detailed artwork, field identification notes and recipes.
In this stunning 40th anniversary edition, Richard Mabey’s fully-revised text is accompanied by photographs, new recipes and a wealth of practical information on identifying, collecting, cooking and preparing, history and folklore. Informatively written, beautifully illustrated and produced in a new, larger format, Food for Free will inspire us to be more self-sufficient and make use of the natural resources around us to enhance our lives.
10 Easy Ways to Make a Wildlife Garden 10 Easy Ways to Make a Wildlife Garden ebook
Martin Bailey of Wildlife & Countryside Services gives you 10 easy tips to making your garden better for wildlife, easily and affordably.

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How to Make a Wildlife Garden, by Chris Baines How to Make a Wildlife Garden, by Chris Baines (Softback)
£25 including UK p&p
Chris Baines shows the reader how to transform a garden into a haven for wildlife. He sets the wildlife garden within the context of the broader concerns of regional ecology and reveals how we can each do our bit to safeguard the habitats of important indigenous flora and fauna. A wide range of natural habitats is discussed in detail, including hedgerows, shrubberies, meadows and ponds, with lists of native wildflowers and practical tips.
Gardening for Butterflies, Bees and other beneficial insects, by Jan Miller-Klein Gardening for Butterflies, Bees and other beneficial insects
by Jan Miller-Klein
(Softback)
£25 including UK p&p
This beautiful book shows ordinary gardeners how to grow the best plants to encourage butterflies and bees for pollination, as well as predators to eat their vegetable pests. Insects in turn help to feed dwindling birds.
With large colour photos and plans to copy for the reader and their children in their own garden, school and community wildlife gardens, it makes an ideal Christmas present.
Attracting Wildlife to your Garden, by Michael Chinery Attracting Wildlife to your Garden, by Michael Chinery
(ex display stock - faded/marked jacket)
(Hardback)
Was £17.99, now £13.00 including UK p&p
Our gardens have become an important nature conservation area for animals, insects and plants, especially as many natural habitats are being destroyed. With the help of this practical book, you can create not only a fascinating mini nature reserve but also a vibrant and attractive garden. Projects and special features include: creating a wildflower meadow; looking after injured, baby and hibernating hedgehogs; making a bat roost or bat box and siting it; developing a wildlife pond; planting a butterfly garden; and filming and photographing wildlife in your garden.
British Bat Calls British Bat Calls
Knowledge of bat echolocation, calls and identification using bat detectors and programs such as BatSound has grown significantly in the last decade. In this practical guide Jon Russ and contributors (Kate Barlow, Philip Briggs & Sandie Sowler) present the latest data in a clear and concise manner.
The book covers topics such as the properties of sound; how bats use sound; bat detection methods; recording devices; analysis software; recording techniques and call analysis. For each species found in the British Isles, information is given on distribution; emergence times; flight and foraging behaviour; habitat; and echolocation including parameters for common measurements. Calls are described in the context of the different technologies used (heterodyne, frequency division and time expansion). Various spectrograms are displayed for each species using examples from both BatSound and AnaLook. An echolocation key is included with the book.
£30 inclusive - nothing else to pay!!
Social Calls of the Bats of Britain and Ireland Social Calls of the Bats of Britain and Ireland
Bats are fascinating mammals about which we still have much to learn. As well as using ultrasonic echolocation calls for orientation and while foraging, they also have a complex array of vocalisations for communication. These are known as social calls and are an essential component of their colonial lifestyle.
This book brings together the current state of knowledge of social calls relating to the bat species occurring within Britain and Ireland, with some additional examples from species represented elsewhere in Europe. It includes access to a downloadable library of calls to be used in conjunction with the book.

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The Bat Detective, A Field Guide for Bat Detection The Bat Detective, A Field Guide for Bat Detection (Softback)
£25.00 including UK p&p
'This book, together with the accompanying CD, provides an essential reference for bat enthusiasts who would like to gain or improve their skills in identifying British bats, using a bat detector.
The material has been gathered from experience gained in numerous bat detector workshops, throughout Europe, and is suitable for those who have just acquired a bat detector as well as for more experienced bat workers. The sounds of 13 bat species are included in the 48 tracks of the CD. This is the first ever comprehensive compilation of British bat recordings on compact disc.' A. M. Hutson
The Inaudible World double CD The Inaudible World Double CD
A double CD which contains the echolocation calls of 27 European bat species. On the 1st CD the calls are recorded in 'real time' with heterodyne detectors and on the second CD they are slowed down ten times (time expanded). A 47 page explanatory booklet accompanies the CDs called 'The World of Bats'.
£35 including UK p&p
European Bats book European Bats book
This book by Yves Tupinier has 132 pages of detailed analysis of European bat echolocation calls. The opening chapters have some general explanations of sound, hearing, acoustics etc. This is probably the most advanced book available on the subject of European bat echolocation.
£17 including UK p&p
Britain's Butterflies Britain's Butterflies 3rd Edition (paperback)
£17.95 including UK p&p
Britain’s Butterflies is a comprehensive and beautifully designed photographic field guide to the butterflies of Britain and Ireland. Containing hundreds of stunning colour photographs, this revised and updated edition provides the latest information on every species ever recorded. It covers in detail the identification of all 59 butterfly species that breed regularly, as well as four former breeders, 10 rare migrants and one species of unknown status. The easy-to-use format will enable butterfly-watchers—beginners or experts—to identify any species they encounter.
Stunning colour plates show typical views of each butterfly species, including the various forms and aberrations. Detailed species profiles cover adult identification; behaviour; habitat requirements; population and conservation; egg, caterpillar and chrysalis; status and distribution, including up-to-date maps. Photographs of egg, caterpillar and chrysalis for every breeding species. Sections on biology, where to look for and how to identify butterflies and other essential information.
Britain's Dragonflies Britain's Dragonflies, 2nd Edition (paperback with plastic wallet)
£17.95 including UK p&p
A full revision of this highly acclaimed best-selling photographic guide to the dragonflies and damselflies of Britain and Ireland, covering all 56 species that have been recorded, as well as ten potential vagrants. Featuring new colour plates, a redesigned section on larval identification and updated text.
Includes remarkable colour plates depicting typical views of the adult of each species of dragonfly, showing males, females, immatures and colour forms.
Each species account covers the identification of adults, and includes information on eggs and larvae, behaviour, habitat requirements, population and conservation status.
Colour distribution maps and charts summarising the flight periods accompany the text for each breeding species.
Britain's Orchids Britain's Orchids (hardback)
£15.00 including UK p&p
This stunning photographic guide covers the identification and ecology of all 51 species of wild orchid native to Britain and Ireland, and a further nine species of uncertain provenance.
Over 60 orchid profiles include information on key features to aid identification, their flowering and germination times and the differences between similar species and sub-species.
Colour distribution maps show where they have been seen in the last 25 years while the accompanying text makes clear the current position.
Other sections of the book cover orchid habitats, germination and growth, reproduction and pollination, hybridisation, conservation in action, and observing and photographing orchids.
Britain's Reptiles and Amphibians Britain's Reptiles and Amphibians (paperback, plastic cover)
£17.95 including UK p&p
This detailed guide to the reptiles and amphibians of Britain, Ireland and the Channel Islands is designed to help anyone who finds a reptile or amphibian to identify it with confidence.
The book features stunning photography; an easy-to-use approach to identification; superbly illustrated sections on the biology, conservation, taxonomy, life-cycle and behaviour of each species group; profiles of 16 native reptiles and amphibians, 5 marine turtles, 7 non-native species and a summary of 8 more with a history of release/escape; distribution maps based on the latest available information; and hints and tips on where, when and how to watch reptiles and amphibians.
Discover Butterflies in Britain Discover Butterflies in Britain (hardback)
£19.95 including UK p&p
Featuring detailed descriptions and photographs of 66 good places to find butterflies, chosen not only because of the butterflies there, but because they are lovely places to visit in their own right. Choose where to go and find out what butterflies there are to be seen and where to look, or select a butterfly and find out when and where to look and what to look for.
Also contains a section featuring superb photographs and short descriptions of every butterfly separately, with historical information about their dates of discovery and name changes over the years. There is also a gazetteer with an extended list of butterfly reserves, a bibliography, and a list of relevant web sites.
Arable Plants - A Field Guide Arable Plants - A Field Guide (hardback)
£20.00 including UK p&p
The group of plants within the British flora that has shown the steepest decline over the last 25 years - those which grow among the crops. Its easy-to-use format is designed for use in the field and aims to help any botanist, beginner or expert, to identify with confidence the species they encounter.
The introductory text covers the history of arable cultivation and includes practical recommendations for managing the places where these plants still occur. Featuring 100 plant profiles, including key features to aid identification, flowering and germination times and differences between similar species. Colour distribution maps show where these plants have been seen in the last 25 years.
Arable Bryophytes Arable Bryophytes (paperback with plastic cover)
£22.00 including UK p&p
This book has been produced to highlight the conservation importance of the mosses, liverworts and hornworts that are found on cultivated land. The stunning photographs will aim to inspire an increased level of interest in this relatively little-known group and enable even the novice bryologist to gain a better insight into the rich diversity of our bryophyte flora.
Featuring an introduction to the mosses, liverworts and hornworts associated with cultivated land; information on the 81 bryophytes found in arable fields; illustrated profiles of the 47 bryophytes most closely associated with arable farming, highlighting those included in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan; superb close-up photographs and illustrations showing the key features; distribution maps based on the latest available data.
British Bryological Society Mosses and Liverworts of Britain and Ireland British Bryological Society
Mosses and Liverworts of Britain and Ireland

£27.50 including UK p&p
The want of a field guide has for many years greatly hindered further spread of interest in British and Irish field bryology. By filling this gap in the market, the guide will make a group that has largely been the realm of specialists into an accessible and popular interest for naturalists, reaching far beyond the current pool of bryologists, and into the wider community of naturalists beyond. Indeed, the guide makes an attractive, modestly priced Christmas or birthday gift for friends and relatives who are or might become interested in bryophytes.
This book is the only up-to-date, user-friendly guide to identifying British and Irish bryophytes in the field, with hundreds of colour photographs and black and white drawings showing what species look like, together with notes on how to identify and distinguish similar species, and habitat notes and distribution maps showing where they occur.
Whales and Dolphins of the European Atlantic (2nd Edition) Whales and Dolphins of the European Atlantic (2nd Edition) (paperback with plastic cover)
£12.00 including UK p&p
A completely revised second edition of this best-selling field guide describing all of the 31 species of cetacean that have occurred in the European Atlantic (the Bay of Biscay, English Channel, Celtic Sea and Coastal SW Ireland). For every species there is a description of the key identification features, notes on how to separate it from similar species, a brief natural history, and a map showing its known distribution and likelihood of occurrence. Facing each species account is a colour plate which has been created, using the latest digital image technology, from several separate surface photographs. These photographs have been carefully selected to illustrate the key identification features.
Charts are included showing the best times of year to observe each species.
Whales and Dolphins of the North American Pacific Whales and Dolphins of the North American Pacific (flexicover)
£14.75 including UK p&p
This is the first comprehensive photographic guide to the marine mammals of the North American Pacific (Baja California, Mexico to South East Alaska), covering all 38 species of cetacean, 6 species of pinnipeds (seals and sea lions), and the Sea Otter.
38 remarkable colour plates depict typical views of cetaceans at sea. Text covers key identification features of each species, emphasising differences between similar species, including information on behaviour, status and distribution. Colour distribution maps and full colour artwork accompany the text for each species.
There are additional chapters on the geography, climate and oceanography of the North American Pacific. The book provides extensive information on where, when and how to go whale watching, and a guide to the best places to watch, including four accounts of outstanding days on the water.
Nightjars of the World - a Photographic Guide Nightjars of the World - a Photographic Guide (hardback)
£45 including UK p&p
The first comprehensive photographic guide to Caprimulgiformes of the world, including 100 species of nightjars and nighthawks, 17 frogmouths, 7 potoos, Oilbird and 10 owlet-nightjars.
Introductory chapters cover distribution, plumage and structure, biology and taxonomy. Concise text for each species covers size, identification, similar species, voice, habitat preferences, breeding, range and status. An up-to-date distribution map including historical data is shown for each species.
The book features over 570 superb colour photographs covering every known species, including many species never previously published, and photographs of museum specimens of five species which have not been seen since their original discovery.

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