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Collins New Naturalist Series

The New Naturalist books are a series published by Collins in the United Kingdom, on a variety of natural history topics relevant to the British Isles. The main objective of the series was to interest the general reader in the wildlife of Britain by evoking the curious spirit of the old naturalists.

The 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. The first to appear was E.B. Ford's Butterflies in 1945. In 2006, the 100th volume was produced. The series is on-going.

  • Badger (Collins New Naturalist)
    Badger (Collins New Naturalist) by Tim Roper

    Reveals the extraordinary complex lifestyle that allows this secretive animal to live in even the most built up areas of Britain. 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. Colour photographs, maps, tables, 386pp. 2010

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  • Collins New Naturalist; Plant Galls
    Collins New Naturalist; Plant Galls by Margaret Redfern

    by Margaret Redfern

    Most naturalists have come across the familiar examples such as oak apples, robin's pincushions, marble galls and witches' broom. The author explores these fascinating complexities providing insight into the variety of galls, of different types caused by a wide range of organisms including fungi, insects and mites. Discusses their ecology and focuses on communities of organisms within galls, the evolution and distribution, and human and historical perspectives.

     

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  • Collins New Naturalist; Partridges
    Collins New Naturalist; Partridges by G R Potts, Francis Buner

    In this groundbreaking addition to the New Naturalist series, Potts explores how mankind and partridges have evolved together, and how the long decline in partridge abundance has become a barometer for biodiversity over vast swathes of the Northern Hemisphere.

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  • Collins New Naturalist; Owls
    Collins New Naturalist; Owls by Mike Toms

    The first part of Owls covers various aspects of taxonomy, origins, anatomy, behaviour and ecology and looks across the British owl species, drawing comparisons and highlighting differences. The second part takes each species in turn to provide a more detailed perspective, fleshing out relevant conservation issues, behaviour and status.

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  • Dartmoor (Collins New Naturalist)50% OFF
    Dartmoor (Collins New Naturalist) by Ian Mercer

    Explores the complex and fascinating history of one of southern England's greatest National Parks. Spanning miles of open moorland, it also hides small secluded river valleys, rare plants and endangered birds. Dartmoor is a place of variety, and has evolved in the public's mind from a forbidding place to that of romance and mystery. Colour photographs, 402pp. 2009

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  • Southern England (Collins New Naturalist)16% OFF
    Southern England (Collins New Naturalist) by Peter Friend

    Most people share an enthusiasm for beautiful and breathtaking scenery, but whilst east to admire from a distance, such landscapes are usually difficult to explain in words. Harnessing recent developments in computer technology, this latest volume uses the most up to date and accurate maps, diagrams and photographs to analyse the diverse landscapes of Southern England. Colour photographs, 416pp. 2008

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  • Southern England (Collins New Naturalist)30% OFF
    Southern England (Collins New Naturalist) by Peter Friend

    Most people share an enthusiasm for beautiful and breathtaking scenery, but whilst east to admire from a distance, such landscapes are usually difficult to explain in words. Harnessing recent developments in computer technology, this latest volume uses the most up to date and accurate maps, diagrams and photographs to analyse the diverse landscapes of Southern England. Colour photographs, 416pp. 2008

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  • Scotland (Collins New Naturalist)40% OFF
    Scotland (Collins New Naturalist) by Peter Friend

    Highlights the many famous and much loved natural landscapes of Scotland, ranging from the rolling agricultural lowlands of the east to the wild and rugged mountains of the west, from the whitewashed villages of Galloway to the traditional fishing ports of the east.

    With the use of recent developments in computer technology, the author explains the history and development of the land structures, focusing on each region individually.

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  • Dartmoor (Collins New Naturalist)
    Dartmoor (Collins New Naturalist) by Ian Mercer

    In this addition to the long-running New Naturalist series, Ian Mercer sets out to explore every aspect of this important area of southern Devon. Focusing not only on its extensive history and physical landscape, but also its cultural place within Great Britain, this is both a comprehensive and engaging look at the wild and rugged landscape that has inspired so many poets, painters and musicians over countless centuries.

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  • Brecon Beacons (Collins New Naturalist)
    Brecon Beacons (Collins New Naturalist) by Jonathan Mullard

    This is the first comprehensive book to be published about the wildlife of the Brecon Beacons, and a much-anticipated addition to the New Naturalist series. Although a large number of people visit the area every year, comparatively few are aware of the flora and fauna that exists in this seemingly wild and inhospitable mountain landscape and its surroundings. Illustration type: Colour photographs, 400pp. 2014

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  • Brecon Beacons (Collins New Naturalist)
    Brecon Beacons (Collins New Naturalist) by Jonathan Mullard

    This is the first comprehensive book to be published about the wildlife of the Brecon Beacons, and a much-anticipated addition to the New Naturalist series. Although a large number of people visit the area every year, comparatively few are aware of the flora and fauna that exists in this seemingly wild and inhospitable mountain landscape and its surroundings. Illustration type: Colour photographs, 400pp. 2014

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  • COLLINS NEW GENERATION GUIDE BIRDS OF BRITAIN AND EUROPE
    COLLINS NEW GENERATION GUIDE BIRDS OF… by Perrins, Attenborough
    Not just another field guide but also a reference book for those wishing to know more about bird evolution & biology migration breeding conservation & many other topics. 1500 colour paintings distribution maps 324pp 1987
    Paperback £8.95 Info
  • Collins New Naturalist No. 11 The Heron
    Collins New Naturalist No. 11 The Heron by Frank A Lowe

    For the first time in over forty years, these best-selling, out-of-print New Naturalist monographs are available as print-on-demand editions. Artists Clifford and Rosemary Ellis were asked to design jackets for this series alongside the main series, which resulted in the same stunning, distinctive cover illustrations that had helped inspire an entire new generation of nature enthusiasts.

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  • Collins New Naturalist No. 15 The Hawfinch
    Collins New Naturalist No. 15 The… by Guy Mountfort

    Available as print on demand, first published in 1957.

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  • Collins New Naturalist: Bird Populations
    Collins New Naturalist: Bird Populations by Ian Newton

    This book explores bird populations and what causes their fluctuation - food supplies, competitors, predators, parasites, pathogens and human activity. The combination of a rapidly expanding human population, a predominantly utilitarian attitude to land, central government policy on land use and increasing mechanisation have combined to promote massive changes in land use in recent decades than at any previous comparable period.

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  • Collins New Naturalist: Bird Populations
    Collins New Naturalist: Bird Populations by Ian Newton
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  • Collins New Naturalist; Badger
    Collins New Naturalist; Badger by Tim Roper

    Reveals the extraordinary complex lifestyle that allows this secretive animal to live in even the most built up areas of Britain. 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. Colour photographs, maps, tables, 386pp. 2010

    Paperback £30.00 Buy Now
  • Collins New Naturalist; British Climate and Weather
    Collins New Naturalist; British Climate… by John Kington

    Offers a comprehensive and up to date survey of the diverse climate of the British Isles. Examining the ways in which regional climates evolve from the interplay of meteorological conditions and geography of the British Isles, the author analyses the climatic characteristics of the British Isles and provides a historical overview of changing weather patterns. Photographs, 584pp. 2010

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  • Collins New Naturalist; British Climate and Weather
    Collins New Naturalist; British Climate… by John Kington

    Offers a comprehensive and up to date survey of the diverse climate of the British Isles. Examining the ways in which regional climates evolve from the interplay of meteorological conditions and geography of the British Isles, the author analyses the climatic characteristics of the British Isles and provides a historical overview of changing weather patterns. Photographs, 584pp. 2010

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  • Collins New Naturalist; Nature in Towns and Cities
    Collins New Naturalist; Nature in Towns… by David Goode

    Illustration type: Colour Photographs, Diagrams, 400pp. 2014

     

     

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  • Collins New Naturalist; Nature in Towns and Cities
    Collins New Naturalist; Nature in Towns… by David Goode

    Illustration type: Colour photographs, Diagrams, 400pp. 2014

     

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  • New Naturalist; British Wildfowl
    New Naturalist; British Wildfowl by David Cabot

    In this seminal work, the author 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.

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  • Collins New Naturalist; Partridges
    Collins New Naturalist; Partridges by G R Potts, Francis Buner

    In this groundbreaking addition to the New Naturalist series, Potts explores how mankind and partridges have evolved together, and how the long decline in partridge abundance has become a barometer for biodiversity over vast swathes of the Northern Hemisphere.

    Paperback £30.00 Buy Now
  • Collins New Naturalist; Terns
    Collins New Naturalist; Terns by David Cabot, Ian Nisbet

    Most of the five species of terns breeding in Britain and Ireland today are under intensive management, involving protection from predators, human interference, egg-collecting, recreational activities, land-use changes, and a range of issues concerning climate change, including rising sea levels and flooding of low-lying colonies. Covering the history of terns in Britain and Ireland, the authors explore these diverse issues as well as offering a comprehensive natural history of these stunning seabirds. Drawing on a wealth of new information and research the authors focus on migration, food and feeding ecology as well as breeding biology and behaviour. Perhaps most importantly, they highlight recent conservation issues and prospects, and what this means for the future of terns.

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  • Collins New Naturalist; Terns
    Collins New Naturalist; Terns by David Cabot, Ian Nisbet

    Most of the five species of terns breeding in Britain and Ireland today are under intensive management, involving protection from predators, human interference, egg-collecting, recreational activities, land-use changes, and a range of issues concerning climate change, including rising sea levels and flooding of low-lying colonies. Covering the history of terns in Britain and Ireland, the authors explore these diverse issues as well as offering a comprehensive natural history of these stunning seabirds. Drawing on a wealth of new information and research the authors focus on migration, food and feeding ecology as well as breeding biology and behaviour. Perhaps most importantly, they highlight recent conservation issues and prospects, and what this means for the future of terns.

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  • Collins New Naturalist; Vegetation of Britain and Ireland
    Collins New Naturalist; Vegetation of… by Michael Proctor
    Michael Proctor, an expert in his field, discusses the development of the landscape of Britain and Ireland from prehistoric times, including the influence of people and their agricultural practices on the vegetation. He provides a comprehensive account of all the different types of plant habitat in Britain and Ireland; examines the history and ecology of each of these habitats; describes the rich variety of flora found living there and concludes with an account of the changes to our landscape which have taken place during the twentieth century, and the prospects for the future, including the effects of environmental change. Illustration type: Colour photographs, 516pp. 2013
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  • Dragonflies (Collins New Naturalist)
    Dragonflies (Collins New Naturalist) by Philip Corbet, Stephen Brooks

    In this new volume, Corbet has teamed up with Stephen Brooks offering a fascinating new outlook on the natural history of dragonflies. Combining their knowledge and experience to help illuminate the relevance of dragonfly species, placing them in a broader ecological perspective. Colour photographs, distribution maps, graphs, 454pp. 2008

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  • Grasshoppers and Crickets (Collins New Naturalist)
    Grasshoppers and Crickets (Collins New… by Ted Benton

    In this latest New Naturalist volume, Ted Benton offers a comprehensive account of the appearance, variations, behaviour, habitat, life-cycles and distribution of all the native British species of bush-crickets, crickets, groundhoppers and grasshoppers. Many details from direct field observation are included, which are published here for the first time. Colour photographs, 532pp. 2012

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  • Grouse (Collins New Naturalist)
    Grouse (Collins New Naturalist) by Adam Watson, Robert Moss

    Covers four of the most emblematic species of our upland regions. Collectively they have the most fascinating life histories of any bird group, individually they have their own stories to tell. The ptarmigan is a resident of our highest mountain areas, the black grouse is famous for its exraordinaty mating displays, the capercaille is one of our largest birds and the red grouse is one of the most researched species. This title offers a fscinating insight into the natural history and biology of these birds, including aspects of their behaviour, the historical relevance of their names, the reason behind population fluctuations and international conservation efforts. Colour photographs, tables, 529pp. 2008

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  • Islands (Collins New Naturalist)
    Islands (Collins New Naturalist) by R J Berry

    A broad look at the islands that lie off the shore of Britain and Ireland, exploring their biology, geographt, geology and climate, and examining changes that have occurred in the past and how these become relevant for future developments.

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  • Marches (Collins New Naturalist)
    Marches (Collins New Naturalist) by Andrew Allott

    Presenting the first large scale survey of this unique part of the country, the author offers a complete natural history of this area. Covers the hills, fossils, ice ages, meres, mosses, forests, streams and rivers, whilst also focusing on man's impact on the region, the changing wildlife, the impact of agriculture and the scars of past and present industrial activity. Colour photographs, 464pp. 2011

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  • Scotland (Collins New Naturalist)
    Scotland (Collins New Naturalist) by Peter Friend

    Highlights the many famous and much loved natural landscapes of Scotland, ranging from the rolling agricultural lowlands of the east to the wild and rugged mountains of the west. The author explains the history and development of the land structures, focusing on each region individually. Colour photographs and diagrams, maps, 466pp. 2012

    Paperback £30.00 Buy Now
  • New Naturalist: A History of Ornithology44% OFF
    New Naturalist: A History of Ornithology by Peter Bircham

    Peter Bircham looks at the history of British ornithology from 1066 to the mid-1970s, exploring along the way the first bird book, the first British lists, the collectors, the first studies of migration, changes to the classification of species, the birth of the British Ornithologists' Union in 1858, to our current understanding of ornithology in Britain today. Peter has written an extremely authoritative and engrossing account, full of fascinating stories and extracts from poems and journals, which should appeal to the wider birding community as well as the New Naturalist audience.

    Hardback £25.00 RRP: £45.00Info
  • NEW NATURALIST NO 83: NATURAL HISTORY OF POLLINATION
    NEW NATURALIST NO 83: NATURAL HISTORY… by Lack, Proctor
    A fully updated edition of an earlier title in the New Naturalist Series The Pollination of Flowers' originally published in 1973. This new book describes the many ways in which pollination is brought about: by wind birds bats & even mice & rats but principally by the huge diversity of insects in an amazing variety of ways. Colour & b/w photos drawings 479pp 1996
    Hardback £35.00 Info
  • NEW NATURALIST NO 83: NATURAL HISTORY OF POLLINATION
    NEW NATURALIST NO 83: NATURAL HISTORY… by Lack, Proctor
    Paperback £16.99 Info
  • NEW NATURALIST NO 82: THE NEW NATURALISTS Half a Century of British Natural History
    NEW NATURALIST NO 82: THE NEW… by Marren
    Hardback £30.00 Info
  • NEW NATURALIST NO 80: WILD AND GARDEN PLANTS
    NEW NATURALIST NO 80: WILD AND GARDEN… by Walters
    Now available only in paperback this book throws fresh light on the origins of alien wild plants & their garden relatives. 16 pages of colour 200pp 1994 HarperCollins
    Paperback £12.99 Info
  • NEW NATURALIST NO 85: PLANT DISEASE - A NATURAL HISTORY
    NEW NATURALIST NO 85: PLANT DISEASE - A… by Ingram, D.S., Robertson, N.
    Many plant diseases have had surprisingly far-reaching social & economic effects perhaps the most poignant example being the Irish potato famine in the mid 1800s. At the time over 1.5 million people died from starvation & disease & a further million emigrated to avoid the despair brought on by a succession of disastrous harvests. This important new book looks at the causes of plant diseases & investigates the mechanisms of pathogenicity & disease resistance in plants. The authors draw on personal field & laboratory observations & discuss all types of infection together with their symptoms & causes. Colour & b/w photographs figures 287pp 1999
    Hardback £34.99 Info
  • New Naturalist: Seaweeds
    New Naturalist: Seaweeds by Susan Scott, Christine Maggs

    320pp. 2019

    DUE 2019

    Paperback £30.00 Info
  • New Naturalist: Seaweeds
    New Naturalist: Seaweeds by Susan Scott, Christine Maggs

    320pp. 2019

    DUE 2019

    Hardback £50.00 Info
  • Shallow Seas (Collins New Naturalist)
    Shallow Seas (Collins New Naturalist) by Peter J. Hayward

    Illustration type: Colour photographs, 400pp. 2014

     

     

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  • Alien Plants (Collins New Naturalist)
    Alien Plants (Collins New Naturalist) by Clive A Stace, Michael J Crawley

    Illustration type: Colour photographs, Diagrams, 496pp. 2015

     

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  • Alien Plants (Collins New Naturalist)
    Alien Plants (Collins New Naturalist) by Clive A Stace, Michael J Crawley

    Illustration type: Colour photographs, Diagrams, 496pp. 2015

     

     

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  • Collins New Naturalist; Falcons
    Collins New Naturalist; Falcons by Richard Sale
    Hardback £65.00 Info
  • Collins New Naturalist; Falcons
    Collins New Naturalist; Falcons by Richard Sale
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  • Collins New Naturalist; Lakes, Loughs and Lochs
    Collins New Naturalist; Lakes, Loughs… by Brian Moss

    Illustration type: Colour photographs, Diagrams, 496pp. 2016

     

     

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  • Collins New Naturalist; Lakes, Loughs and Lochs
    Collins New Naturalist; Lakes, Loughs… by Brian Moss

    Illustration type: Colour photographs, Diagrams, 496pp. 2016

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  • Collins New Naturalist; Yorkshire Dales
    Collins New Naturalist; Yorkshire Dales by John Lee

    Illustration type: Colour photographs, Diagrams, 496pp. 2015

     

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  • Collins New Naturalist; Yorkshire Dales
    Collins New Naturalist; Yorkshire Dales by John Lee

    Illustration type: Colour photographs, Diagrams, 496pp. 2015

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  • Collins New Naturalist No. 3 The Wren
    Collins New Naturalist No. 3 The Wren by Edward A Armstrong

    Available as print on demand

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  • Gower (Collins New Naturalist)
    Gower (Collins New Naturalist) by Jonathan Mullard

    Located to the south west of Swansea, the Gower Peninsula was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1946. Inextricably linked to the activities of man across thousands of years, this title uses the evolving landscape and the effect that the associated changes have had on species and habitats as its core approach. 2006

    Paperback £25.00 Buy Now
  • Shallow Seas (New Naturalist)
    Shallow Seas (New Naturalist) by Peter J. Hayward

    Shallow Seas are the most biologically rich and productive areas of the world ocean. This latest New Naturalist volume provides a natural history of this environment and its biological communities. This is not a textbook of marine benthic ecology, nor is it a comprehensive review of the benthic communities of the northwest European shelf seas. Rather, it describes the natural history of some benthic habitats and associations characteristic of our region.

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