Ecology, Earth and Environmental Science

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THE HEDGEROW HANDBOOK Recipes, Remedies and Rituals THE HEDGEROW HANDBOOK Recipes, Remedies and Rituals   layout image

by Adele Nozedar

A distinctive feature of the British countryside is the hedgerow. Take a closer look, and the diversity and variety of plant species that form them is little short of wondrous. As well as providing shelter and food for wildlife, they also provide fresh, wild food for us, and this is partly what this book is about. The author reintroduces the wild and natural hedgerow ingredients that our grandmothers used on a regular basis, but gives them a fresh and contemporary twist. Colour illustrations, 208pp. 2012

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M21263 Hardback  £12.99
THE URBAN BEEKEEPER How to Keep Bees in the City THE URBAN BEEKEEPER How to Keep Bees in the City   layout image

by Steve Benbow

Ten years ago Steve Benbow decided to keep bees. There was just one problem: he lived in an ex-council tower block with no garden. Undeterred, he built a hive on the flat roof, and there began a lifelong obsession with bees. Bee-keeping is a craft which you can perfect over a lifetime. Bees themselves are extraordinary and complex creatures. And, yet, keeping bees and making your own delicious honey is something anyone can do, virtually anywhere. The author's honest, warm-hearted diary shows what a satisfying adventure it is to keep bees in the city. Read it and join the revolution. 290pp. 2012

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M21258 Hardback  £16.00
CARBOFURAN AND WILDLIFE POISONING: Global Perspectives and Forensic Approaches CARBOFURAN AND WILDLIFE POISONING: Global Perspectives and Forensic Approaches   layout image

by Ngaio Richards

This title is one of the first devoted entirely to the issue of carbofuran and wildlife mortality. It features a compilation of international contributions from policy-makers, researchers, conservationists and forensic practitioners and provides a summary of the history and mode of action of carbofuran, and its current global use.

It covers wildlife mortality stemming from legal and illegal uses to this point, outlines wildlife rehabilitation, forensic and conservation approaches, and discusses global trends in responding to the wildlife mortality. 304pp. 2011

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M21226 Hardback  £90.00
FIFTY ANIMALS That Changed the Course of HISTORY FIFTY ANIMALS That Changed the Course of HISTORY   layout image

by Eric Chaline

Charts the unique relationship between humans and animals and how certain species have been instrumental in the development of our understanding of the evolution of the natural world. This is a fascinating exploration of the important role animals have played in our changing world. 224pp. 2011

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M21222 Hardback  £12.99
SURVIVORS: The Animals and Plants that Time has Left Behind SURVIVORS: The Animals and Plants that Time has Left Behind   layout image

by Richard Fortey

The history of life on Earth is far older, and far odder, than many of us realise. the author traces this history not through fossil records, but in the living stories of organisms that have survived nearly unchanged for hundreds of millions of years and whose existence today affords us tantalising glimpses of landscapes long vanished. 400pp. 2012

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M21196 Paperback  £9.99
DRIVEN TO EXTINCTION The Impact of Climate Change on Biodiversity DRIVEN TO EXTINCTION The Impact of Climate Change on Biodiversity   layout image

by Richard Pearson

Could more than a million species disappear in the 21st century? Drawing upon a wide range of illuminating case studies from around the world, Driven to Extinction provides a balanced and highly readable insight into the potential impacts of climate change on the diversity of life. The author meticulously assembles the evidence of how species of plants and animals have reacted to temperature changes in the past, and how they are likely to respond in the future. Exposing successes and flaws in current research, this is an engaging and unbiased overview of what scientists know, and don't know, about the impacts of climate change. 232pp. 2011

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M21182 Hardback  £12.99
The What on Earth? WALLBOOK OF NATURAL HISTORY The What on Earth? WALLBOOK OF NATURAL HISTORY   layout image

by Christopher Lloyd / Andy Forshaw

Tells the complete story of natural history from the formation of the Earth to the latest breakthroughs in evolutionary science. A3 in size and comprising a remarkable 2.3 metre long, fully illustrated timeline, it can either be read like a book or unfolded and stuck on a wall. On one side the 4.5 billion year timeline presents a unique illustrated guide to the past, cleverly linking subjects together from asteroids to algae. Perfect for younger readers but also relevant to all ages, Colour illustrations, 16pp. 2011

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M21180 Paperback  £17.50
WILDLIFE SEARCH AND RESCUE: A Guide for First Responders WILDLIFE SEARCH AND RESCUE: A Guide for First Responders   layout image

by Rebecca Dmytryk

Rescuing wild animals in distress requires a unique set of skills, very different from those used in handling domestic animals. The equipment, degree of handling, the type of caging and level of care a wild animal receives can mean the difference between life and death. Wildlife Search and Rescue is a comprehensive guide on 'best practices' and suggested standards for response to sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. Figures, tables, 228pp. 2012

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M21177 Hardback  £85.00
WILDLIFE SEARCH AND RESCUE: A Guide for First Responders WILDLIFE SEARCH AND RESCUE: A Guide for First Responders   layout image

by Rebecca Dmytryk

Rescuing wild animals in distress requires a unique set of skills, very different from those used in handling domestic animals. The equipment, degree of handling, the type of caging and level of care a wild animal receives can mean the difference between life and death. Wildlife Search and Rescue is a comprehensive guide on 'best practices' and suggested standards for response to sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. Figures, tables, 228pp. 2012

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M21176 Paperback  £34.99
THE LIE OF THE LAND An Under-the-field Guide to the British Isles THE LIE OF THE LAND An Under-the-field Guide to the British Isles   layout image

by Ian Vince

From the rocks of north-west Scotland which are amongst the oldest on the planet to St Michael's Mount off the coast of Cornwall, The Lie of the Land takes us on a journey through a fantastically exotic Britain of red desert sands, shattering continental collisions and tides of volcanic lava. Ian Vince shows us how Britain came to look the way it does; and with warmth and wit transports us back through billions of years to a land that time forgot. Maps, 304pp. 2010

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M21175 Paperback  £8.99
THE BEAUTY IN THE BEAST Britain's Favourite Creatures and the People Who Love Them THE BEAUTY IN THE BEAST Britain's Favourite Creatures and the People Who Love Them   layout image

by Hugh Warwick

This is a portrait of some of Britain's best loved wild animals and birds and the enthusiasts who champion their causes. The author writes a series of affectionate and lively homages to the animals of the British Isles, composed of fieldwork and interviews with the people who love and conserve them. 320pp. 2012

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M21169 Hardback  £14.99
FIELD NOTES on Science & Nature FIELD NOTES on Science & Nature   layout image

edited by Michael R Canfield

This title allows the reader to peer over the shoulders and into the notebooks of a dozen eminent field workers, to study firsthand their observational methods, materials and fleeting impressions. Colour and halftone illustrations, 297pp. 2011

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M21168 Hardback  £20.95
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