In his forties, Malcolm gave up his job in suburban Glasgow when a persistent seed that had been growing inside him started to bloom, disrupting the foundations of his life. When he saw the job advert, ‘urgent: island doctor needed’, he applied immediately. What he didn’t anticipate was how much Orkney would affect his family, for better or worse. In stories that range from the humorous to the deeply moving, Malcolm describes what it’s like adjusting to life without modern conveniences & to the extreme – & constantly changing – weather; & what it means to be providing the best medical care to the local population with limited resources. Which often includes the wildlife as well …

Malcolm’s journey evokes the awe that the Orkney landscape can inspire, as well as the challenges of island life and … More

With a title taken from the 1940 Batsford book, this is nature writing for the modern reader. Evans weaves historical, cultural & literary references into his writing, ranging from TS Eliot to Bridget Riley, from Hieronymus Bosch to Napoleon. It is a book both for those that live in the country & those that don’t, but experience nature every day through brownfield edge lands, transport corridors, urban greenspace, industrialised agriculture & fragments of ancient countryside.

The essays include the The Weedling Wild, on the wildlife of the wasteland: ragwort, rosebay willowherb, giant hogweed and the … More

Diary of a Young Naturalist chronicles the turning of 15-year-old Dara McAnulty’s world. From spring and through a year in his home patch in Northern Ireland, Dara spent the seasons writing. These vivid, evocative & moving diary entries about his connection to wildlife and the way he sees the world are raw in their telling. “I was diagnosed with Asperger’s/autism aged five … By age seven I knew I was very different, I had got used to the isolation, my inability to break through into the world of talking about football or Minecraft was not tolerated. Then came the bullying…

Nature became so much more than an escape; it became a life-support system.” Diary of a Young Naturalist portrays Dara’s … More

The Garden Jungle is about the wildlife that lives right under our noses, in our gardens & parks, between the gaps in the pavement, & in the soil beneath our feet. Dave Goulson gives us an insight into the fascinating & sometimes weird lives of these creatures, taking us burrowing into the compost heap, digging under the lawn & diving into the garden pond. He explains how our lives & ultimately the fate of humankind are inextricably intertwined with that of earwigs, bees, lacewings & hoverflies, unappreciated heroes of the natural world.

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Down where worms wriggle and microbes squirm, there’s a whole world waiting to be discovered… Under Your Feet delves beneath the Earth’s surface and explores the diverse wonders hidden there. Encounter creatures of the deep and marvel at the mind-boggling size of the humongous fungus – the biggest organism in the world. Learn how one handful of ordinary soil contains more organisms than there are people on Earth, and carry out experiments using dirt from your own back garden.

Under Your Feet offers you the opportunity to expand your knowledge of the natural world and soil-dwelling creatures big and … More

When Bob Gilbert moved to London’s East End, he began to record the natural world of his new inner city patch. Especially the trees: their history, their stories, the trees’ relationship with people. Bob takes a personal journey of exploration through the generations of trees that have helped shape the London district of Poplar, from the original wildwood through to the street trees of today.

Drawing from history and natural history, poetry and painting, myth and magic, he reveals the hidden influences that lost landscapes … More

Look out of your window, walk down a country path or go to the beach in Great Britain, & you are sure to see many wild species that you can take home & eat. From dandelions in spring to sloe berries in autumn, via wild garlic, samphire, chanterelles & even grasshoppers, our countryside is full of edible delights in any season. John Wright is the country’s foremost expert in foraging & brings decades of experience, including as forager at the River Cottage, to this seasonal guide. Month by month, he shows us what species can be found & where, how to identify them, & how to store, use & cook them.

You’ll learn the stories behind the Latin names, the best way to tap a Birch tree, and how to fry … More

Born OTD in 1809, English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution, Charles Darwin. His proposition that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors is now widely accepted, and considered a foundational concept in science.

Darwin’s theory of natural selection issued a profound challenge to orthodox thought and belief: no being or species has been … More

Naturalist Stephen Moss digs beneath the surface of some of our most popular Christmas carols in an ornithological celebration of the Festive Season. Using the structure of the carol as a jumping off point, he explores the place of twelve fascinating British birds in our history, culture and landscape. Some of the birds are obvious, there’s the swan and of course the partridge.

Other chapters are loose interpretations of a verse: for drummers drumming he delves into the woodpecker’s distinctive drumming tap. Woodpeckers, … More

“And they say animals don’t have a sense of humour! Accuse me of being anthropomorphic if you must but I have had too many animal experiences not to believe that they are sentient beings with feelings and emotions.” Malcolm J Ingham worked as a Ranger & Wildlife Officer for over 30 years during which time he, along with his wife Ann, formed the Wirral Wildlife Rehabilitation Unit. Here he tells his stories, some sad, some hilarious of his efforts to become a ranger, of confronting badger diggers and assisting the Police, The National Wildlife Crime Unit & RSPCA Special Operations Unit in the battle to combat wildlife crime, particularly badger digging and baiting.

From the trials and tribulations of a badger release, chasing a deer in Birkenhead, rescuing a Saker falcon off an … More