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

The magic and mystery of the woods are embedded in culture, from ancient folklore to modern literature. They offer us refuge: a place to play, a place to think. They are the generous providers of timber and energy. They let us dream of other ways of living. Yet we now face a future where taking a walk in the woods is consigned to the tales we tell our children. Immersing himself in the beauty of woodland Britain, Peter Fiennes explores our long relationship with the woods and the sad and violent story of how so many have been lost. Just as we need them, our woods need us too. But who, if anyone, is looking out for them?

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In this masterpiece of nature writing, Nan Shepherd describes her journeys into the Cairngorm mountains of Scotland. There she encounters a world that can be breathtakingly beautiful at times and shockingly harsh at others. Her intense, poetic prose explores and records the rocks, rivers, creatures and hidden aspects of this remarkable landscape. Shepherd spent a lifetime in search of the ‘essential nature’ of the Cairngorms; her quest led her to write this classic meditation on the magnificence of mountains, and on our imaginative relationship with the wild world around us. Composed during the Second World War, the manuscript of The Living Mountain lay untouched for more than thirty years before it was finally published.

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I want to find out how they behave when they’re free. Len Howard was forty years old when she decided to leave her London life and loves behind, retire to the English countryside and devote the rest of her days to her one true passion: birds. Moving to a small cottage in Sussex, she wrote two bestselling books, astonishing the world with her observations on the tits, robins, sparrows and other birds that lived nearby, flew freely in and out of her windows, and would even perch on her shoulder as she typed.

This moving novel imagines the story of this remarkable woman’s decision to defy society’s expectations, and the joy she drew … More