Shortlisted for THE WAINWRIGHT BOOK PRIZE 2017 Can Britain make room for wildlife? Stephen Moss travels the length and breadth of the UK, from the remote archipelago of St Kilda to our inner cities, to witness at first-hand how our wild creatures are faring and ask how we can bring back Britain's wildlife.
As lyrical and precise as Fowles' novels, The Tree is a provocative meditation on the connection between the natural world and human creativity, and also a rejection of the idea that nature should be tamed for human purpose.
John Seymour's book about his, and his family's, life on the land in Suffolk; an optimistic and pragmatic vision of a different sort of life and the precursor to his best-selling Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency.
The poet Clare Best and the artist Mary Anne Aytoun went in search of pools of water that are concealed, overlooked or hidden in the South Downs of southern England. They found places and whole landscapes rich in history, wildlife, culture and myth. This book presents the work they made about some of those watery places.
Every minute was magical, every single thing it did was fascinating and everything it didn't do was equally wondrous, and to be sat there, with a Kestrel, a real live Kestrel, my own real live Kestrel on my wrist!
'Prose from a poet and a personal take on the spectacles' Chris Packham, author of Fingers in the Sparkle JarShortlisted for Richard Jefferies Society & White Horse Bookshop Literary Prize 2017Longlisted for the Wainwright Prize 2017Britain is a nation of bird-lovers.
But owls - with the sapient flatness of their faces, their big, round eyes, their paternal expressions - are also reassuringly familiar. We see them as wise, like Athena's owl, and loyal, like Harry Potter's Hedwig. In The Secret Life of the Owl, John Lewis-Stempel explores the legends and history of the owl.
No other bird is quite so ever-present and familiar, so embedded in our culture, as the robin. At the same time we trace the robin's relationship with us: how did this particular bird - one of more than 300 species in its huge and diverse family - find its way so deeply and permanently into our nation's heart and its social and cultural history?
From Dean to Epping and Hatfield to Sherwood, this beautiful tribute to the natural history of our iconic British woodlands covers the natural history of our forests, the unique species and animals that inhabit them, and how they have changed the face of our landscape.
* Fully revised and updated to provide a comprehensive introduction to soil science. * Covers all aspects of soil science including soil habitat, processes in the soil environment and soil management. * Emphasizes the applications of soil science to the solution of practical problems in soil and land management.
Acutely sensitive to rhythms of the countryside, Edward Thomas's lyrical, passionate, and sometimes political writing merges natural history with folk culture, and gives us a free-form record of the feelings and observations of one of the great poets of the English language. First published 1909 by J.M. Dent & Sons
W.G. Hoskins was one of the most original and influential historians of the 20th century. He realized that landscapes are the richest record we have of the past, and with his masterpiece, The Making of the English Landscape, he changed forever how we experience the places we live and work.
What we make and buy is a major indicator of society's collective priorities. Vital Signs Volume 22 explores significant global patterns in production and consumption. The book examines developments in six main areas: energy, environment and climate, transportation, food and agriculture, global economy and resources, and population and society.
Three strands mark the progress of the weather/climate story through history and into the future: its effect on human life; our desire to predict it; and our inability to control it whilst inadvertently changing it. This book traces these strands through history.
Jim Crumley ventures into our countryside to experience firsthand the chaos and the quiet solitude of nature's rest period. He bears witness to the lives of remarkable animals such as golden eagles, red deer and even whales as they battle intemperate weather and the turbulence of climate change.
The perfect Christmas gift for the nature-lover in your lifeTake a deep breath and dive into the mysteries of the ocean. Blue Planet II, which accompanies an epic 7-part series on BBC1, is a ground-breaking new look at the richness and variety of underwater life across our planet.
From the leafy forest floor to the inside of a bee hive, The Inner Life of Animals opens up the animal kingdom like never before. We hear the stories of a grateful humpback whale, of a hedgehog who has nightmares, and of a magpie who commits adultery;
From 'one of the best nature-writers of his generation' (Country Life) and 2017 winner of the Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing, this BBC Radio 4 'Book of the Week' is the story of a wood - both its natural daily life and its historical times.
A collection of Gilbert White's letters to the explorer and naturalist Daines Barrington and the eminent zoologist Thomas Pennant - White's intellectual lifelines from his country-village home. This title presents an evocation of the lives of the flora and fauna of eighteenth-century England.
leading us into a whole new way of looking at the world' Michael Palin'Touched by genius' John Lewis-Stempel 'Absolutely mesmerizing, utterly beautiful and engrossing' Joanne HarrisAfter moving from London to a new home in Yorkshire, and about to become a father for the first time, Rob Cowen finds himself in unfamiliar territory.
After many generations, it is now Harold who runs Ard Farm. Out on the fells, he feels his father's presence, and there is hope that he, his grandmother and his Uncle Joe will be able to take the farm forward and prosper. But their way of life is under threat: farming is undergoing huge change and increasingly harmful intervention.
From May Day revels and Midsummer fires, to Harvest Home, and Hallowe'en, to the twelve days of Christmas, Ronald Hutton takes us on a fascinating journey through the ritual year in Britain. This comprehensive and engaging study covers the whole sweep of history from the earliest written records to the present day.
`Glorious... Political, passionate, perceptive' Robert MacfarlaneOur landscape has been transformed by a vast network of lines, from hedges and walls to railways and power cables. As our lives and our land were fenced in and threaded together, wildlife habitats were cut into ever smaller - and increasingly unviable - fragments.
Guardian columnist & Springwatch expert Stephen Moss combines detective work, natural history, folklore and first hand observations to explore how birds got their names and our long and eventful relationship with the natural world.