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This beautiful little giftbook features 50 British birds and animals painted by Hannah Dale in her uniquely quirky, characterful style. From the red deer to the harvest mouse, from the sparrow to the barn owl, the nation's favourite creatures are delightfully brought to life by this award-winning artist.
This charming and practical handbook is bursting with tips, facts and folklore to guide you through the countryside year. Find out how to identify birds by sight or song, spot animal tracks, name wild flowers, butterflies, insects and trees, and forage for natural foods throughout the seasons.
With the deft, sure eye of master craftsmen, they portray the mellow stone of country towns, spray swept seaside promenades, strolls among sand dunes, Mr Pimpkins the jobbing gardener, roach fishing at dawn, the art of pear growing, and much more to make a book that is lasting pleasure. Above all, The Happy Countryman was HE Bates statement of his own ideals about the countryside and his hopes and fears for its future.
The pages are full of sharp observations which reveal the loveliness of every- day sights and fleeting moments, from the charm of butterflies and their names to the behaviour of animals and birds, the joys of gardening and the character of the people and their landscape.
This book gives an intimate account of an English meadow's life from January to December, together with its biography.
Written by Gilbert White and first published in 1789, this book is compiled from a mixture of White's letters to other naturalists - Thomas Pennant and Daines Barrington; a 'Naturalist's Calendar' detailing phenology observations of the first appearances in the year of different animals and plants; and observations of natural history. Illustrated throughout with stunning woodcuts.
One of Britain's best known naturalists, John Wright introduces us to the natural and cultural history of hedges (as well as ditches, dykes and dry stone walls) - from the arrival of the first settlers in the British Isles to the modern day, when we have finally begun to recognise the importance of these unique ecosystems.
An accessible and entertaining portable guide, the Nature Book will help you rediscover nature. It includes everything from trees and fungi to the phases of the moon and the tides.
Traditional ploughland is disappearing. Seven cornfield flowers have become extinct in the last twenty years. This book tells the story of the wild animals and plants that live in and under our ploughland, from the labouring microbes to the patrolling kestrel above the corn, from the linnet pecking at seeds to the seven-spot ladybird.
The village of Mark on the Somerset Levels is a watery wonderland, rich in wildlife: rooks and roe deer; sparrows and snowdrops; buzzards, badgers and butterflies; the iconic brown hare and the spectacular hummingbird hawk-moth. This title is both the story of a small corner of the West Country and a celebration of the natural world.
In this latest collection of the author's work, she shares her discoveries and enthusiasms with us, and as the seasons pass we see our countryside, green and lovely, full of life and interest, through the eyes of an expert who loves what she sees, and who is rich in memories of other years.
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