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The Aviary by Matt Merritt (Hardback) ISBN: 9780233005584

The Aviary by Matt Merritt (Hardback) ISBN: 9780233005584

**A BEAUTIFUL NEW SERIES FOR NATURE LOVERS** This sumptuous book displays and describes a variety of beautiful birds. Exquisite ornithological illustrations accompany a lyrical text that brings to life more than 50 species. Press-out sections enable you to reveal the outlines of the birds and transform your book into a work of art.


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Beekeeping by Andrew Davies (Hardback) ISBN: 9781909881983

Beekeeping by Andrew Davies (Hardback) ISBN: 9781909881983

A reissue of Beekeeping (2007). A practical and inspirational guide to keeping bees and apiaries in both rural and urban areas. It's no shock that the beekeeping trend is steadily on the rise. These fascinating and beautiful insects can be kept anywhere, whether your garden is a large country plot or an urban rooftop terrace. What's more, there's no sting in this tale: bees are a source of delight for honey lovers, hay-fever sufferers and gardeners alike. This charming and practical guide is intended for both the beginner and experienced beekeeper. It covers everything from setting up hives and maximising bees in the garden, to optimum honey production and a fascinating troubleshooting section. With charming illustrations throughout, you will find all you need to catch the bee buzz in this wonderful book.


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The Butterfly Pavilion by James Lowen (Hardback) ISBN: 9780233005591

The Butterfly Pavilion by James Lowen (Hardback) ISBN: 9780233005591

**A BEAUTIFUL NEW SERIES FOR NATURE LOVERS** This striking book displays and describes a kaleidoscope of butterflies. Exquisite illustrations accompany a lyrical text by nature writer and expert James Lowen. Press-out sections enable you to reveal the outlines of the butterflies and transform your book into a work of art.


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The Flower Garden by Michael Scott (Hardback) ISBN: 9780233005607

The Flower Garden by Michael Scott (Hardback) ISBN: 9780233005607

**A BEAUTIFUL NEW SERIES FOR NATURE LOVERS** This lavish book displays and describes the characteristics of more than 50 varieties of flower. Exquisite botanical illustrations accompany a lyrical text by nature writer and botanist Michael Scott. Press-out sections enable you to reveal the outlines of the flowers and transform your book into a work of art.


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Forest Bathing Retreat by Hannah Fries (Paperback) ISBN: 9781635860948

Forest Bathing Retreat by Hannah Fries (Paperback) ISBN: 9781635860948

People have been retreating to the woods for quiet, meditation, and inspiration for centuries, and recent research finds that time spent in the forest doesn't just feel good but is, in fact, good for you. Inspired by the Japanese concept of shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, poet Hannah Fries invites readers to bask in the company of trees, whether in a city park or a rural nature preserve. Fries combines her own reflections and guided mindfulness exercises with a curated selection of inspirational writing from poets, naturalists, artists, scientists, and thinkers throughout the centuries and across cultures, including Japanese haiku masters, 19th century European Romantics, American Transcendentalists, and contemporary environmentalists. Accompanied by beautiful forest photography, Forest Bathing Retreat is a distinctive gift that invites frequent revisiting for fresh insights and inspiration.


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Our Garden Birds by Matt Sewell (Hardback) ISBN: 9780091945008

Our Garden Birds by Matt Sewell (Hardback) ISBN: 9780091945008

In this beautiful, collectible new volume, street artist Matt Sewell offers his own unique take on 52 of our favourite British garden birds.

Since its first appearance in July 2009, Matt's 'Bird of the Week' feature for the Caught by the River website has quickly become a cult hit. His pop-art watercolours are distinctive and enchanting, as are his innovative descriptions, which see great tits 'bossing the other birds around', the 'playful yet shy buoyancy' of bullfinches and the 'improbable' nature of the waxwing ('like a computer-generated samurai finch').

With 52 birds, one for each week of the year, this delightful gift book will appeal to bird watching enthusiasts, children and adults, and art and illustration fans alike.


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The Little Guide To Birds by Tom Frost (Hardback) ISBN: 9781787131644

The Little Guide To Birds by Tom Frost (Hardback) ISBN: 9781787131644

Discover the secret world of our feathered friends with this handy pocket guide. Beautifully illustrated throughout, The Little Guide to Birds offers a fresh perspective on identifying the finches from the waterfowl around you. Featuring 40 of the most spectacular birds from all over the world, including common garden birds we know and love, as well as exotic flyers, birds of prey and sea-faring fowl. Each bird has been delicately illustrated by printmaker Tom Frost to capture their individual characteristics, and accompanied by information about where they come from, how many eggs they lay, wingspan and the incredible journeys they may fly in their lifetime, plus associated facts and fables. There is also an interactive spotter's guide at the back, where you can check off each bird as you find them. This information, practical and beautiful guide is part of a new nature series designed to encourage creativity through exploring the outdoors.


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The Little Guide To Bugs by Tom Frost (Hardback) ISBN: 9781787131637

The Little Guide To Bugs by Tom Frost (Hardback) ISBN: 9781787131637

Enter the secret world of creepy crawlies with this handy pocket guide. Beautifully illustrated throughout, The Little Guide to Bugs offers a modern reference to identifying these glorious insects of all shapes and sizes. Featuring 40 of the most distinctive bugs from around the world, this book is the perfect companion for anyone looking to reconnect with nature, whether that's when out walking or from the comfort of an armchair. Each bug has been exquisitely illustrated by printmaker Tom Frost and is accompanied by all-important information including their habitat, distribution and size, plus an interesting fact or fable. There is also an interactive spotter's guide, where you can check off and note the date of each time you spot a new insect. Reacquaint yourself with the familiar Bumble Bee and Earthworm, as well as discovering new species such as the Giant Mesquite Bug, Lily Moth and Picasso Bug. This informative guide is part of a new nature series designed to encourage creativity through exploring the outdoors.


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The Little Guide To Butterflies by Tom Frost (Hardback) ISBN: 9781787130340

The Little Guide To Butterflies by Tom Frost (Hardback) ISBN: 9781787130340

Enter the secret world of the butterfly with this handy pocket guide. Beautifully illustrated throughout, The Little Guide to Butterflies offers a modern reference to identifying these glorious insects.

Featuring 40 of the most distinctive butterflies from around the world, this book is the perfect companion for anyone looking to reconnect with nature, whether that's when out walking or from the comfort of an armchair.

Each butterfly has been exquisitely illustrated by printmaker Tom Frost and is accompanied by all-important information including their habitat, distribution and wingspan, plus an interesting fact or fable. There is also an interactive spotter's guide, where you can check off and note the date each time you spot a new butterfly.

Reacquaint yourself with the familiar Orange Tip and Monarch, as well as discovering new species such as the Apollo, Spicebush Swallowtail and Crimson Rose.

This informative, practical and beautiful guide is part of a new nature series designed to encourage creativity through exploring the outdoors.


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The Little Guide To Leaves by Alison Davies Illustrated by Tom Frost (Hardback) ISBN: 9781787130333

The Little Guide To Leaves by Alison Davies Illustrated by Tom Frost (Hardback) ISBN: 9781787130333

Discover the intriguing world of the leaf with this handy pocket guide. Beautifully illustrated throughout, The Little Guide to Leaves offers a fresh perspective on identifying the trees and plants around you.

It features 40 of the most spectacular leaves from around the world, including the common British tree leaves we know and love, as well as exotic palms, ferns and houseplants.

Each leaf has been delicately illustrated by printmaker Tom Frost to capture its individual characteristics, and is accompanied by information about the tree or plant to which it belongs and where it can be found, plus associated facts and fables. There is also an interactive spotter's guide at the back, where you can check off each leaf you find.

This informative, practical and beautiful guide is part of a new nature series designed to encourage creativity through exploring the outdoors.


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Live Green by Jen Chillingsworth (Hardback) ISBN: 9781787133198

Live Green by Jen Chillingsworth (Hardback) ISBN: 9781787133198

Many of us are already doing what we can to adopt a greener lifestyle. We recycle, try to reduce our waste and plastics, choose organic food when shopping, eat less meat and opt for environmentally friendly cleaning products. Yet we often wish we were doing more and it can be overwhelming to know where to start.

Live Green is a practical guide of 52 changes - one for each week of the year - you can make to your home and lifestyle to reduce your impact on the environment. Tackling all areas of your life from your cleaning routine, home furnishings, food shopping, fashion choices, natural beauty and Christmas, this book has all the ingredients to help you achieve a more sustainable year.

From making your own eco-friendly cleaning products, buying vintage furniture, making your own moth repellent and improving your natural beauty regime to creating a capsule wardrobe and creating your own ethical Christmas decorations - discover how to get the most out of life by living with intention.

Live simply. Live Green.


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Our Songbirds by Matt Sewell (Hardback) ISBN: 9780091951603

Our Songbirds by Matt Sewell (Hardback) ISBN: 9780091951603

In this beautiful follow-up to 2012's hit, Our Garden Birds, street artist Matt Sewell offers more watercolours and quirky descriptions of British songbirds.

In Matt's world, the peewit sings the blues, and the bittern fills his neck 'like a tweed pair of bellows'. Distinctive and enchanting, with a songbird for each week of the year, this delightful gift book will appeal to birders, children and adults, and art and design fans alike.


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Owls...Our Most Enchanting Bird by Matt Sewell (Hardback) ISBN: 9780091959999

Owls...Our Most Enchanting Bird by Matt Sewell (Hardback) ISBN: 9780091959999

In this beautiful follow-up to Our Garden Birds, Our Songbirds and Our Woodland Birds, street artist Matt Sewell captures the world’s most evocative bird: the owl. In his much-loved pop-art watercolours and accompanied with his whimsical descriptions, Matt Sewell expresses the individual characters of owls as never before.

From tiny Elf Owls to huge Eagle Owls, from the mysterious creatures of the night to an impossibly fluffy baby owl, they are undoubtedly one of the world’s most intriguing feathered friends. These wise, magical birds are otherworldly in their striking colours and stature, and it's not just birdwatchers who are obsessed. With 50 hand-selected, hand-painted owls, this is a delightful gift which appeals to owl lovers, bird-watching enthusiasts, children, adults and art and design fans alike.


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The Sea: A Celebration of Shorelines, Beaches and Oceans by Isobel Carlson (Hardback) ISBN:  9781786852656

The Sea: A Celebration of Shorelines, Beaches and Oceans by Isobel Carlson (Hardback) ISBN: 9781786852656

This book celebrates oceans, coasts and shorelines the world over. Bringing together incredible stories and legends of the sea, delicious recipes and activities inspired by the coast, and fascinating trivia on everything from marine exploration to the turning tides, it will captivate anyone who is enthralled by the wonder of the sea.


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The Tree by Steve Marsh (Hardback) ISBN: 9780233005614

The Tree by Steve Marsh (Hardback) ISBN: 9780233005614

**A BEAUTIFUL NEW SERIES FOR NATURE LOVERS** This elegant book celebrates the beauty and abundance of the forest. Exquisite illustrations of leaves, fruits and branches accompany a lyrical text by conservation expert Steve Marsh that describes the features of 52 varieties of tree. Press-out sections enable you to reveal the outline of each shape and transform your book into a work of art.


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The Wild Remedy: How Nature Mends Us - A Diary by Emma Mitchell (Hardback) ISBN: 9781789290424

The Wild Remedy: How Nature Mends Us - A Diary by Emma Mitchell (Hardback) ISBN: 9781789290424

Emma Mitchell has suffered with depression - or as she calls it, 'the grey slug' - for twenty-five years. In 2003, she moved from the city to the edge of the Cambridgeshire Fens and began to take walks in the countryside around her new home, photographing, collecting and drawing as she went. Each walk lifted her mood, proving to be as medicinal as any talking therapy or pharmaceutical.

In Emma's hand-illustrated diary, she takes us with her as she follows the paths and trails around her cottage and further afield, sharing her nature finds and tracking the lives of local flora and fauna over the course of a year. Reflecting on how these encounters impact her mood, Emma's moving and candid account of her own struggles is a powerful testament to how reconnecting with nature may offer some answers to today's mental health epidemic. While charting her own seasonal highs and lows, she also explains the science behind such changes, calling on new research into such areas as forest bathing and the ways in which our bodies and minds respond to plants and wildlife when we venture outdoors.

Written with Emma's characteristic wit and frankness, and filled with her beautiful drawings, paintings and photography, this is a truly unique book for anyone who has ever felt drawn to nature and wondered about its influence over us.


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Wilding: The return of nature to a British farm by Isabella Tree (Hardback) ISBN: 9781509805099

Wilding: The return of nature to a British farm by Isabella Tree (Hardback) ISBN: 9781509805099

In Wilding, Isabella Tree tells the story of the ‘Knepp experiment’, a pioneering rewilding project in West Sussex, using free-roaming grazing animals to create new habitats for wildlife. Part gripping memoir, part fascinating account of the ecology of our countryside, Wilding is, above all, an inspiring story of hope.

Forced to accept that intensive farming on the heavy clay of their land at Knepp was economically unsustainable, Isabella Tree and her husband Charlie Burrell made a spectacular leap of faith: they decided to step back and let nature take over. Thanks to the introduction of free-roaming cattle, ponies, pigs and deer – proxies of the large animals that once roamed Britain – the 3,500 acre project has seen extraordinary increases in wildlife numbers and diversity in little over a decade.

Extremely rare species, including turtle doves, nightingales, peregrine falcons, lesser spotted woodpeckers and purple emperor butterflies, are now breeding at Knepp, and populations of other species are rocketing. The Burrells’ degraded agricultural land has become a functioning ecosystem again, heaving with life – all by itself.

Personal and inspirational, Wilding is an astonishing account of the beauty and strength of nature, when it is given as much freedom as possible.


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The Wisdom Of Nature by Dixe Wills (Hardback) ISBN: 9781787132221

The Wisdom Of Nature by Dixe Wills (Hardback) ISBN: 9781787132221

Author and travel writer Dixe Wills likes to champion the underdog. In this new book, he celebrates 70 living things from the world of nature that are unfairly maligned by humans and yet manage to beat the odds in some inspiring or uplifting way. From bacteria and bluebottles, to puddles and wasps, there's so much we can learn from the curious creatures and the natural world around us. Take the slug, for example: "Slugs, like us, yearn to be the object of a little human love and sympathy. Unlike slugs, you have a chance of this dream coming true. Also, beer will not kill you. Not immediately, anyway." Written in Dixe's inimitable style, this charming book is sure to delight his many fans and gain him new readers with an interest in the natural world.


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