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The Running Hare: The Secret Life of Farmland

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by Lewis-Stempel, John
This is Sunday Times Bestseller from the winner of the Thwaites Wainwright Prize 2015. Traditional ploughland is disappearing. Seven cornfield flowers have become extinct in the last twenty years.
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Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

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by Harari, Yuval Noah
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER. Sapiens showed us where we came from. Homo Deus shows us where we're going. War is obsolete. You are more likely to commit suicide than be killed in conflict. Famine is disappearing. You are at more risk of obesity than starvation. Death is just a technical problem. Equality is out - but immortality is in. What does our future hold? Yuval Noah Harari, author of the bestselling p...
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How to Read the Landscape

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by Robert Yarham
Interest in the environment has never been greater and yet most of us have little knowledge about the 4 billion years of history that formed it.
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Gossip from the Forest

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by Sara Maitland
Fairytales are one of our earliest and most vital cultural forms, and forests one of our most ancient and primal landscapes. Both evoke a similar sensation in us - we find them beautiful and magical, but also spooky, sometimes horrifying. In this fascinating book, Maitland argues that the two forms are intimately connected: the mysterious secrets and silences, gifts and perils of the forests were both the ...
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Landmarks

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by Robert Macfarlane
Landmarks is Robert Macfarlane's joyous meditation on words, landscape and the relationship between the two. Words are grained into our landscapes, and landscapes are grained into our words.
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City Birds: An Urban Bird Watching Logbook

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by Illustrations By Christin
A new product from the illustrator of Bird Bingo. Christine Berrie's colourful bird illustrations will inspire city dwellers to look out for their favourite species amid the urban bustle.
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Shinrin-Yoku: The Art and Science of Forest Bathing

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by Li, Dr Qing
Shinrin = Forest Yoku = Bathing Shinrin-Yoku or forest bathing is the practice of spending time in the forest for better health, happiness and a sense of calm. A pillar of Japanese culture for decades, Shinrin-Yoku is a way to reconnect with nature, from walking mindfully in the woods, to a break in your local park, to walking barefoot on your lawn. Forest Medicine expert, Dr Qing Li's research has ...
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Being a Beast

by Charles Foster
Charles Foster wanted to know what it was like to be a beast: a badger, an otter, a deer, a fox, a swift. What it was really like. And through knowing what it was like he wanted to get down and grapple with the beast in us all. So he tried it out; he lived life as a badger for six weeks, sleeping in a dirt hole and eating earthworms, he came face to face with shrimps as he lived like an otter and he spent ...
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The Walker's Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs

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by Tristan Gooley
Longlisted for the 2015 Thwaites Wainwright Prize - Walker's Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs by Tristan Gooley, winner of the BBC Countryfile Magazine "Country Book of the Year" Award 2014/2015, is the ultimate guide to what the land, sun, moon, stars, trees, plants, animals, sky and clouds can reveal - when you know what to look for.
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Hidden Nature: A Voyage of Discovery

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by Fowler, Alys
'An emotional and compelling memoir, that left me inspired, both by her bravery in transforming her life, and by the unexpected beauty she finds along the way' Countryfile Magazine
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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

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by Yuval Noah Harari
Planet Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived.
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The Inner Life of Animals: Surprising Observations of a Hidden World

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by Wohlleben, Peter
We tend to assume that we are the only living things able to experience feelings but have you ever wondered what’s going on in an animal’s head? 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; we meet bees ...
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Trees

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by Fitter, Alastair H.
The ideal portable companion, the world-renowned Collins Gem series returns with a fresh new look and updated material. This is the perfect pocket guide for nature enthusiasts keen to identify the most commonly seen trees, whether they are out on the town or strolling through the countryside. Authoritative text, beautiful photographs and detailed illustrations show not only the overall shape of the tree but...
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Food for Free - Collins

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by Richard Mabey
A complete guide to help you safely identify edible species that grow around us, together with detailed artworks, field identification notes and recipes. First published in 1972, this updated edition of Richard Mabey's cult bestseller has been revised to reflect the ever-increasing eco-awareness and popular interest in finding different, and more natural, sources of food. Each of the 240 types of fruit, nut...
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Wildwood - A Journey Through Trees

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by Roger Deakin
‘Wildwood’ is about the element of wood, as it exists in nature, in our souls, in our culture and our lives.” So said Roger Deakin of this, his last book, that was published posthumously; a marvellous piece of natural history and cultural writing, it is an unmatched exploration of our relationship with trees. From the walnut tree at his Suffolk home, Roger Deakin embarks upon a quest that takes him th...
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The Snow Leopard

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by Peter Matthiessen
The Snow Leopard was inspired by the author's 1973 journey with George Schaller, a field biologist, to Crystal Mountain in the Himalayas, to study the wild blue sheep of the region. They also hoped to see the rare snow leopard, an almost mythical creature which Schaller once glimpsed on a previous visit. As a student of Zen Buddhism, the author's search for the snow leopard evolved into a quest for the mean...
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Chasing the Ghost: My Search for all the Wild Flowers of Britain

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by Marren, Peter
Join renowned naturalist Peter Marren on an exciting quest to see every species of wild plant native to Britain. The mysterious Ghost Orchid blooms in near darkness among rotting leaves on the forest floor. It blends into the background to the point of invisibility, yet glows, pale and ghostly. The ultimate grail of flower hunters, it has been spotted only once in the past twenty-five years. Its few flow...
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The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative

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by Williams, Florence
For centuries, poets and philosophers extolled the benefits of a walk in the woods: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks and trees; Wordsworth composed while walking over the heath; Nikola Tesla conceived the electric motor while visiting a park. From forest paths in Korea to islands in Finland to eucalyptus groves in California, Florence Williams investigates the science at the confluence of environment, ...
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The Cabaret of Plants: Botany and the Imagination

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by Richard Mabey
In The Cabaret of Plants, Mabey explores the plant species which have challenged our imaginations, awoken our wonder, and upturned our ideas about history, science, beauty and belief.
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The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander Von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science

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by Andrea Wulf
Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) is the great lost scientist: more things are named after him than anyone else. There are towns, rivers, mountain ranges, the ocean current that runs along the South American coast, there's a penguin, a giant squid - even the Mare Humboldtianum on the moon.
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