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Meteorology – in 30 seconds

By | February 11th, 2017|Book Review|

If you want to really understand the climate, and how it is changing, to what extent do you have to understand weather?  I thought about this question, and similar ones such as: how much do you have to understand about the weather, and anyway what's the difference, as I read this new book edited by [...]

Environmental Education Major Works

By | January 30th, 2017|Book Review|

Routledge has announce the publication of: Environmental Education, a major works collection in the Critical Concepts in the Environment series.  Its editors are Alan Reid and NAEE President, Justin Dillon.  Routledge says: "Addressing the need for an authoritative reference work to make sense of this rapidly growing subject and its multidisciplinary corpus of scholarly literature, ‘Environmental Education’ [...]

The Bee: A Natural History

By | January 29th, 2017|Book Review|

This is a beautiful book (I could not put it down), as well as being an important work about a very important subject.  Bees pollinate more than 130 fruit, vegetable, and seed crops that humans rely on.  Bees are crucial to the reproduction and diversity of flowering plants; their economic contributions are measured in the [...]

Animal Behaviour

By | January 20th, 2017|Book Review|

Why do birds have regional accents?   Can horses learn mathematics?   What do animals without eyes see?   How do salmon return to their spawning grounds?   How does the Syrian desert hamster know where its burrow is, after hours of foraging in the pitch black desert night? Ethology – the study of animal [...]

Browse the NHBS Backlist

By | January 8th, 2017|Book Review|

The NHBS Backlist Bargain sale runs until the March 2017.  You can, it says: "save up to 60% on nearly 2,000 field guides, monographs, scientific textbooks and more, covering a broad range of topics in ornithology, entomology, mammalian biology, zoology, evolution, ecology, and botany." NHBS started life as the Natural History Book Service in London [...]

John Muir: the Scotsman who saved America’s wild places

By | December 9th, 2016|Book Review|

John Muir is regarded as the 'father of America's national parks' and is a towering figure in the history of that country's involvement with ecology, wilderness and all things natural.  Born into a harsh disciplinarian home in Dunbar, Scotland (not the US as often thought), as a young boy he would often escape the grit of [...]

365 Nature: Projects to Connect you with Nature Every Day

By | November 21st, 2016|Book Review|

Anna Carlile’s book accomplishes an impressive merging of style and substance; at first glance stunning and evocative photography draws the reader in yet suggests that this is nothing more than a walk in the woods in coffee-table reading form. However, on full immersion into the (admittedly slightly hard-on-the-eye) text and projects Carlile has brought together, [...]

The Children’s Garden

By | October 19th, 2016|Book Review|

‘The Children’s Garden’ provides a useful resource for any teacher keen to maximise the potential of a school garden for the purposes of enjoyment and creativity. The handbook is organised into sections based on the seasons. In Spring, one of the most fun and creative ideas is the construction of a ‘wall of sound and [...]

Secrets of the Vegetable Garden

By | October 2nd, 2016|Book Review|

‘Secrets of the Vegetable Garden’ is a picture book with a difference!  Children hold the book up to light or shine a torch behind the page to reveal the hidden activity going on in the garden: seeds appear magically under soil in a pot; roots and worms, normally hidden to us, become apparent under the [...]

The Forager Handbook

By | September 11th, 2016|Book Review|

Miles Irving’s, ‘The Forager Handbook’, begins with a passionate introduction about a revolution in the food industry and a burgeoning communal return to our ancestral roots.  His enthusiasm and knowledge are clear from the start, and the book, without doubt, does offer a wealth of information.  However, I fear the title misleads us in its [...]