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Brilliant Birds

By | November 9th, 2017|Book Review|

Brilliant Birds, by Matthew Morgan & Suhel Ahmad, is a beautifully produced sequel to ‘British Wildlife’ by the same publisher.  Stunning illustrations of birds from all over the world feature on colourful themed double page spreads. Birds are grouped according to the kinds of interesting facts which make them memorable to children – by colour: [...]

A Little Bit of Dirt

By | October 25th, 2017|Book Review|

This is the latest offering from the author of The Curious Kid’s Science Book and 150+ Screen Free Activities for Kids, both excellent and unusual as Asia Citro brings her background as a classroom science teacher and her Masters in Science Education into the arena of play with preschool and school children with stunning effect. [...]

Usborne Big Picture Book Outdoors

By | October 13th, 2017|Book Review|

As anyone familiar with Usborne Picture Books will anticipate, this publication by Minna Lacey really is a feast for the eyes for any young nature lover. The pages are crammed full of illustrations, making it a great book to sit and look at, spotting different animals and plants in the double page spreads on each occasion. [...]

Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life

By | October 2nd, 2017|Book Review|

Jane Goodall is something of a conservation superstar and I have been very fortunate to have met her, twice. She is a well-qualified zoologist and environmentalist; a trailblazer in African chimpanzees and as a woman scientist. She is 83 and still going strong, spread-ing the conservation message as she travels world-wide; she certainly draws a [...]

Nature Watch

By | September 19th, 2017|Book Review|

Simon King's Nature Watch is an excellent resource on how to track and observe wildlife. It is clearly set out, with beautiful photography (as you would expect from Simon King) and illustrations, and is a highly accessible book for both beginner and exper-ienced tracker alike. The remit of the book is to give tracking signs [...]

London’s Street Trees

By | September 12th, 2017|Book Review|

London's Street Trees : A Field Guide to the Urban Forest, is a paperback by Paul Wood.  This is what The Hive has to say about it: Most people would assume that the trees along the capital's streets are London planes.  That's what street trees are? In fact, the magnificently green streets of London are in [...]

New Books on the environment and people

By | August 28th, 2017|Book Review|

Natural England's recent update on research identified a number of books. Here is a selection: 1. Children Learning Outside the Classroom: From Birth to Eleven edited by Sue Waite. Learning outside the classroom is increasingly seen as beneficial in both early years and primary settings, and it is becoming embedded in the curriculum, but what are [...]

British Wildlife

By | August 17th, 2017|Book Review|

British Wildlife is an utterly brilliant collation of illustrations sure to prove irresistible to children and adults alike – it has been a constant companion to my three children since its arrival on our doormat for review! The book professes to document the wildlife of the British Isles; its poetic introduction invites the reader to [...]

A Living Planet

By | July 26th, 2017|Book Review|

The last part (The Path Ahead; page 122) of WWF's 2016 Living Planet report says this: The facts and figures in this report tend to paint a challenging picture, yet there is still considerable room for optimism.  If we manage to carry out critically needed transitions, the rewards will be immense.  Fortunately, we are not starting [...]

Children in Wild Nature: a practical guide to nature-based practice

By | July 3rd, 2017|Book Review|

There is a growing realisation that children benefit by being involved in ‘wild’ spaces; that so many children today grow up in a city environment – far from any ‘natural encounter’ – with youngsters who simply do not know what ‘nature’ they are missing. These are the new generation of kids experiencing ‘nature deficit disorder’, [...]