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Don’t even think about it

By | January 15th, 2018|Book Review|

It was the enticing title to George Martin's book:  Don’t even think about it: why our brains are wired to ignore climate change that persuaded me to order the book from our library. There was just one copy in the whole of Cumbria, so it wasn’t high in the popularity charts, which is just the [...]

Doughnut Economics

By | January 9th, 2018|Book Review|

Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think like a 21st Century Economist, by Kate Raworth, was published in early April.  The Resilience website has a quick summary of what the book is about, this is a YouTube overview, and here is brief (17 minute) explanation in an RSA video. These are Raworth's 7 ways: 1. Change the goal: from GDP [...]

Children’s books about birds

By | December 17th, 2017|Book Review|

Juliette Green explores a range of books about birds for children. Spot 50 Garden Birds Camilla de la Bedoyere  I use these ‘Spot 50’ books all the time when working out-side with children (other titles include wildflowers, trees and insects). They are easy to navi-gate as a simple field guide, and contain just the right [...]

Sustainability Science: key issues

By | December 7th, 2017|Book Review|

Routledge says that its new book, Sustainability Science: Key Issues, ... "is a comprehensive textbook for undergraduates, postgraduates, and participants in executive trainings from any disciplinary background studying the theory and practice of sustainability science.  Each chapter takes a critical and reflective stance on a key issue or method of sustainability science.  Contributing authors offer perspectives [...]

Farming and Birds

By | November 26th, 2017|Book Review|

The New Naturalists Online is an internet bookseller which specialises in books about the natural world.  Recently Published books include: Falcons Alien Plants Slugs and Snails Brecon Beacons Early Humans It includes a print-on-demand service for past editions.  Currently, NNOL is featuring special editions of Farming and Birds by Ian Newton.  The website says: More than [...]

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 [...]