Author: Rosanne Alexander
Waterfalls of Stars is Rosanne Alexander's love letter to Skomer Island, the nature reserve where she spent ten years as a warden. It portrays a relationship with nature enthralling in its immediacy and engages readers as she cares for Skomer's bird and seal colonies while exploring her own character during periods of isolation from the mainland.
Author: Dominic Couzens
Publisher: A&C Black
Puffins are among the most instantly recognisable, iconic and well loved of birds. For many they are a highlight of the UK's summer coastline and their colourful appearance, comedy antics and approachability just add to their popularity. Several 'hotspot' are attracting high levels of interest in visits to their colonies. In spite of the high level of interest in, and appeal of, these birds there has been a surprising lack of books focused on Puffins as a species. Award-winning wildlife photographer Mark Sisson has spent several years photographing Puffins and this new book combines images that beautifully encapsulate their charm and visual appeal with an accessible text written by leading wildlife writer Dominic Couzens. The book covers the birds' life cycle, behaviour, habitats and the current and future challenges that they face, along with many surprising facts and anecdotes.
Author: Hayley Long
Publisher: Bonnier Publishing Fiction Ltd.
Category: Juvenile Fiction
A powerfully told story of the love between two brothers in the aftermath of a family tragedy Griff and Dylan are driving into Manhattan with their parents when the worst happens. There is a terrible car accident and Dylan and Griff1s parents are killed. The boys are suddenly orphans with nowhere to go, until a kind aunt and uncle give them a new home in Wales. Now Dylan and Griff have everything they need love, a happy home and a future. But Dylan is worried about Griff: whether he is OK, whether he is coping with his grief. He doesn1t seem to want to speak about it or really acknowledge the loss of their parents. But Dylan needs to be even braver than Griff, because there is something very important he needs to face up to before he can move on. The heartbreaking new novel from award-winning author Hayley Long
Author: David Cobham
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
The story of the short life and tragic death of Bowland Beth – an English Hen Harrier – which dramatically highlights the major issues in UK conservation.
Wales' Top 40 Nature Sites
Author: Iolo Williams
Television naturalist Iolo Williams’ guide to Wales’ top 40 nature sites is fully illustrated by beautiful colour photographs of place and wildlife. The sites are spread across Wales and in Wild Places Williams surveys the flora and fauna to be found on them, and aims to encourage more visits to them by people from Wales and beyond.
Author: William Henry Giles Kingston
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
Category: Boats and boating
We had come home from school much earlier than usual, on account of illness having broken out there; but as none of the boys were dangerously ill, and those in the infirmary were very comfortable, we were not excessively unhappy. I suspect that some of us wished that fever or some other sickness would appear two or three weeks before all the holidays. However, as we had nothing to complain of at school, this, I confess, was a very unreasonable wish. The very day of our arrival home, when we were seated at dinner, and my brother Oliver and I were discussing the important subject of how we were to spend the next ten or twelve weeks, we heard our papa, who is a retired captain of the Royal NavyÑand who was not attending to what we were talking aboutÑsay, as he looked across the table to mamma: ÒWould you object to these boys of ours taking a cruise with me round England this summer?Ó We pricked up our ears, you may be sure, to listen eagerly to the reply. Looking at Oliver, then at me, she said: ÒI should like to know what they think of it. As they have never before taken so long a cruise, they may get tired, and wish themselves home again or back at school.Ó ÒOh no, no! we should like it amazingly. We are sure not to get tired, if papa will take us. We will work our passage; will pull and haul, and learn to reef and steer, and do everything we are told,Ó said Oliver. ÒWhat do you say about the matter, Harry?Ó asked papa. ÒI say ditto to Oliver,Ó I replied. ÒWe will at all events try to be of use;Ó for I knew from previous experience that it was only when the weather was fine, and we were really not wanted, that we were likely to be able to do anything. ÒThen I give my consent,Ó said mamma; on which we both jumped up and kissed her, as we had been accustomed to do when we were little chaps; we both felt so delighted.
What It's Like to Be a Bird
Author: Tim Birkhead
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
What is it like to be a swift, flying at over one hundred kilometres an hour? Or a kiwi, plodding flightlessly among the humid undergrowth in the pitch dark of a New Zealand night? And what is going on inside the head of a nightingale as it sings, and how does its brain improvise? Bird Sense addresses questions like these and many more, by describing the senses of birds that enable them to interpret their environment and to interact with each other. Our affinity for birds is often said to be the result of shared senses--vision and hearing--but how exactly do their senses compare with our own? And what about a bird's sense of taste, or smell, or touch, or the ability to detect the earth's magnetic field? Or the extraordinary ability of desert birds to detect rain hundreds of kilometres away--how do they do it? Bird Sense is based on a conviction that we have consistently underestimated what goes on in a bird's head. Our understanding of bird behaviour is simultaneously informed and constrained by the way we watch and study them. By drawing attention to the way these frameworks both facilitate and inhibit discovery, Birkhead identifies ways we can escape from them to explore new horizons in bird behaviour. There has never been a popular book about the senses of birds. No one has previously looked at how birds interpret the world or the way the behaviour of birds is shaped by all their senses. A lifetime spent studying birds has provided Tim Birkhead with a wealth of observation and a unique understanding of birds and their behaviour that is firmly grounded in science.
Author: Charlie Waite
Publisher: Landscape Photographer of the
The Landscape Photographer of the Year competition is the brainchild of Charlie Waite, one of today's most respected landscape photographers. With AA Publishing, he created this prestigious competition and award with a total prize fund exceeding �20,000, coupled with an exhibition in London showcasing the best of the competition. The full-color book showcasing the best entries has been hugely successful in its first 10 years. Like the others before it, the 11th edition features both classic shots of verdant rural countryside and stark urban landscapes capturing the beauty and diversity of 21st century Britain.
Author: Susan Fletcher
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Category: Domestic fiction
From the author of the award-winning 'Eve Green', 'Oystercatchers' is a heart-rendering tale about the bonds of sisterhood and one woman's great remorse.
A Theoretical Basis & Practical Guide
Author: Mike Alexander
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Category: Technology & Engineering
The first edition of Mike Alexander’s Management Planning for Nature Conservation, brought a new dimension to the modern literature on conservation management. This second edition, a significant enhancement of the original, deals with the development both, conceptual and practical, of adaptive management planning for nature conservation. It is about preparing management plans, and guides the reader through the entire process. Case-studies, including a conservation and access plan, demonstrate the planning process in action. This approach to planning can be applied to any place which is managed entirely, or in part, for wildlife. It can be applied to the management of species or habitats in any circumstance, regardless of site designation. The process is fully compatible with the Convention on Biological Diversity’s ‘ecosystem approach’ to conservation management. Mike Alexander has long been at the forefront of developing management planning for conservation, with experience ranging from Uganda to Estonia, and from Costa Rica to Wales. He is the General Secretary of the Conservation Management System Consortium, a group of organisations with a common aim of raising standards and developing best practice in conservation management and planning. In 2012 Mike Alexander was elected a Fellow of the Society of Biology in recognition of his contribution to nature conservation and in particular management planning. This book has drawn on the experiences and expertise of the CMS consortium and other leaders in both conservation research and wildlife management from around the world. It is essential reading for professional conservation managers and any student studying management planning for conservation within a range of degree and postgraduate courses.
Author: Pier Luigi Nimis,Christoph Scheidegger,Patricia Wolseley
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
A comprehensive, up-to-date review of lichens as biomonitors of air pollution (bioindication, metal and radionuclide accumulation, biomarkers), and as monitors of environmental change (including global climate change and biodiversity loss) in a wide array of terrestrial habitats. Several methods for using lichens as biomonitors are described in a special section of the book.
Author: Gordon Cochrans 1878 Home
Publisher: Wentworth Press
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New Developments and Practical Applications
Author: Subhas Mukhopadhyay,Krishanthi P. Jayasundera,Anton Fuchs
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Category: Technology & Engineering
The book presents the recent advancements in the area of sensors and sensing technology, specifically in environmental monitoring, structural health monitoring, dielectric, magnetic, electrochemical, ultrasonic, microfluidic, flow, surface acoustic wave, gas, cloud computing and bio-medical. This book will be useful to a variety of readers, namely, Master and PhD degree students, researchers, practitioners, working on sensors and sensing technology. The book will provide an opportunity of a dedicated and a deep approach in order to improve their knowledge in this specific field.
Author: Owain Hughes
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Everything I Have Always Forgotten is the story of Owain Hughes' childhood in the 40s and 50s. He spent it in boarding schools and in his family's large (but electricity-free) house, on the banks and waters of the Dwyryd estuary, and above all walking in the mountains. The landscape of North Wales - with Snowdonia in the near distance - dominated Owain's existence, and his stories of sailing, riding and walking culminate in the five-day hike through Snowdonia by the eleven-year-old Owain and a school friend.The trip ended with them storm- bound for several weeks on the Holy Island of Bardsey off the coast of North Wales, without any means of communication with his family.
Author: Rhian Edwards
Clueless Dogs is the first collection of poetry by Rhian Edwards. Already a noted performer of both her songs and poetry, this book confirms her startling talent and is shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Poems like 'The Welshman Who Couldn't Sing' chronicle a fraught childhood in Bridgend, south Wales, where the sensitive child escapes through imaginative games of 'Playing Dead' and 'Broken Lifeboat'. Full of verve and humour, with a spiky syntax featuring hard-edged consonants, her language has a winning honesty and intensity. Later poems chronicle teenage lusts, student rivalries, damaged peers and tense situations. Although the author doesn't flinch from ruthless depictions in which we are often implicated by her use of the third person 'You', there is an underlying sweetness, an elegiac thread most evident in the poems of maturity, like 'Back to Bed' ,'Safe' ,'The Wrong Season' full of both the sensual rapture of love and a clear-eyed realization of its inevitable disappointments. Witness the poet in performance and it is impossible not to hear her distinctive tones when reading her work. Clueless Dogs is a brave and beautiful first book.
Can We Save British Nature Before it is Too Late?
Author: Mark Cocker
Publisher: Random House
Environmental thought and politics have become parts of mainstream cultural life in Britain. The wish to protect wildlife is now a central goal for our society, but where did these ‘green’ ideas come from? And who created the cherished institutions, such as the National Trust or the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, that are now so embedded in public life with millions of members? From the flatlands of Norfolk to the tundra-like expanse of the Flow Country in northern Scotland, acclaimed writer on nature Mark Cocker sets out on a personal quest through the British countryside to find the answers to these questions. He explores in intimate detail six special places that embody the history of conservation or whose fortunes allow us to understand why our landscape looks as it does today. We meet key characters who shaped the story of the British countryside – Victorian visionaries like Octavia Hill, founder of the National Trust, as well as brilliant naturalists such as Max Nicholson or Derek Ratcliffe, who helped build the very framework for all environmental effort. This is a book that looks to the future as well as exploring the past. It asks searching questions like who owns the land and why? And who benefits from green policies? Above all it attempts to solve a puzzle: why do the British seem to love their countryside more than almost any other nation, yet they have come to live amid one of the most denatured landscapes on Earth? Radical, provocative and original, Our Place tackles some of the central issues of our time. Yet most important of all, it tries to map out how this overcrowded island of ours could be a place fit not just for human occupants but also for its billions of wild citizens.
Women Changing the World
Author: Helena Earnshaw,Angharad Penrhyn Jones
This is a fascinating and unique anthology about women campaigners and the moment they became politicized. Through a series of interviews and articles, key British women campaigners from the last thirty-five years talk intimately about the difficult and exhilarating nature of their work.