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  • Review: Birds and Bird Books Christmas 2014

    Each year we review and recommend our favourite bird-related books. Hope you like our choices for Christmas 2014, let us know. Andrew A Message from Martha: The Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon and Its Relevance Today (Natural History Narratives) by Mark Avery When Martha the Passenger Pigeon died on September 1st 1914 in Cincinnati Zoo, the last of her species was gone forever. What is so remarkable about her species' extinction is that this wasn't a bird that had always struggled to exist, but was once the most abundant bird on Earth. That the pigeon had numbered in the billions... read more

  • Review: Nature Writing Christmas 2014

    There is a long history of brilliant nature writing and in this post we review our favourites for Christmas 2014. Hope you like them. Andrew H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald Critically acclaimed, this has deservedly just won this year's Samuel Johnson Prize for the best non-fiction writing. Macdonald had become obsessed with becoming a falconer as a child but it is her father's death in later life that leads her into making this a reality. She attempts to deal with her grief through the training of a Goshawk she buys in Scotland, learning as much about herself... read more

  • Advice: Children's Christmas Nature Gifts 2014

    It's that time of year again where we recommend our favourite nature-related books and gifts. This post highlights our favourite children's wildlife gifts for Christmas 2014. Hope you like it. Andrew Animalium (Welcome to the Museum) by Jenny Broom and Katie Scott This huge book is a beautiful introduction to all the different branches of the tree of life, from invertebrates to mammals, leading you through each section as though you were in a fascinating museum. The bonus is that this particular museum can be visited at any time of any day. Beautiful illustrations complement the informative text and although... read more

  • Advice: Five Autumn Photo Opportunities

    Summer is over and autumn is most definitely here. With the season of fog, frost and autumn colours comes the chance for some great photo opportunities.   1. Sunrises The moist air and clear skies overnight can often lead to some striking sunrise scenes if you are keen enough to be up at the crack of dawn and waiting for that perfect shot. Experiment with photographing towards the sunrise (yes, I know that photography books tell you not to do this, but its a digital age and you can always delete the pictures if they are no good) and try to... read more

  • Advice: Wildlife-Friendly Bonfire Night

    Bonfire night is almost here, but along with the fireworks and bonfires there are hazards for wildlife. However, a few simple steps can help to protect the wildlife in your garden so that you can have a wildlife-friendly Guy Fawkes Night. Hedgehog 1. Birds can cope with nature’s “fireworks” of thunder and lightning so man-made fireworks aren’t too much of an issue if used responsibly. Avoid setting fireworks off in areas that contain bird roosts. 2. Bonfires can be a death-trap for wildlife. What starts off as a nice inviting pile of leaves and twigs where animals can crawl... read more

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