Christmas

Christmas
  • 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

  • Christmas Wildlife Gifts - Mammals, Insects and Fish

    In the last of our Christmas wildlife gift reviews we focus on books about mammals, insects and fish. Hope you hav enjoyed our wildlife gifts series of blogs, hopefully there is something for any wildlife lover out there. If you have any other ideas of suggestions we'd love to hear from you by email (info@verdantwildlife.co.uk), Facebook or Twitter (@VerdantWildlife) Where to Watch Mammals in Britain and Ireland by Richard Moores I'm a sucker for a site guide and this is from the publisher of some of the best for birdwatchers. It can be used in two ways: firstly, by... read more

  • Christmas Wildlife Gifts - Children's Books and Toys

    In the last in our festive series of blogs we look at wildlife books and toys to get your children interested in nature. Nature Detectives' Handbook by Barbara Taylor Now this is a brilliant way of getting children actively involved in citizen science. Full of factfiles on different species, this encourages kids to get out and see how the world changes through the seasons, and then record their findings online. This is a great way to get youngsters to see what a positive impact they can have. A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies Aimed at... read more

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