Don’t squash it! Read about it! Creepy crawlies are an important part of backgarden wildlife, and do not deserve to be killed. A fascinating insight into a miniature world full of ferocious predators, dedicated mothers, ingenious house-builders and passionate lovers. ‘...an easily readable and light-hearted introduction to natural history’ - Times...
The common seal is in fact less common in Britain than the grey; here’s how to tell them apart. All aspects of seal biology and behaviour are covered, including the fact that seal pups drink the equivalent of 70cream buns a day. Plus information on the seal epidemics that have caused many recent deaths.
Can you tell the difference between a frog and a toad? Do you know what a natterjack looks like? Which of them runs like a mouse? Or that frog eggs are 100 times the size of human ones? If the answers are no, then you need this book. You probably need it anyway, if you are interested in frogs and toads, as the book is filled with information of a froggy...
Urban foxes are now part of the urban scene, more often loved than hated by their human neighbours. This book dispels many myths (that foxes eat cats, that they will mate with your dog, etc). It also describes the ideal fox suburb, usually Tory, with large backgarden and potting shed.
The beaver used to live in Britain until it was hunted to extinction, but it is set to be reintroduced, and this book covers all aspects of its biology and impact on the environment as well as the details of how the reintroduction will work. ‘fascinating and pleasantly written account of its natural history and behaviour’- British Wildlife
The rabbit is both loved and hated: a charming, cuddly creature, but one with a big appetite. Anne McBride doesn’t avoid either aspect of rabbits but gives fascinating information about their habits and life style. male rabbits, for instance, seem to have an intriguing knack of passing out after copulation and falling off their mates.
Revised reprint published December 2010 The original Hedgehogs was first published in 1983, to acclaim: for the first time the secrets of one of our favourite backgarden animals were revealed. Since 1983 Pat Morris has discovered more interesting facts about hedgehogs and this completely updated book is the result.
All information about squirrels is given; their physical differences, their food preferences, whether they hibernate, how they communicate, squirrels in your garden. Information about red squirels sanctuaries and the efforts to conserve them are also included in this revised edition.
Whose track is it? Whose dropping? Which animal left this tuft of hair? and what did I just glimpse? Rob Strachan's advice on fieldcraft is distilled from his vast experience (he has conducted surveys of mink, otters and water voles in Britain). No naturalist Holmes can be without it. ‘Anyone with a passion for mammals will enjoy this easy-to-read...
Revised edition published December 2010. One of Britain's best-loved mammals, and one of its most recognisable, is rarely seen, its habits largely unknown. Badgers have a long history of persecution from man and are now under threat again due to TB in cattle.