Nature Writing

Nature Writing

Sylvan Cities - Cities – an urban tree guide

Helen Babbs

Hardback, 14cmx2.5cmx21.6cm, 256 pages, Pub. Atlantic Books.
Price: £14.99

“We are surrounded in towns and cities by trees, quiet colossi that most of us don’t know by name. Does that matter? It is certainly possible to appreciate a tree for its shade and its shelter without knowing whether it is an alder, an elder, a lime or a beech. But really knowing a tree means looking harder, and it’s only then that we begin to see the stories beneath the bark – of how trees are integral to medicine and art as they are furniture and firewood; of the tree that inspired Ludwig van Beethoven and the one that gave solace to Anne Frank; of why wild figs grow on the banks of Sheffield’s rivers and why the ash tree is touched with magic and mischief…”

Peregrine - Peregrine


Paperback, 50th Anniversary Edition. 218 pages. Pub. William Collins

Price: £12.99


“J.S.Baker’s extraordinary classic of British nature writing was first published in 1967. Greeted with acclaim, it went on to win the Duff Cooper Prize, the pre-eminent literary prize of the time. Luminaries such as Ted Hughes, Barry Lopez and Andrew Motion have cited it as one of the most important books in twentieth-century nature writing.

“Despite the association of peregrines with the wild, outer reaches of the British Isles, The Peregrine is set on the flat marshes of the Essex coast, where J.A.Baker spent long winters looking and writing about the visitors from the uplands – peregrines that spend the winter hunting the huge flocks of pigeons and waders that share the desolate landscape with them.

“This new edition of the timeless classic, published to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its first publication, features an afterword by one of the book’s greatest admirers, Robert Macfarlane.”

Wild Child - Child – coming home to nature

Patrick Barkham

Hardback, 13.7cmx21.8cm, Pub. Granta 342p.
Price: £16.99


“In this timely and personal book, celebrated nature writer Patrick Barkham draws on his own experience as a parent and a forest school volunteer to explore the relationship between children and nature. Unfolding over the course of a year of snowsuits, muddy wellies and sunhats, Wild Child is both an intimate story of children finding their place in the natural world and a celebration of the delight we can all find in even modest patches of green.”

On The Marsh - The Marsh – A Year Surrounded by Wildness and Wet
Simon Barnes
Hardback, 14.5 x 3 x 22.5, 340 Pages, Pub. Simon and Schuster.
Price: £ 16.99


“WE sat on our favourite bench and I unpacked the treats. It’s surprising how pleasant it can be, drinking beer in the rain: getting wet on the inside and the outside at the same time…..The darkness grew: it seemed to rise up from the ground inch by inch. A small yelp, like someone treading on the paw of a Yorkshire terrier. ‘Little Owl’ said Eddie. Beneath our feet the world turned and kept turning.”

“In On the March, Barnes tells the moving story of a year spent tending the eight acres of land that backed onto their house….Working with the Norfolk Wildlife Trust they ensured the marsh became a superb conservation area.”

Through The Woods - The Woods


Illustrated by Agnes Miller Parker

Paperback. 141 pages, Pub. Little Toller Books

Price: £12


Through The Woods illustration -“…Set in Kent, where he later settled with his family, Bates returns to those trees of his youth to breathe life into the changing character of a single woodland year, describing its shifting seasonal moods from one April to the next, and revealing how precious they are to the English countryside, not only for plants and animals, but also for people… new edition is illustrated throughout with Agnes Miller Parker’s wonderful engravings.”




Orchid Hunter - Orchid Hunter – A Young Botanist’s Search For Happiness

Lief Bersweden

Paperback. 353 pages. Pub. Short Books. Photographic illustrations

Price: £8.99


“In the summer after leaving school, a young botanist sets out to fulfil a childhood dream – to find every species or orchid native to the British Isles.

“He has just a few months to complete his quest – no one has ever done it before within one growing season – and it will require ingenuity, stamina and a large dose of luck. As he battles the vagaries of the British climate, feverishly chasing each emerging bloom, Leif Bersweden takes the reader on a remarkable botanical journey.

“This study of the 52 native species is a fantastic gateway into the compendious world of orchids – one that will open your eyes to the rare hidden delights to be found on our doorstep.”

Time Song - Song – Searching For Doggerland

Julia Blackburn

Drawings by Enrique Brinkman

Hardback. 292 pages, Pub. Jonathan Cape

Price: £25


Time Song drawings -“Blackburn mixes fragments of her own life with a series of eighteen ‘songs’ and all sorts of stories about the places and the people she meets in her quest to get closer to an understanding of Doggerland. Time Song reveals, yet again, that Julia Blackburn is one of the most original writers in Britain, with each of its pages bringing a surprise, an epiphany, a phrase of such beauty and simple profundity you can only gasp.”




The Easternmost House - Easternmost House
Juliet Blaxland
Paperback, 13 x 1.5 x 20cm, 244 Pages, Pub Sandstone Press
Price: £9.99


“The Easternmost House describes a year of life at the easternmost edge of England, in all weathers. It is meditation on nature, on coastal erosion, and the changing seasons. It evokes the beauty, usefulness and erratic terror of the natural world, and explores how we can best preserve rural ways and livelihoods in rapidly changing times.”

military orchid - Military Orchid
Jocelyn Brooke
Inroduced by Horatio Clare
Paperback. 151 pages. Pub. Little Toller Books. Illustrated by Gavin Bone and Stephen Bone
Price: £10


“Against the backdrop of his quintessentially Englishmilitary orchid detail - upbringing and his army career, with its wonderful cast of military orchid - neighbours, eccentric public school teachers and bullish staff sergeants, Jocelyn Brooke blends memoir, botany and satire to recall his lifelong quest. The Military Orchid is a comic masterpiece and became widely revered: Kingsley Amis described Brooke as ‘brilliant and exciting’ , John Betjamin called him ‘as subtle as the devil’ and to Anthony Powell he was ‘one of the most interesting and talented’ writers to emerge after the Second World War.”

silent spring - Spring
Rachel Carson
Paperback. 323 pages, Pub. Penguin
Price: £9.99


“Now recognised as one of the most influential books of the twentieth century, Silent Spring exposed the destruction of wildlife through the widespread use of pesticides. Despite condemnation in the press and attempts by the chemical industry to ban the book, Rachel Carson succeeded in creating a new public awareness of the environment which led to changes in government policy and inspired the modern ecological movement.”

Claxton Diary - Claxton Diary: Further Field Notes from a Small Planet
Mark Cocker
Hardback, 12.9 x 12.9 x 22.2cm, 224 pages, Pub. Vintage
Price: £16.99

Winner of the East Anglian Book Awards 2019
From the marvellous to the macabre, Cocker tries to capture nature without flinching and in its entirety. Above all he reminds us that we are all just members of one miraculous family, fashioned from sunlight and the dust from old stars.

“As I sat reading in the garden I could hear what I thought was the rustle of a tiny animal in the near hedge. Each time I turned round to see there was no visual cue or clearer sound to locate its author. That puzzle continued for a couple of minutes until the penny finally dropped: the noise was coming from on top of my head. So I painstakingly lifted the peak and lowered my cap until, sure enough, there was a common darter dragonfly blithely sunning itself still in my cradled hands. I could now appreciate how the faint rubbing of those plasticised wings was the source of the intermittent message. As we observed one another I wondered what its vast compound eyes, heritage of the Carboniferous, made of its admirer.”  page 165.

Our Place - Place
Mark Cocker
Paperback, 12.5 x 2.5 x 20cm, 338 pages, Pub. Vintage.
Price: £9.99


“The British love their countryside more than almost any other nation, yet they live in one of the most denatured landscapes on Earth. From the flatlands of Norfolk to the tundra-like expanse of the Flow Country in northern Scotland, Mark Cocker sets out on a personal quest to solve this puzzle. Radical, provocative and original, Our Place tackles some of the central issues of our time whilst mapping out a future in which this overcrowded island of ours could be a place fit not just for human occupants but also for its billions of wild citizens.”

Arboreal - – A Collection of New Woodland Writing
Ed. Adrian Cooper

Hardback, 16 x 3 x 24.5, 330 pages, illustrated photos and drawings, Pub. Little Toller.
Price: £20


“Arboreal is a landmark publication of new writing from woodlands across the British Isles. In memory of the great historical ecologist, Oliver Rackham, the book gathers a variety of voices – novelists, teachers, ecologists, poets, artists, architects and foresters – to explore why woods still matter and mean so much.”

Royalties from the sale of this publication to the charity Common Ground.

- Botanical City

Helena Dove & Harry Ades

Hardback, 177 pages, Pub. Hoxton Mini Press
Price: £25




Nettle botanical city -“Combining exquisite 18th-century illustrations with contemporary knowledge and insights, this book reveals the hidden wonders of urban plants – their healing powers and poisons, the ancient wisdom and folklore, recipes and craft ideas – and tells you all you ned to know about growing and harvesting your very own wilderness ion the city.”




Island Years Island Farm - Years Island Farm

Frank Fraser Darling
Introduced by Iain Stewart

Paperback, 310 pages, Pub. Little Toller Books
Price £14


“The Sky is cloudless on these ecstatic days. The sea is deep blue, unbroken and also limitless until the island shores are reached and a band of brilliantly white surf makes endless patterns of beauty as it falls from the rocks and rides back to meet the next oncoming swell.”

“In the ancient past we were stewards of the landscape, but modernity has detached us from it. Island Years and Island Farm are a remarkable portrait of a family adapting to isolation and the extremes of nature, in a land shaped by an increasing and intimate relationship with its people.” – Iain Stewart

darwin - the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection

Charles Darwin
Paperback, 480 pages. Pub. Arcturus
Price: £6.99


“On the Origin of Species was first published to great controversy in 1859. With it Charles Darwin changed forever the way men and women thought about the natural world. In this seminal work of natural philosophy, he articulated his theory of natural selection, or survival of the fittest, that put him at the centre of a debate on evolution and the origins of mankind, the embers of which are still burning today.”

Wildwood a Journey Through Trees - A Journey Through Trees
Roger Deakin
Paperback, 13 x 3 x 20 cm, 390 Pages, Pub. Penguin.
Price: £9.99


“Roger Deakin’s unmatched exploration of our relationship with trees is autobiography, history, traveller’s tale and incisive work of natural history. It will take you into the heart of the woods, where we go ‘to grow, learn and change’.”

on the marshes - The Marshes – A journey into England’s waterlands

Carol Donaldson
Paperback, 258 pages, Pub. Little Toller Books
Price: £10


“On the Marshes brings us an original voice which weaves Donaldson’s own story with others who have made these waterlands their home, and explores the conflicts between marsh-dwellers and corporate Britain, and the different ways we choose to live.”

orchid summer - Summer – In Search of the Wildest Flowers of the British Isles
Jon Dunn
Paperback. 358 pages, Pub. Bloomsbury
Price: £9.99


“Capturing the intoxicating beauty of these rare and charismatic flowers, Orchid Summer explores their history, their champions, their place in our landscape and the threats they face. Combining infectious enthusiasm and a painterly eye with a deep knowledge that comes from a lifetime’s passionate devotion to his study, Dunn sweeps us up on his adventur.”

invasive aliens - Aliens – The Plants and Animals From Over There That Are Over Here
Dan Eatherley

Paperback. 326 pages. Pub. William Collins
Price: £9.99


“Britain’s countryside is filled with grey squirrels and parakeets, snowdrops and pheasants, rhododendrons and rabbits, none of which are indigenous to Britain.

“The pace of invasion is now higher than ever before. But non-natives, problematic or peaceful, aren’t a modern phenomenon: they’ve always been with us. From the earliest settlement of our islands and the first experiments with farming, through Roman ad medieval times, to the age of exploration by Europeans and current period of globalised free-for-all, the story of invasive species is the story of our own past, present and future.”

field notes from the edge - Notes From The Edge – Journey Through Britain’s Secret Wilderness
Paul Evans

Paperback. 256 pages, Pub. Penguin

Price: £9.99


“…confirms Paul Evans’s place as one of the most compelling voices in British nature writing today. Inquisitive and insightful, he explores hidden, halfway places – from ice-age caves to marshes and ridgeways – and asks us to reconsider our relationship with the secret wildernesses that shape this land.”

How To See Nature - To See Nature
Paul Evans

Hardback, 14 x 2.5 x 22cm, 175 pages, Pub. Batsford
Price: £16.99


“Evans explores diverse landscapes – wastelands, where ragwort and rosebay willowherb thrive: meadowland with a human footprint, where the Adonis blue butterfly can be spotted among the traffic and housing; the wild moors and forests that have seen the return of polecats and wild boar, and the creatures that can be seen in our gardens at night: pipistrelle bats, lacewings and the orb-weaver spider. Some of the wildlife has been thriving in Britain for centuries, some are new arrivals and some are sadly facing extinction.”

the wood for the trees - Wood For The Trees
Richard Fortey

Paperback, 306 pages, photographic illustrations, Pub. William Collins

Price: £9.99


“Discover the lives of animals and plants; the passage of the seasons; visits by fellow enthusiasts; the play of light between branches; the influence of geology; and how woodland has shaped history, architecture and industry. On every page Fortey shows how an intimate study of one small wood can reveal so much about the natural world, and demonstrates his relish for the incomparable pleasures of discovery.”

The Tree - Tree
John Fowles foreword by William Fiennes
Hardback , 16 x 1.5 x 24cm, 102 Pages, Pub. Little Toller.
Price: £12


“When the acclaimed novelist John Fowles encountered the woodlands of Devon, a place his family relocated to during the Blitz of the Second World War, a lifelong fascination and love of trees became a fixture in his imagination. The contrast between these wilder woods and the small orchard that his father cultivated in the garden of their suburban Essex home, unlocked a special curiosity that not only shaped his best-selling works of fiction but became the root of his wider interest in the relationship between people and the natural world.”

“I cherish trees because of their natural correspondence with the greener, more mysterious processes of mind – and because they seem to me the best, most revealing messengers to us from all nature, the nearest its heart.” – John Fowles

Hidden Nature a Voyage of Discovery - Nature A Voyage of Discovery
Alys Fowler
Shortlisted The Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize 2018
Paperback, 13 x 1.5 x 20cm, 228 Pages, Pub. Hodder,
Price: £9.99


“Leaving her garden to the mercy of the slugs, the Guardian’s award-winning writer Alys Fowler set out in an inflatable kayak to explore Birmingham’s canal network, full of little-used waterways where huge pike skulk and kingfisher’s dart. Her book is about noticing the wild everywhere and what it means to see beauty where you least expect it.”

The Frayed Atlantic Edge - Frayed Atlantic Edge – A Historian’s Journey From Shetland To The Channel

David Gange

Hardback, 25cm x 16cm x 3cm, 388 pages, Pub. William Collins
Price: £18.99


“Over the course of a year, leading historian and nature writer David Gange kayaked the weather-ravaged coasts of Atlantic Britain and Ireland from north to south: every cove, sound, inlet, island…

“Drawing on the archives of islands and coastal towns, as well as their vast poetic literatures in many languages, he shows that the neglected histories of these stunning regions are of real importance in understanding both the past and future of the whole archipelago. It is a history of Britain and Ireland like no other.”

The Wainwright Prize shortlist 2020

A Sting in the Tale - Sting in the Tale
Dave Goulson

Paperback, 13 x 2.5 x 18 cm, 288 pages, Pub. Vintage
Price: £9.99


“As a small boy, Dave Goulson was obsessed with wildlife – from his childhood menagerie of exotic pets to his ill-fated experiments with taxidermy. But it was the bumblebee that fascinated him the most. Once commonly found in the marshes of Kent, the short-haired bumblebee was driven to extinction in Britain by intensive farming practises. With ground-breaking research into these curious creatures, a Sting in the Tale, tells the story of Goulson’s passionate drive to reintroduce them to their native land.”

the garden jungle - Garden Jungle or Gardening to Save the Planet
Dave Goulson

Hardback, 280 pages, pub. Jonathan Cape.

Price: £16.99


“The Garden Jungle is about the wildlife that lives right under our noses, in our gardens and parks, between the gaps in the pavement and in the soil beneath our feet. Wherever you live right now, the chances are that there are worms, woodlice, centipedes, flies, silverfish, wasps, beetles, mice, shrews and much much more, quietly living within just a few paces of you.”

bird therapy - Terapy
Joe Harkness

Paperback, 290 pages, Pub. Unbound

Price: £9.99


“In this ground breaking book filled with practical advice, Joe explains the transformative impact that birdwatching had on his life, and invites the reader to discover these extraordinary effects for themselves.”

“An antidote to the stress and confusion of modern life” Nick Baker, naturalist and TV presenter.

“Heartfelt…his love of nature shines through.” – Herald Scotland

Spring -, An Anthology for the Changing Seasons
Melissa Harrison
Paperback, 13 x 2 x 20cm, 195 pages, Pub. Elliott and Thompson, illustrated.
Price: £12.99


“In prose and poetry both old and new, Spring mirrors the unfolding of the season, inviting us to see what’s around us with new eyes. Featuring original writing by Rob Cowen, Miriam Darlington and Stephen Moss, classic extracts from the work of George Orwell, Clare Leighton and HE Bates, and fresh new voices from across the UK, this is an inspiring and original collection of nature writing that brings the British springtime to life in all its vivid glory.”

Made in England - in England
Dorothy Hartley

Paperback, 16 x 2 x 22cm, 285 pages, Original drawings and photos from the 1939 first edition. Pub. Little Toller.
Price: £15


“On the eve of the Second World War the historian and artists, Dorothy Hartley, travelled by car and bicycle to document the crafts and cottage industries of England….Made in England captures life before mechanisation and the industrialisation of the countryside. Today, the experience of rediscovering these fragments is strange and wondrous.”

“It is pleasant to watch the quiet skilful worker. He sits low on a stool, the structural withies five feet long waving out in front of him as the hive turns round and round to his weavings. He has that look that comes to all men who work their wits against wild things, of thinking with their fingers.

The Making of the English Landscape - Making Of The English Landscape


Paperback. 302 pages, photographic and hand drawn illustrations. Pub. Little Toller Books



“W.G.Hoskins was one of the most original and influential British historians of the twentieth century. He realised that landscapes are the richest record we have of the past, and with his masterpiece, The Making of the English Landscape, he changed forever how we experience the places we live and work in.”

a shepherd's life - Shepherd’s Life

Illustrated by Howard Phipps

Paperback. 252 pages, published by Little Toller Books.

Price: £14


shepherd's life detail -“It is a life of simple, unchanging actions and of habits like instincts, of hard labour in sun and wind and rain from day to day, with its weekly break and rest, and of but few comforts and no luxuries…Yet I would rather know the histories of these humble, unremembered lives than of the great ones of the vale.”

“On the surface, A Shepherd’s Life is the story of one man, Caleb Bawcombe, a shepherd whose flocks graze the Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset borders. But through him we meet men and women of humble birth – poachers, gypsies, farmers and labourers – striving to survive on the land. As we read, the cumulative effect of their stories becomes much more than a record of rural life. It reads like a lost hymn, sung by people whose lives were disregarded and whose histories are now forgotten.”

Sightlines -
Kathleen Jamie

Paperback, 13 x 2.5 x 20cm, 242 pages, Pub. Sort of Books.
Price: £9.99


“Five years after Findings broke the mould of nature writing, Kathleen Jamie subtly shifts our focus on landscape and the living world, daring us to look again at the ‘natural’, the remote and the human-made. She offers us the closest of perspectives and the most distant too: from vistas of cells beneath a hospital microscope, or the pores of a whale’s jawbone under restoration… We encounter killer whales circling below cliffs, noisy colonies of breeding gannets, and paintings deep in caves.”

surfacing -

Kathleen Jamie

Hardback. 248 pages. Photographic illustrations. Pub. Sort of Books

Price: £12.99


“In this luminous new essay collection, Kathleen Jamie visits archaeological sites and mines her own memories – of her grandparents, of youthful travels – to explore what surfaces and what reconnects us to our past. As always, she looks to the natural world for her markers and guides. Most movingly, she considers, as her father dies and her children leave home, the surfacing of an earlier, less tethered sense of herself.”

The Lark Ascending - Lark Ascending – The Music of the British Landscape
Richard King
Hardback, 16 x 3.5 x 21cm, 345 pages, Pub. Faber.
Price: £14.99


“On a chronological journey that takes us from post-war poets and artists to the late twentieth century and the free party scene… Richard King explores how Britain’s history and identity have been shaped by the mysterious relationship between music and nature.”

Joyful Environmentalist - Joyful Environmentalist
Isabel Losada
Paperback, 13.6 x 2.4 x 21.6 cm, 315 pages, Pub. Watkins Publishing
Price: £12.99

“Finally! A book about saving our planet that is fast, funny and inspiring too. Isabel doesn’t bother with an examination of the problem but gets right on with the solutions. Her aim: to look for every single way that we can take care of the planet; how we live and work, travel, shop, eat, drink, dress, vote, play, volunteer, bank -everything. The feel-good book of the year for anyone who loves nature and knows that one person can make a HUGE difference.”

“A manifesto of brilliant advice offered with humility and good grace. A practical guide to empower us all.” – Isabella Tree

Underland -
Robert Macfarlane
Winner 2019 Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize
Hardback, 17 x 4.5 x 24cm, 488 pages, Pub. Hamish Hamilton.
Price: £20.00


“Global in its geography and written with great lyricism and power, Underland speaks powerfully to our present moment. From its remarkable opening pages to its deeply moving conclusion, it is a journey into wonder, loss, fear and hope. Underland marks a new turn in Macfarlane’s long-term mapping of the relations of landscape and the human heart. At once ancient and and urgent, this is a book that will change the way you see the world.”

“Into the underland we have long placed that which we fear and wish to lose, and that which we love and wish to save…”

Diary of a Young Naturalist - of a Young Naturalist
Dara McAnulty

Hardback, 5.5 x 3 x 23cm, 226pp, Pub. Little Toller, 2020.
Usual price £16



“There are unfurlings in the forest. Anemones and ferns are springing from patient earth, from dim and ancient spaces. Evensong is erupting and the airspace is once again crowded with music after the winter silence. Bluebells are on the cusp. Spring light and warmth are spreading across the mountains and into me. I have embraced the darkness but now this feeling of light is intoxicating, explosive and alive.”

“Dara’s is an extraordinary voice and vision: brave, poetic, ethical, lyrical, strong enough to have made him heard and admired from a young age.” – Robert Macfarlane.

“A beautifully written, profoundly important classic of nature writing that will ignite a passion for the wild in every reader. A stunning achievement. I adored it.” – Lauren St John.

The Ash Tree - Ash Tree
Oliver Rackham
Paperback, 13 x 1.5 x 18cm, 176 pages, Pub. Little Toller, images photos and illustrations.
Price: £10


“In 2012 Ash Disease brought this under-appreciated tree to public attention. Oliver Rackham, the great botanical writer, responded by publishing this first history and ecology of the ash tree, exploring its place in human culture, explaining Ash Disease, and arguing that globalisation is the single greatest threat to the world’s trees and forests.”

In Pursuit of Spring - Pursuit of Spring
Edward Thomas, introduced by Alexandra Harris
Paperback, 16 x 1.5 x 22cm, 229 Pages, Pub: Little Toller.
Price: £14


“The light was slowly departing, and still on some of the slopes the compact gorse bushes were like flocks of golden fleeces. Robins and blackbirds sang while bats were flitting about me. Day was not dead but sleeping, and the few stars overhead asked for silence.”

“In March 1913, at the storms clouds of the Great War gathered, Edward Thomas set out from the suburbs of South London and travelled on his bicycle through Surrey, Hampshire and Wiltshire towards the Somerset coast. He was a thirty-five-year-old literary critic and country writer at the time, a husband and father, a lover of poetry and places, who took to the road to meet the arrival of spring after what had been a long, melancholy winter.”

The edition includes photographs Thomas took during his journey.

Books about Birds

the Bird Way - Bird Way – A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent and Think

Jennifer Ackerman
Hardback, 354 pages, Pub. Corsair.2020.
Price: £14.99


illustration the bird way -“Birds that give gifts – and birds that steal, birds that dance or drum, that paint their creations or paint themselves, and birds that summon playmates with a special call – and may hold the secret to our own penchant for playfulness and the evolution of laughter.

“Drawing on personal observations, the latest science, and her bird-related travel around the world, Ackerman shows there is clearly no single bird way of being. In every respect, in plumage, form, song, flight, lifestyle, niche, and behaviour, birds vary. It’s what we love about them.”

The Poetry of Birds - of Birds
Ed: Simon Armitage & Tim Dee
Paperback, 353 pages, Pub. Penguin, 2011
Price: £12.99




“…There are roughly ten thousand species of birds in the world. Perhaps one thousand of these have been mentioned in poetry. Here we have gathered poems written in English on just one hundred species or so. There are more birds and many more poems, but we have concentrated on the poems we like most and which we think the best… poems that capture a day out watching what’s about.” From the foreword, by Tim Dee.

“Truly inexhaustible… to be read again and again” Daily Mail

“Had me entranced” Observer
“Powerful. A rich and sustaining larder; a marvellously realized sourcebook of flights of feathered fancy”

Jonathan Livingston - Livingston Seagull – a story

Richard Bach

The Complete Edition, includes the rediscovered Part Four.

Paperback, 127 Pages, Published Thorsons Classics. Black and white photographic illustrations.
Price: £7.99


“For most seagulls flying is just a means of finding food, but for Jonathan Livingston Seagull flying is life itself. In flying, Jonathan realises that he can find fulfilment and a higher purpose in life, so, against the conventions of his society, he seeks to become the best at doing what he loves.

“Jonathan shows us that if we follow our dreams we can truly soar. This beautiful fable explains the importance of fulfilling our ambitions and making the most of our lives, even if these goals run against the norms of our flock.”

Peregrine - Peregrine


Paperback, 50th Anniversary Edition. 218 pages. Pub. William Collins

Price: £12.99


“J.S.Baker’s extraordinary classic of British nature writing was first published in 1967. Greeted with acclaim, it went on to win the Duff Cooper Prize, the pre-eminent literary prize of the time. Luminaries such as Ted Hughes, Barry Lopez and Andrew Motion have cited it as one of the most important books in twentieth-century nature writing.

“Despite the association of peregrines with the wild, outer reaches of the British Isles, The Peregrine is set on the flat marshes of the Essex coast, where J.A.Baker spent long winters looking and writing about the visitors from the uplands – peregrines that spend the winter hunting the huge flocks of pigeons and waders that share the desolate landscape with them.

“This new edition of the timeless classic, published to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its first publication, features an afterword by one of the book’s greatest admirers, Robert Macfarlane.”

The Meaning of Birds - Meaning of Birds
Simon Barnes

Paperback, 341 pages, Pub.Head Zeus. 2018.

Price: £10


“Whether describing the usefulness of feathers and the nictating membrane of the peregrine falcon, or marvelling at the 103 notes that the wren sings in the course of an eight-second song, Simon Barnes illuminates – with wit, wisdom and affection – the natural history of birds, the rich network of myth and symbolism that attaches to them, and the ways in which we humans have both nurtured and persecuted them over the centuries.”

Birds, Collins Gem - – all you need to know
Jim Flegg

Collins Gem, 256 pages, Pub. Harper Collins, 2012.
Price: £5.99


“The ultimate portable guide for quick and easy identification of birds. Covers the 230 birds most often found in Britain and Europe. Includes information on their appearance, where to see them, songs and calls.”

Birdsong -
Madeleine Floyd

Hardback, 128 pages, Pub. Batsford, 2018.
Price: £9.99


Avocet birdsong -“Birdsong is lively, original, useful and brilliant.” David Gentleman

Jay birdsong -“A celebration of British birds and their songs from artist Madeleine Floyd. From the Nightingale’s flutey song and the mimicry of the Jay, to the chattering warble of the Stonechat, the book covers 50 of the best-loved birds of the British Isles. With exquisite drawings of the birds, their eggs, and a wonderful description of the bird’s character and song, this is a beautiful book for all bird lovers.”

Bird Therapy - Therapy
Joe Harkness
Foreword by Chris Packham

Paperback. 291 pages. Pub. Unbound 2019.
Price: £9.99


“When Joe Harkness suffered a breakdown in 2013, he tried all the things his doctor recommended: medication helped, counselling was enlightening, and mindfulness grounded him. But nothing came close to nature, particularly birds. How had he never noticed such beauty before? Soon, every avian encounter took him one step closer to accepting who he is.”

“An antidote to the stress and confusion of modern life.” Nick Baker, naturalist and TV presenter.

RSPB Pocket Guide - Pocket Guide to British Birds
Simon Harrap

Paperback. 225 pages. Pub, Bloomsbury Wildlife. 2012. Second Edition.
Price: £6.99


“ …brand new edition of the bestselling field guide from the RSPB is compact, informative and beautifully illustrated, and features 215 of the most common birds found in Britain.”

Mozart's Starling -’s Starling
Lyanda Lynn Haupt

Paperback, 276 pages, Published Corsair, 2918, black and white a photo illustrations.

Price: £8.99


“On 27 May, 1784, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart came across a caged starling in a shop in Vienna, which sang an improvised version of his newly penned piano concerto mo.17 in G major. Sensing a kindred spirit in the young bird, Mozart bought him and took him home to be a family pet. For three years, the starling lived with Mozart, influencing his work and serving as his companion, distraction, consolation and muse.”

“A seasoned birder and naturalist, Lyanda Lynn Haupt rescued a baby starling of her own and found herself enchanted by the same intelligence and playful spirit that has so charmed her favourite composer. In Mozart’s Starling, Haupt explores the unlikely and remarkable bond between one of history’s most cherished composers and one of earth’s most common birds. A blend of natural history, biography and memoir, Mozart’s Starling is a tour de force that awakens a surprising new awareness of our place in the world.”

birds an anthology - an anthology
Ed: Jaqueline Mitchell
Woodcuts by Eric Fitch Daglish

Hardback. 263 pages, Pub.Bodleian Library.2020
Price: 16.99



An excerpt from:
The Peregrine
J.A.Baker (1926 – 1987)

Birds an anthology woodpecker -“Over orchards smelling of vinegary windfalls, busy with tits and bullfinches, a peregrine glides to perch in a river-bank alder. River shadows ripple on the spare, haunted face of the hawk in the water. They cross the cold eyes of the watching heron. Sunlight glints. The heron blinds the white river cornea with the spear of his bill. The hawk flies quickly upward to the breaking clouds.”


The Robin: A Biography

Stephen Moss
Hardback, 208 pages, Pub. Square Peg. 2017.
Price: £12.99


“No other bird is quite so ever-present and familiar, so embedded in our culture, as the robin. It is undoubtedly the nation’s favourite bird and also one of the most common – with more than six million breeding pairs. The robin seems to live its life alongside us, in every month and season of the year. But how much do we really know about this bird?

“Stephen Moss records a year of observing the robin, both closer to home and further afield, to shed light on the hidden life of this apparently familiar bird. We follow its lifecycle from the time it enters the world, through its period as a nestling and juvenile, to the adult bird, via courtship, song, breeding, feeding and migration.”

A Conspiracy of Ravens - Conspiracy of Ravens – A Compendium of Collective Nouns for Birds
Foreward by Bill Oddie
Illustrations by Thomas Bewick (originally published in Thomas Bewick’s History of Birds (1797 – 1804)

Hardback. Pub. Bodleian Library.
Price: £9.99


“‘A murder of crows’, ‘a charm of goldfinches’, ‘an ostentation of peacocks’: collective nouns for birds have existed since at least the mid-fifteenth century. They are thought to originate in texts about hunting, but have since evolved into evocative, witty and literary expressions, each striving to capture the very essence of the animal they describe.

“The best of these imaginative terms are collected here, illustrated with charming woodcuts by Thomas Bewick, the renowned naturalist engraver of the eighteenth century.”

The Gull Next Door - Gull Next Door – A Portrait Of A Misunderstood Bird
Marianne Taylor

Hardback, 192 pages, published 2020, Princeton Press.
Price: £22.00


From the foreword by David Lindo “In The Gull Next Door , there is now a book that bridges the gap between the nervous wannabe gull-lover and the confirmed larophile. It is an endearing, gentle and very personal account from a woman who has grown to love gulls. Within the pages of this book you will be introduced in a very relaxed and chilled way into the world of gulls that frequent the UK. There is a tremendous spread of gull information imparted here and I guarantee that by the end you will have fallen in love.”

Books about Trees

Arboreal - A Collection of New Woodland Writing
Edited: Adrian Cooper

Writings from Kathleen Jamie, Jay Griffiths, Sean Lysaght, Fiona Stafford, Philip Hoare, Evie Wyld, Fiona Reynolds, Paul Kingsnorth, David Nash, Alec Finlay, Simon Leatherdale, Gabriel Hemery, Robin Walter, Peter Marren, William Boyd, Jim Crumley, Sue Clifford, Simon Armitage, Adam Thorpe, Jackie Kay, Helen Dunmore, Neil Sinden, Tobias Jones, Nina Lyon, Will Ashton, Ali Smith, Sara Maitland, Richard Skelton, Paul Evans, Madeleine Bunting, Jen Hadfield, Germaine Greer, Zaffar Kunial, Alan Garner, George Peterken, Tim Dee, Piers Taylor, Deb Wilenski, Philip Marsden, Richard Mabey.

Hardback, 327 pages, Pib. Little Toller, 2016.
Price: £20


“Arboreal is a landmark publication of new writing from woodlands across the British Isles. In memory of the great historical ecologist, Oliver Rackham, the book gathers a variety if voices – novelists, teachers, ecologists, poets, artists, architects and foresters – to explore why woods still matter and mean so much.”

Royalties from the sale of Arboreal are donated to the charity Common Ground.

The Tree - Tree
John Fowles

Hardback, 101 pages, Pub. Little Toller,2016.
Price: £12


“A masterful blend of autobiography, literary criticism, philosophy and nature writing, The Tree is a classic meditation on why human creativity and nature are entwined, and a compelling rejection of the idea that the natural world is something to be tamed and possessed for human purpose.”

Kews Big Trees -’s Big Trees
Christina Harrison

Paperback, 56 pages, Pub.Kew Publishing, Second Edition. Colour photographs.
Price: £6.00



“Trees are integral to our lives, deep-rooted in our history and culture, an invaluable resource, increasingly precious to our environment and the well-being of the planet. Kew cares for over 14,000 trees in its 132 hectares: a unique mix from around the world of the rare, ancient, useful and beautiful. Kew’s Big Trees reveals the secrets behind one of the world’s best tree collections, with 20 profiles of Kew’s most intriguing species, including the English Oak, Wollemi Pine and Monkey Puzzle.”

Woodland Craft - Craft
Ben Law

Paperback, 215 pages, Pub. Guild of Master Craftsmen Publications Ltd. 2015.

Illustrated drawings and colour photographs.

Price: £16.99


Woodland Craft detail -“Accompany woodsman Ben Law as he celebrates the amazing diversity of craft products made from materials sourced directly from the woods. Including brooms, rakes, pegs, spoons, chairs, baskets, fencing, yurts and even a caravan, the items are hewn from freshly cut green wood, shaped by hand and infused with a simple rustic beauty. Detailed instructions and advice are given for each craft, along with essential Woodland Craft detail - about tools and devices. With fascinating information on the history, language and traditions of the crafts, coppice management and tree species, this book teaches all about aspects of the low-impact woodland way of life.”



The Wood - Wood – The Life and Times of Cockshutt Wood
John Lewis-Stempel

Paperback, 294 pages, Pub. Black Swan, 2019.
Price: £8.99

“For four years, John Lewis-Stempel managed Cockshutt Wood, and did so in the old ways. He coppiced the trees and let cattle and pigs roam. This is his diary of the final year, by which time he knew Cockshutt from the bottom of its beech roots to the tips of its oaks, all of its animals – the fox, the pheasants, the wood mice, the tawny owl – and where the best bluebells grew. For many fauna and flora, woods like Cockshutt are the last refuge……it proved a sanctuary for John too.”

Out of the Woods - of the Woods
Luke Turner

Hardback, 271 pages, Pub. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2019.
Price: £16.99



“Out of the Woods is a dazzling, devastating and highly original memoir about the irresistible yet double-edged potency of the forest, and the possibility of learning to find peace in the grey areas of life.”

British Native Trees - Native Trees – Their Past and Present Uses – including a guide to burning wood in the home

Piers Warren

Paperback, 84 pages, Pub. Wildeye, 2006. Black and white photographs.

Price: £5.95


“This unique book by trained tree surgeon and smallholder Piers Warren explores the past and present uses of products (wood, bark, fruit, sap etc) of the 35 species of British native trees. With sections on native trees, coppicing, charcoal production, and firewood.”

Londons Street Trees -’s Street Trees

Paul Wood

Paperback, 224 pages, Pub. Safe Haven, 2017. Revised ed.2020.
Colour photographs

Price: £14.99


“When the first edition of this wonderful guidebook came out in 2017, most people thought a street ree meant a London Plane. In fact, as it revealed, the capital’s magnificently green streets were home to everything from Giant Redwoods to Persian Sik Trees – an urban arboretum as vibrantly multicultural as this great world city itself…”

“For someone like me who is not a natural naturalist, the book reveals a previously unconsidered world situated just outside the front door, or at most, only a bus ride away.” Ian Jack, The Guardian