Posted 8th Jul 2015
Finding out about the nature around us can unearth some delightful facts, we've rounded up some of the best books on nature and wildlife that are perfect for an afternoon read on your favourite things
Discover the secretive arms race taking place in fields and trees all over the world. Learn how the cuckoo pulled off one of the best evolutionary tricks of all time – tricking other parents into raising their young. An intriguing read with detailed explanations and insightful field experiments, interlaced with charming pencil drawings. Professor Nick Davies has written a previous book on the subject, which won Best Book for the Year from the British Trust for Ornithology.
Cuckoo: Cheating by Nature by Nick Davies, published by Bloomsbury, is available to buy from all good book shops, RRP £16.99.
Nick Baker's British Wildlife
A month by month guide to spotting wildlife. With descriptions of the best time to catch a glimpse of seasonal wildlife, Nick Baker gives his best tips for identifying and discerning what's what. Every page is bursting with beautiful photography and informative diagrams. This wide-ranging guide covers animals, amphibians, birds, and plants. A great book for anyone wanting to improve their practical knowledge.
Nick Baker's British Wildlife: A month-by-month guide by Nick Baker, published by Bloomsbury, is available to buy from all good book shops, RRP £14.99.
Looking for the Goshawk
Written in diary form, Connor Jameson details his journey searching for the elusive goshawk. Known as the 'God of the Hawks' the goshawk was one of the first birds of prey to go extinct in Britain. Now it is reported to have returned, silently re-taking up residence in our woodlands. Meeting a myriad of characters along the way, Jameson's experience reads like a light-hearted detective novel. A very interesting book for those looking to immerse themselves in the mysteries of Britain's rare birds.
Looking for the Goshawk: a quest in search of an elusive bird of prey by Connor Mark Jameson, published by Bloomsbury, is available to buy from all good book shops, RRP £9.99.
Over 100 tips and tricks for getting rid of every type of garden pests, from squirrels and deer to infesting plants and even troublesome humans. Witty and easy to read, Outwitting Squirrels offers all kinds of ingenious methods, teaching you how to hunt houseflies and when to tie your sunflowers onto the shed roof. A good book for those who love wildlife, and want to keep pests at bay.
Outwitting Squirrels and other garden pests and nuisances by Anne Wareham, published by Micheal O'mara books, is available to buy from all good book shops, RRP £7.99.
Bill Oddie Unplucked
A collection of ornithologist and writer Bill Oddie's columns, blog posts, and general ramblings. Expanded into this hilarious hardback, Bill Oddie's natural wit and love for nature is abundant. Giving insight into his early years as a naive twitcher, his family home, and behind the scenes of his many TV appearances, Bill Oddie Unplucked is the perfect book for bird-watchers looking to fill the evenings they can't be out with a pair of binoculars.
Bill Oddie Unplucked: Columns, blogs and musings by Bill Oddie, published by Bloomsbury, is available to buy from all good book shops, RRP £14.99.
By Lois Shearing