100 Things That Caught My Eye

Author: Chris Packham

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781905825837

Category: Wildlife photography

Page: 208

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Award-winning photographer Chris Packham has traveled the world in his quest for the ultimate image. Here, readers are offered a rare glimpse into the imagination of an exceptional photographer at the moment he captures each picture. Chris has chosen these iconic images from over 25 years of traveling. Alongside each image is an accompanying explanation as to why he took it. Chris believes that taking great pictures requires the mind, not just the knowledge of science or of which lens does what. "It is about engaging that part of the brain which feels for the picture, that learns how to see it coming and then, in that critical instant, makes all the decisions from the heart. No book of technique will help you at the crucial moment. That type of advice has to be far behind you when you are poised finger on button. This is just you, alone, at the only moment in all time when, if you feel it, the picture may be there. It's not spiritual. Equally it's not scientific or empirical. It is artistic. That fusion of all disciplines which some of our species can manifest as a great gift."
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Chris Packham's Back Garden Nature Reserve

Author: Chris Packham

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472916042

Category: Gardening

Page: 144

View: 7194

Many of Britain's plants and animals have come to rely upon gardens as an essential lifeline as their natural habitats come under increasing pressure from human activity and global warming. This comprehensive book explains the best ways to attract wildlife to gardens and encourage it to stay there. Written in a light-hearted yet passionate and authoritative style, the guide challenges popular notions of 'weeds' and 'pests' and invites gardeners to think again about the choices they make. Chris Packham's informative and lively text is complemented by attractive photographs and illustrations that will encourage an interest in the natural world on your doorstep, whether your 'garden' is a rural idyll or an urban window box. Chris argues that we have become so spellbound by 'nature's celebrities' – tigers, pandas and their ilk – that we are in danger of overlooking the most exciting species of all: those that we can touch, smell and observe in our own backyard.
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Fingers in the Sparkle Jar

A Memoir

Author: Chris Packham

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473529425

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 4397

Voted the UK’s Favourite Nature Book The memoir that inspired Chris Packham's BBC documentary, Asperger’s and Me Every minute was magical, every single thing it did was fascinating and everything it didn't do was equally wondrous, and to be sat there, with a Kestrel, a real live Kestrel, my own real live Kestrel on my wrist! I felt like I'd climbed through a hole in heaven's fence. An introverted, unusual young boy, isolated by his obsessions and a loner at school, Chris Packham only felt at ease in the fields and woods around his suburban home. But when he stole a young Kestrel from its nest, he was about to embark on a friendship that would teach him what it meant to love, and that would change him forever. In his rich, lyrical and emotionally exposing memoir, Chris brings to life his childhood in the 70s, from his bedroom bursting with fox skulls, birds' eggs and sweaty jam jars, to his feral adventures. But pervading his story is the search for freedom, meaning and acceptance in a world that didn’t understand him. Beautifully wrought, this coming-of-age memoir will be unlike any you've ever read.
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The Practical Naturalist

Author: DK Publishing

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780756673291

Category: Nature

Page: 256

View: 5655

This book is designed to bring a few green shoots into what are quite dull, gray times. The natural world is on your doorstep whether you live in the heart of a concrete jungle, by the sea, on top of a mountain, or in a cottage in the woods. The Practical Naturalist is about giving you the wherewithal to explore that natural world. It will be inspirational, informative, and educational-it aims to inspire you to get out there and experience the wonders of the world around you, inform you by showing you what you can discover in each habitat and also give you tips on how to conserve it. Each section (habitat) will have three strands: 1 Informative section will tell you all you need to know about that particular habitat, bringing it to life in an evocative way. These spreads will also have boxes on the science and ecology of the habitat, and key practical aspects (such as how to read tide tables). The accompanying artwork style will retain that personal feel-not cold and clinical, but as if newly sketched (while still showing and telling you what you need to know). 2 Catalog section will show you what you'll see in that habitat-snapshots of groups of species belonging to a particular place to help you identify what you might see. For example, this section might show a collection of objects you'd find on a beach in New England. However, while it's specific, it's also generic, since you'd find similar things on any beach from Reykyavik to Rio. 3 The practical part: These are the elements that show you what to do in each habitat-a selection of projects that allow you to engage with the environment, without intruding. This section is specially photographed for the book, and might show a pond or sea water sample, a mask that allows you to view the underwater world, or a simple birdhouse for your backyard.
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Amazing Animal Journeys

Author: Chris Packham

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781405277457

Category:

Page: 32

View: 2538

Each year, billions of animals migrate from one part of planet earth to another. In this fact-filled picture book, you can discover each of their stories (from whales and wildabeest to butterflies and bats) and pore over a map to see their migration routes.
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Eye Can Write

A memoir of a child’s silent soul emerging

Author: Jonathan Bryan

Publisher: Bonnier Publishing Ltd.

ISBN: 1911600796

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

View: 3971

Can you imagine not being able to speak or communicate? The silence, the loneliness, the pain. But, inside you disappear to magical places, and even meet your best friend there. However, most of the time you remain imprisoned within the isolation. Waiting, longing, hoping. Until someone realises your potential and discovers your key, so your unlocking can begin. Now you are free, flying like a wild bird in the open sky. A voice for the voiceless. Jonathan Bryan has severe cerebral palsy, a condition that makes him incapable of voluntary movement or speech. He was locked inside his own mind, aware of the outside world but unable to fully communicate with it until he found a way by using his eyes to laboriously choose individual letters, and through this make his thoughts known. In Eye can Write, we read of his intense passion for life, his mischievous sense of fun, his hopes, his fears and what it's like to be him. This is a powerful book from an incredible young writer whose writing ability defies age or physical disability - a truly inspirational figure. Foreword by Sir Michael Morpurgo A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Jonathan Bryan's charity, Teach Us Too. http://www.teachustoo.org.uk/
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Fast Eddie

My 20 Years on the Run as Britain's Most Wanted Man

Author: Eddie Maher

Publisher: Bonnier Publishing Ltd.

ISBN: 1911274376

Category: True Crime

Page: 352

View: 3562

9.30am on 22 January 1993. The moment in crime history that one of Britain's most audacious thefts ever took place and the legend of 'Fast Eddie' was created. This is the story of how Securicor guard Eddie Maher managed to pull off a £1.2 million heist, fled the country despite every port being closed, spawned an international manhunt, and managed to evade capture for 20 years. As Britain's Most Wanted Man, he led 30 detectives, FBI and Interpol on a wild goose chase across the USA. Dubbed 'Fast Eddie' by the press, he was always one step ahead and after two decades on the run with his family using a series of of aliases and identities, Eddie began to think he'd committed the perfect crime until a cruel and dramatic betrayal proved otherwise... Like a Hollywood movie script and told in full for the first time, Fast Eddie is the compelling story of how an ordinary British man became America's most notorious fugitive.
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Real Mary Kelly

Author: Wynne Weston-Davies

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781760403072

Category: Serial murders

Page: 272

View: 8663

Many researchers have tried over the decades to discover Mary Jane Kelly's true identity.She was the final and most brutally murdered victim of Jack the Ripper, but almost nothing is known about her family or her earlier life.# In this thrilling book, Mary's great-nephew Wynne Weston-Davies, who is an author and surgeon, explores the inscrutable circumstances behind the Ripper's fifth and final victim and how the elusive life of Mary Jane Kelly is wholly intertwined with the mystery of her legendary killer. With echoes of The Suspicions of MrWhicherand Sherlock Holmes in his pomp, The Real Mary Kelly is not only a classic 'whodunit', but an engrossing and utterly original 'whoisit?' Features, authored/comment piece s and book reviews will run in traditional print media, with focus on the culture and arts pages of national and regional newspapers. Reviews and competitions will run on various online platforms including Jack the Ripper websites and associated social media and blogs.
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Amazing Animal Homes

Author: Chris Packham

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781405284899

Category:

Page: 32

View: 8459

Get ready to meet some fascinating animals and find out all about their weird and wonderful homes in this beautiful and informative non-fiction picture book written by wildlife expert Chris Packham! Everyone needs a place to call home. From a beaver's dam and a honey bee's hive to a red oven bird's nest and a snail's shell, explore the weird and wonderful homes of these incredible animal families.Peer inside their homes, up high and down below, to discover each of their stories and uncover extra information about these incredible animals in the Find Out More section at the back of the book.An excellent source of expert wildlife information for all young nature lovers, this animal book is the perfect introduction to the natural world.
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The Big Cat Man

An Autobiography

Author: Jonathan Scott

Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides

ISBN: 1784770337

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

View: 2713

The Big Cat Man - wildlife autobiography of Jonathan Scott, holiday reads and travel literature, including the BBC's Big Cat Diary, Paramount's Wild Things, and Elephant Diaries. Also included are photographs and illustrations by Jonathan and Angela Scott, plus coverage of the Maasai Mara and Serengeti, Antarctica, and travels to India and Bhutan.
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No. More. Plastic.

What you can do to make a difference – the #2minutesolution

Author: Martin Dorey

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473561647

Category: Nature

Page: 160

View: 987

Discover what you can do to save the planet from plastic. Start now. All it takes is 2 minutes of your time. 'I read this book yesterday and I've done three things today and that is testament to Martin's brilliant vision and ideas. Now it's your turn!' Chris Packham 'Once, plastic was the miracle material. Now it's the monster. We all need to cut down our plastic consumption and join Martin's #2minutesolution anti-plastic movement. I'm in.' Julia Bradbury Open this book with your children, give it to your friends. Share your #2minutesolution on twitter and instagram and inspire others. Martin Dorey, anti-plastics expert, has been working to save our beaches from plastic for the past 10 years. His Beach Clean Foundation and global call to arms #2minutebeachclean has been taken up by people all over the world, and has proven that collective small actions can add up to a big difference. Together we can fix this.
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Biblical: A Novel

Author: Christopher Galt

Publisher: Pegasus Books

ISBN: 1605987085

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 9309

In the tradition of Michael Crichton and Margaret Atwood, an apocalyptic thriller that pits cutting-edge science against God and asks—who will win? A strange phenomenon is sweeping the globe. People are having visions, seeing angels, experiencing events that defy reality. Bizarre accounts pour in from distant places: a French teenager claims to have witnessed Joan of Arc being burned at the stake; a man in New York dies of malnutrition in a luxurious Central Park apartment; a fundamentalist Christian sect kidnaps and murders a geneticist. Then there is the graffiti WE ARE BECOMING that has popped up in every major city around the world, in every language. And everywhere people are starting to talk about John Astor, the mysterious author of the book that seems to be at the center of it all. After a rash of suicides around the world by individuals experiencing the time traveling hallucinations, psychiatrist John Macbeth and a team of FBI agents and scientists assemble to find out what’s going on before it’s too late. Is this a spiritual phenomenon or something more sinister?
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Wonderland

A Year of Britain's Wildlife, Day by Day

Author: Brett Westwood,Stephen Moss

Publisher: John Murray

ISBN: 1473609259

Category: Nature

Page: 336

View: 9674

A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'Vibrant, fascinating, poetic - a year in living things: all the things we love, all the things we wish we could, all the little things we step over and never know - the best of British wildlife from two superb naturalists and writers' CHRIS PACKHAM From blackbirds, beavers and beetles to tawny owls, natterjack toads and lemon slugs. Every day of the year, winter or summer, in every corner of the British Isles, there's plenty to see if you know where - and how - to look. From encounters with the curious black redstart, which winters on our rocky coasts, to the tiny green snowdrop shoots that are the first sign that spring might be round the corner. And from the blossom-time and dawn choruses of April and May into the abundant noisiness of summer, where days start with hawker dragonflies and drowsy bumblebees and end with glow-worms and ghost moths; to autumn when in the early morning mist of London's Richmond Park male red deer lock horns in competition for a mate. Nature is always full of surprises - whether it's the strange behaviour of clothes moths or the gruesome larder of the strike. Distilling two lifetimes' knowledge, expert insight and enthusiasm, award-winning authors and passionate naturalists Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss take us through the year, day by day, sharing the unexpected delights that we can experience in our skies, beaches, rivers, fields, forests and back gardens. There are all kinds of adventures waiting on your doorstep, any day of the year, all you need is Wonderland.
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A Wild Life

My Adventures Around the World Filming Wildlife

Author: Martin Hughes-Games

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1472114450

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 7021

The frozen wastes of the Southern Ocean; the tropical rainforests of South America, the scorching grasslands of Africa, the dizzy heights of the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas: Martin Hughes-Games has been to every continent on earth filming natural history programmes. A Wild Life is Martin's personal account of his astonishing adventures around the world, both as a presenter for the BBC and a producer of nature documentaries. We all know Martin as a member of Springwatch and Autumnwatch team, but before his presenting days he spent many years behind the camera producing up-close-and-personal wildlife documentaries on location often in perilous conditions. During a career spanning more than three decades, he has captured the extraordinary life and diversity of the animal kingdom on film - from bloodthirsty bats and man-eating tigers, to huge elephant seals and tiny but ever so painful centipedes. Warmly told with humour and an inimitable style, and packed with insightful facts from the natural world - how fast is the fastest creature on earth, the peregrine falcon? How high can a bird, the bar headed goose on migration, really fly? - A Wild Life has to be one of the natural history books of the year.
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The Almanac

A Seasonal Guide to 2019

Author: Lia Leendertz

Publisher: Mitchell Beazley

ISBN: 1784725854

Category: Reference

Page: 272

View: 3373

THE ORIGINAL & BESTSELLING ALMANAC 'I love this gem of a book' - Cerys Matthews The Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to 2019 reinvents the tradition of the rural almanac for a new audience. It gives you the tools and inspiration you need to celebrate, mark and appreciate each month of the year in your own particular way. Divided into the 12 months, a set of tables each month gives it the feel and weight of a traditional almanac, providing practical information that gives access to the outdoors and the seasons, perfect for expeditions, meteor-spotting nights and beach holidays. There are also features on each month's unique nature, such as the meteor shower of the month, beehive behaviour, folklore and stories, seasonal recipes and charts tracking moon phases and tides. Why not try identifying trees by their bare buds in January; Enjoy a broad bean, pea shoot & pecorino salad in June; Discover the story of gourmet garlics and how to plant them in October. You will find yourself referring to the almanac all year long, revisiting it again and again, and looking forward to the next edition as the year draws to a close. Praise for The Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to 2018: 'The perfect companion to the seasons' - India Knight 'A richly layered book of events, celebrations and everyday information that together create a beautiful, fascinating resource . . . In the single month I've had my hands on it, the book has quietly "worked".' - Telegraph 'Beautifully written, this pocket-sized guide is a labour of love and will remind you to appreciate little moments throughout the year.' - Gardens Illustrated 'Elegant . . . an ideal stocking filler.' - The English Garden
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Wildlife of the World

Author: DK Publishing

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1465449590

Category: Nature

Page: 480

View: 6086

Wildlife of the World takes you on a journey through some of the most scenic and rich animal habitats-- from the Amazon rain forests to the Himalayas, the Sahara to the South Pole--meeting the most important animals in each ecosystem along the way. In Wildlife of the World, truly spectacular portrait-style photography brings you "face-to-face" with individual animals in up-close and engrossing profiles on how the animals interact with their environments, mate, survive, and even play. From the shaggy musk ox foraging in the Canadian high arctic to the angered Scottish wildcat prowling the Highlands to the rock-climbing gelada monkey of Ethiopia, each animal featured in Wildlife of the World plays a key role in its environment. An additional eighty-page illustrated reference section on the animal kingdom explains the animal groups and profiles additional species. Produced in association with the Smithsonian Institution.
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Badgered to Death

The People and Politics of the Badger Cull

Author: Dominic Dyer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780993040757

Category: Nature

Page: 240

View: 9588

Dominic Dyer picks apart the science and electioneering behind Britain's most controversial wildlife policy: the badger cull. He exposes the catastrophic handling of bovine TB by the UK government and its close relationship with the National Farmers' Union. Introduction by Chris Packham, the naturalist and BBC Springwatch presenter.
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Wildlife of the World

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780241186008

Category:

Page: 400

View: 6996

Wildlife of the World is a spectacular celebration of global wildlife bringing you face to face with the most fascinating animals on Earth. Journey through some of the most scenic and rich animal habitats, from the Amazon rainforest to the Himalayas, the Sahara to the South Pole, and get closer than you ever imagined to the animals that live there discovering how these fascinating creatures feed, interact, mate, play and survive. Packed with breathtaking photography and animal facts, Wildlife of the World is your chance to see the world's most fascinating wildlife like never before.
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Chris Packham's Wild Side Of Town

Getting to Know the Wildlife in Our Towns and Cities

Author: Chris Packham

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472916069

Category: Nature

Page: 144

View: 7213

This new edition is suitable for anybody with an interest in urban wildlife and conservation and is written by the renowned TV presenter Chris Packham. It is an educational and striking guide to the full range of wildlife that can be found in all manner of urban habitats in our towns and cities. Increasingly, wildlife is finding a home in our built-up, concrete and noisy cities. Urban sites such as canals, disused railway embankments, reservoirs, rubbish tips and inner-city gardens are becoming popular abodes for a huge number of species. This book is at once a source to the best urban sites in Britain and the different habitats that exist there, and a revealing field guide to the wildlife inhabiting these city locations. Beautiful illustrations, stunning photographs and informed reference material combine with this popular author's entertaining style to bring a novel look at wildlife away from the countryside.
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Gus the Fox: A Scrapbook

Author: Matt Haydock

Publisher: Short Books

ISBN: 1780722109

Category: Humor

Page: 128

View: 9154

Skulking beneath London's tacky veneer live a bunch of seedy creatures that thrive in the city's murk. We once knew very little about these cadgers and spongers - sometimes animal, sometimes human, occasionally both - who go about their revolting business somewhere out there. But that was before Gus - our fox on the frontline. Through his surreal, salacious and darkly disgusting observations, we learn about urban wildlife, celebs and quite a bit about ourselves in all our trashy, low-down grossness. Gus The Fox's Scrapbook is a miscellany of snippets and scribblings from his personal collection, including his best back-alley recipes, his renowned agony column, his brilliant 'Binventions' and an extract from his eagerly unanticipated erotic novel.
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