Birds Britannica


Author: Mark Cocker,Richard Mabey
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: N.A
Category: Nature
Page: 518
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Birds Britannica is neither an identification guide nor a behavioural study (though both these subjects enter its field). It covers cultural links; social history; birds as food; ecology; the lore and language of birds; myths, art, literature and music; anecdotes, birdsong and rare facts; modern developments; migration, the seasons and our sense of place. An attempt to describe the interaction of birds and humans, it captures the essence of why birds matter. AUTHOR BIO contd: RICHARD MABEY is Britain's foremost nature writer, as famous for the beauty of his prose as for his exceptional knowledge and insights. He wrote Flora Britannica, a truly ground-breaking book about botany and the blue-print for Birds Britannica. His previous books include Food for Free, The Unofficial Countryside, The Book of Nightingales and Nature Cure. His biography of Gilbert White won the Whitbread Biography Award. CHRIS GOMERSALL (photographer and picture researcher) is renowned as one of Britain's finest wildlife photographers. He is the author of the standard book about how to photograph birds. JONATHAN ELPHICK (specialist text research) is an experienced editor specialising in wildlife subjects. He is the author of Birds: the art of ornithology and The Birdwatcher's Handbook.

Bugs Britannica


Author: Peter Marren,Richard Mabey
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
ISBN: N.A
Category: Nature
Page: 512
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From sea squirts to slugs to Swallowtails, Bugs Britannica is the third beautifully illustrated book in Richard Mabey's landmark series, a companion volume to the bestselling classics Flora Britannica and Birds Britannica. Like those much-loved books, Bugs Britannica is not a biological guide but a richly illustrated cultural one, where British bugs are seen through the eyes of writers, musicians, artists, photographers and naturalists - from the great Tudor naturalist, Thomas Muffet (father of Little Miss Muffet) to Irvine Welsh's talking tapeworm in Filth - with vivid contributions and observations by members of the public, fascinated by creepy-crawlies of all kinds. Taking British invertebrates as its subject, the book is structured along a roughly evolving path, from simple cell life-forms - amoeba, worms, crustaceans (proof, say the authors, of `just how far you can go on very little') - to bugs we all might recognise - spiders, butterflies, bees - and back into the water to meet the molluscs and `almost-fish'... It works so triumphantly because author Peter Marren has examined bugs in the dusty corners of our houses and gardens as well as traversing mountains, lakes, fields and the seashore. He observes not only the fascinating habits of the bug world, but also the eccentric behaviour of the human bug obsessives. But, of course, the true heroes of the book are the bugs themselves: the nimble dicks, lady clocks, coffin-cutters and multitudes of others. From the Boring Sponge (its official name) to the Mermaid's Glove and Penis worm, via the Dark Crimson Underwing and Ruby-tailed wasp - this rich compendium of bugs is a must, not only for naturalists but for anyone who cares about the crawling, buzzing swarms which make up the estimated 40,000 species of bugs that live on or around Britain.

Birds and People


Author: Mark Cocker
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1448163471
Category: Science
Page: 592
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There are 10,500 species of bird worldwide and wherever they occur people marvel at their glorious colours and their beautiful songs. We also trap and consume birds of every kind. Yet birds have not just been good to eat. Their feathers, which keep us warm or adorn our costumes, give birds unique mastery over the heavens. Throughout history their flight has inspired the human imagination so that birds are embedded in our religions, folklore, music and arts. Vast in both scope and scale, Birds and People explores and celebrates this relationship and draws upon Mark Cocker’s 40 years of observing and thinking about birds. Part natural history and part cultural study, it describes and maps the entire spectrum of our engagements with birds, drawing in themes of history, literature, art, cuisine, language, lore, politics and the environment. In the end, this is a book as much about us as it is about birds. Birds and People has been stunningly illustrated by one of Europe’s best wildlife photographers, David Tipling, who has travelled in 39 countries on seven continents to produce a breathtaking and unique collection of photographs. The book is as important for its visual riches as it is for its groundbreaking content. Birds and People is also exceptional in that the author has solicited contributions from people worldwide. Personal anecdotes and stories have come from more than 650 individuals in 81 different countries. They range from university academics to Mongolian eagle hunters, and from Amerindian shamans to some of the most celebrated writers of our age. The sheer multitude of voices in this global chorus means that Birds and People is both a source book on why we cherish birds and a powerful testament to their importance for all humanity.

Birds

The Art of Ornithology
Author: Jonathan Elphick
Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
ISBN: 9780847861088
Category:
Page: 336
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This remarkably beautiful volume gathers together a selection of the most important and vibrant ornithological art from London’s Natural History Museum. Birds tells the remarkable story of the development of ornithological art through the ages, from the earliest images of birds in the Renaissance, through the Age of Exploration, to the present day. Brilliantly reproduced original artworks by such renowned artists as Audubon, Gould, MacGillivray, Thorburn, and Wolfe are included. The lively accompanying text tells the story of how ornithological art grew out of the naturalistic tradition of European painting to become a genre on its own, where the artist’s focus on aesthetic appeal was married to the scientist’s need for precision and detail. Many of the works reproduced in this volume have never before been published. The detailed text interweaves science, art history, biography, exploration, and travel to paint a vast and wondrous picture of the bygone world of artist-scientists, exotic birds, and faraway lands. It makes a perfect gift for anyone who loves fine prints and drawings or has an interest in nature or birding.

Britannica Student Encyclopedia (A-Z Set)


Author: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc
Publisher: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.
ISBN: 161535557X
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 2927
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Entertaining and informative, the newly updated Britannica Student Encyclopedia helps children gain a better understanding of their world. Updated for 2012, more than 2,250 captivating articles cover everything from Barack Obama to video games. Children are sure to immerse themselves in 2,700 photos, charts, and tables that help explain concepts and subjects, as well as 1,200 maps and flags from across the globe. Britannica Student is curriculum correlated and a recent winner of the 2008 Teachers Choice Award and 2010 AEP Distinguished achievement award.

Flora Britannica


Author: Richard Mabey
Publisher: Sinclair Stevenson
ISBN: N.A
Category: Nature
Page: 480
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This landmark guide offers a comprehensive survey of the native and naturalized wild plants of England, Scotland, and Wales. Useful and delightful, it covers 1,000 species, including trees and ferns. More than a definitive work of natural history, however, it is also a virtual encyclopedia of living folklore, recording the role of wild plants in social life, the arts, customs, and landscapes. The information has been supplied by the people themselves, creating a unique national record of the popular culture, domestic uses, and social meanings of Britain's wild plants. Splendidly written by naturalist Richard Mabey and illustrated with 500 fine color photographs, Flora Britannica is an elegant testimony to the continuing relationship between nature and man.

The Unofficial Countryside


Author: Richard Mabey
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780712665063
Category: Natural history
Page: 173
View: 1912

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'This is, in the most literal sense, a triumphant book. ' THE TIMES Under the banner of progress, urban and suburban development is fast wiping out our rural heritage. Yet Nature is adapting to even the worst of Man's excesses, and in this brilliant book Richard Mabey reveals the astonishing rich world of animal and plant life surviving and often thriving among docklands, railways, factories and canals. From orchids growing in abandoned cars to kestrels over Kensington, this is Britain's UNOFFICIAL COUNTRYSIDE. 'Every once in a while I get the intense pleasure of opening a book and finding it an entirely new way of looking at things. Such a book is Mr Mabey's. . . Truly remarkable. ' DAILY EXPRESS 'Mr Mabey's book is one that should hearten those who feel their surroundings are too mundane and 'spoiled' to provide sanctuary for wildlife. ' COUNTRYSIDE

The True Names of Birds


Author: Susan Goyette
Publisher: London, Ont. : Brick Books
ISBN: N.A
Category: Nature
Page: 64
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The True Names of Birds is the first book-length collection from a voice that has captured the attention of Canadian poetry readers for the last half-dozen years. Deeply centred in domestic life, Goyette's work is informed by a muscular lyricism. These are poems that push the limits, always true to their roots. "This is a fresh new voice with a tense lyrical intelligence. This is a collection to begin everything with, a cure for silence, secrets that arrive with a steady eloquence." --Patrick Lane

The Book of Nightingales


Author: Richard Mabey
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
ISBN: 9781856196932
Category: Birds in literature
Page: 130
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THE BOOK OF NIGHTINGALES is a gorgeous book on the most exquisite of small birds. For a thousand years the nightingale has been the most celebrated song-bird in the western world and has inspired French troubadour lyrics, Romantic poems and even war time propaganda. Yet the real nightingale is a drab-coloured migrant. Richard Mabey, our formost writer on natural history, examines why humans have so often fallen under its spell; how it came to inspire Keats, Coleridge and Clare; and what this tells about our own responses to place and season.

A Complete Guide to the Birds of Malta


Author: Natalino Fenech
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9789993273103
Category: Birds
Page: 424
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Lying in the centre of the Mediterranean, Malta is a natural staging post for migrant birds crossing from Africa to Europe in spring as well as for migrants returning from their breeding grounds in Europe to the African continent in autumn. Birds have attracted man's attention for a long time and this book shows images of birds in prehistory, art, stamps, coins, antique embroidery and so forth. It also speaks about birds in all aspects of Maltese culture, from folklore to language. It is also a photographic record of many of the birds that regularly visit the islands and features ones that are rare or have been recorded a handful of times. It also contains several unpublished records dating from 1958.

Field Ornithology

Comprising a Manual of Instruction for Procuring, Preparing and Preserving Birds, and a Check List of North American Birds
Author: Elliott Coues
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Birds
Page: 253
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Collins Birds

A Complete Guide to All British and European Species
Author: Dominic Couzens,David Cottridge
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0007138210
Category: Nature
Page: 336
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This splendid guide to the birds of Britain and Europe takes you well beyond the information you might find in a field guide. Organized taxonomically, it includes an introduction to each family, with information on food, habitat, eggs, and breeding and nesting behavior. Memorable descriptions and often astonishing facts make even the commonest birds worthy of new attention. A visual feast, Collins Birds features 500 color photographs and more than 1,000 illustrations and maps.

The Birds of London


Author: Andrew Self
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 140819404X
Category: Nature
Page: 464
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The first comprehensive avifauna for the London area ever published covering the status, distribution and history of every species on the regional list in rich detail.

Birds in the Ancient World

Winged Words
Author: Jeremy Mynott
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0198713657
Category: Animals and civilization
Page: 480
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Birds played an important role in the ancient world: as indicators of time, weather, and seasons; as a resource for hunting, medicine, and farming; as pets and entertainment; as omens and messengers of the gods. Jeremy Mynott explores the similarities and surprising differences between ancient perceptions of the natural world and our own.