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Call The Vet
Anna Birch
 

Hard Cover
Nature
Price: £ 18.79
Isbn: 9780750541022
Published: 01-08-2015

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When Anna Barrington arrives in the sleepy Dorset village of Ebbourne, little does she know that this small countryside community will change her life forever. With emergency call-outs to challenging calvings (and the odd challenging farmer), greedy Labradors, injured kittens and tearful goodbyes to much-loved pets, a vet's life can sometimes feel like the endless ups and downs of West Dorset's hill roads - especially when you drive as fast as Anna. But she's about to discover that there's more to love about the countryside than just its animals...

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Crow Country
Mark Cocker
 

Hard Cover
Nature
Price: £ 16.78
Isbn: 9781847822864
Published: 01-07-2008

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One winter's night Mark Cocker observed from his cottage in the Norfolk Broads the flight-lines of rooks and jackdaws passing over the house to a roost in the Yare Valley. He then discovered a deafening flock of birds, which rises to 40,000. As he watched the multitudes blossom as a mysterious dark flower above the woods, these commonplace birds were unsheathed from their ordinariness. For Cocker it was the beginning of a journey of discovery, and a realisation that 'Crow Country' is a landscape which we cohabit with thousands of other species and is the richer for these complex fellowships.

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An Englishman's Home
Tom Hart Dyke
 

Hard Cover
Nature
Price: £ 20.89
Isbn: 9781847823816
Published: 01-10-2008

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Held captive by guerrillas in the mountains of Central American danger zone the Darién Gap, Tom Hart Dyke kept his sanity by dreaming of building a garden filled with plants from every corner of the globe. He would recreate a map of the world, with indigenous plants growing in their native countries - nature's most wonderful flora to delight all who saw it. Safely back home in Kent, Tom realised that if he built his dream, he could finally lay his demons to rest, and revive the failing fortunes of his family home, Lullingstone Castle. AN ENGLISHMAN'S HOME charts the highs and lows of Tom's quest to build a world garden, and highlights the determination that helped him to turn Lullingstone into a major tourist attraction.

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While Flocks Last
Charlie Elder
 

Hard Cover
Nature
Price: £ 18.76
Isbn: 9780753156971
Published: 01-10-2009

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A worrying number of Britain's birds are in population freefall. We have lost well over half of our familiar house sparrows and starlings over the last 25 years, and many birds of woodland, wetland and upland are now living on a wing and a prayer. Armed with a field guide and a half-decent pair of binoculars, Charlie Elder travels the length and breadth of the British Isles to spot 40 bird species in serious decline. He looks at why their numbers have fallen and what efforts are being made to encourage their recoveries. He also examines just why birds matter in the first place and considers the role of the birdwatcher - one species that is certainly not in decline.

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While Flocks Last
Charlie Elder
 

Soft Cover
Nature
Price: £ 14.76
Isbn: 9780753156988
Published: 01-08-2010

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A worrying number of Britain's birds are in population freefall. We have lost well over half of our familiar house sparrows and starlings over the last 25 years, and many birds of woodland, wetland and upland are now living on a wing and a prayer. Armed with a field guide and a half-decent pair of binoculars, Charlie Elder travels the length and breadth of the British Isles to spot 40 bird species in serious decline. He looks at why their numbers have fallen and what efforts are being made to encourage their recoveries. He also examines just why birds matter in the first place and considers the role of the birdwatcher - one species that is certainly not in decline.

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Out With Romany
G. Bramwell Evens
 

Soft Cover
Nature
Price: £ 14.76
Isbn: 9780753156926
Published: 01-02-2010

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"There are many ways of seeing the countryside. You can travel about in a car, you can pedal along on a bicycle, or you can use Shanks's pony. All of them have certain advantages, but if you have a caravan, you carry your home about with you." This book deals with the intimate lives of the squirrel, fox and hedgehog in story form, and yet is full of information as to the life and habits of each animal. Romany, travelling about in his caravan, with his spaniel dog Raq, introduces these wild animals to Tim, the farmer's small son, and, whilst watching them, throws fascinating sidelights on the ways of the snipe, curlew, owl, rabbit, stoat, kestrel and other wild creatures.

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Out With Romany Again
G. Bramwell Evens
 

Soft Cover
Nature
Price: £ 14.76
Isbn: 9780753152546
Published: 01-11-2011

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"Tired of holding back the weight of the vardo, or possibly indignant of my lack of appreciation of all her caution, Comma tossed her head and broke into a trot. The brakes squealed, the pots and pans rattled and bounced on to the floor behind me, and Raq in the neighbouring field set up a howl of mingled astonishment and fear, as he saw the vardo rapidly vanishing from sight." Romany returns to Fletcher's farm in his caravan with spaniel Raq in tow. Once again he and Tim, will venture into the countryside and discover new friends like Sleek, the Otter and Humphry the Mole. Through fictional tales about these animals, and many more, learn the real-life habits of some of Britain's best-loved wildlife.

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Your Garden In War-Time
C.H. Middleton
 

Soft Cover
Nature
Price: £ 9.19
Isbn: 9781842628416
Published: 01-09-2011

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'The gardeners of England can do much to help the nation in its hour of need.' In 1941, when this book first appeared, the war was going badly for Britain, and the Home Front answered a call to arms from Mr Middleton, the nation's favourite gardener. In this collection of his hugely popular radio talks on the BBC he says that 'potatoes and beans are munitions of war as surely as are bullets and shells.' There is nothing for it, then, but to Dig for Victory, raising potatoes, onions and carrots, until the nightmare of war ends 'and the morning will break with all our favourite flowers to greet us once more...'

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Tales From The Tail End
Emma Milne
 

Hard Cover
Nature
Price: £ 18.79
Isbn: 9780750537520
Published: 01-07-2013

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On a crisp October morning in 1996, Emma Milne started her first job as a newly qualified vet, a career captured on camera for eleven series of BBC television's Vets In Practice. Now she tells the full story. We discover the numerous things that can get stuck in an animal's stomach, how to stop a cow exploding, and the biggest truth of all - that animals are easy to deal with in comparison to their owners. They say that truth is stranger than fiction, and these Tales From The Tail End turn out to be stranger - and funnier - than you can ever have imagined...

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The Shepherd's Life
James Rebanks
 

Hard Cover
Nature
Price: £ 18.79
Isbn: 9780750541961
Published: 01-03-2016

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These modern dispatches from an ancient landscape tell the story of deep-rooted attachment to place, describing a way of life that is little noticed and yet has profoundly shaped history. In evocative and lucid prose, James Rebanks takes us through a shepherd's year, offering a unique account of rural life and a fundamental connection with the land that most of us have lost. It is a story of working lives, the people around him, his childhood, his parents and grandparents, a people who exist and endure even as the world changes around them.

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A Friend Like Ben
Julia Romp
 

Hard Cover
Nature
Price: £ 18.79
Isbn: 9780750534864
Published: 01-02-2012

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When a stray cat started visiting her garden, the last thing Julia needed was another addition to her household. For Julia already had her hands full with her son George, who suffered from autism. Quite and withdrawn, ten-year-old George appeared lost in his own world, upset by the slightest change in his routine and unable to make friends with other children. But George wasn't scared by the little black-and-white visitor; instead his face lit up at the sight of him and before long George was inseparable from his new friend Ben. It was the miracle Julia had been hoping for.

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The Beauty In The Beast
Hugh Warwick
 

Soft Cover
Nature
Price: £ 14.76
Isbn: 9780753153239
Published: 01-02-2014

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An illuminating portrait of some of the UK's best-loved wild animals and birds and the colourful enthusiasts who champion their causes, giving a true sense of the magic that is found in Britain - in the wild wood, the stream and meadow. The animals making an appearance include otters, bats, badgers, dragonflies, foxes, adders and the very special toad. Hugh Warwick writes a series of affectionate and lively homages to the animals of the British Isles, intermingled with time spent in the field with the ambassadors who love and conserve them. Meet the water vole-woman from Shropshire, the owl ambassador from Somerset and Gordon, the dancing toad man.

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