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Falcons by Richard Sale

The latest publication in Collins New Naturalist Library is volume 132 and explores the natural history of falcons. Published in 2016.


Sacred Ibis: The Ornithology of Canon Henry Baker Tristram, DD, FRS by W. G. Hale

This book is a biography of Henry Baker Tristram: explorer, ornithologist, and priest. It follows Tristram's epic adventures and love for birds. Published in 2016.


Changing Perceptions of Nature edited by Ian Convery and Peter Davis

A collection of essays in the Heritage Matters Series: volume 18, The International Centre For Cultural & Heritage Studies – Newcastle University. Published in 2016.


The Birds of Holy Island and Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve by Ian Kerr

Arguably Holy Island and the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve are by far the top birdwatching spots in North East England and this book provides a comprehensive account of the birds to be found there every season. Published in 2016.


Polecats by Johnny Birks

Volume 5 in The British Natural History Collection, new series aimed at all those with an interest in the mammals and birds of Britain. Published in 2015.


Menageries In Britain 1100 – 2000 by Christine E. Jackson

A history of keeping animal collections in Britain, beginning with the first recorded collection of Henry I. Published in 2014.


Charles Darwin and Victorian Visual Culture by Jonathan Smith

In this book, Johnathan Smith explains how Darwin managed to illustrate the unillustratable – his theories on natural selection. Published in 2009.


Darwin’s Camera – Art and photography in the theory of evolution by Phillip Prodger

Darwin's Camera looks into the history of photography and how it came to be used in scientific publishing as well as providing insight into the diverse interests of Charles Darwin. Published in 2009.