Reflections is a book on what wildlife needs, and how to provide it. Marc Avery reflects on our relationship with wildlife and conservation, from the cats that pass through his garden to the decline of farmland wildlife and the pasqueflowers he visits each spring. Everything is connected and considered. It’s time to role out conservation on a much bigger scale. Also read how to help your local wildlife rescue.
A timely brutally honest yet inspiring account on what has gone wrong with wildlife conservation, and how we can put it right. Stephen Moss
If I were ‘king for a day’, Avery would be instantly installed as the benign dictator of conservation. If you love wildlife – read this, think about this, and act upon this. Chris Packham
how to help our urban wildlife
Urban Jungle explores the wild side of modern-day cities. Nature has always been at the heart of every city from abandoned sites to strips of land alongside railway lines (often mistaken for rivers by wildfowl in heavy rain). Today, natural forces (floods, storms, droughts and pandemics) look set to determine the future, so whereas we used to build walls and towers to defend against attack – today we have to become greener, to protect ourselves (and wildlife) from external threats.
Cities are not all humans and rats! All urban areas have opportunistic foxes (which have lost natural habitats – they eat rabbits and rats in nature) and endangered stag beetles (those big grubs you find in the soil are babies, so leave them alone).
the native wildlife of London city
London in the Wild is a wonderful guide to the wildlife hiding beyond cars, concrete, lights, noise and pollution. And of course, London pigeons! Discover a city teeming with over 15,000 species of flora, fungi and fauna (marsh frogs, hedgehogs, short-eared owls and dragonflies). Not just gardens and parks, London has wetlands (one’s in Hackney), woodlands and heaths. And learn about the day-to-day life of a London tube mouse!
Cities are not all humans and rats! All urban areas have opportunistic foxes (which have lost natural habitats – they eat rabbits and rats in nature) and endangered stag beetles (those big grubs you find in the soil are babies, so leave them alone). Reducing light pollution and glass buildings (especially lit) can help local wildlife and stop birds flying into windows. In case of help needed, find your local wildlife rescue and visit London Wildlife Protection.
Whether you live there or are visiting, get yourself a copy of the London National Park Map. This essential resource for nature enthusiasts lists all the parks, woodlands, playing fields, national nature reserves, rivers and lakes that contribute to London’s green space. Includes walks like the London Loop and Capital Ring, with symbols on where to swim outdoors, climb peaks, pitch a tent or go sailing! This massive map is single-sided, so good for pinning on a wall.
London Wildlife Trust is a driving force for nature conservation across the capital, with supporters and volunteers who work to protect wildlife everywhere through practical conservation work.
how wildlife is affected by climate change
Wildlife on a Warming Earth is a unique book by a former naval aviator in the US, who later took a degree in forestry and environmental studies. He now lives on a beautiful ocean community in South Carolina, where he is a climate activist.
This engaging narrative explains how global warming is harming widllife, and offers a book for those concerned about the climate crisis, without having the time or inclination to read lengthy books with lots of science jargon. An easy-to-read book to appeal to people of all ages and education levels.
The story begins by introducing the narrator Greta, who explains how all of nature is connected, and why we all need to respect the natural world on which they depend. Readers will learn how extreme weather and a warming planet is harming some of Greta’s friends and other wild creatures (on earth, sky and sea). And encouraging people to ‘listen to the better angels of their nature’, she leads us into the sunshine. Readers will arrive at the state of urgency and appreciation of the consequences, but a positive message that they can make a difference, with hope for a better future.
the forgotten species of climate change
Forget-Me-Not is a book by Sophie Pavelle, on finding the forgotten species of climate change in England, which has drizen dozens of species almost to extinction. Demanding action, this describes trips to see 10 rare native species that could be gone by 2050 if habitats continue to decline. Travelling by foot, bike, electric car, train or boat, she journeys from Bodmin Moor to the Orkney Isles. Journey on her low-carbon adventure, and dare to hope with her.
From rare butterflies to bats and bumblebees, Sophies takes us on a breathless but strangely relaxing whistle-stop tour in search of some of our less familiar, fragile and fascinating wildlife. Charming, witty and moving. Professor Dave Goulson
The best kind of science writer – who makes you feel almost as smart as she is. Make no mistake, this is serious stuff, requiring serious communication. I loved the breezy humour. Dr Amy-Jane Beer
Sophie Pavelle is a writer and science communicator, who shares story about nature with a contemporary twist. She works for Beaver Trust and is also a wildlife ambassador.