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Who Owns England?: How We Lost Our Green and Pleasant Land, and How to Take It Back

by Guy Shrubsole William Collins (May 02, 2019)

‘A formidable, brave and important book’ Robert Macfarlane

Who owns England?

Behind this simple question lies this country’s oldest and best-kept secret. This is the history of how England’s elite...


The Hebrides (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 76)

by J. M. Boyd & I. L. Boyd William Collins (April 18, 2019)

A complete natural history of the Hebrides – an area of great natural beauty, which draws back thousands of visitors year after year to its wonderful scenery and abundant wildlife.

The Hebrides is an area...


Mammals in the British Isles (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 68)

by L. Harrison Matthews William Collins (April 18, 2019)

Mammals in the British Isles looks at the influences on their numbers and distribution, both now and in the past, examines aspects of their biology with emphasis on function and physiology, and concludes with...


Green and Prosperous Land: A Blueprint for Rescuing the British Countryside

by Dieter Helm William Collins (March 07, 2019)

‘One of the most important books of the decade’ Country Life

Finally, a practical, realistic plan to rescue, preserve and enhance nature.

News about Britain’s wildlife and ecosystems tends to be grim....


British Seals (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 57)

by H. R. Hewer William Collins (February 28, 2019)

A comprehensive account of the seal’s migratory patterns, methods of hunting and patterns of reproduction.

While seals are a perennial favourite among visitors to zoos for their playful and engaging behaviour,...


The Burren (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 138)

by David Cabot & Roger Goodwillie William Collins (November 29, 2018)

The Burren is one of those rare and magical places where geology, glacial history, botany, zoology and millennia of cultural history have converged to create a unique landscape of extraordinary natural history...


Life on Earth

by David Attenborough William Collins (October 04, 2018)

A new, beautifully illustrated edition of David Attenborough’s groundbreaking Life on Earth.

David Attenborough’s unforgettable meeting with gorillas became an iconic moment for millions of television viewers....


Bird Brain: Over 2,400 Questions to Test Your Bird Knowledge

by William Collins William Collins (August 23, 2018)

An ornithological quiz book packed with challenging questions for birders, based on the popular ‘Bird Brain of Britain’ contest at the annual BirdFair.

The British Birdwatching Fair, held every August at...


Hedgehog (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 137)

by Pat Morris William Collins (June 28, 2018)

The hedgehog is regularly voted Britain’s favourite mammal, and yet we know surprisingly little about the life of this spiny mammal. Pat Morris provides an all-encompassing new study of the hedgehog and its...


Curlew Moon

by Mary Colwell William Collins (April 19, 2018)

‘Focuses a razor light on the plight of one of our most iconic birds. Inspirational!’ Tim Birkhead

Curlews are Britain’s largest wading bird, known for their evocative calls which embody wild places;...


The New Forest (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 73)

by Colin R. Tubbs William Collins (August 24, 2017)

How and why the New Forest has evolved to be an area of international importance – and Britain's richest 'nature reserve'.

How and why the New Forest has evolved to be an area of international importance -...


The Sea Shore (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 12)

by C. M. Yonge William Collins (August 31, 2017)

A comprehensive, authoritative account of the natural history of the seashore, from earliest times to the present day.

There is a greater variety of plants and animals to be found in a small section of the sea...


The World of the Honeybee (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 29)

by Colin G. Butler William Collins (August 24, 2017)

The mysteries of bee life are illuminated for beekeepers, entomologists and students of natural history in general.

The complex and wonderful organisation of the honeybee has fascinated many naturalists and...


Bowland Beth: The Life of an English Hen Harrier

by David Cobham & Dan Powell William Collins (August 10, 2017)

‘An outstanding book’ Spectator

The story of the short life and tragic death of Bowland Beth – an English Hen Harrier – which dramatically highlights the major issues in UK conservation.

‘The sun...


Northumberland (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 95)

by Angus Lunn William Collins (June 29, 2017)

A definitive natural history of Northumberland, from its ecological history, geology and climate to its naturalists and conservation issues.

Drawing on his extensive knowledge and experience of the region, Angus...


The Otters’ Tale

by Simon Cooper William Collins (March 23, 2017)

Shortlisted for THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE 2017 ‘The best popular account of the lives of otters written so far’ Richard Shelton, Times Literary Supplement

When Simon Cooper bought an abandoned water mill that...


The Peregrine: 50th Anniversary Edition: Afterword by Robert Macfarlane

by J. A. Baker, John Fanshawe, Mark Cocker & Robert Macfarlane William Collins (April 06, 2017)

Reissue of J. A. Baker’s extraordinary classic of British nature writing, with an exclusive new afterword by Robert Macfarlane.

J. A. Baker’s extraordinary classic of British nature writing was first published...


The Broads (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 46)

by A. E. Ellis William Collins (February 28, 2017)

The Broads discusses the history of the Broads, the people who come into contact with and influence these waterways, and what the future holds.

The unique complex of eastern English wetlands known as the Norfolk...


Insect Natural History (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 8)

by A. D. Imms William Collins (February 28, 2017)

Insect Natural History introduces the reader to some of the latest discoveries and ideas about British Insects.

This volume deals with the natural history of British insects, and introduces the reader to some...


Slugs and Snails (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 133)

by Robert Cameron William Collins (December 15, 2016)

Slugs and snails are part of the great Phylum Mollusca, a group that contains creatures as varied as the fast-moving squid or the sedentary clams, cockles and mussels. The largest group, however, are the gastropods,...


Falcons (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 132)

by Richard Sale William Collins (July 28, 2016)

Falcons have been a source of inspiration to writers, artists, historians and naturalists alike.

In a much-anticipated volume on one of Britain’s most fascinating group of birds, Richard Sale draws on a wealth...


British Butterflies and Moths (Collins Complete Guides)

by Paul Sterry, Andrew Cleave & Rob Read William Collins (August 11, 2016)

A comprehensive and fully illustrated guide, this book is the definitive photographic reference guide for anyone interested in butterflies and moths found in Britain and Ireland.

Every species that occurs regularly...


Walking Through Spring

by Graham Hoyland William Collins (April 21, 2016)

‘The most effective advertisement for the countryside I've ever encountered’ Daily Mail

Walking Through Spring follows Graham Hoyland’s journey as he traces a new national trail, walking north with Spring...


Shallow Seas (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 131)

by Peter Hayward William Collins (April 07, 2016)

Shallow Seas are the most biologically rich and productive areas of the world ocean. This latest New Naturalist volume provides a natural history of this environment and its biological communities.

The margins...


Yorkshire Dales (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 130)

by John Lee William Collins (December 03, 2015)

A definitive natural history of the Yorkshire Dales, covering the range of wildlife habitats, rich cultural heritage and ecological history of one of our best-loved National Parks.

The Yorkshire Dales National...


Labrador: The Story of the World’s Favourite Dog

by Ben Fogle William Collins (October 08, 2015)

Sunday Times Bestseller

‘Passionate and well-researched’ Tatler

‘A must-read’ Independent

A social history of Labradors, and how they have become the world’s most beloved dogs, by writer, presenter...


Taming the Flood: Rivers, Wetlands and the Centuries-Old Battle Against Flooding

by Jeremy Purseglove William Collins (July 30, 2015)

‘Exquisitely written’ Sunday Times

Beautifully written and magnificently illustrated with photographs, line drawings and maps, this book serves both as a celebration of the richness of the British countryside,...


Birds of India (Collins Field Guide)

by Norman Arlott William Collins (April 09, 2015)

This comprehensive new field guide is an excellent addition to the world-renowned series – the ultimate reference book for travelling birdwatchers.

Every species of bird you might encounter in Pakistan, India,...


Between the Sunset and the Sea: A View of 16 British Mountains

by Simon Ingram William Collins (March 12, 2015)

‘I watched the mirror for a last view, for now, of the frozen mountains of Glen Coe. As the road bent and the outline of Buachaille Etive Mor slid into sight, I did what I always did, and always would. I felt...


Gower (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 99)

by Jonathan Mullard William Collins (March 19, 2015)

Maps best viewed on a tablet.

A definitive natural history of the Gower Peninsula, from its heritage coast and its appeal to the naturalist, to the geology, geomorphology, conservation and ecological history...


Bird Atlas 2007-11: The Breeding and Wintering Birds of Britain and Ireland

by Dawn Balmer, Simon Gillings, Brian Caffrey & Bob Swann et al. William Collins (August 14, 2014)

Recommended for viewing on a colour tablet.

The Bird Atlas 2007–2011 is the definitive statement on breeding and winter bird distributions in Britain and Ireland.

Building on previous atlases (1968–1972...


Nature in Towns and Cities (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 127)

by David Goode William Collins (October 23, 2014)

The latest in the New Naturalist series documents the parks and green spaces unique to Britain's cities – and the wildlife that has flourished in these habitats.

Not since Richard Fitter’s landmark publication...


The Salmon: The Extraordinary Story of the King of Fish

by Michael Wigan William Collins (May 08, 2014)

A fascinating journey into the extraordinary world of the king of fish: the salmon. This beautiful book explores the natural history of this most mysterious of fishes.

Michael Wigan explores the life cycle of...


Life of a Chalkstream

by Simon Cooper William Collins (May 08, 2014)

This delightful book records a year in the life of an essentially English waterscape, one that is home to a vast array of wildlife and natural habitat of the keen angler – the chalkstream.

Simon Cooper grew...


Last Chance to See

by Mark Carwardine & Fry William Collins (June 26, 2014)

Join zoologist Mark Carwardine and Britain’s best-loved wit and raconteur, Stephen Fry, as they follow in their great friend Douglas Adams’ footsteps, in search of some of the rarest and most threatened...


Bird Populations (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 124)

by Ian Newton William Collins (August 29, 2013)

In the latest addition to the New Naturalist series, Ian Newton explores bird populations and what causes their fluctuation – food supplies, competitors, predators, parasites, pathogens and human activity....


Brecon Beacons (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 126)

by Jonathan Mullard William Collins (May 08, 2014)

The first comprehensive book to be published about the wildlife of the Brecon Beacons is a much-anticipated addition to the New Naturalist series, and reveals the natural wonders of this seemingly wild and inhospitable...


Owls (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 125)

by Mike Toms William Collins (January 02, 2014)

Owls have always featured prominently in the mythology and folklore of a variety of cultures. These mysterious nocturnal creatures are thought to be symbols of wisdom, omens of death, and bringers of prophecy....


Amphibians and Reptiles (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 87)

by Trevor Beebee & Richard Griffiths William Collins (August 14, 2014)

Building on the solid foundations established by the two earlier New Naturalist volumes on this subject, eminent herpetologists Trevor Beebee and Richard Griffiths have brought together a wealth of new and fascinating...


The Natural History of Wales (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 66)

by William. M. Condry William Collins (August 01, 2013)

This book is an attempt to survey the natural history of the whole of Wales. It therefore covers such areas as Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons as well as the spectacularly beautiful Pembrokeshire coast and...


Inheritance and Natural History (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 61)

by R. J. Berry William Collins (December 12, 2013)

Ever wondered why primroses have three sorts of flowers; or about pesticide resistance in rats and mice, mosquitoes and green-fly; antibiotic resistance in disease organisms – all are examples of genetical...


British Birds of Prey (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 60)

by Leslie. H. Brown William Collins (August 01, 2013)

Leslie Brown's account of our 15 resident, 7 vagrant and 2 migrant species of eagles, falcons, hawks and vultures in Britain presents a great mass of scientific information about our birds of prey in a manner...


Finches (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 55)

by Ian Newton William Collins (August 01, 2013)

This illustrated survey of finch behaviour is a thorough, non-technical account of the habits of these birds throughout the world.

Greenfinches nest in plantations, large shrubby gardens and churchyards with...


Grass and Grassland (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 48)

by Ian Moore William Collins (August 01, 2013)

The use of natural and seeded grass pastures for the feeding of livestock and other unfamiliar uses for the ubiquitous grass family are described in this succinct and beautifully illustrated work.

The New Naturalist...


British Bats (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 93)

by John D. Altringham William Collins (August 14, 2014)

British Bats is a comprehensive account of the natural history of these fascinating animals, from their origins and evolution to their feeding habits and reproduction.

Bats are arguably the most successful and...