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Emperors of the Deep: The Ocean’s Most Mysterious, Misunderstood and Important Guardians

by William McKeever William Collins (December 05, 2019)

Sharks are ruthlessly efficient predators, the apex of 450 million years of evolution. They are older than trees, have survived five extinction events and are essential to maintaining balanced ocean ecosystems,...


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...


Gulls (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 139)

by Professor John C. Coulson William Collins (April 04, 2019)

The gull is a familiar sight by the seaside, and one of the most recognisable bird species, but most people know surprisingly little about the lives and habits of these seafaring birds. John C. Coulson remedies...


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;...


Wildlife of the Arctic (Traveller’s Guide)

by Richard Sale William Collins (March 08, 2018)

This book celebrates the Arctic, exploring the natural history that has so inspired generations.

Early travellers to the Arctic brought back tales of amazing creatures and of the endurance required of visitors,...


Beetles (Collins New Naturalist Library)

by Richard Jones William Collins (February 22, 2018)

‘A truly excellent account’ British Wildlife

Beetles are arguably the most diverse organisms in the world, with nearly half a million beetle species described and catalogued in our museums, more than any...


Collins Stars and Planets Guide (Collins Guides)

by Ian Ridpath & Wil Tirion William Collins (January 11, 2018)

The classic guide to the night sky, now in its fifth edition as part of the authoritative ‘Collins Guide’ series.

A comprehensive guide to all the stars and celestial objects visible with the use of binoculars...


The Infinite Monkey Cage – How to Build a Universe

by Prof. Brian Cox, Robin Ince & Alexandra Feachem William Collins (October 26, 2017)

The Infinite Monkey Cage, the legendary BBC Radio 4 programme, brings you this irreverent celebration of scientific marvels. Join us on a hectic leap through the grand and bizarre ideas conjured up by human...


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...


Genius of Britain (Text Only)

by Robert Uhlig, James Dyson, Richard Dawkins & Stephen Hawking William Collins (August 24, 2017)

The extraordinary history of British science, with commentary from Britain's greatest living scientists: Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins and James Dyson

We may only be a small island, but we are far from small-minded....


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...


Forces of Nature

by Professor Brian Cox & Andrew Cohen William Collins (March 09, 2017)

Sunday Times Bestseller

How did life on Earth begin? What is the nature of space and time? What are the chances that we will discover life on other worlds?

Think you know our planet?

Think again.

Forces of...


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...


Forces of Nature

by Professor Brian Cox & Andrew Cohen William Collins (June 30, 2016)

Sunday Times Bestseller

A breathtaking and beautiful exploration of our planet, this groundbreaking book accompanies the BBC One TV series, providing the deepest answers to the simplest questions.

Recommended...


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...


Aurora: In Search of the Northern Lights

by Dr Melanie Windridge William Collins (February 25, 2016)

The beautiful aurorae, or northern lights, are the stuff of legends. The ancient stories of the Sami people warn that if you mock the lights they will seize you, and their mythical appeal continues to capture...


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...


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,...


Human Universe

by Professor Brian Cox & Andrew Cohen William Collins (May 07, 2015)

Top ten Sunday Times Bestseller

‘Engaging, ambitious and creative’ Guardian

Where are we? Are we alone? Who are we? Why are we here? What is our future?

Human Universe tackles some of the greatest questions...


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...


Virolution

by Frank Ryan William Collins (November 28, 2013)

The extraordinary role of viruses in evolution and how this is revolutionising biology and medicine.

Darwin's theory of evolution is still the greatest breakthrough in biological science. His explanation 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...


Microadventures: Local Discoveries for Great Escapes

by Alastair Humphreys William Collins (June 05, 2014)

‘Enthusiastic, pleasingly madcap’ Geographical

Adventure – something that’s new and exhilarating, outside your comfort zone. Adventures change you and how you see the world, and all you need is an open...


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...


Fishing Flies

by Malcolm Greenhalgh & Smalley William Collins (August 29, 2013)

The most complete guide to fishing flies

Describes every type of fly – freshwater and saltwater

Covers flies from around the world

Every fly is illustrated with a specially taken photograph

Flies are tied by some...


The Building of England: How the History of England Has Shaped Our Buildings

by Simon Thurley William Collins (December 06, 2013)

From awe-inspiring Norman castles, to the skyscrapers of today, Simon Thurley explores how the architecture of this small island influenced the world.

The Building of England puts into context the significance...


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...