Hidden Nature: Uncovering the UK's Wildlife

Hidden Nature: Uncovering the UK's Wildlife

by Isla Hodgson


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“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks” – John Muir

This is a book about Britain’s wildlife; how to discover it, and the adventures we can have with it. Its aim is to show that you don’t have to travel to the nether reaches of the Arctic or the deepest corners of the Amazon rainforest to experience weird and wonderful creatures – they are right here, on our doorstep.

In a world where nature is slowly being replaced by technology and material things, every single one of us could do with appreciating the flora and fauna that we have. To spend time in the outdoors, exploring, searching and learning; teaching ourselves that there is life beyond our laptop screens. And it needs our help. Every day we lose more species, more habitat…but how are we meant to know what to save if we don’t know what we will lose?

This book is about just that. Written by a young conservationist who hasn’t quite grown up, it details her small adventures travelling the UK in search of wildlife encounters, often on a shoestring budget. From ancient forests and coastal wilderness, to bustling city streets and suburban back gardens, nature is everywhere – if you know where to look. Featuring unique illustrations and photography, Britain’s wild things will inspire you to get out there and discover the UK’s hidden wilderness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781526708922
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 08/29/2018
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Isla Hodgson is a Zoologist, wildlife journalist and freelance researcher for natural history film. She is currently based in Scotland, studying for a PhD in conservation conflict (essentially a big excuse for some adventuring).

She has a strong passion for conservation, and her popular blog Where The Wild Things Live was born from a desire to spark that enthusiasm in others, starting with the wildlife we have at home.

She is never happier than when trudging around in the outdoors, preferably with a dog – although she is still working on that…

Table of Contents

Foreword 6

1 Coasts 9

The seal of approval (Seals) 12

The Isle of Carina (Seabirds) 21

The Big Friendly Giants (whales and dolphins) 27

A Duel on the Dunes (dune systems and sparrowhawks) 36

2 Freshwater 53

The Montrose Basin (estuarine wildlife) 56

The Otter Family 65

Swallows and Martins 73

Wetland: A Refuge in the City 80

Dragons Great and Small (ospreys and insects) 87

3 The Land Lovers: Inland Habitats 99

Glenmuick (red deer) 101

The Ghost of the Moors (hen harriers and moorland wildlife) 112

A Species in the Red (red squirrels) 128

Things That Go Bump In the Night (bats and owls) 137

4 Urban Spaces 149

City Slickers (foxes) 151

The Graveyard That Is Still Very Much Alive 161

Gardens Part 1: Feathered Lessons (garden birds) 167

Gardens Part 2: Marvellous Minibeasts (garden insects) 179

Encouraging Wildlife To Your Garden 189

A Final Word 191

Thank You 192

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