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Book of the Month October 2015

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

The Ancient Pinewoods of Scotland

Ancient Pinewoods of Scotland

The Ancient Pinewoods of Scotland:
A Travellers Guide

Clifton Bain

Sandstone Press £24.99 Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781908737250

Synopsis provided by Sandstone Press:

The Ancient Pinewoods of Scotland

Clifton Bain

With over 25 years experience working on environmental issues, Clifton Bain gives a personal and passionate account of the human interventions that have shaped the ancient pinewoods and on the triumph of their conservation and renewal. Details are provided on how to reach each of the sites, some in the farthest mountain glens and others easily accessed by public transport, with well marked routes and visitor facilities. A journey to the pinewoods offers a natural spectacle alongside a rich cultural heritage, all described in this comprehensive and fully illustrated guide.

Book of the Month September 2015

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

A Sting in the Tail

Book of the Month: A Sting in the Tail

A Sting in the Tail

Dave Goulson
Vintage Books £8.99 Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780099575122

Synopsis provided by Vintage Books:

Shortlisted for the 2013 Samuel Johnson Prize

Dave Goulson has always been obsessed with wildlife, from his childhood menagerie of exotic pets and dabbling in experimental taxidermy to his groundbreaking research into the mysterious ways of the bumblebee and his mission to protect our rarest bees.

Once commonly found in the marshes of Kent, the short-haired bumblebee is now extinct in the UK, but still exists in the wilds of New Zealand, descended from a few queen bees shipped over in the nineteenth century. A Sting in the Tale tells the story of Goulson’s passionate drive to reintroduce it to its native land and contains groundbreaking research into these curious creatures, history’s relationship with the bumblebee, the disastrous effects intensive farming has had on our bee populations and the potential dangers if we are to continue down this path.

Book of the Month August 2015

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Ocean of Life

Ocean ofLife, by Calum Roberts

Ocean of Life:
How our seas are changing

by Callum Roberts

Penguin £12.99 Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780241950708

Synopsis provided by Allen Lane,
publishers of Penguin books:

In this revelatory book, Callum Roberts uses his lifetime’s experience working with the oceans to show why they are the most mysterious places on earth, their depths still largely unexplored.
In The Ocean of Life we get a panoramic tour beneath the seas: Why do currents circulate the way do? Where exactly do they go? How has the chemistry of the oceans changed? How polluted are we making them? Above all, Roberts reveals the richness of their life, and how it has altered over the centuries.

The oceans are now under unprecedented threat. Not only does Roberts show how we are fishing our oceans to extinction, crucially, he explains how this directly affects our lives on land. Ninety-five percent of habitable space on earth lies in the oceans, and marine plants produce half the world’s oxygen; the oceans themselves absorb vast quantities of carbon dioxide. The life they support is now in the balance.

The Ocean of Life should galvanise debate worldwide. Roberts shows how we can arrest and reverse the damage we are doing. Tantalisingly, it is within our grasp to restore the life of the oceans. There is still time.