'I thought I knew quite a bit about earthworms – until I picked up this charming little book ... This is an easily digestible compendium of everything earthworm' Nick Baker, TV presenter and naturalist
The author of The Hedgehog Handbook reveals the miraculous world of the earthworm.
Without these little engineers of the earth, the world's soils would be barren, and our gardens and fields wouldn't be able to grow the food we need to survive. Worms recycle decaying plants, putting nutrients back into the soil; they provide a food source for wildlife; and their constant burrowing helps heavy rain soak away.
Sally Coulthard's fascinating guide offers a wealth of information and practical advice about the world's most industrious but little understood creature.
'A gem of a book' Country Smallholding
'A feast of quirky facts to answer all your curiosities' Grow Your Own magazine
The basis for the new documentary film, Mountain: A Breathtaking Voyage into the Extreme.
Combining accounts of legendary mountain ascents with vivid descriptions of his own forays into wild, high landscapes, Robert Macfarlane reveals how the mystery of the world's highest places has come to grip the Western imagination—and perennially draws legions of adventurers up the most perilous slopes.
His story begins three centuries ago, when mountains were feared as the forbidding abodes of dragons and other mysterious beasts. In the mid-1700s the attentions of both science and poetry sparked a passion for mountains; Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Lord Byron extolled the sublime experiences to be had on high; and by 1924 the death on Mount Everest of an Englishman named George Mallory came to symbolize the heroic ideals of his day. Macfarlane also reflects on fear, risk, and the shattering beauty of ice and snow, the competition and contemplation of the climb, and the strange alternate reality of high altitude, magically enveloping us in the allure of mountains at every level.
As Britain moved from austerity to prosperity in the 1950s and 1960s, it became clear that British Railways needed to modernise its equipment and rationalise its network if it was to hold its own in the face of growing competition from road and air transport. After attempting to maintain pre-war networks and technology in the 1950s, a reversal of policy in the 1960s brought line closures, new liveries and the last breath of steam, as Dr Beeching and his successors strove to break even and build a new business from the old. From Britannia to the 'Blue Pullman', Evening Star to Inter-City, Greg Morse takes us through this turbulent twenty-year period, which started with drab prospects and ended with BR poised to launch the fastest diesel-powered train in the world.
In 1939 a new grade in the Iron Cross series was introduced, the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). It was awarded for a variety of reasons, from skilled leadership to a single act of extreme gallantry, and was bestowed across all ranks, grades, and branches of service. As the war progresed, further distinctions were created for bestowal on existing winners, namely Oak-Leaves (Eichenlaub); Oak-Leaves with Swords (Eichenlaub und Schwertern); and Oak-Leaves with Swords and Diamonds (Eichenlaub, Schwerter und Brillanten). This book, the first in a sequence of four, covers winners of the Knights Cross and the Oak-Leaves distinction in the period 1939-40.
Explore the significance of the home library, embellished with alluring photography and illustrations, in a keepsake worthy of any bibliophile’s collection. Instructive chapters provide useful details for creating and curating a home library, whether it be a single shelf or multiple rooms. You will never look at your bookshelves the same way again.
3rd COMPACT edition 2020 With over 3000 hours of sunshine, endless sandy beaches and crystal clear turquoise waters, the paradise of Fuerteventura is at your feet. The compact travel guide Fuerteventura in a different way! 2020 takes you to all the highlights in a photo-free and understandable way with numerous detailed maps and exact information. It is the best and most up-to-date travel guide with the guarantee of pure holiday happiness. With extended maps and detailed location information you can easily find all the sights. Up-to-date background information lets you immediately immerse yourself in current and historical island events. In addition, 5 incomparable panoramic routes round off your holiday.To the north, discover the small, naturally protected island jewel of Los Lobos and head from the bustling Corralejo to the breathtaking shifting sand dunes and beautiful beaches of Playas Grandes. If you want even more sand under your feet, visit the long playade Sotavento, the popular Playas de Jandía and the secluded playa de Barlovento in Cofete. On no account should you miss the yet undiscovered popcorn beach. During city walks you will be immersed in the historical island history in La Oliva, Betancuria and La Ampuyenta. Walk in the footsteps of the natives through La Atalayita, see secret rock carvings in Casa Alta de Tindaya and learn about traditional country life in the open-air museum La Alcogida.Your excursion programme should also include a visit to the Faro de Tostón lighthouses with the Fisheries Museum, the picturesque Faro Punta de Entallada and the Faro de Jandía on the southern tip of Fuerteventura. You are guaranteed to be impressed by the numerous windmills, as well as the Molino de Antigua and the mill museum in Tascamanita.You will have fabulous views from the astronomical Mirador de Sicasumbre, the Morro Velosa above Betancuria and the Mirador Guise y Ayose, whose oversized statues are dedicated to the kings of the natives. Take a break and go shopping in the capital Puerto del Rosario in the island's largest shopping centre Las Rotondas, or browse for typical souvenirs at the handicraft and African markets. Visit the award-winning goat cheese dairies La Pared and Maxorata and taste the fine cheeses.Even as a family with children you will get your money's worth. Sunbathe and swim in the tranquil Caleta de Fueste bay, crown an unforgettable day at Oasis Wildlife Park with a camel ride, see and pet goats, visit the turtle nursery, or have fun at Acua Water Park in Corralejo.Don't miss any highlights and make your holiday an unforgettable experience: Dream beaches- Sahara- dune landscapes- popcorn beach- lonely bays- sightseeing- museums- historic towns and villages- viewpoints- handicraft markets- Africa- markets- cheese dairies and goat cheese- aloe vera- windmills- adventure tours- daily updated information of the Fuerteventura newspaper and activities for children.
21st-Century Yokel explores the way we can be tied inescapably to landscape, whether we like it or not, often through our family and our past. It's not quite a nature book, not quite a humour book, not quite a family memoir, not quite folklore, not quite social history, not quite a collection of essays, but a bit of all seven. It contains owls, badgers, ponies, beavers, otters, bats, bees, scarecrows, dogs, ghosts and yes, even a few cats. What emerges from this are themes that are broader, bigger and more definitive.
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