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#30DaysWild, Day 5, WTBBC Team Summer Reading Recommendations

Posted: Monday 5th June 2017 by evaphillips

We were recently asked on Facebook what inspirational wildlife books we would recommend, we threw the challenge to our whole team and here are our recommendations to see you through #30DaysWild

Johanne - Trustee 

H is for Hawk, Helen Macdonald A beautifully written memoir about our intimate and intense relationship with nature. An emotionally charged read about grieving and the restorative role of nature in that journey.

Andy - Biodiversity Information Officer

The Naming of the Shrew: A Curious History of Latin Names, John Wright
A very entertaining and funny book about the world of taxonomy and why and how we came up with the Latin names for species.

Hidden Nature: A Voyage of Discovery, Alys Fowler
A super book about one woman’s attempt to paddle every canal in Birmingham in an inflatable canoe. Includes detailed and illuminating accounts of the wildlife and people she encounters.

A Sting In The Tail, Dave Goulson
A very entertaining and educational account of a man’s lifelong obsession with Bumblebees.

Emma - Engagement Officer

Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer If you’ve ever dreamed of escaping into the wild, leaving behind money, technology and all the aligning worries – This book will make you want to do it more!

Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv
Really makes you question humans relationship with the natural world. This book made me want to go out and seek nature and to reflect on how our relationship with nature needs to be revisited - especially for the sake of our future generations.


Eva - Communications Officer

Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood
Whilst not strictly about nature, this tells a future where research in the name of science is all and the impact on our wildlife and environment when humans interfere too much

Charlotte’s Web, E.B White
Long story short, spiders are good!
A lovely introduction to life cycles and food pyramids as well as friendship, survival and growing up

The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
The original ‘Green Care’ pilot, fresh air, nature and friendship come together to heal a young boy mentally and physically.

Gareth - People and Wildlife Manager

The Lorax, Dr Seuss
(not the film, definitely not the film…)

Wild, Jay Griffiths (autobiographical)
This is what complete immersion in the wild looks like…

Erin, Wilder Career Choice Trainee

Watership Down, Richard Adams
Deep understanding of social structures and the problems facing animals and our society

The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
This book is very inspiring for me, the love of the outdoors, old fashioned simple living with the land

His Dark Materials (Northern lights is the first book), Philip Pullman
The symbolism people attach to animals which is seen through cultures around the world and across time.

Where The Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak - Not Wildlife related but WildPlay related – shows the importance nature has on imagination and our outlook on life. 

I also love Beatrix Potter (obviously), Brambly Hedge books, Little Bear books, all suitable for younger children.

The Yorkshire Vet, and anything written by Oliver Rackham - Nature in Britain shown through the deep understanding from the perspective of a vet and a farmer. Really interesting, gripping and readable books- written very well. 

We would love to know what you think about our choices, what we've missed, and what you would recommend to us :) 


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    Pleased to see 'A Sting in the Tale' by Dave Goulson recommended (note Tale not Tail!!!! Do go on to read his sequel 'A Buzz in the Meadow' which is equally inspiring.

    Tuesday 13th June 2017

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Pleased to see 'A Sting in the Tale' by Dave Goulson recommended (note Tale not Tail!!!! Do go on to read his sequel 'A Buzz in the Meadow' which is equally inspiring.

Tuesday 13th June 2017