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The Nature of Britain Hardcover – 27 Sep 2007


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; First Edition edition (27 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563493984
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563493983
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.6 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 319,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Originally trained at Hertfordshire College of Horticulture and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Alan Titchmarsh is the author of over 40 books about gardening, including How to be a Gardener Book 1: Back to Basics, the fastest-selling of all time in the genre, and the bestselling The Kitchen Gardener: How to Grow Your Own Fruit and Veg. He writes for BBC Gardeners' World Magazine, and is gardening correspondent for the Daily Express and Sunday Express. He has presented Gardeners' World, the annual coverage of The Chelsea Flower Show and Nature of Britain, and has his own daily chatshow and presents his own show on Radio 2.

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"This gloriously illustrated book." (Woman and Home)

"Superb" (The Good Book Guide)

"An informative, practical guide... It will be enjoyed by novice wildlife-watchers and experienced enthusiasts alike." (Country Living)

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An inspirational, visually stunning and definitive guide to British wildlife

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G.I.Forbes on 4 Sep 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book published to accompany the BBC series of the same name captures everything that is best of the British ccountryside.
The various chapters cover coasts and islands,woodlands,moors,heathers and mountains,limestone and chalk,hills and downs,fields and meadows,rivers lakes and streams,hedge rows and urban jungle.
very well written and researched with first class pictures although many are too small.
A book to be highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. I. Landless on 7 Dec 2009
Format: Hardcover
My husband loved this book. He had watched the series but he likes to take his time reading the book. Irene
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By Mrs. Su Dobridge on 27 Sep 2013
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It were useful and very clear with lot of pictures. I feel it rather too many books out there to choose which one is best. I find difficult.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brida TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Jan 2008
Format: Hardcover
I was given this book as a present for Christmas by my family. Within the last year, I have developed a true love of nature, so this seemed like the perfect gift. To be honest, looking at the Amazon page, I am quite surprised that THE NATURE OF BRITAIN has received such mixed reviews. One has said that the book is not definitive - well, perhaps this is the case, but it is meant to be a celebration of our landscape and our wildlife, and in this sense it is a triumph.

The book is divided into different sections covering different habitats; woodland, coast and islands, fields and meadows etc. Similar to the BBC series which accompanies this book, there are glorious colour photographs to bring to life what is being described.

As a book which can be enjoyed by people with all levels of knowledge about the British Isles and its flora and fauna, I think this is a great book to admire and to ignite passion for the subject.
Do not treat this as the definitive guide to what is to be found within our great countries; treat it as a way of opening up the natural world that is around you. Hopefully it shall then inspire you to go off and experience more.
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17 of 24 people found the following review helpful By cloth ears on 4 Dec 2007
Format: Hardcover
In some way it is pretty depressing that there exists a market for this kind of rubbish. Undoubtedly it is dressed up well with some good photographs but underneath it is mutton. Does Britain's nature have to play second to the Titchmarsh ego? And instead of the rose-tinted spectacles could we not have an unclouded view of the little wildlife we have?
Out of interest I wondered how the author would describe the marvel that is a British blanket bog and square this with his use of peat in his other job. I was unsurprised to find peat bogs are given a single boxed paragraph largely saying you should stick to the boardwalks as the bog tends to be wet. On the same page is a picture of a moss that is described as a species of Sphagnum but is actually a completely different kind of moss. Aside from apparently not knowing what Sphagnum looks like, and being seemingly unaware that there is more than one species of it (there are about 30 and some are rare) the author recommends we pull some up and squeeze it to see the water pour out. Enough said.
Maybe I should be less critical but the book is billed as the definitive guide - it isn't. It is a coffee table book for people whose only interest in nature is that it looks nice. If you want something decent go for superb wildlife writing like Mark Cocker's 'Crow Country' or Roger Deakin's 'Wildwood' or something from Collins' New Naturalist series such as Oliver Rackham's 'Woodland'. And if you honestly just want a coffee table book buy the collection of landscape photographer of the year.
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