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This section of the website posts reviews of books about conservation, natural history and the environment.

Some of the titles relate to projects of World Land Trust (WLT), others are field guides, handbooks and children's books. Also included are books that raise money for the Trust.

Some authors donate a percentage of the cover price to WLT, and where this is the case, it is indicated in the review. Other authors donate their public lending rights through the Green Ink initiative.

Reviews are by WLT staff and supporters. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer and prices quoted are for a guide only.

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Green Ink is an initiative which enables authors and artists to donate their public lending rights to WLT to save habitats. This means that if you borrow from the library certain titles by Green Ink authors, WLT benefits.

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Book Reviews

  • Green Rooms: Over 100 Eco-Friendly and Ethical Escapes Around the World
    This clear and attractively laid out book reviews some of the eco-lodges from the vast number springing up across the world.
  • The Natural History of Hidden Animals
    When there are so many animals that are already known, and known to be critically endangered, it does seem to me a waste of valuable resources to be worrying about animals that probably don't even exist.
  • The Weather Makers
    Our Changing Climate and What It Means For Life on Earth... This meaty book is packed with knowledge and facts about our changing planet and climate change issues.
  • Hard Rain: Our Headlong Collision with Nature
    A fantastic piece of literature, and a stunning pice of artwork; the photography is hard-hitting and heart-wrenching; the text is interesting and informative, but also equally distressing.
  • Jungle of the Maya
    This is a stunning book. It is very much in the image of the Time-Life Wilderness series of the 1960s and 70s. The photographs are excellent, well printed, and are complimented by highly readable text.
  • How to be a Bad Birdwatcher
    The perfect Christmas present for expert or beginner. Despite its title, this is actually a very well conceived introduction to natural history in general, and birding in particular. This book supports WLT through Green Ink.
  • A Bird in the Bush: A Social History of Birdwatching
    This is a thoroughly good read, in particular for keen birdwatchers. Well written, it is an entertaining account of what is now one of Britain's most popular outdoor activities.
  • Mammals of the World - A Checklist
    The present authors have listed most of the new species described since 1993, but not made clear when any of their classification of the higher taxa varies from other authors.
  • An excellent start to improving an industry that until recently was wide open to criticism. The guide is both well conceived and well designed.
  • Plants for People
    It is a beautifully produced book, well illustrated and well printed on good quality paper. The text is comprehensive, and yet readable. I have only two serious criticisms.
  • At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig
    This one has given a new lease of life to historical background travelogues. I will not even attempt to describe its contents -- just read it for yourself. You will either want to go to Paraguay immediately (like me) or be put off for ever.
  • Harmonization of Red Lists for threatened species in Europe
    The papers in this volume offer some very interesting insights into the current knowledge of Europe's endangered wildlife, and this will be a very useful book for anyone with an interest in conserving endangered species.
  • Field Guide to Dragonflies & Damselflies
    The Illustrations are particularly beautiful and this is very much a practical book, rather than the coffee table style of 'field guide'.
  • Zoo: A History of Zoological Gardens in the West
    The book is worth acquiring for the illustrations, and with that reservation I would recommend it.
  • Nature Conservation
    A brilliant tour-de force, one of the latest in the renowned New Naturalist series attempts to summarise the history of the nature conservation movement in Great Britain.
  • I have only just come across this title, which rather surprised me since I reckon to have a very comprehensive library of similar titles, which I attempt to keep up to date.
  • Cattle: An Informal Social History
    Its totally uninspiring title should have put me off... but when Carlson got into her stride I found it a riveting read, and very relevant to the history of wildlife and wildlands.
  • Marine Reserves in the Philippines
    Outside the Philippines the book will have only limited appeal, as it is far from comprehensive in its dealing with the subject.
  • Natural North
    A remarkable celebration of 30 years of photography by Alan Potts.
  • Animal Rights: Political & Social Change in Britain since 1800
    Although the book covers the subject well, it seems that the analysis of the arguments presented are sometimes one sided.


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