Black Ops and Beaver Bombing


From central Glasgow to rural Wiltshire, a husband-and-wife team track down Britain’s enigmatic mammals

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From central Glasgow to rural Wiltshire, a husband-and-wife team track down Britain’s rarest and most enigmatic animals. ‘Weasely my favourite book of the year.’ Dave Goulson, author of Silent Earth A COUNTRYFILE AND WATERSTONES BEST NATURE BOOK OF 2023 Britain is teeming with wildlife, often in the most unexpected places. There are stone mines where bats hang out with pot-smoking teenagers and water voles thrive without water in Glaswegian parklands. Our coastlines are laden with seals. That’s the good news. The bad news is that a quarter of British mammals are at imminent risk of extinction. Tim Kendall and Fiona Mathews take us on a safari unlike any other. Armed with binoculars, a Thermos and, regrettably, an inexhaustible supply of puns, they travel from Scotland to the Isles of Scilly in search of their elusive subjects. You’ll find answers to questions you never thought to ask: do pine marten droppings really smell like Parma Violets? Should we give squirrels access to family planning? And what do wild boar have in common with a certain royal? Black Ops and Beaver Bombing is a celebration of Britain’s marvellous mammals, and a rallying cry to save them. *** SHORTLISTED FOR THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE ‘Elegiac, informative and funny; some truly magical encounters in the wild.’ Peter Fiennes ‘Spring has barely ticked over into summer, but I’ve already found the book that I’ll be recommending for the rest of the year.’ Countryfile ‘Packed full of useful information and acutely up to date… As she’s one of the ablest mammalogists of our age, it’s well worth listening to Fiona Mathews. I would heartily recommend this book to all.’ Derek Gow, author of Bringing Back the Beaver.

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Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 2.65 cm










General – Trade / Code: K


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