Top 10 Nature Books
To mark summer solstice, we have put together a selection of some of our favourite and most loved nature books. This year, as the world has slowed down and we’ve all had to adapt to life at home, it’s given us more opportunity to stop, take a look around, and be more in tune with nature and all its wildlife. As a wise proverb helps us to remember, it costs nothing to be kind – and there are endless ways to help wildlife thrive in our environments.
Take a look at our top 10 picks of nature books below. Maybe you might even want to add your favourites to our collection in the comments section.
The Wild Remedy by Emma Mitchell
This is a truly beautiful book. Written in diary form and featuring wonderful illustrations and photography from the author, Emma Mitchell chronicles what it’s like to live with depression and relates her experience of finding hope, stillness, and peace in the countryside after having moved from the bustle of the city. Her personal experience emphasises the importance of the natural world and the effect it has on our mental wellbeing.
Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty
This is a powerful debut by sixteen year old Dara McAnulty, who invites readers to view the natural world through his eyes alongside his own personal experiences. As a conservationist and environment activist who lives with autism, he channels his own fears, observations, and hopes for the future within his writing. Filled with captivating descriptions of the nature and how Dara interprets it, this book is an absolute beauty and a welcome addition to our bookshelf.
The Seabird’s Cry by Adam Nicolson
This book is a popular favourite when it comes to understanding the life and behaviours of various seabirds found throughout the UK. From the herring gull to the puffin, and the razorbill to the guillemot, delve into the lives of ten different, yet iconic, seabirds to broaden your horizons when it comes to the species that make our rocky cliff faces and shores their familiar ground.
The Little Book of Bees by Hilary Kearney
Filled with mesmerising illustrations, The Little Book of Bees invites readers to step into the busy world of bees, encompassing their behaviours, habitats, nesting patterns and life cycles with extraordinary detail. With a tone that engages both novice nature readers and passionate enthusiasts alike, this book is a wonderful depiction of bee life and full of fascinating facts. Ultimately, it outlines all the wonderful things that makes bees, well, bees!
The Penguin Lessons by Tom Michell
A very special book that will forever touch our hearts. This significant memoir about a young school teacher who rescues a penguin covered in tar on the shores of Uruguay is a stirringly poignant yet humorous account on what happens when you lend a helping hand to nature’s creatures. It shows the reader the strength of human and animal bonds and the power within them. Follow Tom’s journey, complete with whimsical mishaps, as he spends his time with getting to know this penguin. What starts as a miraculous chance encounter soon becomes a tentative, and then lifelong, friendship.
The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
For those who want something a little different from the animal kingdom, The Hidden Life of Trees is the perfect remedy. Undoubtedly something that many of us take for granted, trees are extremely powerful and vital organisms in the natural world. Join Peter Wohlleben as he attempts to uncover just how much trees can feel, how they communicate and their importance in our world – and what we can do to help them.
The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
No stranger to the bestseller list, The Salt Path is one of our favourite walking memoirs paired side by side with nature. This inspiring memoir is beautifully written and elevates the natural world alongside grief, the power of healing, and the human experience.
Wilding by Isabella Tree
Wilding tells the true story of how Isabella Tree and her husband successfully attempted to restore wildlife back to their clay farmland in West Sussex. A powerful and passionate account of what it takes to help nature and wildlife along its way, this book celebrates rewilding and highlights the significance of habitat loss by means of inadvertent human destruction – and the powerful decision to rectify it.
The Almanac Journal by Lia Leendertz
The Almanac Journal brings the reader’s own interactions with nature to the heart of its purpose. Fill out your own unique journey into the pages of this book as you notice the world and the changing seasons around you. Inside the folds of its pages, you can press flowers, keep found feathers and jot down all the wonderous things you notice surrounding you. Whether you notice these things in your garden, a park, or in sprawling wildlife reserves, this book is designed to be used everywhere, no matter where you live.
The Hedgehog Handbook by Sally Coulthard
It’s a sad truth that hedgehog numbers have rapidly declined in the last few years within the UK. However, with the aid of The Hedgehog Handbook, you can help increase their numbers and give encouragement to these beloved creatures. Full of facts and interesting snippets on the life of the hedgehog, as well as literary references (who can forget Miss Tiggy-Winkle in Beatrix Potter’s loveable tales?), this charming book is guaranteed to make you smile and help you fall in love with hedgehogs just a little bit more.
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Are there any we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments which ones are your favourite.