Black Ops and Beaver Bombing : Adventures with Britain’s Wild Mammals


by Mathews, Fiona | United Kingdom, Great Britain
Published 02/05/2024 by Oneworld Publications in the United Kingdom
Paperback | 368 pages

ISBN: 9.78086E+12 Category:


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 EarthA COUNTRYFILE AND WATERSTONES BEST NATURE BOOK OF 2023Britain is teeming with wildlife, often in the most unexpected places. There are quarries where rare bats hang out with pot-smoking teens. In Glasgow’s urban parks water voles are thriving – without water. Our coastlines are bustling with grey and harbour 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’A cracking book, which shares fascinating stories from the new frontlines of nature conservation… readable and entertaining. The passion and humour of the authors comes through on every page.’ Craig Bennett, Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trusts’Elegiac, informative and funny; some truly magical encounters in the wild.’ Peter Fiennes, author of Oak and Ash and Thorn’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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Weight 0.324 kg