Thursday, 11 July 2013

Review: 'Nature Detectives' Handbook' by Barbara Taylor

Nature Detectives' Handbook by Barbara Taylor, 2005, Miles Kelly Publishing, $8.88, softbound, 128 pages. Category/Genre: reference. Cover: brilliant. Where we got it: prezzie. Where you can get it: Amazon. 

Although it was written for those in the UK, nature lovers around the world will be interested in this book. You can also get more information and resources by visiting Here you can record your nature experiences to help scientists learn more about what's going on in the natural world. 

This fun and clever handbook will help you learn to identify 50 common British insects, flowers, trees, birds, fungi, and amphibians. With each entry (organised alphabetically) you will find a beautiful colour illustration and helpful labels. You will also learn the common and Latin names for each species. 

In addition to this, you will find a Fact Box, in which you may read a number of facts about the species. For example, in many north-west European languages, the word 'beech' is related to old words meaning 'book.' There's also a description of each species, a note about the species' habitat, and a marker that tells you the time of year each species may be seen. 

A records box is included for each species. Here you may make notes about the wildlife you have seen and heard, as well as adding your own photos. There is a species chart at the back in which you may make more small notes. 

The book comes with stickers that you may use to help you record your sightings. There's also a multiple choice quiz (the answers are included) to help you test your skills as a nature detective. 

The last page is a handy glossary. 

Sure, this book is for kids. But adults will like it, too. 

If you like this one, try: Secret Lives of Garden Wildlife, by Dominic Couzens. 

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