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Read All About It! Book reviews from The Conservation Volunteers

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In the run-up to Christmas most of us are thinking of gifts for friends or family.

Books have always been a popular choice, with something suitable for everyone, whatever the age or interests of the recipient.

Staff from The Conservation Volunteers throughout the UK have given a personal selection of their favourite books about nature and the environment (in its widest sense).

Some of the books may not currently be in print but, search online, and you never know what you might find! Of course books, like puppies, are not just for Christmas, so you may like to squirrel away some of these recommendations for a future birthday or similar occasion.

Alternatively, why not treat just yourself!

The Recommendations

Download the full list with the nominees reasons (PDF 700KB)

  • Planting Acorns, by Geraldine Taylor, Impact Books
  • The Legacy of Luna, by Julia Butterfly Hill, HarperOne
  • The Man Who Planted Trees, by Jean Giono, Harvill Press
  • Gorillas in the Mist, by Dian Fossey, Mariner Books
  • The Wind in the Pylons: Adventures of the Mole in Weaselworld, by Gareth Lovett Jones, Hilltop Publishing
  • On Guerrilla Gardening: A Handbook for Gardening Without Boundaries, by Richard Reynolds, Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Waterlog: A Swimmer's Journey through Britain, by Roger Deakin, Vintage
  • The Butterfly Isles: A Summer in Search of our Emperors and Admirals, by Patrick Barkham, Granta
  • The Thrifty Forager: Living Off Your Local Landscapes, by Alys Fowler, Kyle Books
  • Weeds: The Story of Outlaw Plants, by Richard Mabey, Profile Books
  • Making Wildflower Meadows, by Pam Lewis, Frances Lincoln
  • The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Vintage Classics
  • Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers, Penguin Books
  • The One Straw Revolution, by Masanobu Fukuoka, New York Review of Books Classic
  • Driving My Tractor, by Jan Dobbins & David Sim, Barefoot Books