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The Bumper Book of Nature: A User's Guide to the Great Outdoorsby Stephen Moss
Synopses & Reviews
When was the last time you climbed a tree? Picked blackberries? Held a snail race? Made maple syrup candy, an old-fashioned quill pen from a bird feather you found, or a plaster cast of an animal track? If the answer is "can't remember" or quite possibly "never," The Bumper Book of Nature will inspire you to get outdoors and enjoy the very best kind of free entertainment for you and your family.
Who wouldn't love to discover a colorful butterfly hibernating in a woodshed for the winter or look at a snowflake under a magnifying lens? In warmer weather, why not explore rock pools by the seaside, pick wild meadow flowers (and then fry up elderflower fritters!), or go on a city safari?
Whether you live in the heart of the city, the suburbs, or the deepest countryside, The Bumper Book of Nature will bring out the child in you with its treasure trove of offbeat, playful nature activities arranged by season. With lovely full-color illustrations as well as related trivia, quotes, and bits of poetry, it's a wonderful keepsake as well as a one-of-a-kind field guide.
The BBC producer of such shows as How to Watch Wildlife presents an American edition of a lavishly illustrated treasury of nature-inspired facts that includes instructions for such activities as fingerprinting a tree, making plaster casts of animal prints and creating quill pens from bird feathers.
About the Author
\STEPHEN MOSS works at the BBC Natural History Unit where he has produced programs including How to Watch Wildlife and Birding with Bill Oddie. He is the author of the "Birdwatch" column in the Guardian, and lives in Somerset with his wife and children.
Table of Contents
Fall. Collect and roast sweet chestnuts ; Make jack-o'-lanterns for Halloween ; Roast pumpkin seeds for a tasty snack ; Apple bobbing ; Watch birds feeding on fruit and berries ; How to identify coastal birds ; Collect pinecones and make them into Christmas decorations ; Go on a "fungal foray" ; Collect seeds and plant them ; Make leaf rubbings ; Listen for owls calling ; Look for spiders in your house ; Look for spiderwebs on a fall morning ; Make a woodpile in your backyard ; How to identify small mammals ; Trap small mammals ; Observe deer during the rutting season ; Make a birdhouse ; Dig a pond in your backyard ; Plant a native hedgerow in your backyard ; How to identify medium-size mammals ; Be blown by the wind ; Fall weather lore — Winter. Feed the ducks ; How to identify ducks and waterbirds ; Go pishing to attract small birds ; Search for hibernating butterflies ; Go beachcombing along the tide line ; Watch the sun rise and set on the same day ; Go swimming in the sea in winter ; How to identify marine mammals ; Look for winter wildlife ; Take part in the Christmas bird count ; Make maple syrup candy ; Six things to do when it snows ; Make a snowman ; Catch a snowflake on your tongue ; Look at a snowflake through a magnifying glass ; Make snow angels ; Slide down a slope on a tray or garbage bag ; Have a snowball fight ; How to identify large mammals ; winter weather lore.
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