Published in May, this countryside companion is an essential compendium of anecdotes, folklore, facts and literature from the natural world. The Nature Magpie is Darwin’s Origin of Species meets Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. Join novelists, poets and naturalists as they explore the most isolated parts of our planet; see London Zoo through the eyes of its earliest visitors; learn how to name species in Latin; consider the regional accents of animals and discover which plants can be used to predict the weather.

Compiled and curated by Daniel Allen – nature writer and expert juror on Paul O’Grady’s ITV British Animal Honours – The Nature Magpie presents a treasure trove of humanity’s thoughts and feelings about wildlife and landscapes, making it the perfect addition to any nature-lover’s library.


r Daniel Allen  was an expert juror for ITV’s British Animal Honours 2013. His first book, Otter (Reaktion Books, 2010), was described by Virginia McKenna OBE as ‘the most brilliant mix of facts ancient and modern about the otter species’. Daniel has written for magazines such as The Field and is a regular columnist for Small Furry Pets and Practical Reptile Keeping. He lives in Berkshire and is available for interview | | Twitter @Dr_Dan_