Chronicling an abusive relationship between people and the animals we have hunted, imprisoned and eaten.
It was once believed that swallows spent their winters on the Moon, or asleep on river beds.
Britain’s National Parks are a forgotten legacy of postwar reconstruction.
The people of medieval Europe were devoted to their dogs; one great French dog-lover declared that the greatest defect of the species was that they ‘lived not long enough’.
Despite his influence on the likes of Charles Darwin, the 18th-century ‘parson-naturalist’ is sorely underrated.
No other creature has embodied so many attributes: magic spirit, vermin, guardian of holy men, symbol of mother India, an incarnation of evil yet also its vanquisher.
Four centuries of horticultural endeavours in the modest plots of the ‘lower orders’.
The role birds played in the lives – intellectual, practical, emotional and otherwise – of men and women in the ancient world.
The exotic dead animals that appeared in the menageries of Victorian Britain’s grand exhibitions were far from perfect specimens. Stuffed, stitched, painted hybrids – accuracy was not a priority.
The real and mythical dangers of the wilderness.