Natural History

Interspecies Violence

Chronicling an abusive relationship between people and the animals we have hunted, imprisoned and eaten.

Park Life

Britain’s National Parks are a forgotten legacy of postwar reconstruction.

The World of Medieval Dogdom

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’.

Tiger Tiger

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. 

Under Good Birds

The role birds played in the lives – intellectual, practical, emotional and otherwise – of men and women in the ancient world.

The Curious Creatures of Victorian Taxidermy

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.