It seems that every day of the year is designated for one thing or another; Star Wars day, password day, no socks day, naked gardening day and the list goes on. But there are somethings that are truly worth celebrating. Mother Ocean Day was only recently designated (2013) but we at Nature Bureau are pretty happy about this new addition. Today, the 10th May was designated as Mother Ocean Day ‘to celebrate the beauty and wonder of the oceans’. Oceans cover about 70% of the planet and yet we have only explored about 5%, we know a lot but luckily we still have so much more to explore. I am currently sat in my temporary office with the Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society (http://strawberryisle.org/) in the gorgeous coastal town of Tofino in British Columbia, Canada. Here, the beauty of the ocean is all around me. But whether you are by the coast today or sat in your office miles from the sea, take a moment to reflect on how important our oceans are to our very existence. Our oceans shape our climate, absorb the CO2 we produce, give us food, transport our goods and sustain a whole plethora of amazing sea creatures for us to marvel at. But also take a moment to contemplate the joy and calmness that being by the sea brings us. In today’s frantic world, being by the sea provides so many of us with a sense of stillness and humbleness that is hard to rival. And that is worth celebrating!
Photograph is of Tonquin Beach, Tofino, British Columbia. The Pacific Ocean lives up to its original meaning today of ‘Peaceful sea’.
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"Have just received my copy of 'Butterflies of the West Midlands' and wanted to say what a brilliant publication it is. People who don't live in the West Midlands (like me) should not be put off by its regional focus. It is one of the best butterfly books I have seen - and I have seen a lot!" Mike Allen
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Feedback on Flora of Birmingham and the Black Country:
“This is just to congratulate you on producing such an excellent book. As a flora novice, I find that the book has an aesthetically pleasing style which draws the reader in to further study each section. It is also a joy to find books these days in which the pages lie flat when opened.”
“I've just received my copy of The Flora and I just wanted to say how impressive it is. Wow! I often buy books, skim them and put them on the shelf but I can see myself dipping into this one regularly. It's all very inspiring.”
“The book is remarkable. At the same time a reference book, a history book, and a work of art, but above all an inspiration. No one could fail to be impressed with the contents and the excitement they generate for the natural world.”
Wildlife writer Peter Marren visited the design team today at our offices in Newbury, on production of the first volume of his autobiography 'Where the Wild Thyme Blew - growing up with nature in the fifties and sixties'.
This nostalgic look back covers a 'free-range' boyhood, boarding school, then university, by way of Germany, Singapore, the Midlands and Exeter – always with nature at the fore.
The book is available to buy from our online bookshop.
Peter is a wildlife writer, journalist and authority on invertebrate folklore and names. His books include The New Naturalists, which won the Society for the History of Natural History's Thackray Medal, Britain's Rare Flowers, which won the Botanical Society of the British Isles' Presidents' Award. He won a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for work on Bugs Britannica.
2000 copies of our latest publication 'Butterflies of the West Midlands' have arrived in the office! Thank you to all our customers who ordered early and took advantage of the pre-publication offer. Those orders will take priority and will be fulfilled very soon.
This is the the first ever book on the butterflies of the West Midlands featuring detailed accounts of all 41 species regularly recorded in Birmingham and the Black Country and surrounding counties. It also has distribution maps, 25 butterfly walks, gardening tips and a section on how to photograph butterflies.
See more info or order at: http://www.naturebureau.co.uk/bookshop/butterflies-west-mids-detail
We are thrilled that our recent design project 'Floodplain Meadows – Beauty and Utility' just published on 21 April, is proving to be a runaway bestseller!
Produced for The Floodplain Meadows Partnership, this comprehensive and beautifully illustrated handbook covers everything you need to know about the history, management, restoration and creation of this vitally important, yet threatened, habitat.
Floodplain meadows were once very widespread, but now occupy less than 1,500 ha in the UK. They are both part of our heritage and inspirational wildlife habitats, supporting a diversity of plant species rarely seen elsewhere, and offering a home for a wealth of wildlife including birds, bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects. They are the product of a long agricultural tradition of managing floodplains to produce a valuable crop, and thereby provide a rich seam of rural history to explore.
The Floodplain Meadows Partnership was established in 2007 to help protect and restore this stunning and diverse habitat through collection, analysis and sharing of scientifically collected data from floodplain meadows across the UK. The Partnership is hosted and directed by the Open University and steered by the Environment Agency, Natural England, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, the RSPB, The Wildlife Trusts, the Field Studies Council, People Need Nature and the National Trust.
The cover illustration is a linocut by renowned wildlife artist Robert Gillmor.