Frozen Planet 2
24 Oct 2022 12:00 am
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NPL supplied 45 images for the Frozen Planet 2 book, published by Random House to accompany the BBC television series presented by David Attenborough. This gallery includes those images, plus four that were used in programme publicity for the series, and additional coverage on the themes covered in the 5 programmes broadcast.~Frozen Planet 2 focuses on the vulnerability of polar and high altitude habitats and wildlife to climate change. In recognition of this, NPL is pleased to be supporting WWF's Climate Crisis Fund as our current conservation project.
*The Green Planet
26 Jan 2022 12:00 am
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We're delighted that more than 60 of our images were included in this book accompanying the major BBC series revealing the secret life of plants. The Green Planet, with text by Simon Barnes, is published by BBC Books/Penguin Random House and available from all good book stores. To find out more about the series, take a look at our Green Planet blog and our new Green Planet gallery section.~~From jungles to deserts, from alpine forest to tropical swamps, Green Planet travels the world's habitats, showing us that plants are as aggressive, competitive and dramatic as the animals on our planet. You will discover agents of death, who ruthlessly engulf their host plant, but also those that form deep and complex relationships with other species, such as the desert cacti who use nectar-loving bats as pollinators. Although plants are undoubtedly the stars of the show, a fascinating new light is shone on the animals that interact with them. Using the latest technologies and showcasing over two decades of new discoveries, Green Planet reveals the strange and wonderful life of plants like never before – a life full of remarkable behaviour, emotional stories and surprising heroes.
A Perfect Planet
Our One in a Billion World Revealed
3 Dec 2020 12:00 am
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There is no place like home.~~The conditions of Earth are not just good for life, they are perfect. Everything about our planet - its size, its distance from the Sun, its spin and tilt, its moon - is perfectly suited to our existence, and our planet's forces serve to nurture its spectacular biodiversity. A Perfect Planet shows in stunning detail how Earth has always been more than the sum of its parts. Unlike any other astronomical body, it is a living world.~~A Perfect Planet, published on 26 November 2020 by BBC Books, accompanies the BBC television series. This gallery features the images from NPL that were used in the book.
Animals in Disguise
Uncover the Secrets of Animal Camouflage
5 Feb 2020 12:00 am
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Published by Wayland, Hachette Children's Group, written by Michael Bright, available from Jan 2020.~~Discover the most well-disguised animals on the planet!~~Some animals disguise themselves to look like plants or rocks. Others disappear from view altogether as they blend in to their habitats. How do they do this?~~In Animals in Disguise, learn about the various ways animals hide in plain sight and why. From avoiding predators and protecting themselves to ambushing or sneaking up on prey, each animal featured in this book has an astonishing skill for keeping out of sight.~~With different creatures from around the world, organised by classification, this book encourages the reader to seek out each creature hiding in plain sight in the full-page photograph of the featured animal. Younger children will enjoy looking at the photos to spot the camouflaged animals. To help find them a second picture shows them clearly and all is revealed at the end of the book.~~Perfect for readers aged 9 and up.
Creatures of the Deep
In Search of the Sea's Monsters and the World They Live In
24 Oct 2018 10:47 am
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In this updated and expanded edition of Creatures of the Deep, award-winning nature and science writer Erich Hoyt gives readers a glimpse of the amazing variety of creatures found in the deepest parts of the ocean. Weaving together details from the latest scientific research about sharks, giant squid, dragonfish, huge tube worms, clams and tiny microbes of the deep-sea vents, Hoyt embarks on a magical journey roaming across the abyssal plains and descending into deep-sea trenches more than 20,000 feet down.~~Hoyt unravels the complex predator-prey relationships, from "killer" copepods to battles between giant squid and sperm whales, presenting compelling portraits of animals that are superbly adapted denizens of a dark high-pressure world. There are life forms, independent of sunlight and photosynthesis, which flourish around the hot, sulfurous deep-sea vents in the magnificent rift valley of the mid-ocean ridge, the world's longest mountain range. Surviving in conditions that appear to be close to the very soup of primordial Earth, these microbes have become the basis for the latest research into Earth's origins. Fully illustrated with fantastic underwater imagery.
Forests in Our World
How the Climate Affects Woodlands
12 Nov 2019 12:00 am
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Forests in Our World (published by teNeues, looks at the impact of climate on the world's woodlands. Gunther Willinger takes readers on a fascinating journey through Earth’s five forest formations— from the coniferous forests of the far north to the rainforests of the tropics—and explains both the complex relationship between the forest, the climate and the environment. This book is a tribute to and exploration of forests at a time when we urgently need to understand and protect them. It explores different forest types and their development according to local climate and soil conditions.
Life in Colour: How Animals See the World
22 Feb 2021 12:00 am
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'The natural world is awash with colour, but we are only seeing half the story. If we could see things as animals do, our world would become unimaginably brighter. Now, thanks to new science and technology, we can at last open our eyes.' - Sir David Attenborough~~Accompanying a major new BBC series with David Attenborough, Life in Colour explores the fascinating story of how colour works in the natural world. From the 'trichromatic' vision of Silver Leaf Langurs, which allows them to see orange and red against forest foliage - the colours not only of ripe fruit, but of their young - to African Mandrills who use their colouration to do battle, Professor Martin Stevens reveals a complex system of messaging visible only to those who know the code.~~Based on the latest scientific research in the field, and illustrated with stunning photography throughout, Life in Colour reveals a world previously unknown to us.
Life on Earth
14 Aug 2018 12:00 am
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A new edition of David Attenborough's groundbreaking Life on Earth was published in October 2018 by William Collins. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the book's original publication, David Attenborough has revisited the text, taken into account new scientific discoveries, and chosen an entirely new set of images. Nature Picture Library is proud to have made a major contribution to this lavishly illustrated landmark publication, which tells in such an enthralling way the story of the development of life on earth. This gallery contains all the images which NPL supplied for the book.~~You can buy prints of a selection of the images from this book here.
Living Planet
18 Oct 2021 06:03 pm
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Masterpieces of the Earth
From Fire to Ice, the Creation of Our World
20 Nov 2019 12:00 am
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From searingly hot deserts to lands of fire and ice, this book is a vivid journey through the natural wonders of the seven continents.~~With page after page of spectacular photographs, this book pays homage to the powerful forces that shape our planet--fire, ice, water, and wind--revealing a world with extraordinary landscapes and breathtaking geological features. These images, of geysers spewing scalding water, glaciers chiseling out the mountainsides, and red-hot molten lava exploding on contact with the ocean, demonstrate how Earth's current appearance resulted from the incessant, powerful, and widespread activity of nature and climate change over the various geological eras. The portrait that emerges from this exceptional journey through vast patchwork quilts of salt deposits, colorful canyons, ripple-like sand patterns, and vibrant meltwater pools and channels, captures a living, endlessly changing, planet.
National Birds of the World
Bloomsbury Natural History ISBN: 9781408178355
24 Oct 2018 12:00 am
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Birds are one of the most popular and visible forms of all wildlife and are inextricably linked with the development of human cultures all around the world. Over the years some of the most eye-catching species of bird have been officially or unofficially adopted by countries as symbols of their national identity; there are now almost 100 national birds spanning every imaginable group from condors to parrots, trogons to frigatebirds.~~Both a comprehensive listing and guide book, National BIrds provides a range of information from species data to how these birds have been used and abused through the ages. It recounts tales of how they came to be adopted and presents a wide range of official and cultural contexts where they appear from feathers in tribal costumes to stamps and currency.
Our Planet Book
4 Apr 2019 12:00 am
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The photographic companion to the groundbreaking Netflix series. Our gallery contains images used in the book, published by Bantam Press, and related material covering the places, subject and issues discussed in the book. The main argument of the book is that the life on Earth faces urgent threats due to human activity in the last 50 years, but that the solutions to the problem also lie in our hands.
Planet Earth II
A New World Revealed
4 Jul 2017 12:00 am
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Nature Picture Library was delighted to be one of the main image suppliers for Planet Earth II, published by BBC Books to accompany the award-winning series presented by David Attenborough.
8 Nov 2022 12:00 am
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~~Erich Hoyt’s new book Planktonia, published by Firefly Books and available from all good booksellers, invites the reader to dive into the secret world of the nighttime ocean. The greatest migration on Earth happens twice each night. Zooplankton, followed by species with an acquired taste for plankton, start moving up the deep waters of the ocean for a feeding frenzy, before the zooplankton retreat to depths of the ocean to hide in the day. Some of these wonderful creatures are delicate and beautiful; some look terrifying...~
RSPB Handbook of Garden Wildlife Second Edition
Bloomsbury Wildlife, ISBN 9781472964618
24 Oct 2018 11:30 am
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This friendly handbook is full of practical advice on attracting wildlife to your garden, and encouraging creatures to stick around, as well as expert tips on green gardening, seasonal planting and garden predators.~~Colour photographs illustrate hundreds of mammals, birds, insects, invertebrates, reptiles and amphibians, flowers, trees, shrubs and fungi, while the comprehensive text explains everything you need to cultivate a haven for nature.~~The new edition includes additional species as well as fully updated text describing the diverse wildlife that can be found in British gardens. Finally, a DIY chapter is packed with projects for your garden, from building bat boxes to digging your own pond.
RSPB Spotlight Bats
Bloomsbury Wildlife, ISBN 9781472950055
24 Oct 2018 12:00 am
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Thanks to their speed, size and nocturnal habitats, bats are among the most interesting, and least understood, mammals that frequent our homes and gardens. From their ability to make sounds that are above the range of human hearing, to their reliance on echolocation to navigate objects and find prey, their unique behaviour means that bats are seldom seen or heard.~~With nearly 1,400 species worldwide, bats make up around 25 per cent of all mammal species. Spotlight Bats features all 17 species that live and breed in the British Isles, as well as an array of the most fascinating bats from around the world, including some of the more charismatic species such as vampire bats and fishing bats. Nancy Jennings uses up-to-date research to provide insights intothe lives of these elusive mammals, covering the biology, diversity, evolution and ecology of bats, as well as their interactions with humans and folklore.
Seven Worlds, One Planet
Natural Wonders From Every Continent
14 Nov 2019 12:00 am
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Millions of years ago huge forces ripped apart the Earth’s crust creating seven spectacular continents. Over time, each continent developed its own remarkable wildlife.~~From the depths of the South American jungles to the frozen peaks of Asia, and from the cities of Europe to the vast plains of Africa - Seven Worlds, One Planet features extraordinary animal behaviour and untold wildlife stories from each continent. We discover how our seven worlds gave rise to the great diversity of life on Earth today, and reveal the challenges now faced by animals in a world shaped by us.
Strange Sea Creatures
16 Sep 2020 12:00 am
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Available from October 2020, Erich Hoyt's new book Strange Sea Creatures (Firefly Books, Ltd., Canada) gives us a glimpse of some of the many weird and wonderful animals from the marine world. Featuring deep sea images by David Shale and Solvin Zankl and unusual creatures from Doug Perrine, Shane Gross and Doc White among others, there is plenty for those seeking out the otherworldly.~~The book organizes the creatures into three parts based on where they live in the ocean. Each part has representatives from the various marine animal classes (e.g., fish, crustaceans, jellyfish and siphonophores, squids, tunicates and other invertebrates).
The Life and Love of the Sea
26 Dec 2015 12:00 am
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Written by Lewis Blackwell and published by Abrams, The Life and Love of the Sea combines images from the world's leading marine and nature photographers and the latest in underwater photography techniques. The book presents a breathtaking visual tour of the oceans' many facets. Through an extensive survey of the oceans' many fascinating inhabitants, Blackwell introduces the incredible biodiversity of the seas from whales to manta rays, seals, endless schools of fish, and the creatures that reside in the deepest recesses of the ocean floor.
Weird Insects
24 Oct 2018 12:00 am
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Firefly Books - This book provides a sneak peak into the diverse and often hidden world of nature's strangest insects.~~Insects account for more than half of the more than 17,000,000 named species of living things. This fascinating book reveals a rare and close up look at the odd beauty of some of the strangest of these tiny creatures. Despite their large numbers, the world of these particularly weird insects exists largely hidden from our view. Included in the book are some of the most interesting insects from North and South America, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand and beyond.~~Weird Insects features:~~Beautiful photographs that show the insects in the wild.~Informative captions that provide fascinating details about the lives of these intriguing creatures.
Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises: A Natural History and Species Guide
24 Oct 2018 12:00 am
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Ivy Press/Quarto - The 89 species of the order Cetacea are some of the most diverse, intelligent, and elusive animals on the planet. Highly migratory, they live beneath remote skies thousands of miles away from land. The huge distances they cover and the depths they dive mean we catch only the merest glimpse of their lives. Technological advances have, however, increased our understanding, and for the first time, Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises gathers together all the most interesting new research to offer detailed profiles of each species, alongside the information needed to identify them. This title combines highlights from the latest scholarly studies of the nature and behaviour of the worlds whales, dolphins, and porpoises, with a hardworking field guide for use in observing these animals in the wild.
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