Some great ‘Nature’ books!

If you and your family enjoy spending time in the great outdoors it is worth investing in a few books to encourage your children to engage with what they are seeing  and to help you answer those tricky ‘What’s that purple flower?’ questions.

‘Usbourne Spotters Guide to Nature”

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  • A  guide to most common flowers, trees, birds and insects with an easy to use layout.
  • Acts both as a reference guide and as a ‘bingo’ where things can be ticked off when they have been spotted.
  • Ideal for children aged 6 -10.
  • Fairly bulky, not too big but not pocket size either.
  • Lovely clear illustrations and extra information about things like bird migration, identifying trees etc.
  • Rolls some of the other Usbourne guides into one, so good value from £7.67 on Amazon.

‘I SPY Nature’

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The ‘I SPY’ books are a great classic some of us will remember from our childhoods.  They are small and portable with the added ‘Bingo’ element.  We have ‘I Spy Nature’ but I have just noticed the box set which at only £6.20 for 4 books and a notebook in a sturdy box seems an absolute bargain.  Could be a perfect stocking filler!

  • A simple mostly pictorial layout.
  • Great for 4-8 year olds.
  • It will help your child engage with nature but don’t expect an in depth guide.
  • An absolute bargain at £2.50 for the single book.
  • Perfectly portable size, even for little hands.

‘Food for Free’

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Ever fancied a little foraging whilst on a walk or camping?  You’d be amazed at how much edible stuff you pass by.

  • This great, classic guide is now available in the ever handy Collins Gem size.
  • It advises what to look for, where and what to do with it once you have found it.  I always take it with me.  One day we will make an entire Ray Mears style meal.  In the meantime it’s just fascinating to know what is out there!
  • Did you know you can eat goose grass (you know the sticky stuff you can hilariously stick to the back of your friend’s jumper), ground elder and cow parsley!
  • Only £3.74 for a Gem edition or £16.24 for a luscious, hard back edition to keep at home.

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8 thoughts on “Some great ‘Nature’ books!

  1. Hertfordshire mummy says:

    They look great – I think I might add the eye spy one to my daughters christmas list. It looks great to take out with you on a walk or a trip to the park. We could even make a project of seeing if we could manage to spot everything -thanks for recommending

  2. BlundstonedLove says:


    I’d be wary of cow parsley myself – it looks a lot like some other seriously unpleasant umbellifers.

    Another good “Food For Free” type book is The Forager Handbook by Miles Irving – the pictures let it down though.

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