Animal behaviour

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  • Aesop’s animals


    Aesop’s animals

    Despite being conceived over two and a half thousand years ago, Aesop’s Fables are still passed from parent to child today, and are embedded in our collective consciousness. The morals we learnt from these tales still inform our judgements, but have they influenced our views of the animal protagonists as well? And if so, is there any truth behind the stereotypes? In ‘Aesop’s Animals’, zoologist Jo Wimpenny turns a critical eye to the fables and ask whether there is any scientific truth to Aesop’s portrayal of his animals. She brings the tales into the twenty-first century, introducing the latest scientific research on some of the most fascinating topics in animal behaviour. Each chapter focuses on a different fable and a different topic in ethology, including future planning, tool use, self-recognition, cooperation and deception.

  • How to speak whale


    How to speak whale

    ‘Fascinating’ Greta Thunberg

    ‘Extraordinary’ Merlin Sheldrake

    ‘A must-read’ New Scientist

    ‘Enthralling’ George Monbiot

    ‘Brilliant’ Philip Hoare

  • Under the henfluence


    Under the henfluence

    ‘Share[s] the life-enhancing joys of the humble hen’ Sunday Times

    ‘Clocks our obsession with chicken-keeping ? Brilliant’ New York Magazine

    An immersive blend of chicken-keeping memoir and animal welfare reporting by a journalist who accidentally became obsessed with her flock.

  • What we leave behind


    What we leave behind

    It starts with a day at the beach. A single white sock that somehow spoils everything. It’s enough to send writer and ornithologist Stanislaw Lubienski on a quest to understand what we throw away, where it goes and whether it will be our legacy. By analysing items he unearths on his trips into nature – a plastic bottle, a tube of Russian penis-enlargement cream, a cigarette butt, an empty aerosol can – tracing their origins and explaining the harm they can do, he shows how consumer society has developed out of control, to the point of environmental catastrophe. He also looks with a birdwatcher’s eye at how various animals have come to adapt to and even rely on our rubbish, and interrogates the cultural significance of waste and the origins of our throw-away lifestyles.