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Alien Empire

Christopher O'Toole , BBC Books , 1995
This book, and the television series it accompanies, open the doors into a world that we have never seen. We discover the design miracle of insects' bodies; their sophisticated communication systems; their fast and furious reproductive systems, and much more about their strange structures and lives. As this book shows, in their looks and behaviour, insects are as close to an alien lifeform as any we are likely to find in the stars
Biology

English in Agriculture

Alan Mountford , Oxford University Press , 1977
This book is aimed at developing a basic knowledge of how English is used for communication in dealing with topics in agriculture. Intended for students who already know how to handle the common English sentence patterns but who need to learn how these patterns are used to convey information and to conduct coherent discussion
Biology

Trees of Britain and Europe

Bob Press & David Hosking , New Holland Ltd , 1992
This book explains how trees can be identified correctly, and also includes a history of trees and a comprehensive account of tree families
Biology

TV Documentaries


Aristotle's Lagoon

BBC
In the 4th century BC the Greek philosopher Aristotle travelled to Lesvos, an island in the Aegean teeming, then as now, with wildlife.
Biology

Beautiful Minds Seies 2 - Professor Jenny Clack

BBC 4
For paleontologist Professor Jenny Clack, who solved one of the greatest mysteries in the history of life on Earth, success was far from inevitable. She recounts how she had to overcome a series of setbacks before she found and described the fossil Acanthostega, a 365 million-year-old creature that offered dramatic new evidence of how fish made the transition onto land.
Biology

Beautiful Minds Series 2 - Professor Richard Dawkins

BBC 4
Professor Richard Dawkins reveals how he came to write his explosive first book The Selfish Gene, a work that was to divide the scientific community and make him the most influential evolutionary biologist of his generation. He also explores how this set him on the path to becoming an outspoken spokesman for atheism.
Biology


Botany: A Blooming History: Hidden World

BBC 4
For 10,000 years or more, humans created new plant varieties for food by trial and error and a touch of serendipity. Then 150 years ago, a new era began. Pioneer botanists unlocked the patterns found in different types of plants and opened the door to a new branch of science - plant genetics. They discovered what controlled the random colours of snapdragon petals and the strange colours found in wild maize.
Biology

Botany: A Blooming History: Photosynthesis

BBC 4
The air we breathe, and all the food we eat, is created from water, sunlight, carbon dioxide and a few minerals. That's it, nothing else. It sounds simple, but this process is one of the most fascinating and complicated in all of science. Without it there could be no life on earth. It's that important.
Biology











David Attenborough's First Life - Arrival

BBC 2
In fifty years of broadcasting, Sir David Attenborough has travelled the globe to document the living world in all its wonder. Now, in the landmark series, David Attenborough's First Life, he completes his journey by going back in time to the roots of the tree of life, in search of the very first animals.
Biology



Frozen Planet - 02 Spring

BBC
Spring arrives in the polar regions, and the sun appears after an absence of five months; warmth and life return to these magical ice worlds - the greatest seasonal transformation on our planet is underway.
Biology

Frozen Planet - 03 Summer

BBC
It is high summer in the polar regions, and the sun never sets. Vast hordes of summer visitors cram a lifetime of drama into one long, magical day; they must feed, fight and rear their young in this brief window of plenty.
Biology

Frozen Planet - 04 Autumn

BBC
For the animals in the polar regions, autumn means dramatic battles and epic journeys. Time is running out - the Arctic Ocean is freezing over and the sea ice is advancing at 2.5 miles per day around Antarctica.
Biology

Frozen Planet - 05 Winter

BBC
There is no greater test for life than winter, as temperatures plummet to 70 below and winds reach 200kph. Darkness and ice extend across the polar regions and only a few remarkable survivors gamble on remaining.
Biology



Frozen Planet - The Epic Journey

BBC
This Frozen Planet special brings together the very best highlights of the series, taking viewers on a spectacular journey through the entire polar year - from the depths of winter to the melting world of the polar summer.
Biology