Forests and Woods (Collins Nature Explorers Series)

Forests and Woods (Collins Nature Explorers Series)

by Nick Baker




Have you ever wondered:

  • How old the trees in the woods are?
  • What creatures live inside the forest?
  • Where to watch animals without being seen?
  • How to whistle like a bird and track a deer?

Now you can become an expert nature explorer and learn fantastic facts to impress your friends and family!

You'll love that these hands-on books contain straightforward and safe step-by-step projects, allowing you to help your children discover the natural world. They are ideal supplements to school science projects and the perfect activities for weekends and vacations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060890780
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/08/2007
Series: Collins Nature Explorers Series
Pages: 72
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Nick Baker is one of wildlife's brightest young talents and a presenter of the BBC's long-running animal series, The Really Wild Show. He is also the author of The First-time Naturalist.

First Chapter

Forests and Woods (Collins Nature Explorers)

Chapter One

The wildlife in the woods

Looking up through the bright green, newly unfurled leaves of beech woods, you may feel as though you are in a huge cathedral gazing up through the stained glass windows—ones that are made up of many shades of green. But we chop these trees down, use them as crops, or as things to climb. Woods are places to walk the dog, they form barriers and boundaries, but they are the lungs of the planet.

Trees are amazing light machines. Just like other plants, they trap the Sun's energy by using it to combine water and carbon dioxide gas in the air to form sugars. But trees do it on a much bigger scale. Each one is a light factory, with tiny microscopic work stations inside each leaf. While looking up through the canopy, hold a leaf in your hand and imagine the scale of production. Think of the millions of little cells in the leaf and then multiply by the number of leaves you can see all around you. An acre of woods is such an effective factory that it produces over 5,000 tons of roots, wood, and leaves every year!

To smaller beasts, a field of grass is like a forest, but a forest, woods, or copse is a unique experience for human-sized creatures. This is exactly what this book is about: exploring our woods, forests, hedgerows, and some of the habitats that are associated with them.

Forests and Woods (Collins Nature Explorers). Copyright � by Nick Baker. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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