Every animal leaves some kind of trace as it passes and the art of tracking is very much like learning to read. If you learn to read the signs left by footprints, leftover food, droppings and scrapes in the earth you will soon be able to tell the story of an animal's life, packed with fascinating details and hidden meanings
This new book shows readers how to find and interpret the evidence that animals leave behind, from a footprint, a bent blade of grass, a soil disturbance or a chewed nut or leaf. Combined with other signs, tracks and trails they will soon be able to build a profile of a huge range of creatures. Readers will not only learn the difference between a poo and a pellet; but will be able to spot the differences between pellets regurgitated by a variety of bird species.
Written by popular nature presenter, Nick Baker, and beautifully designed and illustrated, the book is a brand new approach to the curious science of nature tracking.
About the Author
Nick Baker has presented a number of wildlife programmes including The Really Wild Show, Nick Baker's Under the Skin, Weird Creatures with Nick Baker and more recently Autumnwatch. Nick Baker's Beautiful Freaks was broadcast on Discovery and Sky 3D (in 3D) early in 2012, which was one of the first presenter-led 3D programmes in the UK. He has also written a number of well-received books, including The New Amateur Naturalist. Nick lives in Devon with Dartmoor on his doorstep and is Vice President of Buglife.
Nick Baker @bugboybaker on twitter
Table of Contents
Introduction: Tracker's kitbag and Technological tracker
2: Tracks and trails
3: Signs of feeding activity
5: Whose hole?
6: The pleasures of poo
8: Dead things
9: Remains and natural objects