RSPB Nature Tracker’s Handbook  helps you trace every animal that 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 meaningsThis 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.

Table of contents

Introduction: Tracker’s kit bag and Technological tracker
2: Tracks and trails
3: Signs of feeding activity
4: Nests
5: Whose hole?
6: The pleasures of poo
7: Pellets
8: Dead things
9: Remains and natural objects


“This excellent book is perfect for getting more out of your walks.” –  BBC Countryfile“…a CSI-style guide to wildlife and essential reading for anyone seeking novel ways to reconnect with the wild world outside.” –  BBC Wildlife“…this rich guide, described as a ‘handbook for the senses’ allows us to play nature detective and piece together the story of an animal’s life” –  Coast“this illustrated guide will put you on the trail of some fascinating discoveries.” –  Scottish Sunday Express

“immediately accessible… it aims to give a comprehensive overview, and does it very well.” –  Bird Watching

Format Paperback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 288
ISBN: 9781472961013
Imprint: Bloomsbury Wildlife
Series: RSPB
Illustrations: 500 photographs and artwork
Dimensions: 210 x 148 mm