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Black Ops and Beaver Bombing: Adventures with Britain’s Wild Mammals

Journey with a husband-and-wife duo as they explore Britain’s most elusive and fascinating wildlife, from the heart of Glasgow to the rural expanses of Wiltshire.

“Hands down my favorite book of the year.” — Dave Goulson, author of Silent Earth

Named a Best Nature Book of 2023 by COUNTRYFILE and WATERSTONES

Britain’s wildlife thrives in surprising places. Rare bats share quarries with teens, water voles flourish in Glasgow’s parks, and seals populate our coastlines. Despite this, a quarter of British mammals face imminent extinction.

Join Tim Kendall and Fiona Mathews on an extraordinary safari across the UK. Equipped with binoculars, a Thermos, and an endless supply of puns, they venture from Scotland to the Isles of Scilly in search of rare animals.

Discover unexpected answers to quirky questions:

  • Do pine marten droppings really smell like Parma Violets?
  • Should we give squirrels access to family planning?
  • What do wild boar have in common with a certain royal?

“Black Ops and Beaver Bombing” celebrates Britain’s incredible mammals and calls for urgent action to protect them.


Fiona Mathews


Oneworld Publications

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