Steve's Herpetological Blog

An insight into the life of Steve, his research and the many books he reads

Book Review

#StevesLibrary: The Aye-aye and I

The late Gerald Durrell is somewhat of a personal hero of mine, not least because he helped to reshape the course of conservation in the 20th Century along with other figures such as Sir Peter Scott. Unfortunately like most things…

#StevesLibrary: A Buzz in the Meadow

Yes everyone, #StevesLibrary is back! Had a hectic few weeks to get my fieldwork sorted out and get back into the routine but now I’m back on track, I can dedicate more time to reading. I’ve just finished A Buzz…

#StevesLibrary: Crow Country

As many as you can probably understand, I am very much missing my fieldsite at the moment, sent on the border between the Norfolk Brecks and Broads – it is an oasis for wildlife. I’ve been wanting to know more…

#StevesLibrary: Dead Zone

If I had to sum up Dead Zone: Where the Wild Things Were by Philip Lymbery in a single sentence it would be this: A truly eye-opening read as to the effects of industrialised farming on the planet. Before we…

#StevesLibrary: The Secret Network of Nature

Once again I find myself reading the natural history writings of German author Peter Wohlleben, thankfully though they’ve been translated into English. After reading the other two books in his bestselling ‘Mysteries of Nature’ trilogy The Hidden Life of Trees…

#StevesLibrary: Being a Beast

There are some books that leave you speechless when you read them, Being a Beast certainly is one of them. It had been sitting on my shelf for a couple of years gathering dust and now feel like the right…

#StevesLibrary: Alien Places

This week’s review is for a book that I’m happy to bet you haven’t heard of, yet I highly recommend it. Alien Places by Atul Kumar in my eyes is unique among the books I own. My library is heavily…

#StevesLibrary: Death on Earth

I know you’ve all been waiting for another one of these for a long time. fear not as a number of book reviews are coming over the next few weeks. Thankfully the lockdown has given me ample opportunity to catch…

#StevesLibrary: How to Build a Dinosaur

Now with a title like that, you’d expect the book to deliver right? Well you can be sure that it does! I first read this book during my undergraduate days and passed it between a few friends (who were dying…

#StevesLibrary: Where Do Camels Belong?

Some of you will be aware that I have recently returned from the World Congress of Herpetology, held at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. I shall be blogging about my adventures on the other side of the…