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

Fiona Mathews, Tim Kendall
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Published: May 2, 2024
ISBN: 9780861548002
368 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom



Britain is teeming with wildlife, often in the most unexpected places. There are quarries where rare bats hang
out with pot-smoking teens. In Glasgow’s urban parks water voles are thriving – without water. Our coastlines are bustling with grey and harbour seals.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that a quarter of British mammals are at imminent risk of extinction.

Tim Kendall and Fiona Mathews take us on a safari unlike any other. Armed with binoculars, a Thermos and, regrettably, an inexhaustible supply of puns, they travel from Scotland to the Isles of Scilly in search of their elusive subjects.

You’ll find answers to questions you never thought to ask:

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


Black Ops and Beaver Bombing is a celebration of Britain’s marvellous mammals, and a rallying cry to save them.

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