Plymouth Green and Science Book Club: December meeting
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Welcome to Plymouth Green and Science Book Club's December event. Our Zoom meeting this month will be discussions on three books – you do not need to read all or any of them, although you may feel inspired to do so after learning about some of their contents. 
Nature's Wild Ideas by Kristy Hamilton
Publisher's synopsis (credit: A lively and endlessly fascinating deep-dive into nature and the many groundbreaking human inventions inspired by the wild. In Nature's Wild Ideas, Kristy Hamilton goes behind the scenes of some of our most unexpected innovations. She traverses frozen waterfalls, treks through cloudy forests, discovers nests in the Mojave desert, scours intertidal zones and takes us to the deepest oceans and near volcanoes to introduce us to the animals and plants that have inspired everything from cargo routing systems to non-toxic glues, and the men and women who followed that first spark of "I wonder" all the way to its conclusion, sometimes against all odds.
While the joy of scientific discovery is front and centre, Nature's Wild Ideas is also a love letter to nature – complete with a deep message of conservation: If we are to continue learning from the creatures around us, we must protect their untamed homelands.
Discussion of this book will be led by Janice Lyons.
 Invasive Aliens: the plants and animals from over there that are over here by Dan Eatherley
Our countryside is filled with grey squirrels and parakeets, snowdrops and pheasants, rhododendrons and rabbits, none of which are indigenous to Britain.
The pace of invasion is now higher than ever before. However, non-native species, problematic or peaceful, aren’t a modern phenomenon: they’ve always been with us. From the earliest settlement of our islands and the first experiments with farming, through the Roman and medieval times, to the age of exploration by Europeans and the current period of globalised free-for-all, the story of invasive species is the story of our own past, present and future.
Dan Eatherley is a British naturalist, writer and environmental consultant. He has made wildlife documentaries for the BBC with Sir David Attenborough; written on natural history and science for outlets such as Scientific American, New Scientist, BBC Wildlife, the Guardian and the New York Post; and conducted many technical and market research projects on environmental sustainability issues for the UK government, the European Commission and the UN Environment Programme. 
Discussion of this book will be led by Tim Purches.
How to Read Water: clues and patterns from puddles to the sea by Tristan Gooley
Publisher's synopsis (credit: A must-have book for walkers, sailors, swimmers, anglers and everyone interested in the natural world, in How To Read Water, Natural Navigator Tristan Gooley shares knowledge, skills, tips and useful observations to help you enjoy the landscape around you and learn about the magic of the outdoors from your living room.
Includes over 700 clues, signs and patterns. From wild swimming in Sussex to wayfinding in Oman, via the icy mysteries of the Arctic, Tristan Gooley draws on his own pioneering journeys to reveal the secrets of ponds, puddles, rivers, oceans and more to show us all the skills we need to read the water around us.
Discussion of this book will be led by Alan Ramage.

This event is open to all and no registration is required. Join the Zoom meeting at or email Alan Ramage ( for any queries.
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