The Eco Library


We have established a small library of some 300 specialist books on topics including outdoor education, natural building, permaculture & self-sufficiency, natural history, environmental philosophy, crafts, woodworking, recycling & upcycling etc.

The library is housed at our Information hub and shop at 67 High Street, Elgin, and open whenever the hub is open. The books are free to borrow for a month at a time by Eco-library members and becoming a member costs just £5. To join just bring along two forms of ID with you, one photographic and one with your name and current address on.


Below is the list of titles of books (followed by author)  in our Eco Library, divided into relevant subject sections. If you see one or more titles you wish to borrow by all means contact the UP hub office to check they are not out on loan and then come and collect them if available. Or just come and browse the bookshelves!

As of January 2019 you can now borrow the DVDs we have shown at our monthly Movies with Meaning,  so if you can't make the film show at Earthtime's High Street hub you can as yet watch the film afterwards. Descriptions of the films and links to the films' trailers can be found on the Movies with Meaning page.


An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

Chasing Ice




Outdoor/Environmental education

Food for Free - Mabey

The Complete Book of Knots & Ropework - Fry

Seaweed: A User's Guide Morris, Surey-Gent

101 Uses for Stinging Nettles Warren

Cook Wild: Year-round Cooking on an Open Fire - Fischer-Rizzi

Home Grown Adventures in Parenting off the Beaten Path - Hewitt

The Invention of Childhood - Cunningham

50 Fantastic Ideas for Involving Parents Sargent

The Outdoor Classroom in Practice, Ages 3-7 - Constable

My First Nature Activity Book  

Sharing Nature with Children - Cornell

Sharing Nature with Children II - Cornell

Last Child in the Woods Louv

Drama Games for Classrooms and Workshops - Swale

The Gruffalo: Winter Nature Trail Donaldson, - Scheffler

Play the Forest School WayWoodland Games, Crafts and Skills for Adventurous Kids - Houghton, Worroll

The Handbook of Knots - Pawson

Knots Splices & Ropework Judkins, - Perry

Seaweeds: edible, available & sustainable - Mouritsen

Sharing Nature with Children - Cornell

Freshwater (2 copies)  


Coast and Ocean (2 copies)  

Grasslands (2 copies)  

Playing and Learning Outdoors - White

I love my World: The Playful, Hands-on, Nature Connection Guidebook - Holland

Learning through Play - Bruce

The Little Book of Playground Games  

Fantastic Ideas for Creativity Outdoors Bryce - Clegg

I Love Dirt52 activities to help you & your kids discover the wonders of nature - Ward

The Little Book of Outside in All Weathers  

The Stick BookLoads of things you can make or do with a sticks- Danks, Schofield

101 Things For Kids To Do Outside - Isaac

Coyote's Guide to Connecting with Nature - Haas, McGown, Young

The Wild Weather BookLoads of things to do outdoors in rain, wind and snow- Danks, Schofield

Cooking on a StickCampfire Recipes for Kids - White

Learning with Nature - Mew, Richardson, Robb

Run Wild!Outdoor Games and AdventuresDanks, Schofield

Make It Wild!101 Things to Make and Do Outdoors - Danks, Schofield

Go Wild!101 Things to Do Outdoors Before You Grow Up - Danks, Schofield

Winter Busch, - Halsey

Nature's Playground Danks, Schofield

The Wonder of Wood - Allen, Burdis, Jerman

Play, Learn and Have Fun!  

Aberdeenshire Folk Tales - Banks, Blackhall

Tree Stories    

Environmental Education Activities for Primary Schools  

The Nature ConnectionAn Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families, and Classrooms - Leslie

Nature Smart: Awesome Projects to Make with Mother Nature's Help - Anderson, Diehn, Krautwurst, Rhatigan, Smith

Autumn Nature Activities for Children - Kutsch, Walden

Winter Nature Activities for Children - Kutsch, Walden

EarthwiseEnvironmental Crafts and Activities with Young Children - Petrash

Spring Nature Activities for Children - Kutsch, Walden

Summer Nature Activities for Children - Kutsch, Walden


The Complete Book of Fire Building Campfires for Warmth, Light, Cooking, and Survival - Tilton

The Scout's Outdoor Cookbook - Conners

Tom Brown's Field Guide: Nature Observation and Tracking - Brown, Morgan

Tom Brown's Field Guide: Wilderness Survival - Brown, Morgan

Tom Brown's Field Guide: Living with the Earth - Brown, Morgan

Tom Brown's Field Guide: Nature and Survival for Children - Brown

Bushcraft - Mears

The SAS Survival Handbook - Wiseman

My Outdoor Life - Mears

Collins Guide to Animal Tracks and Signs - Bang, Dahlstrom

The Search: The Continuing Story of The Tracker - Brown Jr.

The Natural Navigator - Gooley


Making Classic English Furniture - Richardson

John Sainsbury's Router Workshop - Sainsbury

The Art of the Router - Spielman

Wood Bender's Handbook - Taylor

Making Drums - Waring

Great Folk Instruments in Make & Play - Waring

The Router Joinery Handbook - Warner

Wonders in Wood - Wyatt

The Encyclopedia of Wood: Revised Edition  

The Complete Practical: Woodworker  

Making Wooden Mechanical Models  

Country Chair Making - Hill

Garden Woodwork in a Weekend - Blizzard

Shaker-Style Wood Projects - Sonday

Making Wood Handles, Hinges & Knobs - Bridgewater

Making Wood Signs - Spielman


Edible Cities - Anger, Fiebrig, Schnyder

How to make a Wildlife Garden - Baines

How it all Vegan - Barnard, Kramer

Migrating from Innovation to Entrepeneurship - Boschee

The Edible Flower Garden - Brown

The Transition Timeline: For a Local, Resilient Future - Chamberlin

The BBKA Guide to Beekeeping - Davis, Cullum-Kenyon

Build Your Own Barrel Oven - Edleson, Edleson

Meat: A Benign Extravagance - Fairlie

The One-Straw Revolotuin - Fukuoka

Sewage Solutions: Answering the call of Nature - Gant, Moodie, Weedon

Back to Basics - Gehring

Gaia's Garden - Green

The Resilient Farm and Homestead - Green

The Garden to Kitchen Expert - Hessayon, Wills

Desert or Paradise - Holzer

Creating Harmony - Jackson

Coppicing and Coppice Crafts: A Comprehensive Guide - Mills, Oaks

Earth User's Guide to Teaching Permaculture - Morrow

Eat Well, Waste LessAn A-Z Guide to Using up Leftovers - Muir

Celebrating Birch:The Lore, Art and Craft of an Ancient Tree - North House Folk School

Heating with Wood - Reynolds

Beekeeping - Ryde

Composting: An Easy Household Guide - Scott

The New Complete Book of Self Sufficiency - Seymour

The Vegetable Gardener's Guide to Permaculture - Shein, Thompson

The Little Book of Organic Farming - Soil Association

The Little Book of Organic Farming - Soil Association

The Little Book of Organic Farming - Soil Association

The Little Book of Organic Farming - Soil Association

The encyclopedia of Green Woodworking - Tabor

Grow Your Own Drugs - Wong

Beekeeping - A Novice's Guide - Wootton

The Secret World of Herbs: Fact File 1  

The Secret World of Herbs: Fact File 2 

The Secret World of Herbs: Fact File  3

Centre for Alternative Technology Membership  

Living Woods Magazine #36  

Permaculture Magazine  - many assorted issues

Environmental art

Land Art - Tufnell

Arch Craig, - Goldsworthy

Land and Environmental Art Kastner, - Wallis

Land Art - Lailach

Destination ArtLand Art, Site-Specific Art, Sculpture Parks - Dempsey

The Stick Bookloads of things you can make or do with a stick - Danks, Schofield

Environmental Arts Therapy and the Tree of Life - Siddons, Heginworth

Eco ArtEarth-Friendly Art & Craft Experiences for 3-to 9-year-olds - Carlson

Art From Wood With Projects Using Branches, Leaves and Seeds - Chapman, Robson

The Little Book of Whittling - Lubkemann


Green Crafts for Children35 step-by-step projects using natural, recycled, and found materials - Hardy

The Kite Making Handbook  

The Best of Making ThingsA Hand Book of Creative Discovery - Wiseman

Decorating Eggs - Schneebeli-Morrell

The Crafty MinxCreative Recycling and Handmade Treasures - Doust

Introduction to Macramé - Gentry

MakingBeautiful Crafts For Your Home 

The Ultimate Basket BookA Cornucopia of Popular Designs to Make - Siler

How to Knit - Watt

Altered Couture (2 issues)The Ultimate Guide for Artwear Enthusiasts 

Woman's Weekly Home SeriesCraft Special 

Creative Crafts for Kids: Over 100 Fun Projects for Two to Ten Year Olds - Hamlyn

Dig Your Hands in the Dirt!A Manual for Making Art out of Earth - Denzer

GreenCraft Magazine (2 issues)  

Mastering the Art of Calligraphy - Mehigan

Paint Effects MasterclassThe ultimate source book for creating beautiful, easy-to-achieve interiors - Cohen

Crafty ContainersWeave, Coil & Plait from Recycled Materials - Walpole

The Simple Art of Sumi-EMastering Japanese Ink Painting - Ono

Amazing Origami - Kasahara

Origami Boxes - Dirk

Smart Soapmaking - Watson

Hobbycraft Magazine  

Haute Handbags Handmade Purses, Clutches & Altered Bags 

Sewing with Leather & Suede - Scrivano

Upholstery Restoration - James

Flintknapping Making & Understanding Stone Tools - Whittaker

Celtic Art - Bain

The Art of Illusion: A Trompe L'oeil Painting Course - Shearer

Haiku Knits25 Serenely Beautiful Patterns Inspired by Japanese Design - Alpert

Everything AliceThe Wonderland Book of Makes & Bakes - Read-Baldrey & Leech

Practical Sew & MendEssential mending know-how - Gordon

Country FinishesSimple Paint Treatments for Found and Unfinished Furniture - Kollath

Celtic Design: The Dragon and the GriffinThe Viking Impact - Meehan

The Belle & Boo Book of Craft25 enchanting projects to make for children 

Making StuffAn Alternative Craft Book 

Celtic Knots for Beaded Jewellery - Millodot

Fine BookbindingA Technical Guide - Lindsay

Hand BookbindingA Manual of Instruction - Watson

Creative Bookbinding - Johnson

The Encyclopedia of Papermaking & Bookbinding - Reimer, Reimer-Epp

ABC of Leather Bookbinding - Lhotka

Fantasy Down

The Pop-Up BookStep-by-Step Instructions for Creating Over 100 Original Paper Projects - Jackson

EcoArtEarth-Friendly Art & Craft Experiences for 3-to 9-year-old - Carlson

Home tanning and leather making guide - Farnham

Deerskins into buckskinHow to tan with brains, soap or eggs - Richards

Fish leathertanning and sewing - Rahme & Hartman

Traditional TanningLeather and furskin - Rahme & Hartman

The leatherworking handbookA practical illustrated sourcebook of techniques and projects - Michael

Environmental issues

Coming Back To Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World - Brown, Macy

Zero Waste Home - Johnson

Saving Planet Earth - Juniper

Underminers: A Practical Guide for Radical Change - Farnish

Becoming AnimalAn Earthly Cosmology - Abram

Time's Up!An Uncivilised Soution to a Global Crisis - Farnish

Confessions of an Economic Hitman - Perkins

Mindfulness & the Natural World - Thompson

Pip Pip: A Sideways Look At Time - Griffiths

Feral:Rewilding the Land, Sea and Human Life - Monibot

How Many Lightbulbs Does It Take To Change A Planet? 95 Ways to Save Planet Earth - Juniper

How Bad Are Bananas?The Carbon Footprint of Everything - Berners-Lee

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate - Klein

Unlearn, Rewild - Olson

The Practice of the Wild - Snyder

HeatHow We Can Stop the Planet Burning - Monibot

An Inconvenient TruthThe Crisis of Global Warming - Gore

Resurgence & Ecologist Magazine (2 assorted issues)  

Earthlines Magazine (8 assorted issues)  

Eco-engineering/alternative energy

The Charcoal FoundryBuild Your Own Metal Working Shop From Scrap - Gingery

The Metal LatheBuild Your Own Metal Working Shop From Scrap - Gingery

The Metal ShaperBuild Your Own Metal Working Shop From Scrap - Gingery

The Milling MachineBuild Your Own Metal Working Shop From Scrap - Gingery

The Drill PressBuild Your Own Metal Working Shop From ScrapGingery

The Dividing Head & Deluxe AccessoriesBuild Your Own Metal Working Shop From Scrap - Gingery

Designing & Building The Sheet Metal BrakeBuild Your Own Metal Working Shop From Scrap - Gingery

Ed's Shed: The Ultimate Guide to Guitar Maintenance - Mitchell

Building the Telsa Turbine - Gingery

The First Home-Built Aeroplanes - Ord-Hume

Stirling and Hot Air EnginesDesigning and Building Experimental Model Stirling Engines - Darlington, Strong

Ringborn Stirling Engines - Senft

Model Stationary and Marine Steam Engines - Harris

Model Locomotive and Marine Boilers - Evans

Steam, Its Generation and Use  

Wind & Solar Electricity - Reynolds

How I Built a 5 Hp Stirling Engine - Lockwood

The Improved Rider and Ericsson Hot-Air Pumping Engines  

Windmills and Wind Motors - Powell

Three Ltd Stirling Engines You Can Build - Larsen

Wind Power Workshop (2 copies) - Piggott

Windmills and Waterwheels Explained - Yorke

Hot Air Engines - Westbury

Solar Water Heating: A DIY Guide - Trimby

Off The GridManaging independent renewable electricity systems - Kerridge et al

An Introduction to Low Temperature Differential Stirling Engines - Senft

Miniture Ringbom Engines - Senft

Stirling News (2 issues)Occassional Journal of the Stirling Engine Society 

Robert Stirling's Models of the 'Air Engine' - Rizzo

Building Stirling Engines without a Lathe - Hoejfeldt

The Tesla Disc Turbine - Cairns

Guidelines For Design, Production and Testing of Animal-Drawn Carts - Dennis

A Wind Turbine Recipe Book - Piggott

Build a Universal Coil Winding Machine

How to build a windpump - Barr


Natural history

Seashore Safaris - Oakley

Protecting Scotland's wildlife for the future  

Trees and the Scottish Enlightenment  

The Great Wood of Caledon - Jackman, Miles

About Rooks  

About The Dipper  

About The Wren  

About The Badger  

About Feathers (2 copies)  

Atlas of Butterflies in Highland and Moray - Barbour, Mainwood, Moran, Slater

The Essential Guide to Garden Birds  

Marine Biology: An Ecological Approach - Nybakken

Findhorn Bay Local Nature Reserve Education Pack  

Wildlife Fact-File  

Yew A History - Hageneder

Wild Flowers of Britain - Phillips

Secrets of the Seashore  

British Wildlife - Baker

Quarrelwood Woodland Park Education Pack  

Fauna Britannica - Buczacki

Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment - Chadwick, Glasson, Therivel

Birdsong - Elphick, Pedersen, Svensson

Bats - Richardson

Birds In Your Garden: Expert Advice on Attracting Birds Into Your Garden 

The Secret Lives of Garden Birds - Couzens

Along the Riverbank  

The natural world for kids

Scottish BirdsBook 3 

Creepy Crawlies - Stidworthy

Insects & Spiders - Owen

Ecology - Spurgeon

Animal Neighbors: Hedgehog - Leach

I Wonder Why The Dodo Is Dead and other questions about extinct and endangered animals - Charman

Mushrooms & Fungi - Jackman

I Wonder Why Spiders Spin Websand other questions about creepy crawlies - O'Neill

Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Life  

Jungle Animals - Ganeri

Sea Creatures - Green

Polar Animals - Green


LinkThe Wildlife Trusts' magazine for outdoor educators 

'Birds' Magazine  

Wildlife Watch (5 assorted issues)The Wildlife Trusts' magazine for children 

Bird Life Magazine (13 assorted issues)  

The Usborne Book of the Countryside (2 copies)  

The Penguin in the Snow - Allan

Captain Eco and the Fate of the Earth - Nadler, Porritt

The Usborne NatureTrail Book of Ponds & Streams  

The Usborne Book of Country & Seashore Life  

Student Atlas  

50 Science Things to Make and Do  

Bird of the Woodlands  

The Seashore and Seashore Life  

Benny the Blenny's Shallow Sea Adventure - Naylor

Sea MonstersPrehistoric Predators of the Deep - James, Marven

RSPB Children's Guide to Wildlife - Boyd, Chandler, Unwin

Precious Earth: Changing Climate - Green

The Natural WorldQuestion and Answer Encyclopedia 

Field Guides

Mushrooms and Toadstools of Britain and Europe - Dickson

Big Spotter's Guide to Nature  

Collins Gem Guide: Fruits, Nuts & Berries  

Concise Pond Wildlife Guide  

The Hamlyn Guide to Birds of Britain and Europe - Bruun, Singer

The Observer's Book of Wild Flowers  

A Handbook of Scotland's Trees - Martynoga

Animals: Tracks, Trails & Signs - Brown, Lawrence, Pope

Wild Flowers of the Coast  

Damselflies & Dragonflies of the Cairngorms  

Butterflies of the Cairngorms  

Guide to recording spring and autumn events in Nature's Calendar 

Birds of Prey  


Wild Flowers: Ferns and Grasses  

Insects of Britain & Europe - Gibbons

The Easy Way to Tree Recognition - Kilbracken

Pocket Birds of Britain and Europe - Elphick, Woodward

Wild Flowers of Britain & Europe (2 copies) - Lippert, Podlech