Eco library list of books

Below is the list of titles of books (followed by author)  in our Eco Library, divided into relevant subject sections.

Outdoor/Environmental education, Bushcraft/survival/tracking, Self-build housing/eco-architecture, Woodworking, Self-sufficiency/Permaculture, Environmental art, Crafts, Environmental issues, Eco-engineering/alternative energy, Natural history, The natural world for kids, Field Guides.

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.


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 KidsHoughton, 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 WorldThe Playful, Hands-on, Nature Connection GuidebookHolland

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 natureWard

The Little Book of Outside in All Weathers  

The Stick BookLoads of things you can make or do with a sticksDanks, 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 snowDanks, Schofield

Cooking on a StickCampfire Recipes for KidsWhite

Learning with Nature Mew, Richardson, Robb

Run Wild!Outdoor Games and AdventuresDanks, Schofield

Make It Wild!101 Things to Make and Do OutdoorsDanks, Schofield

Go Wild!101 Things to Do Outdoors Before You Grow UpDanks, 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 ClassroomsLeslie

Nature SmartAwesome Projects to Make with Mother Nature's HelpAnderson, Diehn, Krautwurst, Rhatigan, Smith

Autumn Nature Activities for Children Kutsch, Walden

Winter Nature Activities for Children Kutsch, Walden

EarthwiseEnvironmental Crafts and Activities with Young ChildrenPetrash

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 SurvivalTilton

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 LeftoversMuir

Celebrating BirchmThe Lore, Art and Craft of an Ancient TreeNorth 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 ParksDempsey

The Stick Bookloads of things you can make or do with a stickDanks, Schofield

Environmental Arts Therapy and the Tree of Life Siddons Heginworth

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

Art From WoodWith Projects Using Branches, Leaves and SeedsChapman, Robson

The Little Book of Whittling Lubkemann


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

The Kite Making Handbook  

The Best of Making ThingsA Hand Book of Creative DiscoveryWiseman

Decorating Eggs Schneebeli-Morrell

The Crafty MinxCreative Recycling and Handmade TreasuresDoust

Introduction to Macrame Gentry

MakingBeautiful Crafts For Your Home 

The Ultimate Basket BookA Cornucopia of Popular Designs to MakeSiler

How to Knit Watt

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

Woman's Weekly Home SeriesCraft Special 

Creative Crafts for KidsOver 100 Fun Projects for Two to Ten Year OldsHamlyn

Dig Your Hands in the Dirt!A Manual for Making Art out of EarthDenzer

GreenCraft Magazine (2 issues)  

Mastering the Art of Calligraphy Mehigan

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

Crafty ContainersWeave, Coil & Plait from Recycled MaterialsWalpole

The Simple Art of Sumi-EMastering Japanese Ink PaintingOno

Amazing Origami Kasahara

Origami Boxes Dirk

Smart Soapmaking Watson

Hobbycraft Magazine  

Haute HandbagsHandmade Purses, Clutches & Altered Bags 

Sewing with Leather & Suede Scrivano

Upholstery Restoration James

Flintknapping Making & Understanding Stone ToolsWhittaker

Celtic Art Bain

The Art of Illusion: A Trompe L'oeil Painting CourseShearer

Haiku Knits25 Serenely Beautiful Patterns Inspired by Japanese DesignAlpert

Everything AliceThe Wonderland Book of Makes & BakesRead-Baldrey & Leech

Practical Sew & MendEssential mending know-howGordon

Country FinishesSimple Paint Treatments for Found and Unfinished FurnitureKollath

Celtic Design: The Dragon and the GriffinThe Viking ImpactMeehan

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 GuideLindsay

Hand BookbindingA Manual of InstructionWatson

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 ProjectsJackson

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

Home tanning and leather making guide Farnham

Deerskins into buckskinHow to tan with brains, soap or eggsRichards

Fish leathertanning and sewingRahme & Hartman

Traditional TanningLeather and furskinRahme & Hartman

The leatherworking handbookA practical illustrated sourcebook of techniques and projectsMichael

Environmental issues

Coming Back To Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our WorldBrown, Macy

Zero Waste Home Johnson

Saving Planet Earth Juniper

UnderminersA Practical Guide for Radical ChangeFarnish

Becoming AnimalAn Earthly CosmologyAbram

Time's Up!An Uncivilised Soution to a Global CrisisFarnish

Confessions of an Economic Hitman Perkins

Mindfulness & the Natural World Thompson

Earthlines Magazine (8 assorted issues) Deakin

Pip PipA Sideways Look At TimeGriffiths

FeralRewilding the Land, Sea nd Human LifeMonibot

How Many Lightbulbs Does It Take To Change A Planet?95 Ways to Save Planet EarthJuniper

How Bad Are Bananas?The Carbon Footprint of EverythingBerners-Lee

This Changes EverythingCapitalism vs. the ClimateKlein

Unlearn, Rewild Olson

The Practice of the Wild Snyder

HeatHow We Can Stop the Planet BurningMonibot

An Inconvenient TruthThe Crisis of Global WarmingGore

Resurgence & Ecologist Magazine (2 assorted issues)  

Earthlines Magazine (8 assorted issues)  

Eco-engineering/alternative energy

The Charcoal FoundryBuild Your Own Metal Working Shop From ScrapGingery

The Metal LatheBuild Your Own Metal Working Shop From ScrapGingery

The Metal ShaperBuild Your Own Metal Working Shop From ScrapGingery

The Milling MachineBuild Your Own Metal Working Shop From ScrapGingery

The Drill PressBuild Your Own Metal Working Shop From ScrapGingery

The Dividing Head & Deluxe AccessoriesBuild Your Own Metal Working Shop From ScrapGingery

Designing & Building The Sheet Metal BrakeBuild Your Own Metal Working Shop From ScrapGingery

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 EnginesDarlington, 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 systemsKerridge et al

An Introduction to Low Temperature Differential Stirling EnginesSenft

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 CartsDennis

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 GardenExpert 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 Deadand other questions about extinct and endangered animalsCharman

Mushrooms & Fungi Jackman

I Wonder Why Spiders Spin Websand other questions about creepy crawliesO'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 DeepJames, 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