Author of the international bestseller The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben has been celebrated for his distinctive approach to writing about nature. In his new book he turns his attention to the inner life of animals, and we quiz him on horses who train their masters, flies who dream and much more. 

Television producer and author Stephen Moss, whose credits include BBC Springwatch, Birds Britannia and The Nature of Britain, talks to us about his new book The Robin - a facinating look at this familiar yet often misunderstood festive bird.

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  • The Inner Life of Animals

  • Can horses feel shame? Do deer grieve? Why do roosters deceive hens?

    We tend to assume that we are the only living things able to experience feelings but have you ever wondered what’s going on in an animal’s head? From the leafy forest floor to the inside of a bee hive, The Inner Life of Animals opens up the animal kingdom like never before. We hear the stories of a grateful humpback whale, of a hedgehog who has nightmares, and of a magpie who commits adultery; we meet bees that plan for the future, pigs who learn their own names and crows that go tobogganing for fun. And at last we find out why wasps exist.

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  • The Robin

  • Acclaimed naturalist and birdwatcher Stephen Moss brings us a year in the life of Britain's favourite bird - the robin.

    In The Robin Moss records a year of observing the robin both close to home and in the field to shed light on the hidden life of this apparently familiar bird. We follow its life cycle from the time it enters the world as an egg, through its time as a nestling and juvenile, to the adult bird; via courtship, song, breeding, feeding, migration - and ultimately, death. At the same time, we trace the robin's relationship with us: how did this bird - one of more than 300 species in its huge and diverse family - find its way so deeply and permanently into our nation's heart and its social and cultural history? It's a story that tells us as much about ourselves as it does about the robin itself.

    No other bird is quite so ever-present and familiar, so embedded in our culture, as the robin. But how much do we really know about this bird?

    'There is no doubt that Moss's book, with its charming cover and quaint illustrations, will make it into many a stocking this year' The Times

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