This book would be perfect to have on the shelf and pick up and browse at liesure. In the limited time I had access to a copy, I was unable to finish the entire content. That is why I cannot provide a more in depth review. The content is vast and covers a lof of countries and a whole range of what each continent has to offer in terms of natural heritage.
I would recommend this for young families to discuss in the evenings with young adults etc. The photographs definitely add to the experience.
I received an arc of this title from NetGalley for an honest review. A great book with excellent pictures of some of the amazing places to check out around the world.
I had heard of World Heritage Sites, places designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as having outstanding significance and value to humanity, but until reading this book, I didn’t know much about them. This beautiful 444-page book provides an overview of 50 out of 218 natural sites from around the world on the World Heritage List. These sites are important for their biodiversity, as crucial habitat, as sources of water, for the jobs and income they provide, and as places for scientific study.
Each of the 50 sites gets several pages of description and numerous photographs. Author and horticulturist Christopher Woods writes about the geography, significance, and natural resources of the sites, with particular emphasis on the plants. He also discusses some of the threats to these sites.
At approximately 9 by 10 inches, this hardcover book would be a great gift for anyone who is curious about the natural world or would like some inspiration for planning trips to these incredible sites.
Thanks to UNESCO and Timber Press for providing me with an ARC through NetGalley. I volunteered to provide an honest review.
Thank you to the author, Timber Press and NetGalley, for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This stunning book highlights 50 different national parks and UNESCO Natural Heritage sights, grouping them by region and including many lesser-known sites. Each park/site is given 5-10 pages with breathtaking photos and interesting insights into the flora, fauna and landscape that make each place unique. Particularly in our chaotic times with a 24/7 news cycle showcasing the violence happening around the world, this book was a wonderful oasis of calm - highly recommend.
A look at 50 UNESCO Natural World Heritage sites around the world. Lots of interesting photos and some interesting facts about each, so this held my attention fairly well, although it was kind of a wall-of-text in small type (would be nice to reformat a bit to make it more engaging and readable). It also would be cool to add some details on traveling/visiting these places!
Our Natural World Heritage is an exploration of 50 of the most beautiful sites on our planet Earth. From Belize’s Barrier Reef to the Wadden Sea to Xinjiang Tianshan in China, we are given a glimpse into each landscape’s environment. Through words and stunning photography, we are transported across the globe and immersed in the flora and fauna of each site.
Our Natural World Heritage makes a great coffee table book or gift for anyone who has an interest in travel or nature and will invoke the spirit of wanderlust in young and old alike.
This book is full of so many beautiful landscapes. I can imagine this being a great centrepiece for a coffee table.
OUR NATURAL WORLD HERITAGE by Christopher Woods was magical, inspirational, and eyeopening. Not only is the book beautifully written and illustrated, but it's also detailed and educational -- prompting me to add destinations to my most desired places to see. I've been to a few and this guide absolutely summarizes the wonder of these stunning treasures. I received a copy of this book and these opinions are my own, unbiased thoughts.
It's the perfect book for an armchair traveller or if you want to dream of great places.Wonderful pictures, great places that we hope won't be a dream in some years.
Many thanks to the publisher for this ARC, all opinions are mine
Our Natural World Heritage by Christopher Woods contains fifty of the most spellbinding natural wonders anywhere, many of which I had heard of (and have had the pleasure to visit a few) and many I hadn't. What a pleasure to learn more about our magnificent world! Not only is the photography phenomenal but the information is compelling. After reading and poring over this book my brain feels expanded!
One of the most impossibly beautiful natural UNESCO World Heritage sites I have visited is Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia so I was thrilled to see it highlighted in this book. Pure magic. Amongst my favourites in America is Redwood National and State Parks and Waterton National Park in Canada, also detailed here. But there is so much more to discover on each continent from the tiniest of frogs to tropical birds to fish to Tanzanian predators. Then there are rock formations, fjords, floral valleys, reefs, deltas and deserts. So much beauty is rewarding to seek out.
Whether you have a travel bucket list or prefer armchair travel, this book is an exceptional one to enjoy.
My sincere thank you to Timber Press and NetGalley for providing me with a digital copy of Our Natural World Heritage.
Our Natural World Heritage is a beautiful collection of information and breathtaking photos of some of the most beautiful places on earth. Organized by regions, we travel through Oceania, the Americas, Europe, Africa, and finish in the gorgeous Middle East and Asia.
Each section introduces us to a new UNESCO site, showing of Mother Nature in all her glory. We get some history of the site, a lot of information about the geography, flora and fauna, and absolutely beautiful pictures. This book should be on coffee tables across America. Definitely worth getting your own copy of this one. Gorgeous tome!
Thanks Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to review this advanced review copy (ARC) in exchange for my honest review on the book!
5o of the world’s most magnificent spaces are celebrated for the flora and fauna in “Our Natural World Heritage”. Identified by their inspiring biodiversity, each one of these places is explored with beautiful photos, interesting facts, and an explanation of the challenges they face now, be it global warming, intrusive farming practices, poaching, or other things such as the impact of industry,
Whilst appreciating the amazing elements of each biodiversity, one can’t help but feel moved to do more to protect these unique and important places and the flora and fauna that call them home. I found it interesting how much more of a role animals had in the conversations about the continent of Africa and feel so grateful to live in such a wonderful place. Calling South Africa home, I felt there could have been so many more pages on us (we did get a mention) but I think that shows just how amazing the globe is all around, this is a highlights package of all we need to love and appreciate about our natural habitats.
Of course, with visually stunning places like these, one can’t help but want more photos of everywhere but at 400 plus pages, I know why more weren’t included! It prompted an online search as I went along!
If you enjoy learning about our natural world, this is a fascinating read! It’s five out of five and highly recommended.
I received a complimentary copy of the book from Timber Press through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
There are so many beautiful photographs of incredible places in this book, it has left me in awe of nature and itching to go travelling and see some of these places for myself!
This book captures some of the most beautiful ecosystems in the world. The photography is crisp and lively, and the descriptions bring to life the images. I would recommend this book be added to my library's collection.
Beautiful photography! A great book to dream by. I'll probably never visit most of these places, as I try not to fly anymore, so it's nice to see beautiful pictures like this. The accompanying writing is also nice. There is a lot of focus on trees and plants, I learned about some new plants I didn't know yet. So definitely recommended for people who love books with amazing nature photography!
A book full of beautiful photos of our world that inspire wanderlust and awe. Between the lines, any reader must also feel the undercurrent of fierce desire to preserve our world in the face of a radically changing climate and human incursion into these spaces. UNESCO preserves many natural wonders and unique environs, but there is always more we could do to honour and respect our natural world.
Getting off my soap box, I always love to see coffee table books/picture books for adults that feature amazing photography and open up the world to be just a little bigger.
Stunning, high quality images. I was surprised by how much content there was on each site - a wonderful resource. The only issue that I had was that Woods consistently referred to events happening in the Tertiary Period, which has not been recognized since 2008 when it was replaced with Paleogene and Neogene.
This stunning book is full of visual delights, and would make a great gift for anyone who enjoys seeing pictures of beautiful places and learning about our world.
The places listed are sorted by geographical region, and the diversity as we traverse the world is absolutely stunning. From mountains to rainforests to deserts and coral reefs, our world is full of beauty. The photography is glorious, full of vibrant images of the flora and fauna around the world. The text is very informative and teaches the reader about the diverse organisms in various regions of the world. The author clearly put a great deal of research into the writing of this book. I added several new places to my bucket list while reading!
Thank you to NetGalley and Timber Press for the ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
A family friend identifies World Heritage sites in countries they are visiting and uses them as a guide for making the itineraries for vacations. We try to do the same too. This would make a wonderful reference book for exactly that purpose. It’s really a big bonus that the book is chock full of beautiful, colorful photographs of the places and icons that have earned them the UNESCO World Heritage badge of honor. It’s sad though to read about the issues that may be destroying the elements that make them special and worthy of conservation. I hope we never lose these precious irreplaceable locales, plants and wildlife.
This coffee table book is for the nature lover or arm chair traveler. It features National Parks or Natural Unesco Heritage sights. The focus is on flora and fauna not human made structures. Sections include; Oceania, The Americas, Europe, Africa, The Middle East and Asia. It only features two National Parks from the USA, Redwoods and Waterton/Glacier (sharing with Canada). Each park gets 5-10 pages to show multiple photo and allow good basic descriptions of the area and its uniqueness. This is a beautiful and informative book.
Thank you Timber Press for the temporary ARC via NetGalley and I am leaving a voluntary review.