James borrell is a conservation scientist and science communicator, with a particular interest in how species adapt to changing climate.

10 Inspiring Reads for Conservationists

If you only get chance to read one book this year, then I would highly recommend this:

1. The Man Who Planted Trees – Jean Giono

It’s refreshingly short (only 4000 words) and frighteningly ahead of it’s time, considering it was published in 1953. You can read my favorite part and find a full free version here. If you have a bit longer, here are some other gems. Let me know your own recommendations in the comments below.

2. The Snow Leopard – Peter Matthiessen

3. The Wild Trees – Richard Preston

4. The Selfish Gene – Richard Dawkins

5. Gorillas in the Mist – Dian Fossey

6. Jaguars and Electric Eels – Alexander von Humboldt

7. The Butterfly Isles – Patrick Barkham

8. The Last Grain Race – Eric Newby

9. The Greenpeace Book – Rex Weyler

10. The Bottom Billion – Paul Collier

I heard about pretty much all of these book, thank to recommendations from friends at one time or another. What would you recommend?