to our shopping site for books and greeting cards - for when you're looking for something independently produced and a bit different

If you are looking for greeting cards, we have a wide selection for you, these are unique, often quirky and/or beautiful

Particularly popular cards are our images of penguins and those of the beautiful South Downs
(If you have come to find our books, they can be seen lower down this page or more detail can be found by clicking the link above)

Frazzled Parent

Frazzled Parent - a long-suffering parent wren with a beakful of food


Puffins - from an original painting by Diana Harding

Ala Archa Gorge

Ala Archa Gorge - drawn for Is No Problem as well as a greeting card

Jersey lichens

Lichens on the coast, Jersey - also the cover photograph for the Lichens of Jersey

If you would like to see more greeting cards, please click HERE

Our Books

We publish books that have photography, ecological, landscape and history subjects. We aim for them to entertain as well as share knowledge, through the telling of stories.
Two books are now also available as downloads from the Amazon Kindle store

True stories of English garden wildlife

(Also available as a Kindle book)

Learn more about lichens in Jersey and the history of their influence on world lichenology

The story of a trainee twitcher on holiday on the Isles of Scilly

Is No Problem, Simon Davey

Tour leading experiences as a natural historian

Featured Books

It's Warmer Down Below: the autobiography of Sir Harold Harding, 1900-1986

The long-awaited autobiography of Sir Harold Harding, founding Chairman of the British Tunnelling Society, which celebrated 50 years in March 2021.

Sir Harold was a civil engineer and pioneer of soil mechanics, best remembered for his extensive work in tunnel engineering. He was involved in the construction of significant projects including much of the London Underground and the feasibility study that underpinned the Channel Tunnel. He also sat on the Aberfan Tribunal and advised on troubleshooting for many tunnels around the world.

This book is enriched by the sense of history and well-developed wit that was key to the author's approach to his work.

Cover image for Sophie: An Edwardian Chlldhood - little girl with teddy bears

Sophie: An Edwardian Childhood

We also have the lovely, vivid and often funny book detailing the Edwardian Childhood of Sophie Blair Leighton, daughter of the renowned artist Edmund Blair Leighton (and Amanda's beloved grandmother - wife of Sir Harold Harding). Sophie's childhood was spent in Bedford Park, Chiswick and also Kirby Green on the River Waveney in Norfolk, in the years before the First World War. While she had nannys and there were servants, many other details are also evocative of a time that seems so far ago and yet is within the connected memory of so many of us.

In an early chapter, for example, she comments on the sweeper in the road outside, who for a penny would sweep a passage across the mud and horse droppings, to make it passable for the more daintier footed pedestrian or householder. Later on come the revelations of the naughty donkey Jack who played tricks on the household whenever he could.


New exhibition shows decades-long road to the birth of the Channel Tunnel

On 6th May 1994 the long-awaited Channel Tunnel finally opened, linking England and France via a fixed link, twin bored tunnel. In recognition that actually achieving this feat was based on a great deal of work that preceded the go-ahead of 1986, the University of Exeter Library Special Collections has put on a small exhibition celebrating the work of the Channel Tunnel Feasibility Group and in particular the late Sir Harold Harding, who had been responsible for running the work on the English side from 1958 through to 1972. The exhibition is based on the archive that he donated to the university engineering department in the early 1980s and has benefited from some interested press articles as well. It is wonderful that this earlier work is gaining recognition for a wider public than 'those in the know'.

The story is also told, of course, in his own autobiography It's Warmer Down Below which we published in 2015. What is so good as well is that he was lobbying for this to be the solution right up to his death in 1986 and the go-ahead came just two weeks before he died.

The French team of Channel Tunnel STudy Group in the Sangatte tunnel of 1880

On this website you will find:

  • unique greeting cards designed with the chatty thoughtful writer in mind (blank inside), with evocative images for you to share memories, humour or thoughts of people who may be on your mind.
  • non-fiction books that have storytelling as their core, written and illustrated by Simon and Amanda Davey on topics celebrating the natural world, travel and history.