Wild Kingdom: Bringing Back Britain's Wildlife (Paperback)Stephen Moss (author)
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Shortlisted for the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize 2017
What has happened to Britain’s countryside and its wildlife? How have we managed to create new landscapes, and attract such exciting new arrivals, at a time when so many of our wild creatures are under threat? Why and how did so much of the British countryside turn into a wildlife-free zone? And now, at the eleventh hour, what can we do to turn the tide of decline and disappearance, bring these species back from the brink, and restore the special places where they live?
Can Britain make room for wildlife?
Stephen Moss believes it can. The newspaper headlines tell us that Britain's wildlife is in trouble. Wild creatures that have lived here for thousands of years are disappearing, because of pollution and persecution, competition with alien species, changing farming and forestry practices, and climate change. It's not just rare creatures such as the Scottish wildcat or the red squirrel that are vanishing. Hares and hedgehogs, skylarks and water voles, even the humble house sparrow, are in freefall.
But there is also good news. In Newcastle, otters have returned to the river Tyne and red kites are flying over the Metro centre; in Devon, there are beavers on the River Otter; and peregrines - the fastest living creature on the planet - have taken up residence in the heart of London.
Elsewhere in the British countryside things are changing too. What were once nature-free zones are being 'rewilded'; giving our wild creatures the space they need - not just to survive, but also to thrive. Stephen Moss has travelled the length and breadth of the UK, from the remote archipelago of St Kilda to our inner cities, to witness at first hand how our wild creatures are faring, and offers us this complex, heartfelt and often unexpected response.
‘an easy read, rich with examples of what can be done to help Britain’s wildlife thrive… He’s right that we should think such ambitious thoughts. Increasingly, a prosperous country can have wildlife that also prospers.’ – The Times
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 213 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 19 mm
"Well-written, lively, lovingly detailed book." -- Charlotte Heathcote * Daily Express *
"A must-read for nature lovers." * Choice Magazine *
"A thoroughly good book and a very readable one... Well-researched and well-argued ammunition for our cause." -- Rob Hume * Birdwatch *
"A must-have." * Country Living *