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The Great British Year: Wildlife through the Seasons [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Moss
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Britain is a place of remarkable beauty and extraordinary extremes, boasting immense natural diversity in a comparatively small area. Here, life is run by the seasons: each month brings enormous transformations to our island and its inhabitants, from the largest native mammal to the smallest migrant bird.

In this lavish companion to the unforgettable BBC One series, acclaimed nature writer Stephen Moss reveals a breathtaking view of the wildlife on our very own doorstep, complete with stunning photography, innovative maps and unique behind-the-scenes materialfrom the award-winning BBC Natural History Unit. Britain's wildlife is at once iconic and surprising, and this book celebrates it all in the light of our ever-changing seasons. From the clash of majestic stags to the emergence of delicate damselflies; and from the sharks and whales that swim our waters to the elegant and imposing birds in our skies, The Great British Year reveals the unmissable drama and beauty of our islands.


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Britain is a place of remarkable beauty and extraordinary extremes, boasting immense natural diversity in a comparatively small area. Here, life is run by the seasons: each month brings enormous transformations to our island and its inhabitants, from the largest native mammal to the smallest migrant bird. In this lavish companion to the unforgettable BBC One series, acclaimed nature writer Stephen Moss reveals a breathtaking view of the wildlife on our very own doorstep, complete with stunning photography, innovative maps and unique behind-the-scenes material from the award-winning BBC Natural History Unit. Britain's wildlife is at once iconic and surprising, and this book celebrates it all in the light of our ever-changing seasons. From the clash of majestic stags to the emergence of delicate damselflies; and from the sharks and whales that swim our waters to the elegant and imposing birds in our skies, The Great British Year reveals the unmissable drama and beauty of our islands.

From the Back Cover

Britain's wildlife, in all its natural glory, season by season. Britain has some of the most amazing wildlife on the planet, iconic to us all yet still surprising. Now The Great British Year, which accompanies the landmark BBC series, shows our native animals in a whole new way, opening our eyes to the seasonal wonders of Britain's natural world.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 94386 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (3 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CUE0E6O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #207,814 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By Dan M
Format:Hardcover
Having been brought up on a diet of exotic Attenborough adventures, it can seem that the UK is the poor relation in wildlife terms, but a flick through this book will soon correct that view. The text provides a narrative seasonal approach, so you can tell what is happening at each time of year and why, with some side-by-side comparisons. The fantastic photos really bring the book to life, ranging from surprising close ups such as wood ants squirting formic acid, to double page panoramas and satellite shots.

You really will look at British wildlife in a new way - and the resource section at the back tells you where to go out to find it. You can even see what it took to make the BBC series which the book accompanies in the 'Behind the Scenes' chapter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious photography of Britain 10 Oct. 2013
Format:Hardcover
We live in a beautiful country and the seasons distinguish it from any other so it is terrific to have a book that shows each season off in all it's glory. The photography is truly stunning and it's a book anyone of any age will love to look at time and again. I shall be buying this for all my friends and family for Christmas!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Wildlife Book 16 Oct. 2013
By Lara F
Format:Hardcover
The Great British Year is one of the most stunning wildlife books I've seen! Absolutely amazing photography accompanied by beautifully written chapters by Stephen Moss. Both my children are transfixed by the images and we have agreed to buy a copy for my nature-loving mother-in-law for Christmas. A wonderful present for any wildlife lover as it expertly guides you through the seasons showing how truly magical Great Britain and all it's wildlife is.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book 22 Oct. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Having bought this book for my Kindle i must buy a copy for my book shelf. It is a very informative book with beautiful illustrations a joy to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars xmas gift 4 Nov. 2013
By caz
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Bought this book for an elderly uncle who lives in london but enjoys everything to do with the countryside and animals. He will love looking through this
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a year of british wildlife. 19 Oct. 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A very good book following British wildlife thru the seasons.
The book is packed with stunning photos of Britain's wild animals and insects.
It is a good accompaniment to the BBC series.
A recommended read for anyone who watched the series or for nature lovers in general, very informative.
The book shows what wonderful and diverse wildlife there is in Britain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Delight 28 Jan. 2015
Format:Hardcover
I found "The Great British Year" on a bargain books table which seems a real shame because it's genuinely beautiful! The photographs are stunning. The detail is incredible. One of my favourites features a ladybird in an empty acorn cup. I bought the book on the strength of the photographs. Imagine my delight, however, on reading the book at home and discovering that it's not "just" eye candy (albeit a very superior kind of eye candy in this case!). The text takes the reader through the year from winter to winter, describing the habits of different creatures, providing an accessible, fascinating, moment-by-moment journey into the secret world of nature which surrounds us but which we're often too busy to notice on our own. The book is a delight and one that I hope to enjoy for years to come!
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Format:Hardcover
Anyone with a love of nature or an interest in wildlife photography should buy this book. It is an utter delight! It takes you on a wonderful wildlife journey through Britain detailing what the nature of our islands goes through during the different seasons. Chapters are entitled Winter into Spring, Spring into Summer, Summer into Autumn, Autumn into Winter and is filled with many stunning photos and interesting and informative text. There is also a section at the back called Behind the Scenes which tells you how they made the TV series which accompanies the book and a very useful piece on specific places to watch wildlife and also key wildlife wonders that are musts like the dawn chorus, deer rut, where to see bluebells, kingfishers, red squirrels, seal colonies etc etc! Excellent book!
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