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Wild Kingdom: Bringing Back Britain's Wildlife Paperback – 13 Apr 2017

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (13 April 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099581639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099581635
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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"Rich with examples of what can be done to help Britain’s wildlife thrive." (Matt Ridley The Times)

"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)

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A delightfully inquisitive quest into the state of British wildlife today - from the author of Birds Britannia and Tweet of the Day

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Less interesting than it could be. I didn't like it enough to pass it on to anyone, which means a lot (I'm always happy to give away books I've enjoyed). It's a great topic and a good writer - so I'm still confused why it's not a great book...?
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I absolutely devoured this book. Stephen Moss doesn't sugarcoat the abhorrent state of Britain's beloved countryside and its wildlife (or lack of) as many of its self-appointed 'custodians' shamelessly do. He takes a justifiably polemic stance on the issues he addresses, slamming the picture-postcard image of the British countryside and its rolling hills and fields of green stretching as far as the eye can see as nothing more than a food factory shaped by the human hand, with nothing remotely 'natural' about it at all.

"This dazzling green is the colour of intensive farming" - Moss dispels the nationwide brain-washing that has occurred, whereby we tend to associate green with good; we have failed to identify that homogenised landscapes of varying monocultures are utterly adverse to an environment conducive to a thriving and diverse wildlife population, and in doing so condemned much of the county's native species. The fauna and flora of these islands are more impoverished than they ever have been and the culprit, for the most part, is increasing agricultural intensification.

"The countryside is being exploited by self-appointed, minority-interest pressure groups whose claims to be the guardians of the countryside would be amusing, were the consequences not so serious." - this particularly rings true when reflecting on the plight of a native raptor, the Hen Harrier, a legally protected species that is regularly being shot, trapped and poisoned to protect the sporting and economic interests of a small minority of people.

This is one of many issues Moss attacks and dismantles: the illusion that our 'countryside custodians' - I.e the Countryside Alliance and the NFU - have any interest whatsoever in preserving and protecting British wildlife.
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<b>Fatbirder View:</b> I hope the response to this book is wider and more positively reinforcing than it has so far been. This is definitely Stephen Moss’s most important book but also an important contribution to the building lobby of those wanting to see our countryside looked after rather better than it has been of late.

There is, of course, much about this book that is positive, not least Stephen’s view that there are changes for the better beginning to happen. His description of some of the current heroes of the countryside from conservationists to ordinary farmers with an extraordinary commitment to wildlife gives us both evidence that some people care, but also that you can run successful, profitable farms <i>and</i> bring back birds and other wildlife from the brink.

I know that when I write about something that I passionately care about I write my best prose and that is clearly true of Stephen too. His love of wild things and wild places is very evident. But he is an educator too. His background in documentary TV makes it a given that he wants to tell a rounded story and if you read the chapter on woodland you will see a great example. This is no prissy tree hugger with a rose-coloured backward pointing lens. He makes sure that we all understand that the ‘natural world’ we see is actually one that has been bent to man’s will for millennia. The truly wild is virtually unknown in these islands as we have been managing them for centuries. Take off these rosy specs and its evident that the choice is between good and bad management even if part of that management is to leave unmanaged corners.

Like many of us Stephen is calling for sensitivity and sense.
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A lovely book! It was bought as a present ,and the recipient was thrilled with it!
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Naturalist, broadcaster, TV producer and author, Stephen Moss is well equipped to take a long hard look at the state of Britain's wildlife. From his home in the Somerset Levels he sets out on a countrywide quest to take stock of our beleaguered wild creatures and the precious habitats that offer them refuge. The losses he lays bare make grim reading. Pollution, persecution, industrial-scale farming and climate change have all played their part in driving once familiar species such as the turtle dove towards extinction. But there is also good news in equal measure, epitomised by the return of the red kite and the clean up of our streams and rivers. In the end, what Moss offers is a message of hope, written with eloquence and a passion for the countryside he clearly knows so much about. Brian Jackman
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Hard back book, talks about the wildlife in the countryside. Took me a while to read it.
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Really enjoyed this. It's nice to read a book about UK wildlife that is informative, positive and not explicitly lyrical. This book contains a wealth of examples of how people can help reverse nature's decline. More than that, it recognises that there's more to conservation than rewilding or taking lumps out of farmers.
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