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Wild Kingdom: Bringing Back Britain's Wildlife Paperback – 13 Apr 2017
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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)
A delightfully inquisitive quest into the state of British wildlife today - from the author of Birds Britannia and Tweet of the DaySee all Product description
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"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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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This is a really inspring book, which I would recommend to anyone interested in wildlife in the UK. Whilst acknowledging problems (particularly in farmland), the authors details... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mrs P
Easy reading and takes a realistic look at wildlife. The writer looks at what has happened, how wildlife has adapted to our destruction and what we can do to help put it right. Read morePublished 6 months ago by marc
Good book for the man in the street to understand natures problems. not a book for those who know although they might enjoy reading itPublished 9 months ago by G W DAMANT
A lovely read for anyone who enjoys wildlife. I have felt that in comparison to other European countries, Britain was denuded of it native species but if you have eyes to see, it... Read morePublished 10 months ago by LARAINE B.
In one accessible volume, Stephen Moss describes the dire consequences for Britain's wildlife resulting from human modification of the natural environment. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Carole O.Connor
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