Britain’s wildlife is going down the pan, isn’t it? Yes, it is! But it isn’t all bad.
In this personal account of the fate of our wildlife Stephen Moss visits a wide variety of places and habitats – and sees species on the up as well as on the down track.
It’s an entertaining journey through the hills, coasts, woods, fields and wetlands of the country and the wildlife they hold – and should hold but don’t. There are plenty of personal observations and memories of how things used to be different.
The book is particularly strong on the ‘what’ but perhaps, for me at least, weaker on the ‘why’ and the big question, ‘how do we make things better’. I guess it’s because I’ve lived these issues for quite a long time that I found myself thinking ‘that’s not what I think’ now and again. No matter – this is a good introduction to an important subject and is so engagingly written that it should hook quite a few new recruits to the cause of fighting for nature.
The book is dedicated to the late Derek Moore – an inspiration to so many of us.
Isn’t the cover beautiful? By Carry Akroyd, of course.
Wild Kingdom – bringing back Britain’s wildlife by Stephen Moss is published by Square Peg.