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  • Published: 15 April 2017
  • ISBN: 9780099581635
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $19.99

Wild Kingdom

Bringing Back Britain's Wildlife




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

Shortlisted for THE WAINWRIGHT BOOK PRIZE 2017

Can Britain make room for wildlife? Stephen Moss believes it can.

The newspaper headlines tell us that Britain’s wildlife is in trouble. It’s not just rare creatures that are vanishing, hares and hedgehogs, skylarks and water voles, even the humble house sparrow, are in freefall. But there is also good news. Otters have returned to the River Tyne; there are now beavers on the River Otter; and peregrines have taken up residence in the heart of London. Stephen Moss travels 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 ask how we can bring back Britain’s wildlife.

  • Pub date: 15 April 2017
  • ISBN: 9780099581635
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Stephen Moss

Stephen Moss is a naturalist, author and broadcaster. In a distinguished career at the BBC Natural History Unit his credits included Springwatch, Birds Britannia and The Nature of Britain. His books include The Wren, The Robin, Mrs Moreau's Warbler and Wonderland. He is the President of the Somerset Wildlife Trust and a Senoir Lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Originally from London, he now lives with his wife and children on the Somerset Levels.

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Praise for Wild Kingdom

“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

“An absorbing quest into the state of British wildlife today.”

The Bookseller

“Lyrical, powerful book… Inspiring and hopeful.”

Simple Things

“Thoroughly readable and engaging book… You’re left with a renewed energy for the fight… Moss writes with passion and feeling that his crisp prose kindles in the reader, too.”

Matt Merritt and John Miles, Bird Watching

“Exceptionally accessible… Wild Kingdom invokes the spirit of British wildlife past and present… His more opinionated stance give the book its power.”

Amy-Jane Beer, BBC Wildlife

“Engaging.”

Heather O'Connor, Birdwatch

“This is another superb book from Moss, but more importantly is it timely too… This is a book to read if you care about the very future of our countryside and more importantly this should be a book that all politicians should be made to read.”

Paul Cheney, Nudge


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