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  1. says:

    Wildlife has been declining in Britain over the last few decades it is an unfortunate by product of human population growth, which in the modern world has increased significantly Through this book Moss suggests a few ways in which we can start to bring back some of Britain s wildlife without compromising the human way of life we can co exist with nature.Responsibility is the key with a strong emphasis on a active approach to understanding the environment and ecology Moss is very aware of the impact of farming on natural land, on the habitat s of wildlife, though he isn t about blaming the farmers They have a job to do, a nation to feed, and a quota to meet to ensure profit What Moss instead suggests is that environmentally friendly methods can be adopted by farmers, methods that wouldn t damage their profits too heavily, but would also ensure the survival of wildlife He wants to work with the farmers, with the nation, and strive for mutual improvement.For example, he suggests that space is the key He draws on case studies, studies in which farmers have left hedgerows on their land and natural foliage on the outskirts In these instances the population of wildlife has increased, insects have been attracted to the plant life and then predators have soon followed This has increased sightings of rare birds on such land Small, simple changes are, indeed, very effective However, one oversight I noticed was a lack of consideration for farming sustainable things Improving the methods is always good, but if we can farm productive alternatives then it would eliminate much of the problem.If such ideas and responsible practices can be applied on a larger scale, to our forests, to our rivers and to the oceans, then there would be wider spread improvement Wildlife numbers would increase The real looming threat though is global climate change and its effect on the natural world If this isn t addressed, then no minor improvements will have any effect Moss rightfully recognises this, though it is not the focus of his book The ideas he gives are changes that we can reach for on a societal level, ones that would install a sense of responsibility the globe needs to adopt The writing is eloquent and highly detailed it s the words of a man who loves the wildlife of Britain, and one who laments the fact that so much has been lost.However, the most successful element of the writing is its power to debunk the myth that Britain s countryside is ripe and green The reality of the situation is that it was once ripe and green, but our way of life has changed this greatly Even now though there is a chance to change this The book is rich in optimism, a hope that things can and will get better if we work for it And therein is the rub do we want it Moss offers a compelling case for improvement, an excellent account that is both passionate and informed It s hard not be convinced by the argument he offers I received an advanced reading copy of this book from The Bookbag in exchange for an honest review, originally posted here.


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    Ever since William Blake wrote the words Englands green pleasant Land in 1804 it has always been considered one of the best descriptions of the British countryside For millennia humans have been changing the landscape in this country and the wildlife co existed with us and the habitats that were formed Now days only green could be considered correct decades of industrial farming has wreaked untold devastation amongst the wild creatures and flowers that had once made our countryside so pleasant Headlines scream at us from the papers about how our native wildlife is in trouble and the facts about what has been happening are frankly terrifying.In amongst the grim news, there have been some success stories, species have been dragged back from the very brink of extinction or have been part of successful introduction programmes these should be celebrated for good reason But while we have been concentrating on the rare and the spectacular, our once common animals, house sparrows and the hedgehog and others have suffered catastrophic falls in numbers Moss decides to find out for himself just what the state of our nation s wildlife is Starting with what is the largest land area in our country, farmlands, we go on a whistle stop tour through our woods, seashores, and mountains As wildlife is as much a part of the urban jungle nowadays, especially with the fox living off the waste that humans leave behind and peregrines hurling themselves from skyscrapers in the very centre of our capital 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 is another superb book from Moss, but importantly is it timely too The state of the wildlife in the country is at a tipping point after decades of pummelling from chemicals and dramatic loss of habitat There have been some reintroductions of natives like beavers and the cleaning up of the rivers has seen the spectacular return of the otter that can be claimed as successes and there have been places where farmers and landowners have taken it upon themselves to re wild the land which have proved successful The points that he is fairly forcefully making are being echoed elsewhere too, most recently in Bee Quest by Dave Goulson and The Running Hare by John Lewis Stempel, guys with their pulse of the countryside This is a book to read if you care about the very future of our countryside and importantly this should be a book that all politicians should be made to read.


  3. says:

    Finish date 07 January 2018Genre non fiction natural history Rating A Review There is no pleasing those sparrows But anyone who has watched the behavior of birdslike me from my front room window knows that doing so is good for the soul.


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    Time spent with nature is never wasted. A bit like time with a good book For if we lose touch with nature, we will eventually lose touch with who we are.You can tell from the title of this book that it is not for everyone It very much focuses on Britain, so is really targeted at British wildlife nature lovers But then, I am one of those.Stephen Moss examines a number of different natural environments found across the British Isles Farmland , Woods Forests , Mountains Moorlands , Rivers Streams , Coast Sea , Towns, Cities and Gardens , Other Artificial Habitats In each case, he looks at the history of these environments, the current state and the potential future The history tends, as it must, to focus on damage that has been done we have not been good at looking after nature The current state offers a mixture of hope and despondency Undoubtedly, there are many exciting and potentially very productive initiatives underway across many different natural habitats But there are also many, many areas where little is being done The future could go either way As a lover of nature, I know what I hope for, but it is a fragile balance.And balance is one of the key themes of the book One of Moss s recurring discussions is about achieving balance between man and nature And he also is very keen to talk about the often unintended consequences of actions that disrupt the balance in ways that could hardly have been imagined at the time Often, the effects take a long time to come into play As an example, consider Britain after the Second World War and the push to provide sufficient, cheap food for the nation meant significant changes to farming practices This pressure has continued and we, as a nation, have gone from spending something like one third of our income on food to something like one tenth I may be exaggerating, but it is that order of magnitude This is only possible because of mass production techniques that are very, very bad for nature and wildlife Today, we are coming to realise that and we are seeing action to move in the opposite direction with many farmers introducing edges back to their fields where wildlife can thrive.It s an interesting read with plenty of food for thought I learned quite a few things as I read If I hadn t recently read Simon Barnes The Meaning of Birds , I don t think I would have set the bar quite so high and might have ended up giving this a higher rating, but it doesn t have the same resonance and quality of writing as Barnes book But recommended reading for anyone with an interesting in British nature and wildlife.


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    I read this slowly, a chapter at a time in between reading other books It was a book designed to be read this way as each chapter will make you think deeply, then want to go off and find out about that topic before moving on to something else A well researched and important book, acting as a call to arms before some of our most beloved wildlife is beyond saving Brilliant introduction to rewilding and introduces debates about the introduction of foreign species and re introduction of former species Acts as both a warning about how much damage can be caused by humans and a reassurance that changes can be made to protect this precious wildlife Fascinating read


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    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 Stephen MossAn important book which looks at the threats faced by our wild creatures and the land in which we all live, the damage that has already been and is being done and what we need to do to make things better Stephen Moss takes an unflinching look at the state of things and it isn t a pretty picture but he also gives some hope and with his obvious love and passion, which springs from every page, he make an convincing argument for as all to take up arms in the defence of our beautiful country and it s inhabitants A book that is well worth reading.


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    I ve followed Stephen Moss s writing with interest over the years, getting to know it first through his Guardian columns on birdwatching.This book is about wildlife About birds, certainly, but equally about all the other wild creatures animals, invertebrates, fish and so on which call Britain home He examines all their possible habitats in turn farmland, woodland, moorland, water and wetland, seaside, towns and cities He discovers how our imperative to produce ever increasing quantities of cheap food is destroying and impoverishing the habitats of so much wildlife not just on farmland increasingly turned over to agri business, but also on moorland, the sea, and wetlands He illustrates his arguments not only by drawing on research and statistics, but with anecdote and personal stories This is a very thorough and convincing account of the perilous state that much of the wildlife we think of as part of our natural heritage is in Though he s careful to point out that every creature, even if not cute and well loved like the hedgehog and red squirrel, has a part to play in ensuring the health of some other creature in the food chain And he writes too about success stories the re introduction of the red kite the egrets which, now that our climate is generally warming, are making regular appearances on UK waterways are just two examples.He writes this book as a warning, wanting everybody who reads it to become part of the fightback in a cause he regards as too important to lose His style is informal, very easy to read Even when he s making known the results of various studies, or sharing dismal statistics, the information is easy to absorb, and I continued to read with interest and attention.Nevertheless, little of what he writes about here is unknown to the averagely well informed and concerned reader Though I really enjoyed reading this book, I m not sure I learned a great deal that at some level I didn t already know about I d like to think that if I gave a copy to someone who doesn t yet think too hard about environmental matters, they d find it an approachable and worthwhile read, and one which might change their viewpoint a little I want this book to find a wide audience.


  8. says:

    I loved this book Shows what has been done to help Britain s wonderful wildlife and points out everything that still needs to be done before it is too late


  9. says:

    Brilliant but depressing.


  10. says:

    I enjoyed this It s nice to read a book about UK wildlife that is informative, and with a broadly positive message It contains a wealth of examples of how people could help reverse nature s decline But also Moss recognises that there s to conservation than just jumping o the rewilding bandwagon.


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Wild Kingdom: Bringing Back Britain's Wildlife summary pdf Wild Kingdom: Bringing Back Britain's Wildlife, summary chapter 2 Wild Kingdom: Bringing Back Britain's Wildlife, sparknotes Wild Kingdom: Bringing Back Britain's Wildlife, Wild Kingdom: Bringing Back Britain's Wildlife e4ce17e Britain S Wildlife Is In Trouble Wild Creatures That Have Lived Here For Thousands Of Years Are Disappearing, Because Of Pollution And Persecution, Competition With Alien Species, Changing Farming And Forestry Practices, And Climate ChangeIt S Not Just Rare Creatures Such As The Scottish Wildcat Or The Red Squirrel That Are Vanishing Hares And Hedgehogs, Skylarks And Water Voles, Even The Humble House Sparrow, Are In Freefall But Now, At Last, There Is HopeAuthor And Naturalist Stephen Moss Has Travelled The Length And Breadth Of The United Kingdom To See Just How Britons Are Fighting Back To Save The Wildlife They Love In Newcastle, He Sees Otters That Have Returned To The River Tyne And Red Kites Flying Over The Metro Centre In Devon, Beavers On The River Otter And In London, Peregrines The Fastest Living Creature On The Planet Which Have Taken Up Residence In The CapitalElsewhere In The British Countryside Things Are Changing Too What Were Once Nature Free Zones Are Being Rewilded Giving Our Wild Creatures The Space They Need Not Just To Survive, But Also To ThriveAs Britain S Wildlife Begins Its Long, Slow Fightback, Perhaps, Stephen Moss Argues, We Are Beginning To Realise That Nature Is No Longer A Bolt On Luxury And That It Is Absolutely Essential For Our Well Being, Both As Individuals And As A Nation

  • Hardcover
  • 304 pages
  • Wild Kingdom: Bringing Back Britain's Wildlife
  • Stephen Moss
  • English
  • 05 September 2018
  • 9780224095655

About the Author: Stephen Moss

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