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Rel 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 fl. Time spent with nature is never wastedA bit like time with a good book For if we lose touch with nature we will eventually lose touch with who we areYou 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 wildlifenature lovers But then I am one of thoseStephen 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 balanceAnd 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 conseuences 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 techniues 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 thriveIt's an interesting read with plenty of food for thought I learned uite 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 uite so high and might have ended up giving this a higher rating but it doesn't have the same resonance and uality of writing as Barnes' book But recommended reading for anyone with an interesting in British nature and wildlife

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Wild Kingdom Bringing Back Britain's WildlifeYing 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. Brilliant but depressing

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Wild Kingdom Bringing Back Britain's Wildlife Free read ë 104 ´ [Reading] ➷ Wild Kingdom Bringing Back Britain's Wildlife By Stephen Moss – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk Britain’s wildlife is in trouble Wild creatures that have lived here for thousands of years are disappearing because of pollution and persecBritain’s wildlife is in trouble Wild creatures that Bringing Back Epub #217 have lived here for thousands of years are disappearing Wild Kingdom PDF or because of pollution and persecution competition with alien species changing farming and forestry practices and climate changeIt’s not Kingdom Bringing Back PDFEPUB #234 just rare creatures such as the Scottish wildcat or the red suir. 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 natureResponsibility 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 habitats of wildlife though he isn't about blaming the farmers They have a job to do a nation to feed and a uota 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 improvementFor 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 problemIf 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 elouent 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 lostHowever 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