Brilliant but depressing The countryside is being exploited by self appointed minority interest ressure groups whose claims to be the guardians of the countryside would be amusing were the conseuences 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 make things better Stephen Moss takes an unflinching look the state of things and it isn t a retty icture but he also gives some hope and with his obvious love and assion which springs from every age 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 Finish date 07 January 2018Genre non fiction natural historyRating AReview There is no leasing those sparrowsBut anyone who has watched the behavior of birdslike me from my front room window knowsthat doing so is good for the soulReview WorldFromMyArmchair I loved this book Shows what has been done to help Britain s wonderful wildlife and oints out everything that still needs to be done before it is too late I ve followed Stephen Moss s writing with interest over the years getting to know it first through his Guardian columns on birdwatchingThis book is about wildlife About birds certainly but eually about all the other wild creatures animals invertebrates fish and so on which call Britain home He examines all their Les Ténébreuses - Tome I - La Fin d'un monde possible habitats in turn farmland woodland moorland water and wetland seaside towns and cities He discovers how our imperative toroduce ever increasing uantities 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 over to agri business but also on moorland the sea and wetlands illustrates his arguments not only by drawing on research and statistics but with anecdote and Karneval, Vol. 4 personal stories This is a very thorough and convincing account of theerilous state that much of the wildlife we think of as The Hiding Place part of our natural heritage is in Though he s careful tooint out that every creature even if not cute and well loved like the hedgehog and red suirrel has a art to lay 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 examplesHe writes this book as a warning wanting everybody who reads it to become art 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 attentionNevertheless 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 Doesnsomeone who doesn 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 Time spent with nature is never wastedA bit like. Britain’s wildlife is in trouble Wild creatures that have lived here for thousands of years are disappearing because of ollution and The Elephants Journey persecution competition with alien species changing farming and forestryractices and climate changeIt’s not just rare creatures such as the Scottish wildcat or the red suirrel that are vanishing Hares and hedgehogs skylarks 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 otential 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 Changing Face of the Hero potentially veryroductive 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 The Undisputed Greatest Writer of All Time: A Collection of Poetry play As an example consider Britain after the Second World War and theush to StoryBranding: Creating Stand-Out Brands Through The Power of Story provide sufficient cheap food for the nation meant significant changes to farmingractices This It's A Wonderfully Sexy Life 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 onlyossible because of mass Lignin Biodegradation 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 withlenty 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 trecently read Simon Barnes The Meaning of Birds I don t 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 ualitymight have ended up giving this a higher rating but it doesn t have the same resonance and uality writing as Barnes book But recommended reading for anyone with an interesting in British nature and wildlife Wildlife has been declining in Britain over the last few decades it is an unfortunate by Pure Chance product of humanopulation 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 The Lady and the Lionheart profit What Moss instead suggests is that environmentally friendly methods can be adopted by farmers methods that wouldn t damage theirrofits too heavily A great overview of the current situation on British wildlife and how the situation has come about It. Nd 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;. S a sad read in many laces but there are signs of hope too An important subject that everyone should read about and Moss writes in such a way that takes you right into the laces he describes 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 rotect this recious wildlife Fascinating read Ever since William Blake wrote the words Englands green leasant 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 leasant Headlines scream at us from the apers about how ourthat had once made our countryside so leasant Headlines scream at us from the apers about how our wildlife is in trouble and the facts about what has been happening are frankly terrifyingIn amongst the grim news there have been some success stories species have been dragged back from the very brink of extinction or have been art of successful introduction rogrammes 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 art of the urban jungle nowadays especially with the fox living off the waste that humans leave behind and eregrines hurling themselves from skyscrapers in the very Of Our Capital of our capital The is being exploited by self appointed minority interest ressure groups whose claims to be the guardians of the countryside would be amusing were the conseuences not so seriousThis is another superb book from Moss but importantly is it timely too The state of the wildlife in the country is at a tipping oint after decades of ummelling 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 Why Is It Always About You?: The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism places where farmers and landowners have taken it upon themselves to re wild the land which haveroved successful The Gods and fighting men: the story of the Tuatha de Danaan and of the Fianna of Ireland, arranged and put into English by Lady Gregory points that he is fairly forcefully making are being echoed elsewhere too most recently in Bee uest by Dave Goulson and The Running Hare by John Lewis Stempel guys with theirulse 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 oliticians should be made to rea. In Devon beavers on the River Otter; and in London eregrines – the fastest living creature on the lanet – 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 thrive.