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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.


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


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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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    April 15, 2017


    304 pages

    RRP $30.00

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  • EBook


    April 7, 2016

    Vintage Digital

    304 pages

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