The Accidental Countryside
The fascinating and remarkably uplifting story of how Britain’s wildlife has co-opted the most unlikely corners of our manmade landscape, turning them into teeming havens of (un)natural beauty.
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‘A superb naturalist and writer.’
‘From Stone Age remains to modern day skyscrapers, Stephen Moss takes us on an exhilarating journey through place and time, providing a fascinating insight into nature’s relationship with environments created by man.’
DR MYA-ROSE CRAIG (BIRDGIRL)
Welcome to The Accidental Countryside.
This is the fascinating and remarkably empowering story of our influence upon the landscape and wildlife of these crowded islands, and of how wildlife has co-opted its most unlikely corners – even when we least expected it.
From the seabirds sheltering in the prehistoric stone structures of Shetland to the peat diggings in Somerset teeming with life, and from the rare insects hidden in Belfast’s docklands to the falcons that make London’s Shard their home, Stephen Moss reveals the unexpected oases which foster the crucial links in the chain that bind the natural world together.
A superb naturalist and writer.
From stone-age remains to modern day skyscrapers, Stephen Moss takes us on an exhilarating journey through place and time, providing a fascinating insight into nature’s relationship with environments created by man.
An absorbing account . . . very heartening.
Energetic and uplifting.
The Accidental Countryside is in part a homage to Richard Mabey’s 1973 classes The Unofficial Countryside, which explored the untidy, neglected spaces where non-human life was finding a way to hang on and even thrive in defiance of all that 1970s Britain could throw at. It is a worthy successor. Moss’s general outlook is that the glass is one hundredth full rather than 99 hundredths empty, and this hopeful stance is supported by delightful observations from Mousa Broch in Shetland to Somerset's Avalon Marshes.
An intriguing natural history story.
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