Britain is a place of remarkable beauty and extraordinary extremes, boasting immense natural diversity in a comparatively small area. Here, life is run by the seasons: each month brings enormous transformations to our island and its inhabitants, from the largest native mammal to the smallest migrant bird.
In this lavish companion to the unforgettable BBC One series, acclaimed nature writer Stephen Moss reveals a breathtaking view of the wildlife on our very own doorstep, complete with stunning photography, innovative maps and unique behind-the-scenes materialfrom the award-winning BBC Natural History Unit. Britain's wildlife is at once iconic and surprising, and this book celebrates it all in the light of our ever-changing seasons. From the clash of majestic stags to the emergence of delicate damselflies; and from the sharks and whales that swim our waters to the elegant and imposing birds in our skies, The Great British Year reveals the unmissable drama and beauty of our islands.
Stephen Moss has written over 20 natural history books, including bestselling titles on birds and British wildlife. He writes a monthly Birdwatch column for the Guardian, frequent articles for BBC Wildlife and Birdwatch magazines, and presents a primetime BBC Radio 4 series on birdsong.
Stephen is a former producer at the BBC Natural History Unit, with a TV career that has spanned three decades. He recently produced The Great British Wildlife Revival - a six-part primetime series that will broadcast on BBC One in 2013. Stephen was the original producer of BAFTA-winning Springwatch, as well as The Nature of Britain (with Alan Titchmarsh) and Birding with Bill Oddie.