320 pages, illustrations
Britain is a place of remarkable beauty and surprising extremes: nowhere else in the temperate world boasts such extreme variety in such a small area. Our humble island has over 10,000 miles of coastline; iconic animals and birds; and unique spectacles of migration that see wildlife from all corners of the globe descend upon our shores. Here, life is governed by the seasons: each month bringing extraordinary transformations to our land and its inhabitants.
The Great British Year is a lavish companion to the new BBC One series which brings Britain to life, celebrating the vibrancy of the changing year through stunning photography and mesmerising time-lapse sequences, and revealing the unmissable drama and beauty to be witnessed on our very own doorstep.
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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.