Our Place: Can We Save the Britain's Wildlife Before It Is Too Late? (Paperback)

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Author(s):
Mark Cocker
Publisher:
Jonathan Cape
Edition:
1st (2019)
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
352
ISBN-13:
9781784701024
RRP:
£9.99

Unflinching, provocative and original, Our Place is a radical examination of Britain's relationship with the land, tackling some of the central issues of our time.

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Environmental thought and politics have become parts of mainstream cultural life in Britain. The wish to protect wildlife is now a central goal for our society, but where did these ‘green’ ideas come from? And who created the cherished institutions, such as the National Trust or the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, that are now so embedded in public life with millions of members?

From the flatlands of Norfolk to the tundra-like expanse of the Flow Country in northern Scotland, acclaimed writer on nature Mark Cocker sets out on a personal quest through the British countryside to find the answers to these questions.

He explores in intimate detail six special places that embody the history of conservation or whose fortunes allow us to understand why our landscape looks as it does today. We meet key characters who shaped the story of the British countryside – Victorian visionaries like Octavia Hill, founder of the National Trust, as well as brilliant naturalists such as Max Nicholson or Derek Ratcliffe, who helped build the very framework for all environmental effort.

This is a book that looks to the future as well as exploring the past. It asks searching questions like who owns the land and why? And who benefits from green policies?