Join Sophie Pavelle on a low-carbon journey around Britain in search of ten animals and habitats threatened by climate change in the 21st century
Forget-me-not – a beautiful blue flower, and a plea. A plea from our island’s wildlife – when it’s gone, when climate change has driven dozens of our most charismatic species to extinction, as well as hundreds of smaller, less noticeable crawlers, lurkers and scurriers – will they be forgotten? This is a question that is going to need to be answered, and soon.
Sophie Pavelle is a naturalist, and like most people of her generation is determined to do what it takes to turn back the tide on climate change. She sets out on a journey, to see first-hand the species that, if things continue the way they are, may well be gone by 2050 and forgotten by the end of the century.
Sophie travels the length of the country the old-fashioned way – on foot, by bicycle, by kayak and on trains. She is determined to observe and learn about these animals, but only in the right way – the low-carbon way.
From Bodmin Moor in the far southwest right up to the Orkneys, Sophie encounters animals on the front line of climate change in the British Isles. Which species are going to be seriously stretched, and why? Which might do well, and which are already doomed? In searching for these species in their native habitats, Sophie enlists the help of experts in their field to explain more about the problems each faces, and what (if anything) can be done to mitigate the problems that loom ever-closer with every click of the gas boiler, every splutter of the combustion engine and every swing of the forester’s axe.
This book is a clarion call; everyone needs to play their part in tackling this most existential of threats. Everyone can see stunning wildlife in Britain without contributing to its destruction. There is hope. All is not lost. Join Sophie on her journey to see what’s left, and how we can save it. Then head out on your own low-carbon wildlife adventure.