Forget Me Not: Finding the forgotten species of climate-change Britain


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Forget Me Not: Finding the forgotten species of climate-change Britain Author: Format: Paperback / softback First Published: Published By: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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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.


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'This enchanting book could not be more timely: it brings much to inspire our future thinking, and is a joy to read.' * Joanna Lumley * 'Vibrant and vital. The trials of ten treasured species that we can't afford to fail. A biological romp with a real mission.' * Chris Packham, broadcaster and author of Fingers in the Sparkle Jar * 'This engaging romp in search of our most endangered species is a timely reminder of the magic we have in nature and what we are set to lose if we don't wake up. Funny, full of interest and often poignant, travelling with Sophie Pavelle is a journey to remember.' * Isabella Tree, author of Wilding * 'A fierce, passionate stand for the wild.' * Megan McCubbin, zoologist, conservationist and broadcaster * 'This is such a beautiful book. Full of humour, adventure, poignancy. It will make you value the country around you and even hungrier to protect it. Remarkable.' * Nell Frizzell, journalist and author of The Panic Years * 'Urgent and challenging, but also fun and beautifully written, Sophie documents her low-carbon journeys exposing the reality of climate change in Britain.' * Simon Reeve, broadcast journalist, adventurer and author of Step by Step * 'Beautiful. Rare. Profound. Hopeful.' * Charlotte Philby, author of A Double Life * 'Finding wonder in the familiar and celebrating the unknown in the everyday, this is a beautiful book - and so perfectly told.' * Professor Ben Garrod, author, broadcaster, biologist * 'Sophie Pavelle writes with the urgency and voice of a generation. Her commitment is matched with a fierce knowledge of conservation biology and policymaking, whose murky corridors are expertly navigated. Passionate, pragmatic and seriously funny.' * Gillian Burke, biologist, presenter and writer * 'From rare butterflies to bats and bumblebees, Sophie takes us on a breathless but strangely relaxing whistle-stop tour of Britain in search of some of our less familiar, fragile and fascinating wildlife. Charming, witty and moving.' * Professor Dave Goulson, Professor of Biology and author of A Sting in the Tale * 'Pavelle is the best kind of science writer - who makes you feel almost as smart as she is, priming and signposting in such a way that you grasp the punchline in the moment before she delivers it. Make no mistake, this is serious stuff, requiring serious communication. But she balances love and irreverence, data and ditz. I loved the breezy humour, the sass and savviness.' * Dr Amy-Jane Beer, naturalist, writer, campaigner and Guardian Country Diarist * 'A wonderfully refreshing look at the vanishing species around us, what they mean and why they matter.' * Benedict Macdonald, naturalist, wildlife TV producer and author of Rebirding * 'Forget Me Not is that enchanting book that makes you want to put on your hiking boots and big coat, get outdoors and immerse yourself in nature. Sophie's writing is funny and accessible whilst being a call to arms for us to protect Britain's most vulnerable species. Perfect for old hats and newbies to wildlife. Highly recommended.' * Dr Amir Khan, NHS doctor, broadcaster, author and Vice President of The Wildlife Trusts *

Author Biography

Sophie Pavelle is a writer and science communicator. Sharing stories about British nature to wide audiences, she puts a contemporary twist on the natural history genre. Sophie works for Beaver Trust, and she presented their award-winning documentary Beavers Without Borders. She is also an Ambassador for The Wildlife Trusts and sits on the RSPB England Advisory Committee. Her writing has appeared in The Metro, BBC Countryfile, BBC Wildlife and Coast magazines.