Wild Places: Top 40 Nature Sites is a guide to the best flora and fauna across the UK, by TV naturalist Iolo Williams. Fully illustrated with beautiful colour photos of places and wildlife, Iolo picks his 40 favourites, from the many nature reserves across the country. From Hermaness on Shetland to the London Wetland Centre and from Dungeness in Kent to Loch Neagh, he criss-crosses the country, taking in:
- Coastal sites
- Towering cliffs
- Distant islands
These wild places vary in size from the vastness of The Wash to the gen that is Skomer Island. They include sites of international significance likes estuarial Slimbridge and the wild marshes of Forsinard Flows.
All 40 places are packed with the widest variety of trees, plants, birds, animals and insects. Iolo draws on his enormous knowledge to guide you through the natural delights of each site. Find rare ospreys, where to find almost 600 different species of moths or 51 species of caddis fly. Readers will also discover where to find birds (both rare and in huge numbers), where hares box and otters swim, where to spot dolphins and salmon- and where to even see whales and sharks. Each entry includes:
- A survey of what is to be found there
- A brief description of the facilities
- Directions to reach the site
Illustrated in beautiful detail and with glorious images by top nature photographers, this book confirms our stunning landscape, inhabited in abundance with all manner of life. A wonderful book for explorers or armchair naturalists. If you are nearby or visiting, also check out his other guidebook of 40 top sites to visit in Wales.
About the Author
Iolo Williams is a Welsh naturalist, who has worked in conservation for over 30 years. A regular BBC presenter, he studied ecology in London and worked for almost 15 years as Species Officer for RSPB, before switching to media work. He presents Welsh language series on TV and has written several books on nature and wildlife. He is patron of several Welsh conservation organisations.