What’s your favourite nature book?

The public are being asked to vote for their top book about the natural world.

The vote for the UK's favourite nature writing is open until 25 January 2018

The vote for the UK's favourite nature writing is open until 25 January 2018 © ullstein bild Dtl / Getty


The list of top 10 books vying for the title of the UK’s favourite nature book has been revealed.

People are being asked to vote for their best-loved nature writer and the results will be announced on BBC Two’s Winterwatch (airing from 29 January to 1 February). 

Following the launch of the poll in the October issue of BBC Wildlife and on BBC Two’s Autumnwatch, the Arts and Humanities Research Council have received an amazing 278 book title nominations from the public (including more than 200 writers).

“We received hundreds of nominations and witnessed some of the extraordinarily rich conversations which took place on social media as people championed their favourite books,” says Prof Graham Huggan.  

A panel of nature writing experts, including BBC Wildlife features editor Ben Hoare, sifted through the hundreds of nominations to create a shortlist of 10 for an online vote.  

“This fabulous shortlist reflects the life-affirming, life-changing power of great writing about the natural world,” says Ben Hoare.

“The 10 books include poetry, memoir, explorations of local place, fiction and writing for children, reflecting the phenomenal breadth and beauty of Britain’s nature writing tradition. Some of the books are very well-known, others less so, but all deserve to be read and re-read.”

The poll to find the UK’s favourite nature writing book is part of Land Lines, a two-year research project to study the history of modern nature writing.

The shortlisted books are: 



  • The Peregrine by JA Baker
  • Poems by John Clare
  • Common Ground by Rob Cowen
  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • Findings by Kathleen Jamie
  • The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris
  • Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham
  • The Living Mountain by Nan Shepherd
  • The Natural History of Selborne by Gilbert White
  • Tarka the Otter by Henry Williamson

The poll is open until 25 January 2018.

Find out more on the Arts and Humanities Research Council website

Read more wildlife news stories in BBC Wildlife Magazine

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