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 flower and a plea from our islands' wildlife. When climate change has driven dozens of our most charismatic species to extinction, will they be forgotten?
Like many of her generation, Sophie Pavelle is determined to demand action on climate change. In her hilarious and thought-provoking first book, she describes the trips she took to see ten rare native species: species that could disappear by 2050 and be forgotten by the end of the century if their habitats continue to decline.
Sophie challenged herself to find them the low-carbon way, travelling the length of Britain on foot, by bicycle, in an electric car, by kayak, on ferries and in a lot of trains. From Bodmin Moor to the Orkney Islands, Sophie encountered species on the frontline of climate change in Britain. Which are going to be seriously affected, and why? Could some bounce back from the brink? Or are we too late to save them?
Forget Me Not is a clarion call: we all need to play a part in tackling this most existential of threats. Everyone can see wildlife in the British Isles without contributing to its destruction. With joyful irreverence, Sophie shows us we can dare to hope. Journey with her, and she may even inspire you to take action for nature and head out on your own low-carbon adventure.
About the Author
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.
“'A fierce, passionate stand for the wild.'” —Megan McCubbin, zoologist, conservationist and broadcaster
“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
“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
“'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
“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