Stephen Moss

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Stephen Moss
Moss in 2018
Born(1960-04-25)25 April 1960
Known forWildlife documentaries; accompanying books
AwardsDilys Breese Medal

Stephen Moss (born in 1960) is a British natural historian, birder, author, and television producer.

Early life[edit]

Moss gained an honours degree in English Literature from the University of Cambridge.[1]


Moss is best known for producing wildlife series for the BBC, many of them presented by Bill Oddie, including:

For some of his series, Moss also authored accompanying books. He left the BBC in 2011 to work as a freelancer.[2] He lectures at Bath Spa University and is a visiting professor at the University of Nottingham.[3][1]

In 2009, Moss was one of the first recipients of the British Trust for Ornithology's Dilys Breese Medal, at a ceremony at the House of Lords.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Moss is married, with five children, and lives in Somerset, having moved there from West London.[5]

Radio programmes[edit]

  • A Guide to Garden Birds[6]


  • BBC Weather Watch (BBC Books 1992), ISBN 0-563-36486-6, with Paul Simons
  • Birds and Weather: A Birdwatchers' Guide (Hamlyn 1995), ISBN 0-600-58679-0
  • The Complete Garden Bird Book: How to Identify and Attract Birds to Your Garden (New Holland 1996), ISBN 1-85368-580-1, with Mark Golley
  • Birding with Bill Oddie (BBC Books 1997), ISBN 0-563-38748-3, with Bill Oddie
  • Attracting Birds to Your Garden (New Holland 1998), ISBN 1-85368-569-0
  • Gardening for Birds: How to Help Birds Make the Most of Your Garden (HarperCollins 2000), ISBN 0-00-220168-2 (repr. 2004 as Bird-friendly Garden)
  • Bird Boxes and Feeders: Featuring 11 Step-by-step Woodworking Projects (New Holland 2001), ISBN 1-85974-175-4, with Alan & Gill Bridgewater
  • The Garden Bird Handbook: How to Attract, Identify and Watch the Birds in Your Garden (New Holland 2003), ISBN 1-84330-124-5
  • Understanding Bird Behaviour (New Holland 2003), ISBN 1-84330-151-2
  • How to Birdwatch (New Holland 2003), ISBN 1-84330-154-7
  • Blokes and Birds (New Holland 2003), ISBN 1-84330-484-8 (ed.)
  • Garden Birds (HarperCollins 2004), ISBN 0-00-717614-7
  • A Bird in the Bush: A Social History of Birdwatching (Aurum 2004), ISBN 1-85410-993-6
  • Everything You Wanted to Know About Birds… But Were Afraid to Ask! (Christopher Helm 2005), ISBN 0-7136-6815-6
  • Bill Oddie's How to Watch Wildlife (HarperCollins 2005), ISBN 0-00-718455-7, with Bill Oddie and Fiona Pitcher
  • This Birding Life: The Best of The Guardian's "Birdwatch" (Aurum 2006), ISBN 1-84513-180-0
  • The Private Life of Birds (New Holland 2006), ISBN 1-84537-422-3
  • Birder's Companion (Firefly 2007), ISBN 978-1-55407-212-5
  • The Bumper Book of Nature (Square Peg), ISBN 978-0-224-08616-5
  • A Sky Full of Starlings: A Diary of a Birding Year (Aurum 2008), ISBN 1-84513-353-6
  • Wild Hares and Hummingbirds: The Natural History of an English Village (Square Peg, 2011), ISBN 9780099552468
  • Wild Kingdom: Bringing Back Britain's Wildlife (Square Peg, 2016),(ISBN 9780099581635)
  • The Robin: A Biography (Square Peg, 2017) ISBN 9781910931318
  • The Wren: A Biography (Square Peg, 2018) ISBN 9781910931936
  • Mrs Moreau's Warbler: How Birds Got Their Names (Guardian Faber, 2018) ISBN 9781783350902
  • Dynasties: The Rise and Fall of Animal Families (BBC Books, 2018) ISBN 978-1785943010 with David Attenborough
  • The Accidental Countryside: Hidden Havens for Britain’s Wildlife (Guardian Faber, 2020) ISBN 978-1783351640
  • Skylarks with Rosie: A Somerset Spring (Saraband, 2021) ISBN 978-1913393045


  1. ^ a b "Stephen Moss | Personal Statement". Bath Spa University. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Stephen Moss - TV Producer". Stephen Moss. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Stephen Moss". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  4. ^ Whitby, Max. "A Gong For Barclay". BirdGuides. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2011.
  5. ^ Moss, Stephen, Skylarks with Rosie: A Somerset Spring (Salford: Saraband, 2021), p. 10.
  6. ^ "A Guide to Garden Birds". BBC Radio 4. 2007. Retrieved 24 March 2020.

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