Stephen Moss

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

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


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

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

In 2009, he 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]

He 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 c d e f "Stephen Moss - TV Producer". Stephen Moss. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Stephen Moss". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Stephen Moss | Personal Statement". Bath Spa University. 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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