Exmoor is a place full of contrasts, from a dramatic coastline, with some of the
highest cliffs in England, to steeply wooded river valleys and rare and nationally
protected stunning heather moorlands.
Over the years Johnny Kingdom, Exmoor
born and bred, has walked and filmed most of it, across all four seasons.
his own, unique style.
This book, which accompanies the television series of the same name, takes
the reader further in to parts of the moor Johnny loves so much, to encounters
with the animals, birds, and flowers that make Exmoor a special place for him.
Like the television series, the book is framed around the seasons. In each
section there is an account of what Johnny might be doing in the season. In
winter he is busy building a new home for badgers on his land, taking time out
to film winter wading birds on the coast and exploring the woodlands for
carpets of snow drops.
In the spring he is filming the results of his badger house
building with his co builder Bob and watching for the first signs of red deer
shedding their antlers.
In summer he is out about, opening fetes and judging
competitions, watching deer with their young and keeping an eye out for a
family of little owls he’s been following.
And in the autumn, a truly spectacular
time on the moor, he is mixing cleaning out birds’ nest boxes on his land with
filming the deer rut, the climax of the year on Exmoor.
Illustrated with photographs from Johnny Kingdom and the author, and
tracking Johnny Kingdom’s year on Exmoor, this exciting new book can be read
either as a companion piece to the television series, or on its own as a characterful
guide to exploring this unique landscape that Johnny calls home.
David Parker, lives in Bristol and is a television programme maker. He first
discovered Exmoor in 1986 and he cannot keep away form the place. He
has made more than 50 television documentaries about its history,
landscape and wildlife. He first encountered Johnny Kingdom in 1996 and
convinced of the unconventional and special talent of the former grave
digger, he persuaded television commissioning editors in the BBC and more
recently ITV to put the man from Exmoor on the screen. They have been
working together ever since. Johnny Kingdom’s Wild Exmoor is David
Parker’s first book.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 262 0, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published June 2015.Reprinted April 2106.