Today the James Cropper Wainwright Prize today announced their three shortlists, including the inaugural Children’s Writing on Nature and Conservation Prize.

Named after much-loved nature writer Alfred Wainwright, the aim of the Prize is to inspire everyone to connect with nature and embrace the outdoors. This year’s shortlisted books reflect the astonishing range and depth of nature writing, with titles that confront difficult, yet vitally important issues around climate change, food supplies and the decline of insects, stressing urgency of action whilst offering hope for the future, celebrating the wonder of life everywhere – from our back gardens to the Arctic Circle - and illuminating the healing power of nature through stories of personal connection and discovery.

Two previous winners feature on this year’s shortlists. Teenage naturalist, Dara McAnulty, winner of the 2020 Nature Writing Prize, is shortlisted for the Children’s Prize for Wild Child: A Journey Through Nature, his multi-sensory guide to exploring the nature on your doorstep. Amy Liptrot, whose debut The Outrun won the 2016 Nature Writing Prize, is shortlisted again for The Instant, her memoir about leaving behind the quiet isolation of the Orkneys for new experiences in Berlin.

The winners will be announced on Wednesday 7th September at a ceremony at The London Wetland Centre.

The 2022 James Cropper Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing shortlist is:

Goshawk Summer: A New Forest Season Unlike Any Other by James Aldred 
On Gallows Down: Place, Protest and Belonging by Nicola Chester
Shadowlands: A Journey Through Lost Britain by Matthew Green 
The Instant by Amy Liptrot 
Time on Rock: A Climber’s Route into the Mountains by Anna Fleming 
Otherlands: A World in the Making by Dr Thomas Halliday 

The 2022 James Cropper Wainwright Prize for Writing on Conservation shortlist is:

Our Biggest Experiment: A History of the Climate Crisis by Alice Bell 
Silent Earth: Averting the Insect Apocalypse by Dave Goulson 
The Insect Crisis: The Fall of the Tiny Empires that Run the World by Oliver Milman 
Regenesis: Feeding the World Without Devouring the Planet by George Monbiot 
The Treeline: The Last Forest and the Future of Life on Earth by Ben Rawlence 
Eating to Extinction: The World’s Rarest Foods and Why We Need to Save Them by Dan Saladino 
Wild Fell: Fighting for Nature on a Lake District Hill Farm by Lee Schofield 

The 2022 James Cropper Wainwright Prize for Children’s Writing on Nature and Conservation shortlist is:

Around the World in 80 Trees by Ben Lerwill, illustrated by Kaja Kajfež 
By Rowan and Yew by Melissa Harrison 
Julia and the Shark by Kiran Millwood Hargrave, illustrated by Tom de Freston 
October, October by Katya Balen, illustrated by Angela Harding
One World: 24 Hours on Planet Earth by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Jenni Desmond 
The Biggest Footprint: Eight billion humans. One Clumsy Giant by Rob Sears, illustrated by Tom Sears 
Wild Child: A Journey Through Nature by Dara McAnulty, illustrated by Barry Falls

Now in its ninth year, the Nature Writing Prize judging panel is chaired by TV presenter Ray Mears. BBC Countryfile presenter, Charlotte Smith, is the Chair of Judges for the Conservation Prize and former CBeebies TV presenter, Gemma Hunt, chairs the new Children’s Prize.

More about the James Cropper Wainwright Prize

The prize was founded and is still supported by both the Alfred Wainwright Estate & Frances Lincoln, publisher of the Wainwright Guides. The £7,500 prize fund will be shared between and presented to the authors of the three winning books.

Scroll to see all of the shortlisted titles, and buy your faves now. Remember we have 10% off RRPs and 25% of the cover price of the books can be donated to a school of your choice to buy more books.