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Wilding: The Return of Nature to a British Farm [9781509805105]

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'The remarkable story of an astounding transformation' George Monbiot, author of Feral.

In Wilding, Isabella Tree tells the story of the `Knepp experiment', a pioneering rewilding project in West Sussex, using free-roaming grazing animals to create new habitats for wildlife. Part gripping memoir, part fascinating account of the ecology of our countryside, Wilding is, above all, an inspiring story of hope.

Forced to accept that intensive farming on the heavy clay of their land at Knepp was economically unsustainable, Isabella Tree and her husband Charlie Burrell made a spectacular leap of faith: they decided to step back and let nature take over. Thanks to the introduction of free-roaming cattle, ponies, pigs and deer - proxies of the large animals that once roamed Britain - the 3,500 acre project has seen extraordinary increases in wildlife numbers and diversity in little over a decade.

Extremely rare species, including turtle doves, nightingales, peregrine falcons, lesser spotted woodpeckers and purple emperor butterflies, are now breeding at Knepp, and populations of other species are rocketing. The Burrells' degraded agricultural land has become a functioning ecosystem again, heaving with life - all by itself.

Personal and inspirational, Wilding is an astonishing account of the beauty and strength of nature, when it is given as much freedom as possible.

AUTHOR: Isabella Tree is an award-winning author, travel writer, and manager of the the Knepp Wildland Project, together with her husband Charlie. She is the author of several books, including The Living Goddess and The Bird Man.

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    Posted by David Flint on 17th Jan 2021

    This is both a fascinating and an important book. Though its basically the story of rewilding one farm it has important messages about small things, like dung beetles, and big ones, like the nature of our pre-modern landscape. Important reading for anyone who cares about our country.

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    Posted by Frank Benatt on 2nd Jan 2021

    Best book, brilliant.Essential reading for halting biodiversity emergency .Beautifully written

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    Posted by Chris Swinburn on 1st Dec 2020

    This book has been a joy to read. When there is so much doomsaying regarding the environment it lifts the spirit to read about a really positive case study, beautifully written, of bringing our depleted wildlife back from the brink. I have bought several copies to hand out and it will assist me in my professional capacity as a habitat planner/manager.

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    Posted by Charlie on 29th Jun 2020

    Im half way through and think this is one of the best books I’ve ever read

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