Wilding: The Return of Nature to a British Farm (Hardback)
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Wilding: The Return of Nature to a British Farm (Hardback)

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Hardback 384 Pages / Published: 03/05/2018
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'A poignant, practical and moving story of how to fix our broken land, this should be conservation's salvation; this should be its future; this is a new hope.' - Chris Packham

Forced to accept that intensive farming on the heavy clay of their land at Knepp in West Sussex 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.

Once-common 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.

In Wilding, Isabella Tree tells the story of the 'Knepp experiment' and what it reveals of the ways in which we might regain that wilder, richer country. It shows how rewilding works across Europe; that it has multiple benefits for the land; that it can generate economic activity and employment; how it can benefit both nature and us - and that all of this can happen astonishingly quickly.

Part gripping memoir, part fascinating account of the ecology of our countryside, Wilding is, above all, an inspiring story of hope.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781509805099
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 673 g
Dimensions: 242 x 163 x 39 mm


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

'Every farmer (and perhaps every conservationist) in Britain needs to go and spend a day at Knepp. The Knepp 'wilding' project is a vitally important experiment for working out what we can do to let Nature back into our farmed landscapes . . . This book tells this vital story and deserves to be widely read.' - James Rebanks, author of A Shepherd's Life

'A thrilling, inspiring and deeply moving story of a wildlife revolution on an ordinary English farm, Wilding shows us what we have lost and what we could regain if we change our relationship with the countryside.' - Patrick Barkham, author of Badgerlands

'Wilding describes the inspirational story of a pioneering rewilding experiment that is changing the way we look at Nature, the countryside and conservation. Beautifully written, it marks the moment when the task at hand can no longer be about slowing down the inexorable decline of wildlife, but to begin the job of restoration.' - Tony Juniper, former Executive Director of Friends of the Earth

'So often we read of the countryside in shock and so seldom to we learn of its recovery. This is a pioneering, wonderful book, blooming with humour, practicality, science and lessons learned; a story whose heart beats in the same neck of the woods as Walden. Read Wilding and restore your belief in the return of nature.' - Nicholas Crane, author of The Making Of The British Landscape

'Anyone with any interest in land - from a window-box to a National Park - needs to read this book'. - Simon Barnes, author of How to be a Bad Birdwatcher

'Charming, inspirational and thought-provoking. Beautifully captures the magic and excitement of the Knepp rewilding project.' - Professor Dave Goulson

'Wilding is truly the most magnificent and inspiring book.' - Adam Nicholson, author of The Seabird's Cry

'Isabella Tree's riveting book captures the excitement of an immensely powerful new idea: that to save our beleaguered wildlife, we should move beyond conserving what remains - we should restore what we have lost. Fascinating in its detail and thrilling in its sense of possibilities, this is essential reading for anyone concerned with the future of the natural world in the demanding times to come.' - Michael McCarthy, author of The Moth Snowstorm: Nature and Joy

'Charming, inspirational and thought-provoking. Beautifully captures the magic and excitement of the Knepp rewilding project.' - Dave Goulson, author of Bee Quest

'A poignant, practical and moving story of how to fix our broken land, this should be conservation's salvation; this should be its future; this is a new hope.' - Chris Packham

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“A Triumph of Nature”

I had never heard of the Knepp Estate or the concept of "re-wilding", but was intrigued by the blurb for this book and decided to give it a go, so asked the publisher for a reading copy. I am glad I did, as... More

Hardback edition
29th June 2018
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“A Dark Brown Revolution”

Without doubt this is one of the most important books to have been written about how humans relate to their environment since Silent Spring. If that sounds like hyperbole then read this book. This is not just for... More

“Inspirational and hopeful”

This book was a great read; accessible, honest, inspiring, and insightful.
I love nature writing, learning about the world around us, the way things interact with each other and with us, particularly when it's... More

Hardback edition
9th July 2018
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