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Wilding: The Return of Nature to a British Farm
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Isabella Tree
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Wilding: The Return of Nature to a British Farm

Isabella Tree



Mathematics & Sciences;
Conservation of wildlife & habitats;
The countryside, country life


384 pages

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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.

This recovery has taken place against a backdrop of catastrophic loss elsewhere. According to the 2016 'State of Nature' report, the UK is ranked 29th in the world for biodiversity loss: 56% of species in the UK are in decline and 15% are threatened with extinction. We are living in a desert, compared with our gloriously wild past.

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.

By:   Isabella Tree
Imprint:   Picador
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main Market Ed.
Dimensions:   Height: 242mm,  Width: 163mm,  Spine: 39mm
Weight:   673g
ISBN:   9781509805099
ISBN 10:   1509805095
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   May 2018
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Brilliantly researched and scripted, this riveting and powerful book will revolutionise farming and nature conservation. -- <b>Matthew Oates</b>, National Specialist on Nature at the National Trust and author of <i>In Pursuit of Butterflies</i> I read Wilding at one go. It is both highly engaging and (equally important) very informative about a unique experiment in nature conservation, set in the context of the depressing decline in Britain's wildlife. Wilding the Knepp Estate is one of the most exciting wildlife conservation projects in the UK, and indeed in Europe. It's truly wonderful, and it fills me with hope. -- <b>Professor Sir John Lawton</b>, President of The Institution of Environmental Sciences, Chair of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution 2005-11 and author of the 2010 report <i>Making Space for Nature</i> A compelling account of a brave and far sighted venture. At a moment when the future of our countryside hangs in the balance, Isabella Tree helps us understand how we become locked in by our personal experience and perspectives. A riveting, gloriously written read which expands our imagination, and fuels our commitment to reversing the cataclysmic decline of virtually all species, other than our own. -- <b>Helen Browning</b>, Chief Executive of <b>The Soil Association</b> Charming, inspirational and thought-provoking. Beautifully captures the magic and excitement of the Knepp rewilding project. -- <b>Dave Goulson</b>, author of <i>Bee Quest</i> 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. -- <b>Michael McCarthy</b>, author of <i>The Moth Snowstorm: Nature and Joy</i> Wilding is truly the most magnificent and inspiring book. -- <b>Adam Nicholson</b>, author of <i>The Seabird's Cry</i> Charming, inspirational and thought-provoking. Beautifully captures the magic and excitement of the Knepp rewilding project. -- Professor Dave Goulson 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. -- <b>Nicholas Crane</b>, author of <i>The Making Of The British Landscape</i> Anyone with any interest in land - from a window-box to a National Park - needs to read this book. -- <b>Simon Barnes</b>, author of <i>How to be a Bad Birdwatcher</i> 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. -- <b>Tony Juniper</b>, former Executive Director of <b>Friends of the Earth</b> 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. -- <b>Patrick Barkham</b>, author of <i>Badgerlands</i> 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. -- <b>James Rebanks</b>, author of <i>A Shepherd's Life</i> 'Wilding is both a timely and important book . . . Isabella Tree imagines the last migrating turtledove departing Knepp and flying over a Europe that is being recolonized by beavers, wolves, wolverines, jackals and bears. And it is in that changing landscape that hope resides.' -- Tim Flannery * New York Times Book Review * Close to my book of the year. If there's anything better, I haven't read it yet. -- Anthony Cummins * Daily Mail * Wilding shines brilliantly . . . . Isabella Tree writes [. . .] with infectious enthusiasm. * Evening Standard * The remarkable story of an astounding transformation. -- <b>George Monbiot</b>, author of <i>Feral</i> 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. -- <b>Chris Packham</b>, presenter of The Really Wild Show Particularly timely . . . an excellent primer, and anyone who is interested in how we share the planet - what it looks like, what we eat, and what nature can teach us - should read this book. * Sunday Times *

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