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Rewilding: The Radical New Science of Ecological Recovery: 14 (Hot Science)

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Forced from intensive farming, Isabella Tree and her husband give their 3,500 acres at Knepp Estate back to nature.

The thing Tree never mentions is that her husband's family are traditional aristocrats, and the land they are rewilding is their estate. It is inspired by the requests they receive from people wanting to learn how to rewild everything from unprofitable farms, landed estates and rivers, to ponds, allotments, churchyards, urban parks and public spaces.

Not just my book of the year but I think the most enlightening book I have *ever* read in my, ahem, almost 50 years on earth. They are astonishing hydrological engineers and in even a tiny area, they can create habitats that are rocket fuel for biodiversity.

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. The most interesting parts relate first to the broad debate about the role of mega fauna in European ecosystems, and second, the surprising cultural differences in expectations about farmers, farmland, and public access. Isabella Tree is an award-winning author and journalist and lives with her husband, the conservationist Charlie Burrell, in the middle of the rewilding project at Knepp.Packed with facts from the experts she meets on her travels, we learn alot about the underdog species that have missed our attention.

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