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  • Bringing Back the Beaver

  • The Story of One Man's Quest to Rewild Britain's Waterways
  • By: Derek Gow
  • Narrated by: Calum Beaton
  • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Science & Engineering, Science
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (67 ratings)

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Summary

A bold new voice in nature writing, from the front lines of Britain's rewilding movement.

Bringing Back the Beaver is farmer-turned-ecologist Derek Gow’s inspirational and often riotously funny firsthand account of how the movement to rewild the British landscape with beavers has become the single most dramatic and subversive nature conservation act of the modern era. Since the early 1990s - in the face of outright opposition from government, landowning elites, and even some conservation professionals - Gow has imported, quarantined, and assisted the reestablishment of beavers in waterways across England and Scotland. 

In addition to detailing the ups and downs of rewilding beavers, Bringing Back the Beaver makes a passionate case as to why the return of one of nature’s great problem-solvers will be critical as part of a sustainable fix for flooding and future drought, whilst ensuring the creation of essential lifescapes that enable the broadest possible spectrum of Britain’s wildlife to thrive. 

©2020 Derek Gow (P)2020 Chelsea Green Publishing

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A humorous and Brilliantly important book

From the very beginning this book is both informative and entertaining.

Would highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the natural world. It would also be a very interesting read if you are in temporary accommodation whilst waiting for your flood damaged home to be repaired.

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An antidote to the slash and burn policy of DEFRA & the NFU

A refreshing read/listen to all who have conservation and rewilding in their hearts. How we need champions like Derek Gow to cut through the insane rush to extinction pursued by DEFRA and the NFU and to reveal the truth behind their unscientific and bully boy actions. Derek Gow is truly the “Peoples Champion” to the many who feel voiceless and disenfranchised by the current establishment in their quest to tame (sic) the environment. A book to give hope to the future.

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A must for anyone interested in conservation.

This would be a funny read if it wasn't a true account of the sad state of nature conservation in the UK. I hope this inspires more people like Derek to champion wildlife.

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Beavers ARE cool!

Moving story on the efforts of many to change the tide of opinions of backwards thinking landowners and aristocratic influencers who hate Mother Nature, who think that beavers have no place on Earth.

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everyone needs to listen to or read this book.

amazing! highly recommended. Well read comical, entertaining and emotional all in one. BRING BACK THE BEAVER 🦫

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Eye opening

I really enjoyed this book. Its opened my eyes to the bureaucracy of conservation. I really hope once ive finished my degree i make a positive difference to this. We need more people like Derek Gow!

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Fantastic book

A great listen and hopefully a great result for UK beavers . A must have for rewilding fans

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Great book

Thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. Well writen and read.

One which anyone who cares about nature should listen to.

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Passionate, timely, and often hilarious.

I never expected a book about beaver conservation to make laugh and cry!

Brilliant prose writing as well

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Fighting the beavers corner.

Derek Gow gives a humorous and incredulous account of his efforts to bring back beavers to Britain. Full of first hand accounts and anecdotes ,much of the humour hits it mark. A man on a mission he sniffs out bureaucracy and powerful landed interests with disdain. Derek's knowledge, experience, determination and humor are packing into this book. A must for anyone with an interest in changing Britains degraded landscapes.

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  • Martin
  • 26-01-21

Hope

For once some good news for Britain’s depleted nature. The Lynx next? Highly recommended.
Long live the Beaver!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-11-20

well done Derek

Entertaining and comical with a necessary serious message. It's time for change!

Who's bringing a van back from Bavaria?

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  • Jennifer Greenfield
  • 11-10-20

Fascinating!

I learned so much in this detailed, damn funny history of beavers in the UK. I’m thankful that the tide is changing and we are learning how to live with and not against nature- for she always knows best. I highly recommend this book.