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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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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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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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An absolute must read for nature lovers

Beautifully written and narrated, a compelling insightful history of our relationship with the beaver. A few hours of pure magic in these dark ecological times we are living through. If you love your nature an absolute must read and get your friends to read it as well. Bring back our beavers before it’s too late!

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5 stars al the way. Powerful and poignant.

I've learnt a lot about beavers recently, through book, TV and the internet. I just learnt a lot more, and - despite not thinking it possible - now care more, too. Educational and emotional, funny and sad, disheartening and yet hopeful by the end. I truly hope they are here to stay and thank everyone involved in their return home.

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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.