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Rebirding takes the long view of Britain’s wildlife decline, from the early taming of our landscape and its long-lost elephants and rhinos, to fenland drainage, and the removal of cornerstone species such as wild cattle, horses, beavers and boar. Forward in time, it also covers the intensification of our modern landscapes and the collapse of invertebrate populations.

It looks at key reasons why species are vanishing, as our landscapes become ever more tamed and less diverse, with wildlife trapped in tiny pockets of habitat. It explores how Britain has, uniquely, relied on modifying farmland, rather than restoring ecosystems, in a failing attempt to halt wildlife decline.

The irony is that 94 percent of Britain is not built upon at all. And with more nature-loving voices than any European country, we should, in fact, have the best, not the most impoverished, wildlife in our continent. Especially when the rural economics of our game estates and upland farms are among the worst in Europe.

Britain is blessed with all the space it needs for an epic wildlife recovery. The deer estates of the Scottish Highlands are twice the size of Yellowstone National Park. Snowdonia is larger than the Maasai Mara. The problem in Britain is not a lack of space. It is that our precious space is uniquely wasted - not only for wildlife, but for people’s jobs and rural futures, too.

Rebirding maps out how we might finally turn things around: rewilding national parks, restoring natural ecosystems, and allowing our wildlife a far richer future. In doing so, an entirely new sector of rural jobs would be created, finally bringing Britain’s dying rural landscapes and failing economies back to life.

Praise for the book:

“This is a wonderful book, visionary, illuminating and fascinating.” (George Monbiot, author and environmental activist)

"A wonderfully imaginative book, which shows how things could be with our rapidly declining areas of countryside, instead of how - despairingly - they are now." (Rod Liddle, The Spectator)

©2019 Benedict Macdonald (P)2020 Benedict Macdonald

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amazing book

so amazing , you Learn so many new facts , great for young or old nature nuts

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Essential reading for birders & naturalists alike

Depressing figures with solutions, rather than a bombardment of the former and none of the latter - like much of what I'm seeing everywhere. Very well researched and written. Essential, essential, essential! Read/listen and share!

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fascinating, inspiring, IMPORTANT book

Rebirding by Benedict Macdonald gives such an insight into what the wildlife and landscape of Britain once was like and, more importantly, what it could and must once more be like. Everyone should read this book and then be inspired to lobby our nature charities and politicians to demand change - a better future for nature and a better future for people.

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everyone should "read" this

It is at turns heart wrenching when it outlines the devastation of our birds and wildlife and inspiring when talking about what NEEDS to be done providing some hope. I want the future that the author outlines for my kids and grandkids..not where we are currently or where we seem to be heading!!!

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Very readable and written magically for all levels

There is something about the way this book is cleverly written .., with much passion and obvious real expert knowledge and experience that makes it compelling ... highly recommended